Ivan Cheng, MD

Spine surgeon

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

Orthopaedic Spine Center

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-725-5905
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Professional Education

Fellowship: Washington University in St Louis (2004) MO

Board Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2006)

Residency: UC Davis Medical Center (2003) CA

Internship: UC Davis Medical Center (1999) CA

Medical Education: Harvard Medical School (1998) MA

BA, UC Berkeley, Neurobiology (1993)

Honors & Awards

AOA-JOA Traveling Fellowship, American Orthopaedic Association (2010)

Saul Halpern, MD Orthopaedic Educator Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center (2005)

Timothy J. Bray Trauma Award, UC Davis Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (2003)

Cum laude, Harvard Medical School (1997)

Highest Distinction, UC Berkeley (1993)

Administrative Appointments

Residency Program Director, Orthopaedic Surgery (2009 - Present)

Associate Residency Program Director, Orthopaedic Surgery (2007 - 2009)

Resident Selection Commitee, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine (2004 - Present)

Chief of the Education Commitee, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine (2005 - Present)

Complications: a critical component of patient outcome.
Stauff, M. P., & Cheng, I. (2013). Complications: a critical component of patient outcome. spine journal , 13(6), 625-627.

Thoracolumbar fracture dislocation sustained during childbirth in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis
Mayle, R. E., Cheng, I., & Carragee, E. J. (2012). Thoracolumbar fracture dislocation sustained during childbirth in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis. SPINE JOURNAL, 12(11), E5-E8.

Functional assessment of the acute local and distal transplantation of human neural stem cells after spinal cord injury
Cheng, I., Mayle, R. E., Cox, C. A., Park, D. Y., Smith, R. L., & Carragee, E. J. (2012). Functional assessment of the acute local and distal transplantation of human neural stem cells after spinal cord injury. SPINE JOURNAL, 12(11), 1040-1044.

Postoperative spinal deformity after treatment of intracanal spine lesions
Joaquim, A. F., Cheng, I., & Patel, A. A. (2012). Postoperative spinal deformity after treatment of intracanal spine lesions. SPINE JOURNAL, 12(11), 1067-1074.

Full-endoscopic interlaminar approach for the surgical treatment of lumbar disc herniation: the causes and prophylaxis of conversion to open
Wang, B., Lu, G., Liu, W., Cheng, I., & Patel, A. A. (2012). Full-endoscopic interlaminar approach for the surgical treatment of lumbar disc herniation: the causes and prophylaxis of conversion to open. ARCHIVES OF ORTHOPAEDIC AND TRAUMA SURGERY, 132(11), 1531-1538.

A biologic without guidelines: the YODA project and the future of bone morphogenetic protein-2 research
Carragee, E. J., Baker, R. M., Benzel, E. C., Bigos, S. J., Cheng, I., & Weiner, B. K. (2012). A biologic without guidelines: the YODA project and the future of bone morphogenetic protein-2 research. SPINE JOURNAL, 12(10), 877-880.

Foot and Ankle Questions on the Orthopaedic In-Training Examination: Analysis of Content, Reference, and Performance
Barr, C. R., Cheng, I., Chou, L. B., & Hunt, K. J. (2012). Foot and Ankle Questions on the Orthopaedic In-Training Examination: Analysis of Content, Reference, and Performance. ORTHOPEDICS, 35(6), E880-E888.

Arachnoid ossificans containing metaplastic hematopoietic marrow resulting in diffuse thoracic intrathecal cysts and severe myelopathy.
Abrams, J., Li, G., Mindea, S. A., Haynes, C. M., & Cheng, I. (2012). Arachnoid ossificans containing metaplastic hematopoietic marrow resulting in diffuse thoracic intrathecal cysts and severe myelopathy. European spine journal , 21, S436-40.

