Michael W. Cluck MD, PhD

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Michael W. Cluck MD, PhD is the owner of Bay Area Spine Care as well as a Board Certified Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon. He currently owns and practices at Bay Area Spine Care in San Jose, California. Dr. Cluck treats all aspects of spinal disease including degenerative and traumatic conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine-herniated disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and scoliosis, both children and adults. He has extensive training in cervical spine surgery including decompression and complex reconstruction for disorders such as cervical myelopathy and radiculopathy. cont…

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Michael W. Cluck MD, PhD Biography

…Dr. Cluck is an expert in minimally invasive spine surgery.  He has extensive training in motion preservation surgery including artificial disc replacement. Dr. Cluck is actively involved in medical research and technology development. Dr. Cluck takes an individual approach to patient care.  He uses state-of-the-art technology to precisely diagnose the location of pain in each patient.  Only then does he offer surgical and non-surgical treatment options to relieve pain and improve function.  In fact, Dr. Cluck has a special interest in pain management and understands through better pain control patients are more comfortable and functional after surgery allowing them to regain better long term function in a more timely fashion.

Dr. Cluck was born and raised in Northern California. He attended the University of California Santa Barbara for his undergraduate education.  He earned his MD/PhD at the Creighton University School of Medicine and graduated in the top of his class with several academic honors including Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. Cluck completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and was selected to attend the AOA Leadership Forum and the AAOS Clinical Scientist Development Program for displaying outstanding leadership skills and dedication toward clinical and basic science research. Dr. Cluck continued his education after residency in complex spine surgery at Case Western Reserve University with Henry Bohlman.

Dr. Cluck’s past academic and administravitve appointments include Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Clinical Instructor at the Good Samaritan Orthopaedic Residency Program where he educated medical students, Orthopaedic surgery residents, and spine surgery fellows. He currently serves as Chairman in the the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos and was Vice-Chariman of the department prior to that postion.  Dr. Cluck has published numerous articles and book chapters in the scientific literature. He is involved in peer review of journal articles submitted for scientific publication.  Dr. Cluck routinely educates surgeons from around the world in minimally invasive spine surgery techniques.

Dr. Cluck is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a member of the North American Spine Society, the Lumbar Spine Research Society, the Society of Lateral Access Surgeons, and the Califonia Orthopaedic Association.

Curriculum Vitae

Michael Warren Cluck, MD, PhD

Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Fellowship Trained Spine Surgeon
Qualified Medical Examiner

CURRICULUM VITAE
Bay Area Spine Care
455 O’Connor Drive, Ste 360
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone (408) 295-2200
Fax (408) 295-2202
www.bayareaspine.com

I. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 10/2013-Present – Bay Area Spine Care (Owner) – Surgical and Non-Surgical Care of Spinal Disorders
  • 4/2009-10/2013 – Silicon Valley Spine Institute (Employee) -Surgical and Non-Surgical Care of Spinal Disorders.
  • 8/2006-4/2009 – Spine Institute of Arizona (Employee) – Surgical and Non-Surgical Care of Spinal Disorders.

II. EDUCATION

  • Fellowship – Spine Surgery, Director-Henry Bohlman – Case Western Reserve University, OH, 2005-200
  • Residency – LAC+USC Medical Center – Orthopaedic Surgery, Los Angeles, CA, 2001-2005
  • Internship – LAC+USC Medical Center -General Surgery, Los Angeles, CA, 2000-2001
  • Medical School – Creighton University School of Medicine – Omaha, Nebraska, 1994-2000
  • Graduate School – Creighton University School of Medicine – Omaha, Nebraska, 1996-2000
  • Doctor of Philosophy Molecular Biology – Creighton University School of Medicine – Omaha, Nebraska, 1996-2000
  • Bachelor of Arts-Physiology and Cell Biology – University of California – Santa Barbara, California, 1987-1992
  • Diploma of Graduation – Hollister High School -Hollister, California, 1983-1987

III. HONORS AND AWARDS

  • “Top Doctor” Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Phoenix Magazine, 2009
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Physicians’ Assistant Program, LAC+USC, 2005
  • Outstanding Junior Paper Award, LAC+USC, 2004
  • AAOS Clinical Scientist Development Program, LAC+USC, 2003
  • AOA Leadership Forum, LAC+USC, 2003
  • Dr. Perer Award for Excellence in Biochemistry, Creighton University, 2000
  • Midwest Student Research Award, Creighton University, 1998
  • Jesuit Honor Society Nominee, Creighton University, 1997
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Creighton University, 1996
  • Order of Omega Academic Excellence, University of California, 1990
  • Dean’s Academic Honors, University of California, 1989

