December 2015

Pat on the Back

Virginie Lafage, PhD

Virginie Lafage, PhD recently joined Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) as Director of Spine Research under Dr. Frank Schwab, has been appointed Spine Service Chief.

Dr. Lafage received her PhD in biomechanics from ENSAM in Paris, France. Before her appointment at HSS, she was Director of Spine Research at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Dr. Lafage has been a member of SRS since 2010 and is currently on the 3D Scoliosis and Adult Deformity Committees. She received the SRS Goldstein Clinical Science Award, Best Clinical Poster, at the 2014 Annual Meeting & Course.

Dr. Lafage’s training developed into an interest in biomechanics of the spine. Extensive expertise and leadership skills have positioned Dr. Lafage as a leader in complex orthopaedics and spine surgery research.  At HSS, Dr. Lafage leads Spine Research, a group of 22. According to Dr. Lafage, you need both young talent and a diverse team (clinical backgrounds plus engineers) to have a successful Spine lab.

What differentiates her research team from other Spine labs is that they stay in very close contact with the physicians. Historically, there is a gap between research and clinical where researchers gather information but it doesn’t get back to the physicians. Dr. Lafage and her team aim to close that gap and work hand-in-hand with physicians, to improve quality of care in real time.