Morbidity and Mortality of C2 Fractures in the Elderly: Surgery and Conservative Treatment
Chen, Y.- ren, Boakye, M., Arrigo, R. T., Kalanithi, P. Sa., Cheng, I., & Park, J. (2012). Morbidity and Mortality of C2 Fractures in the Elderly: Surgery and Conservative Treatment. NEUROSURGERY, 70(5), 1055-1059.

Commentary: Spinopelvic parameters-how far have we come?
Cheng, I. (2012). Commentary: Spinopelvic parameters-how far have we come?. SPINE JOURNAL, 12(5), 447-448.

Anterior debridement and reconstruction via thoracoscopy-assisted mini-open approach for the treatment of thoracic spinal tuberculosis: minimum 5-year follow-up
Lu, G., Wang, B., Li, J., Liu, W., & Cheng, I. (2012). Anterior debridement and reconstruction via thoracoscopy-assisted mini-open approach for the treatment of thoracic spinal tuberculosis: minimum 5-year follow-up. EUROPEAN SPINE JOURNAL, 21(3), 463-469.

Anterior Radical Debridement and Reconstruction Using Titanium Mesh Cage for the Surgical Treatment of Thoracic and Thoracolumbar Spinal Tuberculosis: Minimium Five-Year Follow-Up
Wang, B., Li, G., Liu, W., & Cheng, I. (2011). Anterior Radical Debridement and Reconstruction Using Titanium Mesh Cage for the Surgical Treatment of Thoracic and Thoracolumbar Spinal Tuberculosis: Minimium Five-Year Follow-Up. TURKISH NEUROSURGERY, 21(4), 575-581.

Anterior endoscopically assisted transcervical reconstruction of the upper cervical spine
Wang, B., Lu, G., Deng, Y., Liu, W., Li, J., & Cheng, I. (2011). Anterior endoscopically assisted transcervical reconstruction of the upper cervical spine. EUROPEAN SPINE JOURNAL, 20(9), 1526-1532.

Charlson Score is a Robust Predictor of 30-Day Complications Following Spinal Metastasis Surgery
Arrigo, R. T., Kalanithi, P., Cheng, I., Alamin, T., Carragee, E. J., & Park, J. (2011). Charlson Score is a Robust Predictor of 30-Day Complications Following Spinal Metastasis Surgery. SPINE, 36(19), E1274-E1280.

Comparison of perioperative parameters and complications observed in the anterior exposure of the lumbar spine by a spine surgeon with and without the assistance of an access surgeon
Smith, M. W., Rahn, K. A., Shugart, R. M., Belschner, C. D., Stout, K. S., & Cheng, I. (2011). Comparison of perioperative parameters and complications observed in the anterior exposure of the lumbar spine by a spine surgeon with and without the assistance of an access surgeon. SPINE JOURNAL, 11(5), 389-394.

Predictors of Survival After Surgical Treatment of Spinal Metastasis
Arrigo, R. T., Kalanithi, P., Cheng, I., Alamin, T., Carragee, E. J., & Boakye, M. (2011). Predictors of Survival After Surgical Treatment of Spinal Metastasis. NEUROSURGERY, 68(3), 674-681.

Pregabalin as a Neuroprotector after Spinal Cord Injury in Rats: Biochemical Analysis and Effect on Glial Cells
Ha, K.-Y., Carragee, E., Cheng, I., Kwon, S.-E., & Kim, Y.-H. (2011). Pregabalin as a Neuroprotector after Spinal Cord Injury in Rats: Biochemical Analysis and Effect on Glial Cells. JOURNAL OF KOREAN MEDICAL SCIENCE, 26(3), 404-411.

Kyphectomy in the treatment of patients with myelomeningocele
Samagh, S. P., Cheng, I., Elzik, M., Kondrashov, D. G., & Rinsky, L. A. (2011). Kyphectomy in the treatment of patients with myelomeningocele. SPINE JOURNAL, 11(3), E5-E11.

An evaluation of the learning curve for a complex surgical technique: the full endoscopic interlaminar approach for lumbar disc herniations
Wang, B., Lue, G., Patel, A. A., Ren, P., & Cheng, I. (2011). An evaluation of the learning curve for a complex surgical technique: the full endoscopic interlaminar approach for lumbar disc herniations. SPINE JOURNAL, 11(2), 122-130.