IV. LICENSURE

  • California Medical Board, License A76201 valid until 4/30/15
  • Arizona Medical Board, License 35401 valid until 4/29/09

V. PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Teaching Experience

  • Medical Student Education – University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • Basic Science Core Curriculum – Banner Good Samaritan Orthopaedic Residency
  • Spine Surgery Faculty – Banner Good Samaritan Orthopaedic Residency
  • Resident and Medical Student Education – Case Western Reserve University
  • Resident and Medical Student Education – LAC+USC Medical Center
  • Physicians’ Assistant Education- LAC+USC Medical Center
  • Molecular Biology Laboratory Teaching Assistant – Creighton University
  • Gross Anatomy Teaching Assistant- Creighton University
  • Grade School Science Tutor- Creighton University
  • Grade School Epilepsy Educator- Creighton University

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Co-Director, Spine Surgery Fellowship – Silicon Valley Spine Institute
  • Director, Medical Student Education – Spine Institute of Arizona
  • Director, Orthopaedic Resident Education- Spine Institute of Arizona
  • Co-Director, Spine Surgery Fellowship- Spine Institute of Arizona
  • Director, Basic Science Core Curriculum – Banner Good Samaritan Orthopaedic Residency
  • Chief, Spine Service, VA Medical Center – Case Western Reserve University
  • Chief Resident Trauma Service – LAC+USC Medical Center
  • Chief Resident Sports Service – LAC+USC Medical Center
  • Chief Resident Hand Service – LAC+USC Medical Center
  • Resident Core Curriculum – LAC+USC Medical Center
  • Committee on Scientific Investigation and Funding
  • Medical School Admissions Committee- Creighton University
  • Creighton Campaign 2000 Alumni Fund Volunteer- Creighton University
  • Community Service Committee- Creighton University
  • M-1 Class Officer Fund-raising Chairman- Creighton University

Society Memberships

  • Lumbar Spine Surgery Society (member)
  • North American Spine Society (member)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Fellow)
  • California Medical Association (past)
  • Endocrine Society (past)
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (past)

Hospital Affiliations

  • El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA
  • El Camino Hospital, Los Gatos, CA
  • Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Gatos, CA
  • O’Connor Hospital, San Jose, CA
  • Bay Area Surgical Group, Santa Clara, CA

Past Hospital Affiliations

  • Scottsdale Shea Hospital, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Scottsdale Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Scottsdale Osborn Hospital, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Surgical Specialty Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
  • Arrowhead Hospital, Glendale, AZ

VI. ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ, 9/2008-present
  • Co-Director, Spine Surgery Fellowship, Silicon Valley Spine Institute, Campbell, California, 4/2009-present.
  • Co-Director, Spine Surgery Fellowship, The Spine Institute of Arizona, Scottsdale, Arizona, 8/2006-4/2009.
  • Director, Basic Science Core Curriculum, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, 8/2006-4/2009.
  • Volunteer Faculty, Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, 8/2006-4/2009.
  • Volunteer Faculty, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, Arizona, 10/2007-4/2009.

