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Exploring Life & Business with Kushagra Verma of Verma Spine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kushagra Verma.

Hi Kushagra, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I was an engineer in college and became interested in orthopedic surgery. In medical school, I had the good fortune of going abroad to Africa and doing complex scoliosis surgery on kids in 2009. It was a very powerful experience which showed me how volunteerism as a surgeon can make you a better doctor and effectively you treat patients at home. I’ve done numerous volunteer trips throughout my career around the world, including Colombia, Mexico, Africa, and the Dominican Republic. This year, I’ll be returning to Africa once again and performing about 10 surgeries on children that would otherwise have no access to care. As a surgeon, I have a strong interest in helping both adult and pediatric spine patients and providing them with the same level of compassionate care that I’ve seen in my outreach work. I am also a father of two little kids. In my free time, I enjoy fitness, travel, mentoring young students, and time with my family.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Spine surgery involves many struggles including many years of sacrifice, often working 80-100 hour weeks, and putting family and personal obligations on hold for several years. When I first became interested in spine surgery, I was looking for mentors to guide me. I was lucky to have good mentorship as a medical student but many students have minimal exposure to spine surgery. The length of training can be exhausting, so it takes persistence and good mentorship to succeed.

In addition, the job is physically demanding and requires surgeons to be in strong physical condition. The job is easier if you carry the ability to multitask and work on several concurrent projects efficiently. While healthcare is evolving and changing, it still requires roughly 17 years of school to become a spine surgeon. Several years into practice, while we are continuing to refine our skills. With spine surgery, the field is technically challenging and has changed dramatically in the last decade. Keeping up with the latest advancement often requires an interest in academics and research as well.

We’ve been impressed with Verma Spine, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Our business focuses on a concierge, evidence-based approach to spine surgery. We believe in providing the greatest advancements in spine surgery, with a personalized touch. In addition, we take great pride in mentoring residents and students in our practice while also conducting cutting-edge research on adult and pediatric scoliosis and complex spine. We are also vested in emerging technologies and minimally invasive surgery. Our primary goal working with patients is to educate them so that they can make the best decision for themselves. Perhaps because of my experience in an outreach setting, I am known for my personalized approach, warm bedside manner, and for having a practice that is patient-focused. What we offer as a practice is very unique compared to other spine practices.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I want the readers to know that spine surgery is a very challenging specialty for both patients and doctors, and we work tirelessly to provide compassionate care to this very special patient population. I believe working abroad in underserved areas has made me a better doctor and has helped me build the practice that we have.

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