Massive Spontaneous Epidural Hematoma in a High-Level Swimmer A Case Report
Fleager, K., Lee, A., Cheng, I., Hou, L., Ryu, S., & Boakye, M. (2010). Massive Spontaneous Epidural Hematoma in a High-Level Swimmer A Case Report. JOURNAL OF BONE AND JOINT SURGERY-AMERICAN VOLUME, 92A(17), 2843-2846.

Biomechanical Analysis of Derotation of the Thoracic Spine Using Pedicle Screws
Cheng, I., Hay, D., Iezza, A., Lindsey, D., & Lenke, L. G. (2010). Biomechanical Analysis of Derotation of the Thoracic Spine Using Pedicle Screws. SPINE, 35(10), 1039-1043.

Minimum acceptable outcomes after lumbar spinal fusion
Carragee, E. J., & Cheng, I. (2010). Minimum acceptable outcomes after lumbar spinal fusion. SPINE JOURNAL, 10(4), 313-320.

Facet Pain in Thoracic Compression Fractures
Mitra, R., Do, H., Alamin, T., & Cheng, I. (2010). Facet Pain in Thoracic Compression Fractures. PAIN MEDICINE, 11(11), 1674-1677.

Point of view: spinopelvic parameters in postfusion flatback deformity patients
Cheng, I. (2009). Point of view: spinopelvic parameters in postfusion flatback deformity patients. SPINE JOURNAL, 9(8), 672-673.

TREATMENT OF NECK PAIN Injections and Surgical Interventions: Results of the Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders (Reprinted from Spine, vol 33, pg S153-S169, 2008)
Carragee, E. J., Hurwitz, E. L., Cheng, I., Carroll, L. J., Nordin, M., & Haldeman, S. (2009). TREATMENT OF NECK PAIN Injections and Surgical Interventions: Results of the Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders (Reprinted from Spine, vol 33, pg S153-S169, 2008). JOURNAL OF MANIPULATIVE AND PHYSIOLOGICAL THERAPEUTICS, 32(2), S176-S193.

Retroperitoneal lymphocele after anterior spinal surgery
Patel, A. A., Spiker, W. R., Daubs, M. D., Brodke, D. S., Cheng, I., & Glasgow, R. E. (2008). Retroperitoneal lymphocele after anterior spinal surgery. SPINE, 33(18), E648-E652.

Chymopapain: a shot from the past.
Mitra, R., Wedemeyer, M., & Cheng, I. (2008). Chymopapain: a shot from the past. Pain practice , 8(4), 331-332.

Treatment of neck pain - Injections and surgical interventions: Results of the bone and joint decade 2000-2010 task force on neck pain and its associated disorders
Carragee, E. J., Hurwitz, E. L., Cheng, I., Carroll, L. J., Nordin, M., & Haldeman, S. (2008). Treatment of neck pain - Injections and surgical interventions: Results of the bone and joint decade 2000-2010 task force on neck pain and its associated disorders. SPINE, 33(4), S153-S169.

Interspinous ligament steroid injections for the management of Baastrup's disease: A case report
Mitra, R., Ghazi, U., Kirpalani, D., & Cheng, I. (2007). Interspinous ligament steroid injections for the management of Baastrup's disease: A case report. ARCHIVES OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION, 88(10), 1353-1356.

The role of osteobiologics in spinal deformity
Cheng, I., Oshtory, R., & Wildstein, M. S. (2007). The role of osteobiologics in spinal deformity. NEUROSURGERY CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 18(2), 393-?.

Posterior cervical spine surgery for radiculopathy
Riew, K. D., Cheng, I., Pimenta, L., & Taylor, B. (2007). Posterior cervical spine surgery for radiculopathy. NEUROSURGERY, 60(1), 57-63.