VII. JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

  1. Menendez, L.R., Ahlmann, E.R., Savage, K., Cluck, M., Fedenko, A.N. Tumor Necrosis has no Prognostic Value in Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Soft Tissue Sarcoma. Clin Orthop Relat Res., 455: 219-224, 2007
  2. Cluck, M.W., Skaggs, D.L. Cobalt Chromium Sublaminar Wires for Spinal Deformity Surgery. Spine, 31(19): 2209-12, 2006.
  3. Cluck, M.W., Chan, C.Y., Adrian, T.E. The Regulation of Amylin and Insulin Gene Expression and Secretion. Pancreas, 30(1): 1-14, 2005.
  4. Skaggs, D.L., Cluck, M.W., Mostofi, A., Flynn, J.M., Kay, R.M. Lateral Entry Pin Fixation in the Operative Management of Supracondylar Humerus Fractures in Children. J Bone Joint Surg Am., 86A(4): 702-707, 2004.
  5. Cluck, M.W., Murphy, L.O., Olsen, J., Knezetic, J.A., Adrian, T.E. Amylin Gene Expression Mediated by cAMP/PKA and Transcription Factors HNF-1 and NFY. Mol Cell Endocrinol., 210(1-2): 63-75, 2003.
  6. Murphy, L.O., Cluck, M.W., Knezetic, J.A., Adrian, T.E. Pancreatic Cancer Cells Require an EGF Receptor-Mediated Autocrine Pathway for Proliferation in Serum-Free Conditions. British J.Cancer, 84(7): 926-935, 2001.
  7. Ding XZ, D., Iversen, P., Cluck, M.W., Knezetic, J.A., Adrian, T.E. Lipoxygenase Inhibitors Abolish Proliferation of Human Pancreatic Cancer Cells. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 26: 218-223, 1999.
  8. Allen, R.T., Cluck, M.W., Agrawal, D.K. Mechanisms Controlling Cellular Suicide: Role of BCL-2 and Caspases. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 54(5): 427-445, 1998.

VIII. BOOK CHAPTERS

(1) Cluck, M.W., Bohlman, H.H. Multilevel Cervical Spondylosis: Anterior Approach. Cervical Spine Surgery: Diagnosis and Management. Editors: T.J. Albert, J.Y. Lee, M.R. Lim. Chapter 4. Thieme Publishers, New York. 2008. In press.

IX. SCIENTIFIC PAPER PRESENTATIONS

  1. Back Pain Improves Following Nerve Decompression Without Fusion. Lumbar Spine Research Society, 2nd Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April 2-3, 2009.
  2. International Update on US DIAM IDE Trial. Medtronic Investigators Meeting, Nice, France, September 18-21, 2008.
  3. Preliminary Results of IDE study using DIAM for Axial Back Pain. Medtronic Research Forum, Memphis TN, January 25, 2008.
  4. Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion for Axial Neck Pain and Spinal Cord Compression. Inaugural Bohlman Spine Lecture Series, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2006
  5. Cobalt Chromium Sublaminar Wires for Spinal Deformity Surgery. Annual Senior Residents Research Forum, University of Southern California, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Los Angeles, CA, 2005.
  6. Lateral Entry Pin Fixation in the Operative Management of Supracondylar Humerus Fractures in Children. Annual Junior Residents Research Forum, University of Southern California, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Los Angeles, CA, 2004.
  7. Regulation of Amylin Gene Expression and Secretion in Pancreatic Beta Cells. Dissertation Seminar, Eppley Cancer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 1998.
  8. Amylin and Insulin Gene Expression is Regulated by cAMP and May Involve the Transcription Factors HNF-1 and NFY. Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 1998.
  9. Development of a Multiplex RT-PCR Technique to Measure Amylin and Insulin mRNA in Rat Beta Cells. Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 1997.
  10. Amylin and Insulin gene expression in pancreatic beta cells. Creighton University, Biomedical Sciences Seminar Series, Omaha, NE, 1996.
  11. Paclitaxel Modulates Beta Tubulins in Breast Cancer Cells Selected with the Multidrug Resistance (MDR) Modulator PSC 833. Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 1996.

