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Richard H. Tippets, MD


dr_richard_h_tippetsPrimary Interests

  • Specializes in neurosurgery of the spine
  • Cervical (neck) spine surgery
  • Herniated discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Degenerative disease
  • Disc replacement surgery ("artificial disc")
  • Microsurgery of the spine
  • Trained in endoscopic lumbar laser microdiscectomy (KTP Laser)
  • Fusions of the neck and back
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Treatment of spinal instability
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Computer assisted surgical procedures

Almost all insurance plans accepted
20 years experience

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Education

  • Baccalaureate Degree: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1980 Degree: B.S. in Biology
  • Advanced Degree: University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1985 Degree: M.D.
  • Internship: General Surgery, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1985 to 1986
  • Residency: University of Utah Department of Neurological Surgery, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1986 to 1991
  • Diploma: Intermediate Course in Neurology, National Hospital in Queens Square, London, England, 1988
  • Specialty Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery, 1996

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery) 1991 to June 1997
  • Scientific Program Committee for the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, February 1996
  • Principal Investigator, Multicenter Dose-Ranging and Effectiveness Study of PEG-Superoxide Dismutase in Severe Head Injury, January 1993 to December 1995
  • Associate Professor (Clinical), Department of Neurosurgery, July 1997 to present
  • Neurosurgical Associates, February 1998 to present

Scholastic Honors

  • Leadership Honors:
    • Owl and Key Honor Society, 1978
    • Skull and Bones Honor Society, 1978
    • Mortar Board Honor Society, 1979
  • Academic Honors:
    • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1976
    • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, 1977
    • U of U Honors Program, 1974 to 1980
    • Amigo de las Americans, 1975
    • Neuroscience Honors Program, 1985
    • Academy of Neurological Surgeon’s Annual Meeting Honorable Mention Resident’s Award, September 1989
    • Resident Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Neurosurgery, 1995

Administrative Experience

  • University of Utah Spine Rehab Center Clinical Core Team, 1993 to 1998
  • University of Utah Hospital Quality Assurance Committee, 1993 to 1998
  • Chairman, Physician’s Committee for the Industrial Commission to Determine Treatment Protocols for Work Related Cervical Medical Problems, 1994
  • Neurosurgery Representative to Medical Education Committee, 1995
  • Scientific Program Committee for the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, February 1996
  • Member, PRT Clinical Track Subcommittee, November 1997

Professional Community Activities

  • Member of the Utah Peer Review Organization (UPRO) Back Study Group, 1992

University Community Activities

  • Senior Class President, University of Utah, 1985

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Resident Member, AMA, 1986
  • Resident Member, CNS, 1987 to 1991
  • Member, Utah State Neurosurgical Society, 1991 to present
  • Member, AMA, 1992 to present
  • Member, CNS, 1992 to present
  • Member, Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, 1992 to present
  • President, Utah State Neurosurgical Society, 1992 to 1994
  • Candidate Member, AANS, April 1992 to January 1997
  • Member, AANS, January 1997 to present

Teaching Responsibilities /Assignments

  • Teaching Assistant, University of Utah Biology Department, 1978 to 1980
  • Instructor, BRW Stereotactic Workshops, 1988
  • Instructor, Cervical Spine Stabilization Course, AANS Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 1989
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, 1991 to 1998. Duties include resident teaching, surgical training, etc. 10 residents per year
  • Instructor, Cervical Spine Stabilization Course, CNS Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 1992
  • Instructor, Cervical Spine Stabilization Course, AANS Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 1993
  • Associate Professor (Clinical), Department of Neurosurgery, 1997 to 1998. Duties included resident teaching, surgical training, etc. 10 residents per year

Original Publications

  • Tippets RH and Apfelbaum RI: Anterior cervical fusion with Casper instrumentation system. Neurosurgery 22:1008-1013, 1998.
  • Fluts, DW, Tippets RH, Thomas GA, Nakamura Y, and White R: Loss of heterozygosity for the loci on chromosome 17p in human malignant astrocytoma. Cancer Research 49:6572-6577, 1989.
  • Brockmeyer DL, Apfelbaum RI, Tippets, RH, Walker ML, Carey L: Pediatric cervical spine instrumentation using screw fixation. Pediatric Neurosurgery 22(3):147-157, 1995.
  • Bradshaw KM, Schweizer MP, Glover GH, Hadley JR, Tippets RH, Tang P, Davis WL, Heilbrun MP, Johnson S, Ghanem T: BSH distributions in the canine head and a human patient using 11B MRI. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 34:48-56, 1995.