Posterior cervical spine surgery for radiculopathy.
Riew, K. D., Cheng, I., Pimenta, L., & Taylor, B. (2007). Posterior cervical spine surgery for radiculopathy. Neurosurgery, 60(1), S57-63.

Does minor trauma cause serious low back illness?
Carragee, E., Alamin, T., Cheng, I., Franklin, T., & Hurwitz, E. (2006). Does minor trauma cause serious low back illness?. SPINE, 31(25), 2942-2949.

Are first-time episodes of serious LBP associated with new MRI findings?
Carragee, E., Alamin, T., Cheng, I., Franklin, T., van den Haak, E., & Hurwitz, E. (2006). Are first-time episodes of serious LBP associated with new MRI findings?. spine journal , 6(6), 624-635.

Surgical treatment for unstable low-grade isthmic spondylolisthesis in adults: a prospective controlled study of posterior instrumented fusion compared with combined anterior-posterior fusion.
Swan, J., Hurwitz, E., Malek, F., van den Haak, E., Cheng, I., & Carragee, E. (2006). Surgical treatment for unstable low-grade isthmic spondylolisthesis in adults: a prospective controlled study of posterior instrumented fusion compared with combined anterior-posterior fusion. spine journal , 6(6), 606-614.

Prospective radiographic and clinical outcomes of dual-rod instrumented anterior spinal fusion in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: Comparison with single-rod constructs
Hurford, R. K., Lenke, L. G., Lee, S. S., Cheng, I., Sides, B., & Bridwell, K. H. (2006). Prospective radiographic and clinical outcomes of dual-rod instrumented anterior spinal fusion in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: Comparison with single-rod constructs. SPINE, 31(20), 2322-2328.

Apical sublaminar wires versus pedicle screws - Which provides better results for surgical correction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis?
Cheng, I., Kim, Y., Gupta, M. C., Bridwell, K. H., Hurford, R. K., & Lenke, L. G. (2005). Apical sublaminar wires versus pedicle screws - Which provides better results for surgical correction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis?. SPINE, 30(18), 2104-2112.

Use of bone morphogenetic protein-2 for adult spinal deformity
Luhmann, S. J., Bridwell, K. H., Cheng, I., Imamura, T., Lenke, L. G., & Schootman, M. (2005). Use of bone morphogenetic protein-2 for adult spinal deformity. SPINE, 30(17), S110-S117.

Use of Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 for Adult Spinal Deformity
Luhmann SJ, Bridwell KH, Cheng I, Imamura T, Lenke LG, & Schootman M. (2005). Use of Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 for Adult Spinal Deformity. Spine, accepted.

Expression of an extracellular calcium-sensing receptor in rat stomach
Cheng, I., Qureshi, I., Chattopadhyay, N., Qureshi, A., Butters, R. R., & Soybel, D. I. (1999). Expression of an extracellular calcium-sensing receptor in rat stomach. GASTROENTEROLOGY, 116(1), 118-126.

Identification and localization of the extracellular calcium-sensing receptor in human breast
Cheng, I., Klingensmith, M. E., Chattopadhyay, N., Kifor, O., Butters, R. R., & Brown, E. M. (1998). Identification and localization of the extracellular calcium-sensing receptor in human breast. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM, 83(2), 703-707.

Identification and localization of extracellular calcium sensing receptor in the rat intesting
Chattopadhyay N, Cheng I, Rogers K, Riccardi D, Hall A, & Brown EM. (1998). Identification and localization of extracellular calcium sensing receptor in the rat intesting. Am J Phys, 274(1).

Identification and functional assay of an extracellular calcium-sensing receptor in Necturus gastric mucosa
Cima, R. R., Cheng, I., Klingensmith, M. E., Chattopadhyay, N., Kifor, O., & Soybel, D. I. (1997). Identification and functional assay of an extracellular calcium-sensing receptor in Necturus gastric mucosa. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-GASTROINTESTINAL AND LIVER PHYSIOLOGY, 273(5), G1051-G1060.