X. PODIUM PRESENTATIONS AND LECTURES

  1. Conditions Of The Spine That Cause Pain…..What Are My Treatment Options? Scottsdale Thompson Peak Hospital, Community Education Seminar, Scottsdale, Arizona, February 3, 2009
  2. Prestige Cervical Disc Replacement: Background, Indications, Surgical Technique. Medtronic Faculty, Prestige Core Curriculum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Dec 15, 2008.
  3. Posterior Cervical Spine Decompression and Fusion. Sacral Fixation Techniques. Fundamentals of Spine Surgery. Medtronic Faculty, San Diego, California, August 8-9, 2008.
  4. Prestige Cervical Disc Replacement: Surgical Technique. Medtronic Faculty, Prestige Core Curriculum, Seattle, Washington, July 26, 2008.
  5. Molecular and Cellular Biology in Orthopaedic Surgery. Banner Good Samaritan Orthopaedic Residency Program, Resident Research Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona, June 20, 2008.
  6. Cervical Conditions. Making Sense of Spine Surgery, Medtronic Faculty, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 30-31, 2008.
  7. Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: Literature Review and History of Prestige Cervical Disc Replacement. Medtronic Faculty, Prestige Core Curriculum, AAOS, San Francisco, CA, March 4, 2008.
  8. History of Prestige Cervical Disc Replacement. Medtronic Faculty, Prestige Core Curriculum, Denver, CO, February 9, 2008.
  9. History of Prestige Cervical Disc Replacement. Medtronic Faculty, Prestige Core Curriculum, Memphis, TN, January 26, 2008.
  10. Surgical Management of Degenerative Disc Disease of the Spine. Arrowhead Hospital, Community Outreach Program, Glendale, AZ, January 17, 2008.
  11. Prestige Cervical Disc Arthroplasty. Association of Nurse Case Managers, Marriott Buttes Hotel, Phoenix, AZ, January 3, 2008. (CNU event)
  12. Prestige Cervical Disc Arthoplasty. Arizona Self Insured, Tempe, Arizona, December 19, 2007.
  13. Degenerative Disc Disease: Operative and Nonoperative Management. Grand Rounds, Scottsdale Osborn Hospital, Scottsdale, AZ, November 6, 2007. (CME event)
  14. Articular Cartilage and Osteoarthritis. Banner Good Samaritan Orthopaedic Residency Program, Basic Science Core Curriculum, Phoenix, AZ, November, 2007
  15. Cervical Conditions. Making Sense of Spine Surgery, Medtronic Faculty, Orlando, Florida, October 12-13, 2007.
  16. Bone Formation and Function. Banner Good Samaritan Orthopaedic Residecy Program, Basic Science Core Curriculum, Phoenix, AZ, October, 2007.
  17. Key Concepts in Spine Surgery. Making Sense of Spine Surgery, Medtronic Faculty, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 4-5, 2007
  18. Spine Surgery for the Masses: Diagnosis and Management. Arrowhead Hospital, Nurse and Allied Health Professionals Conference, Glendale, AZ, March 23, 2007.
  19. Surgical Treatment of Cervical Spine Disease, Scottsdale Shea Hospital, Grand Rounds, Scottsdale, AZ, January 26, 2006.
  20. Cervical Stenosis: Diagnosis and Management. MetroHealth Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Grand Rounds, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2006. (CME event)
  21. Upper Cervical Spine Trauma. MetroHealth Multidisciplinary Spine Seminar, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2006. (CME event).
  22. Thoracolumbar Fractures: Diagnosis and Management. Orthopaedic Trauma Seminar, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2005.
  23. Subtrochanteric Femur Fractures: Diagnosis and Management. Orthopaedic Trauma Seminar, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2004.
  24. Humerus Fractures: Diagnosis and Management. Orthopaedic Trauma Seminar, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2003.

XI. SCIENTIFIC POSTERS AND EXHIBITS

  • Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion for Axial Neck Pain and Spinal Cord Compression. Cervical Spine Research Society, Palm Beach, FL, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2006.
  • The Success of Lateral Pin Fixation in Supracondylar Humerus Fractures in Children.
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, New Orleans, LA, 2003.
  • Dissociation of Amylin and Insulin Secretion in β-cells is Mediated by Changes in Gene Expression. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Washington D.C., 1998.
  • Endogenous Stimulation of the EGF Receptor Massively Increases c-fos and c-jun mRNA in Human Pancreatic Cancer Cells. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Washington D.C., 1998.
  • Amylin Gene Expression is Regulated by cAMP and Involves HNF-1 and NFY. American Pancreatic Association, Chicago, IL, 1998.
  • Signal Transduction Following Autocrine Activation of EGF Receptors on Pancreatic Cancer Cells Employs the Extracellular-Regulated MAP Kinases 1 and 2. American Pancreatic Association, Chicago, IL, 1998.
  • Pancreatic Cancer Cell Proliferation is Inhibited by Activation of Protein Kinase C. American Pancreatic Association, Chicago, IL, 1998.
  • Non-parallel Secretion of Amylin and Insulin is Mirrored by Changes in mRNA Content in INS-1 cells. American Diabetes Association, Chicago, IL, 1997.
  • The Spectrum of Resistance to Paclitaxel in Human Sarcoma and Breast Cancer Cells Selected with and without the Multidrug Resistance (MDR) Modulator PSC 833. American Association of Cancer Research, Boston, MA, 1996.

