Brandon P. Hirsch, MD
SpecialtyOrthopedic Spine Surgery
Medical SchoolYale University School of Medicine
ResidencyJackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Health System
FellowshipRush University Medical Center; NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
Brandon P. Hirsch, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon. His clinical interests include the minimally invasive treatment of complex degenerative disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.
Dr. Hirsch completed two year-long fellowship programs in orthopedic spine surgery under world-renowned spine surgeons at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and at the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases in Manhattan. While at NYU he was trained in complex spinal reconstruction, caring for patients with disabling spinal deformities, many of whom had a history of multiple spine procedures. During his time at Rush, he was fortunate to train at the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute where he learned the latest minimally invasive techniques from pioneers in outpatient spine surgery, Dr. Frank Phillips and Dr. Kern Singh.
Prior to his fellowship training, he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Health System. Dr. Hirsch earned his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, where graduated with the Farr Scholar Award for Excellence in Research. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Emory University, graduating summa cum laude.
Dr. Hirsch has published multiple peer-reviewed original articles on a variety of topics including spinal alignment, spondylolisthesis, and ambulatory spine surgery. He has authored three book chapters and remains active in orthopedic spine surgery research. He is a member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.Dr. Hirsch believes strongly in the patient-centered model of healthcare. He feels patients do best when they are well informed about their spine condition and all options available for treatment. While surgery is not required for the majority spine conditions, when it is necessary, Dr. Hirsch utilizes the least invasive surgical techniques available to get patients back on the road to recovery as quick as possible. As a result, many of Dr. Hirsch’s patients can return to the comfort of their home on the day of surgery.
Research & Experience
Sivaganesan A, Hirsch B, Phillips FM, McGirt MJ. Spine Surgery in the Ambulatory Surgery Center Setting: Value-Based Advancement or Safety Liability? Neurosurgery. 2018 Aug 1;83(2):159-165. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyy057. PubMed PMID: 29538716.
Vaynrub M, Hirsch BP, Tishelman J, Vasquez-Montes D, Buckland AJ, Errico TJ, Protopsaltis TS. Validation of prone intraoperative measurements of global spinal alignment. J Neurosurg Spine. 2018 Aug;29(2):187-192. doi: 10.3171/2018.1.SPINE17808. Epub 2018 May 18. PubMed PMID: 29775162.
Passias PG, Poorman GW, Segreto FA, Jalai CM, Horn SR, Bortz CA, Vasquez-Montes D, Diebo BG, Vira S, Bono OJ, De La Garza-Ramos R, Moon JY, Wang C, Hirsch BP, Zhou PL, Gerling M, Koller H, Lafage V. Traumatic Fractures of the Cervical Spine: Analysis of Changes in Incidence, Cause, Concurrent Injuries, and Complications Among 488,262 Patients from 2005 to 2013. World Neurosurg. 2018 Feb;110:e427-e437. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2017.11.011. Epub 2017 Nov 11. PubMed PMID: 29138069.
Hirsch BP, Webb ML, Bohl DD, Fu M, Buerba RA, Gruskay JA, Grauer JN. Improving visual estimates of cervical spine range of motion. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2014 Nov;43(11):E261-5. PubMed PMID: 25379754.
Falakassa J, Hirsch BP, Norton RP, Mendez-Zfass M, Eismont FJ. Case reviews of infections of the spine in patients with a history of solid organ transplantation. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Sep 1;39(19):E1154-8. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000453. PubMed PMID: 24875957.
Eismont FJ, Norton RP, Hirsch BP. Surgical management of lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2014 Apr;22(4):203-13. doi:10.5435/JAAOS-22-04-203. Review. PubMed PMID: 24668350.
Fabricant PD, Hirsch BP, Holmes I, Kelly BT, Lorich DG, Helfet DL, Bogner EA, Green DW. A radiographic study of the ossification of the posterior wall of the acetabulum: implications for the diagnosis of pediatric and adolescent hip disorders. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Feb 6;95(3):230-6. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.L.00592. PubMed PMID: 23389786.
Meredith DS, Kepler CK, Huang RC, Hirsch B, Nguyen J, Farmer JC, Girardi FP, O'Leary PF, Cammisa FP. The effect of omega-3 fatty-acid supplements on perioperative bleeding following posterior spinal arthrodesis. Eur Spine J. 2012 Dec;21(12):2659-63. doi: 10.1007/s00586-012-2365-1. Epub 2012 May 13. Erratum in: Eur Spine J. 2012 Dec;21(12):2664. Huang, Russel C [added]. PubMed PMID: 22581258; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3508246.