Books and Book Chapters

  • Tippets RH and Hood RS: Operative Management of Lumbar Disc disease in Tindall GT, Cooper PR, Barrow DL (eds.): The Practice of Neurosurgery. William and Wilkins, Baltimore, Maryland, Volume III, Chapter 164, pp 2483-2488, 1995.
  • Tippets RH and Alvis JM: Treatment of Axis Fractures in Sonntag VKH, Menezes AH (eds.): Principles of Spinal Surgery. McGraw-Hill, Inc., New York, Volume II, Chapter 56, pp 871-883, 1996.
  • Schweizer MP, Bradshaw KM, Hadley JR, Tippets RH, Tang PPZ, Glover GH, Heilbrun MP, Johnson S, Hendee SP: Boron MRI in a Tumor-Bearing Canine Model in Mishima Y, (ed.): Cancer Neutron Capture Therapy. Plenum Press, New York, New York, pp 843-848, 1996.
  • Tang P, Schweizer MP, Hadley JR, Hendee SP, Tippets RH, Bradshaw KM: T1 Measurement to Study the Penetration of BNCT Agents into Canine Tumors Caused y Blood Brain Barrier Damage in Mishima Y (ed.): Cancer Neutron Capture Therapy. Plenum Publishing Corporation, New York. (In press.)
  • Malone D and Tippets RH: Anterior subaxial cervical fixation techniques in Apuzzo M (ed.): Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complication Avoidance and Management, Churchill Livingstone, New York. (In press.)

