Kornelis Poelstra, MD, PhD – The Robotic Spine Institute of Silicon Valley
Los Gatos – Silicon Valley, CA – USA
Kornelis Poelstra is board certified in orthopedic spine surgery. He specializes primarily in long-construct minimally invasive spine surgeries, adult spinal deformity, oncologic conditions, spinal fracture treatment, complex revision surgery and disc replacements. He is one of the world leaders in Robotic Spine Surgery, assisted in the engineering development of currently available robotic platforms and has performed more than 750 complex robotic cases thus far – more than any other surgeon in the world.
He has an extensive research background in the prevention of implant associated wound infections, novel material sciences for both spine- as well as orthopaedic implant designs and worked on stem cell implantation for spinal cord injury. The mechanical- and cellular processes salient for the formation of a stable arthrodesis (spine “fusions”) and implant incorporation into the human body are of specific interest to him. He holds orthopaedic- and neurosurgical spine surgery training certificates from world leading institutions and also holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
He founded The Robotic Spine Institute of Silicon Valley and has been directing this institution since its inception. Based on his extensive robotic spine surgery experience, he has instructed surgeons all over the world with a strong focus on Asia and Europe. He has written dozens of peer reviewed publications, textbooks and chapters, and given more than 250 lectures thus far.
“Although I love to work hard, I really enjoy spending quality time with my wife and our 4 children. We challenge each other, running 5-10K races, mountain biking and rock climbing and like bouldering and hiking. I am very excited to bring the world’s latest advances in Robotic Spine surgical techniques- and implants to Northern California for the benefit of my patients.”
“I invite you to come in and learn what my staff and I can possibly do to improve your quality of life, no matter the complexity of your spinal problem. We all want to help you!”