David L. Kramer, M.D.
David A. Bomback, M.D.
Kristy M. Zerfass, PA-C


39 Hospital Avenue Danbury, CT 06810 TEL: (203) 744-9700

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Dr. David L. Kramer, M.D.  
Orthopedic Surgeons Danbury | Dr David L Kramer MD | Bethel

Education

  • Dartmouth Medical School
    M.D. degree with honors
  • Dartmouth College
    A.B. degree in Biochemistry

Graduate Training

  • Orthopedic/Neurosurgical Fellowship in Spine Surgery Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • M.E. Muller Foundation European Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction
    Bern, Switzerland
  • Chief, Beth Israel Orthopedic Trauma Service
    Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Resident, Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Intern, General Surgery
    Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Board Certification

  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Certified        1998
    Re-certified    2008

Honors and Awards

  • Danbury Hospital and Danbury Health Systems Board of Directors, 2007 - Present
  • Danbury Hospital Medical Affairs Committee, 2007 - Present
  • Director, The Spine Center at Danbury Hospital, 2005- Present
  • Connecticut Magazine Top Doctors, 2013, 2012, 2011
  • Consumers’ Research Council of America - Award for America’s Top Orthopedists, 2010
  • The Patients’ Choice Award 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
  • Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd Award America’s Top Doctors 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
  • American Orthopaedic Association Zimmer Award for Orthopaedic Research, 1996
  • Cervical Spine Research Society Resident/Fellow Award for Research, 1996
  • Thomas Jefferson University and the Rothman Institute Award for Outstanding Research, 1996
  • American Orthopaedic Association Award for Outstanding Research, 1996
  • Jefferson Orthopaedic Society Research Day Award, 1996
  • Dartmouth Medical School Surgical Scholar Award, 1989
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Dartmouth Medical School, 1989
  • Daniel Webster Scholar, Dartmouth College, 1981

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Dr. David A. Bomback, M.D.

 

Orthopedic Surgeons Danbury | Dr David A Bomback MD | Bethel

Education

  • Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
    M.D. degree with honors
  • Columbia College
    B.A. degree in Biological Sciences

Graduate Training

  • Fellowship, Spine and Scoliosis Surgery
    Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
  • Chief Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery
    Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
  • Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery
    Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
  • Intern, General Surgery
    Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

Board Certification

  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Certified   2007

Honors and Awards

  • Medical Director, Danbury Hospital Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Unit, 2010
  • Connecticut Magazine Top Doctors, 2013, 2012, 2011
  • Consumers’ Research Council of America Award for America’s Top Orthopedists; 2010
  • The Patient’s Choice Award, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
  • Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. Award America’s Top Doctors; 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
  • O. Donald Chrisman Award -Yale graduating Chief Resident for most outstanding thesis presentation and excellence in research; June, 2004.
  • Wayne O. Southwick Orthopaedic Surgery Award -Yale graduating Chief Resident who exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of Dr. Southwick (former Chairman of Orthopaedics, Yale New Haven Hospital); June, 2004.
  • Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation - New York Metropolitan Area Resident Research Symposium 3rd Place Award Recipient; May 9, 2003
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1999
  • Rosamond Kane Cummins ’52 Award - Graduate entering orthopaedics with academic excellence, sensitivity, kindness, devotion to patients and the fine human qualities that she exemplified Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1999
  • Robert G. Bertsch Prize - Emulating Dr. Bertsch’s ideals of the humane surgeon Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1999
  • Herbert J. Bartelstone Award - Exceptional accomplishments in pharmacology Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1999

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Dr. Neel P. Shah, M.D.

 

Orthopedic Surgeons Danbury | Dr Neel P. Shah MD | Bethel

Education

  • SUNY Downstate, College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY
    MD, August 2006 – May 2010
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
    BS, Biomedical Engineering, September 2003 – June 2006

Graduate Training

  • New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Fellowship in Spine Surgery, August 2015 – Present (expected: August 2016)
  • Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
    Department of Orthopaedics
    Resident, July 2010 – July 2015

Licensure

  • Board Eligible, Passed ABOS Part 1 2015
    Medical License in Massachusetts

Research Experience

    Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School
  • Efficacy of Insulin and Insulin-memetic Adjuncts in a Rabbit Posterio-lateral Lumbar Fusion Model. Assess the effects of insulin and insulin-memetic adjuncts on the formation of fusion mass in posterior-lateral lumbar fusion in a rabbit model. (2012 – 2015) Advisors: Dr. Michael Vives, Dr. Sheldon Lin Poster presentation at NASS (Chicago, IL 10/2015) & Journal Publication in JAOSS

  • Northwestern University
  • Senior Design Project: Rapid Tuberculosis Test – Our team created a theoretical, novel low cost screening test for tuberculosis. (2005-2006) Advisors: Professor David Kelso and Dr. Matthew Glucksberg

Book Chapters

    Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School
  • Spine Surgery: Tricks of the Trade 3rd Edition; Dr. Alexander Vaccaro & Dr. Todd Albert
    Chapter & Video on Sub-laminar Wire Placement; Dr. Michael Vives, Dr. Sanjeev Sabharwal
    Currently in review for publication

Case Reports

    Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School
  • Traumatic Atlantoaxial Dislocation With Hangman’s Fracture Chaudhary SB, Martinez M, Shah NP, Vives MJ. Traumatic atlantoaxial dislocation with Hangman fracture. Spine J. 2015 Apr 1;15(4):e15-8.

