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Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery┬« by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery have demonstrated their commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for spine surgery patients.

Each Blue Distinction facility meets objective clinical measures that are developed with input from expert physicians and medical organizations. For spine surgery, the criteria include demonstrated experience in offering comprehensive inpatient spine surgery services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures.

Specialists Team Up for Patient-Centered Care

"We are pleased to be recognized for the strength of our spine surgery program and our overall patient-centered approach," says orthopaedic surgeon Kevin J. McGuire, MD, MS, who co-directs the Spine Center at BIDMC with Interim Co-Director Efstathios Papavassiliou, MD, a neurological surgeon.

McGuire adds, "Patients who come to our Spine Center may get care from an individual surgeon, or an individual nonsurgical provider, but their care reflects the best thinking of an entire team that includes neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery, physiatry, pain management, neurology, physical therapy and radiology."

Spine surgery, along with knee and hip replacement, joins other services at BIDMC that have been designated Blue Distinction Centers®, including bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, and bone marrow, stem cell and/or allogeneic transplants.

Designation as a Blue Distinction Center means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan. To learn more about Blue Distinction, please visit or contact your local Blue Plan.

Contact Information

Spine Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Shapiro Clinical Center, Second Floor
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215