Hirsch BP, Unnanuntana A, Cunningham ME, Lane JM. The effect of therapies for osteoporosis on spine fusion: a systematic review. Spine J. 2013 Feb;13(2):190-9. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2012.03.035. Epub 2012 Jun 1. Review. PubMed PMID: 22658879.
Liu YJ, Hirsch BP, Shah AA, Reid MA, Thomson JG. Mild intraoperative hypothermia reduces free tissue transfer thrombosis. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2011 Feb;27(2):121-6. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1268211. Epub 2010 Oct 27. PubMed PMID: 20981640.
DeLacure MD, Hirsch BP, Protopsaltis TP. “Treatment of Pharyngoesophageal Injuries in Cervical Spine Surgery.” In: Cervical Spine Surgery: Standard and Advanced Techniques, 1st Ed. Edited by Koller H & Robinson Y. Springer Berlin Heidelburg Inc., In Production.
Hirsch BP, Williams SK. “Complications of Percutaneous Pedicle Screw Fixation.” In: Spinal Instrumentation: Challenges and Solutions. Edited by Kim DH, Vacarro AR, Fessler RG, & Radcliff K. New York, NY: Thieme Inc., In Production.
Lane JM, Mait, JE, Unnanuntanna A, Hirsch BP, Shaffer A, Shonuga, O. “Biomaterials in fracture fixation.” In: Comprehensive Biomaterials, Edited by Ducheyne P. Philadelphia, PA: Elselvier Inc., 2011.
Presentations & Abstracts
Dastagirzada Y, Fisher N, Hirsch BP, Montes DV, Protopsaltis TS, Tishelman J. Assessment of cervical deformity flexibility on supine advanced imaging. Podium Presentation, CSRS Annual Meeting, Hollywood, FL. November 30 – December 2, 2017.
Hirsch BP, Montes DV, , Protopsaltis TS, Siow M, Vaynrub M, Zou A. “Visualization of the cervicothoracic junction on EOS imaging versus plain cervical radiographs.” Electronic Poster Presentation, CSRS Annual Meeting, Hollywood, FL. November 30 – December 2, 2017.
Hirsch BP, Montes DV, Protopsaltis TS, Siow M, Vaynrub M, Zou A. “Visualization of the cervicothoracic junction on EOS imaging versus plain cervical radiographs.” Electronic Poster Presentation, NASS Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. October 25-28, 2017.
Hirsch BP, Montes DV, Protopsaltis TS, Siow M, Vaynrub M, Zou A. “Visualization of the cervicothoracic junction on EOS imaging versus plain cervical radiographs.” Abstract Presentation. 14th Annual State of Spine Surgery Think Tank, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. June 17, 2017.
Bogner E, Fabricant PD, Green DW, Hirsch BP, Holmes I, Kelly BT. CT and X-Ray Examination of the Immature Acetabulum is Appropriate Only After Closure of the Triradiate Cartilage. Podium Presentation, AAOS Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. March 20, 2013.
Bogner E, Fabricant PD, Green DW, Hirsch BP, Holmes I, Kelly BT. A Radiographic Study of the Ossification of the Posterior Wall of the Acetabulum: Implications for the Characterization and Treatment of FAI Rim Lesions in Children and Adolescents. Podium Presentation, AOSSM 2012 Annual Meeting, Baltimore, M.D.. July 14, 2012.
Chaoyang L, Cunningham M, Hirsch BP, Ke HZ, Lane J, Mait JE, Shaffer AD, Shonuga OA. Anti-Sclerostin (Scl-Ab) Increases Bone Mass and Fusion Volume in a Rat Posterolateral Spinal Fusion Model. Poster Presentation, 58th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, San Francisco, CA. February 4-7, 2012.
Boskey AL, Donnelly E, Hirsch BP, Lane JM, Meredith DS. Decreased cortical mineral heterogeneity in patients with fragility fractures compared to those without fractures. Poster Presentation, 58th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, San Francisco, CA.
February 4-7, 2012.
Chaoyang L, Cunningham M, Hirsch BP, Ke HZ, Lane JM, Mait JE, Shaffer AD, Shonuga OA. Sclerostin Antibody Enhances Spine Fusion in a Rat Posterolateral Transverse Process Fusion Model: Preliminary Results. Poster Presentation, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 2011 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. September 16-20, 2011.
Boskey A, Donnelly E, Hirsch BP, Lane JM. FTIR analysis of bone quality in post-menopausal females at two different sites in the proximal femur. Poster, Yale University School of Medicine Student Research Day. New Haven, CT. May 9, 2011.
Bansal M, Hirsch BP, Lane JM Unnanuntana A. Detection of unusual etiologies for vertebral compression fractures with intraoperative biopsy during kyphoplasty. 57th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society. Long Beach, CA. February 2011.