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BackTable / MSK / Podcast / Episode #45

The Future of Interventional Spine Training

with Dr. Majid Khan

In this episode of the Back Table MSK Podcast, guest host and interventional radiologist Dr. Dana Dunleavy speaks with Dr. Majid Khan about building an academic interventional spine program and the need for nonvascular spine intervention fellowships. Dr. Khan is neuroradiologist and Director of Non-Vascular Spine Intervention at Johns Hopkins University.

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Dr. Majid Khan discusses The Future of Interventional Spine Training on the BackTable 45 Podcast

Dr. Majid Khan

Dr. Majid Khan is the Director of Non Vascular Spine Intervention and an Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

Dr. Dana Dunleavy discusses The Future of Interventional Spine Training on the BackTable 45 Podcast

Dr. Dana Dunleavy

Dr. Dana Dunleavy is a musculoskeletal and vascular IR in Buffalo, New York.


Dr. Khan discusses his experience in spine interventions, and he believes that it has evolved into a subspecialty that now requires its own fellowship. He proposes a curriculum that involves integration of clinical care and learning from physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain management, radiology specialists. Then, Dr. Khan describes how he built his current department Johns Hopkins. This process required advocating for clinic time, negotiating for split time between interventional and diagnostic work, reaching out to referring specialists, and following up with patients.

Throughout the episode, Dr. Majid also shares his perspectives on defining success in clinical and academic medicine, various ablation modalities, and the potential of neuromodulation in oncology.


00:00 - Introduction
02:35 - Dr. Khan’s Journey and Training
07:37 - The Need for Nonvascular Spine Intervention Fellowships
09:27 - Importance of Clinical Preparation
15:17 - Multidisciplinary Training
21:10 - The Process of Building a Spine Interventional Practice
27:42 - Defining Success in Academic Medicine
33:43 - Various Ablation Modalities
41:27 - Devices for Mechanical Augmentation
50:18 - Basivertebral Nerve Ablation for Chronic Back Pain
52:25 - The Potential of Neuromodulation in Oncology
55:43 - Establishing an Evidence Base for Spine Interventions

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