XII. CONFERENCES ATTENDED

  • Lumbar Spine Research Society, 2nd Annual Meeting – Chicago, Illinois, April 3-4, 2009
  • Federation of Spine Associations – Las Vegas, Nevada, February 28, 2009
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 76th Annual Meeting – Las Vegas, Nevada, February 25-28, 2009
  • Lumbar Spine Research Society, 1st Annual Meeting – Chicago, Illinois, March 12-13, 2008
  • Cervical Spine Research Society, 35th Annual Meeting – San Francisco, CA, November 28 – December 01, 2007.
  • DuPuy Spine Fellowship Workshop: Bioskills Workshop (Assistant Faculty) – St. Louis, MO, May 10-12, 2007.
  • Medtronic Spinal and Biologics: Cervical Arthroplasty Update – Memphis, TN, March 29-31, 2007.
  • Cervical Spine Research Society, 34th Annual Meeting – Palm Beach. FL, November 30 – December 03, 2006.
  • North American Spine Society, 21st Annual Meeting – Seattle, WA, September 26-30, 2006
  • Federation of Spine Associations – Chicago, IL, March 25, 2006.
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, 73rd Annual Meeting – Chicago, IL, March 22-26, 2006.
  • Federation of Spine Associations – Washington, DC, February 26, 2005.
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, 72nd Annual Meeting – Washington, DC, February 23-27, 2005.
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, 70th Annual Meeting – New Orleans, LA, February 5-9, 2003.

XIII. RESEARCH INTERESTS

Basic Science/Clinical

  1. Intracellular signaling and gene expression
  2. Growth factors, cell cycle regulation and apoptosis
  3. Degenerative diseases of the spine
  4. Spinal trauma and deformity
  5. Metastatic disease of the spine

Clinical Trials

  1. DIAM™ Investigational Device Exemption (FDA study) 2007-present. Interspinous Process Spacer Versus Conservative Care for Axial Back Pain: A Prospective, Randomized Study.
  2. LDR Investigational Device Exemption (FDA study) 2007. Cervical Disc Arthroplasty Versus Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion for Radiculopathy and Myelopathy: A Prospective, Randomized Study.

XIV. OTHER INTERESTS

Athletics including golf, running, swimming, cycling, and skiing

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Dr. Cluck's Hospital Affiliations

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El Camino Hospital Los Gatos

The newest member of the El Camino Hospital family, El Camino Hospital Los Gatos is part of the El Camino Hospital organization, which means that it operates under the same medical license, is managed by the same executive team and governed by the same board of directors, and has the same non-profit status. It enjoys many benefits and operating efficiencies by sharing resources with El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, and the policies and procedures that have been developed and honed over many years at the Mountain View location have now been implemented in Los Gatos.

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O’Connor Hospital of San Jose

Quality health services and community support have been the tradition at O’Connor Hospital since we opened our doors in 1889. Whether for the birth of a baby or a life-saving surgery, our reputation for medical excellence, superior skill and advanced technology precedes us. Our Mission and Values guide everything we do at O’Connor Hospital.

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Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose

We are an acute care hospital serving Santa Clara County, California, in two locations: our main campus in San Jose and our Mission Oaks campus in Los Gatos. Through leadership in research and adopting the latest technological and clinical practices, Good Samaritan Hospital offers excellent medical care for the people of Silicon Valley and surrounding counties.

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Regional Medical Center of San Jose

Since 1965, Regional has been an essential part of Santa Clara County’s public and private health care networks. On a spacious campus at Jackson and McKee, Regional is an acute-care hospital that offers a comprehensive array of inpatient and outpatient services. Our six Centers of Excellence include Emergency and Trauma, Cardiovascular, Women and Children’s Health, Neurosciences, Cancer Care and Medical/Surgical Services. Each specialized area focuses on advancing the science of medicine while providing high quality and safe patient care.

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El Camino Hospital of Mountain View

El Camino Hospital is a nonprofit organization with hospital campuses in Mountain View, California and Los Gatos, California. Our hospitals have served communities in the South San Francisco Bay Area for more than 50 years. We strive to provide superlative care by focusing on patients’ needs, rather than on shareholders’ demands, and by incorporating the latest, proven medical technology and attracting the best medical staff and affiliated physicians.

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