Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Casey Nguyen

Examining the Different Outcomes of Cervical Spine Procedures Based on Approach: Anterior vs. Posterior

Patients undergo cervical spine procedures to address spinal disorders such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease. I will be studying the varying outcomes of cervical spine procedures, focusing on the differences between an anterior versus posterior approach. The anterior approach refers to access of the cervical spine through the front of the neck, while the posterior approach refers to access of the spine through the back of the neck. I will participate in data collection and analysis regarding patients who have undergone this procedure such as collecting post-op patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and radiographic measurements. Comparing the results of these two surgical approaches will be useful in providing valuable insight into treating cervical spine conditions and improving patient outcomes in the future.

Message To Sponsor

I want to express my sincere appreciation for your generous donation that will allow me to further my research this summer. Thanks to your contribution, I will be able to further research the intricacies of the human body, a pursuit that has profoundly shaped my academic journey. Your support in my work fuels my passion for research, and I am excited to make strides in understanding and improving spinal health. Thank you for making this opportunity possible for me!
Major: Molecular & Cell Biology
Mentor: Lee Tan, UCSF Neurosurgery
Sponsor: CACSSF
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