Oral Presentations

  • “Anterior Cervical Fusion with Caspar Instrumentation—Initial 20 Patients Eperience”, Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, Deer Valley, Utah. (With R.I. Apfelbaum, M.D.), 06/87.
  • “Anterior Cervical Fusion with Caspar Instrumentation”, Richard Lende Winter Neurosurgical Conference, Snowbird, Utah. (With R.I. Apfelbaum, M.D.), 02/88.
  • “Anterior Cervical Fusion with Caspar Instrumentation”, AANS Annual Meeting, Plenary Session, Toronto, Canada. (With R.I. Apfelbaum, M.D.), 04/88.
  • “Far Lateral Disc Herniation—Operative Techique and Clinical Results in a 60 Patient Series”, Richard Lende Winter Neurosurgical Conference, Snowbird, Utah. (With R.S. Hood, M.D.), 02/89.
  • “Far Lateral Disc Herniation—Operative Techique and Clinical Results in a 60 Patient Series”, Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the AANS and CNS, Cancun, Mexico. (With R.S. Hood, M.D.) 02/89.
  • “Far Lateral Disc Herniation—Operative Techique and Clinical Results in a 60 Patient Series”, AANS Annual meeting, Plenary Session, Washington, D.C. (With R.S. Hood, M.D.), 06/89.
  • “Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy for the Relief of Spasticity in Cerebral Palsied Children”, Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society Meeting, Durango, Colorado. (With M.L. Walker, M.D.), 06/89.
  • “Allelic Delections that Map to Chromosome 17p in Human Malignant Astrocytoma”, Academy of Neurological Surgeons, Scottsdate, Arizona. (With D.W. Fults, M.D.), 09/89.
  • “Long-Term Follow-up on Results of Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy for the Relief of Spasticity in Cerebral Palsied Children”, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California. (With M.L. Walker, M.D.), 10/89.
  • “Loss of Heterozygosity for Loci on Chromosome 17p in Human Malignant Astrocytoma”, Richard Lende Winter Neurosurgical Conference, Snowbird, Utah. (With D.W. Fults, M.D.), 02/90.
  • “Allelic Delections that Map to Chromosome 17p in Human Malignant Astrocytoma”, AANS Annual Meeting, Posterior Session, Nashville, Tennessee. (With D.W. Fultz, M.D.), 04/90.
  • “Technical and Clinical Complications with Caspar Plating”, Cervical Spine Research Society, Palm Springs, California. (With R.I. Apfelbaum, M.D.), 12/92.
  • “Management of Thoracolumbar and Lumbar Fractures Using the A.O. Internal Fixator”, Richard Lende Winter Neurosurgical Conference, Snowbird, Utah. (With J.D. Schlegel, M.D.), 02/93.
  • “Technical and Clinical Complications with Caspar Plating”, AANS Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts. (With R.I. Apfelbaum, M.D.), 04/93.
  • “Management of Thoracolumbar and Lumbar Fractures Using the A.O. Internal Fixator”, Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society Meeting, Bigfork, Montana. (With J.D. Schlegel, M.D.), 06/93.
  • “Technical and Clinical Complications with Pedicle Screw Fixation”, Richard Lende Winter Neurosurgery Conference, Snowbird, Utah, 02/94.
  • “Surgical Management of Upper Thoracic Spine Pathology (T1 to T4)”, Richard Lende Winter Neurosurgery Conference, Snowbird, Utah, 02/08/95.
  • “Posterior Thoracolumbar Instrumentation Course”, Faculty Member, Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the AANS and CNS, Phoenix, Arizona, 02/16/95.
  • “Cervical Spine Stabilization Course”, Faculty Member, Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the AANS and CNS, Phoenix, Arizona, 02/17/95.
  • “Surgical Management of Thoracolumbar Instability”, Faculty Member, AANS Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, 04/23/95.
  • “Surgical Management of Upper Thoracic Spine Pathology (T1 to T4)”, Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society meeting, Sun Valley, Idaho, 06/18/95.
  • Cervical Instrumentation: “Occiput to C2”, Faculty Member, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, San Francisco, California, 10/15/95.
  • “Cervical Spine Practical Course”, Moderator, Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the AANS and CNS, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 03/01/96.
  • Cervical Stabilization Special Course”, Faculty, Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the AANS and CNS, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 03/01/96.
  • “Upper Thoracic Pathology”, and “Mangement of Thoracolumbar and Lumbar Spine Fractures with the Internal Fixator”, Guest Faculty, 1996 Montana Neurosurgery Symposium, Bigfork, Montana, 09/02/96.
  • “Craniovertebral Junction and Upper Cervical Spine Stabilization”, Faculty, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 09/29/96.
  • “Management of Thoracolumbar and Lumbar Spine Fractures Using the Internal Fixator”, Poster, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 09/96.
  • “Surgical Management of Upper Thoracic Spine Pathology (T1 to T4)”, Poster, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 09/96.
  • “Nuts and Bolts of Spinal Surgery”, Guest Faculty, Fourth Annual Intensive Interactive MRI Imaging and Neuroradiology, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12/12/96.
  • “Management Strategies for Distraction Injuries of the Thoracic or Lumbar Spine”, Richard Lende Winter Neurosurgery Conference, Snowbird, Utah, 02/06/97.
  • “Special Course—Deformity Treatment and Stabilization of the Subaxial Cervical Spine”, Faculty, Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the AANS and CNS, Newport Beach, California, 02/21/97.
  • “Nuts and Bolts of Spinal Surgery—How to Screw Up a Spine”, Spinal Cord Injury Program, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04/21/97.
  • “Image Guided Stereotaxy as a Tool for Placement of Fixation Screws Along the Spinal Axis”, Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society meeting, Jasper Park Lodge, Canada, 06/27/97.
  • “Posterior Cervical and Craniocervical Instrumentation”, Faculty, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, New Orleans, Louisiana, 09/27-10/02/97.
  • Faculty Member, Ski With the Spine Center Annual Meeting, Whistler, British Columbia, 01/18/98-01/23/98.
  • “Anterior Cervical Fusion and Plating for Traumatic Instability”, Richard Lende Winter Neurosurgery Conference, Snowbird, Utah, 01/31/98-02/07/98.
  • “When in a ‘360’ Not a Ski Jump Technique”, Richard Lende Winter Neurosurgery Conference, Snowbird, Utah, 01/31/98-02/07/98.