Leadership

    Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School
  • Department of Orthopaedics Educational Committee: Yearly Meeting to discuss the current state of the residency program and to evaluate the adherence to the six main goals set forth by the ACGME.
  • Resident representative to CIR (resident) Union
    SUNY Downstate:
  • Orthopedics Club – President/Founder: 2007-2008. Focus of the club was to gain further exposure to the field of orthopedics. There were 20-30 active members. We organized events with several attending and residents. We also assisted interested medical students in getting linked in with research and clinical shadowing.
  • Student Senate (Med Council) – Elected official: 2006 – 2010; Treasurer – 2007-2008
  • South Asian Association of Brooklyn (SAAB) – Treasurer: 2007-2008
  • Student Health Committee: Reviewed and approved health insurance contract bids for SUNY Downstate students annually.

Awards

    Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School
  • Golden Apple Nomination, PGY-2
    Award given to residents who exhibit excellent teaching and mentoring to medical students. Nominations by current medical students.
  • Resident representative to CIR (resident) Union
    SUNY Downstate:
  • Christopher Pavlides, MD Memorial Award
    Given to one 4th year medical student at graduation in recognition of his/her efforts at SUNY Downstate during their Orthopaedic Surgery Clerkship.
    Northwestern University:
  • Margaret and Muir Frey Memorial Prize;
    awarded each year for innovation and creativity in senior capstone work, judged by a jury of recognized leaders from many fields of engineering. The award comes with a $17,000 prize.

Awards

    SUNY Downstate:
  • Brooklyn Free Clinic: Pharmacy Team:
    Coordinated discounted/free pharmaceuticals for patients of the clinic. Senior Volunteer: See patients; teach MS1/MS2 interviewing and physical exam skills. (2006-2010)

Kristy M. Zerfass, PA-C

 

Education

  • Syracuse University
    BS: Health and Exercise Science Major, Biology Minor
    GPA: 3.71, Magna Cum Laude

Graduate Training

  • Salus University
    Masters in Medical Science in Physician Assistant
    GPA: 3.91, Highest Honors

Board Certification

  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant

Common Spinal Conditions

Understanding Your Spinal Condition

Anatomy of the Spine
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Back and Neck Braces
Biological and Medical Risk Factors
Bone Grafts
Diagnosing Spine Problems
Lifestyle Risk Factors
Osteoporosis
Pain Medications
Possible Complications of Spine Surgery
Post Surgery Rehabilitation
Preventive Treatment Options
Spinal Rehabilitation
Surgical After Care

Neck Pain & Disorders (Cervical)

Anatomy of the Cervical Spine
Anterior Cervical Fusion
Cervical Corpectomy and Strut Graft
Cervical Fusion
Cervical Kyphosis
Cervical Laminectomy
Cervical Radiculopathy
Cervical Spinal Stenosis
Neck Pain (Overview)
Posterior Cervical Fusion
Rehabilitation of the Cervical Spine
Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Cervical Spine

Mid-Back Pain & Disorders (Thoracic)

Adult Kyphosis
Adult Kyphosis - Types and Causes
Compression Fractures
Herniated Thoracic Disc
Possible Complications
Scheuermann's Kyphosis
Scoliosis
Thoracic Spine Anatomy

Low Back Pain & Disorders (Lumbar)

Compression Fractures
Degenerative Adult Scoliosis
Degenerative Disc Disease
Intervertebral Cages
Laminotomy and Discectomy
Low Back Pain (Overview)
Low Back Pain in Athletes
Lumbar Herniated Disc
Lumbar Laminectomy
Lumbar Spinal Fusion
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar Spine Anatomy
Lumbar Spine Surgery
Pedicle Screws and Rods
Possible Complications
Rehabilitation for Low Back Pain
Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome
Scoliosis
Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis
Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

Scoliosis & Spinal Deformity

Scoliosis
Adult Scoliosis
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Radiological Imaging, Tests & Procedures

Bone Scan
CT Scan
Discogram
EMG
Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI)
Facet Joint Block Injection
Lab Tests
MRI Scan
Myelogram
Somatosensory Evoked Potential
Spinal Injections
Spinal Tap
X-ray