About Frank Kuwamura MD Our Specialist
Biography

A leader and instructor in emerging technology and spine surgery, Dr. Kuwamura treats multiple conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar areas of the spine, including: fractures, spinal stenosis, arthritis, tumors, spinal deformities, sciatica, spinal infections, and much more. Dr. Kuwamura is fellowship trained in spine treatments from the Florida Neck and Back Institute and has been in practice for over 19 years and maintains his board certification through ongoing education and training.

Beginning his career as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Kuwamura is a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine and received a Master’s Degree in Microbiology. During his distinguished career, he also served at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Kuwamura is a pioneer and product designer for leading medical technology and is on-site at Innovative Spine to provide one-on-one consultations and patient-centered care.

Education

Undergraduate: Catholic University of America (BA) (1983)

Graduate: Boston University Division of Medical Science. 80 E. Concord St., Boston, MA 02118. Microbiology, Immunology (MA) (Sept. 1983 – May 1985)

Medical: Boston University School of Medicine (MD) (Sept. 1985 – May 1989). 80 E. Concord St., Boston, MA 02118

Post Graduate: Internship/General Surgery (Jul. 1st 1989 – Jun. 30th 1990). National Naval Medical Center. Bethesda, MD 20889-5600

Active Duty: 3rd Marine Division -7/1190 – -7/1191

Residency: Orthopedic Surgery (Jul. 7th 1991 – Jul. 7th 1995). National Naval Medical Center. Bethesda, MD 20889-5600

Fellowship: Adult and Pediatric Spine (Feb. 1st 1998 – Feb. 1st 1999). Florida Neck and Back Institute. 6400 West Newberry Rd. #206. Gainesville, FL 32605.

Licensure
Texas
Military Experience
Rank: Commander

Duty Stations: National Naval Medical Center – 1989-1990

-Medical Officer and Department Head

-Medical Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD – 1991-1995

-Naval Hospital, 10651 E. St., Corpus Christi, TX 78419

-Department Head – Aug. 1995 – Dec.1997

Board Certification
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Bexar County Medical Society

Professional Societies
-Open Technique for Anterior Lumbar Interbody Procedures followed by a minimally invasive Approach to Posterior Lateral Fusion. EBI Regional Spine Hands-On Workshop. Phoenix. Feb. 10th 2006

-Techniques for Spine Surgery Utilizing EBI & Interpore Cross International Spine Products. San Antonio, TX. Jan. 28th 2005

-Diagnosis of Back and Neck Pain; Baptist Health System. Office of Management of Common Orthopedic Problems. San Antonio, TX. Jul. 24th 2004

-When the Spine Needs Surgery; Baptist Health System. 10th Office Management of Common Orthopedic Problems. San Antonio, TX. Feb. 1st 2001

-Management of Back Pain; Baptist Health Systems.9th Office Management of Common Orthopedic Problems. San Antonio, TX. Feb. 5th 2000

-Stand Alone Anterior Lumbar Cages. Our Five-Year Results. Florida Orthopedic Society Meeting. Miami, FL. May 1998. May 1998

-Suprafascial Pedicle Screw Stabilization of Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusions. Florida Orthopedic Society Meeting. Miami, FL. May 1998

-Lumbar spine Degenerative Disc Disease, The source of Lumbar Pain; Radiological Investigations. Research Institute International Symposium. Scottsdale, AZ. Nov. 1998

-Surgical Approaches, Conventional Discectomy vs. Percutaneous Techniques. Research Institute International Symposium. Scottsdale, AZ. Nov. 1998

-Autologous Growth Factors: Alternatives in Spinal Fusion, New Concepts and Options in Bone Grafting. Keystone, CO. Dec. 1998

-The Structure and Functional of the Coracoaromial Ligament. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Orlando, FL. Apr. 1995 

-Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: Results Utilizing a Compound Approach Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons. Washington, DC. Apr. 1993

-Spine Manifestations in Neurofibromatosis. Grand Rounds Nemours Children’s Clinic. Jacksonville, FL. Apr. 1993

-Medial Complex Injuries in the Young Throwing Athlete. Grand Rounds Nemours Children’s Clinic. Jacksonville, FL

-Triangular Fibrocartilage Injuries. Grand Rounds Nemours Children’s Clinic. Jacksonville, FL. May 1993

Publications
-Association of Fabry’s Disease with Avascular. Necrosis Orthopedics. 1990

-The Role of Iron in Infection. 1985

Research
-Blackstone Cervical Disk Replacement. CO – Investigator. Jan. 2009

Emulex – Annular Repair Study. Principle Investigator. Jan. 2008

Coflex Study. CO – Investigator. Jan. 2007

Regain – Nucleus Replacement. Principle Investigator. Apr. 2006

Anterior Column Support of the Spine: Cage Technology & Bone Graft Alternatives. Florida Neck & Back Institute, P.A. Research Institute International, P.A. 1998

Suprafascial Pedicle Screw Stabilization of Anterior Lumbar intradiscal Fusions: Atraumatic Operative Technique. 1998

Florida Neck & Back Institute, P.A. Research Institute International, P.A. 1998

Transabdominal Laparoscopic Spine Surgery and Stand-Alone Anterior Cage. Florida Neck & Back Institute, P.A. Research Institute International, P.A. 1998

Autologous Growth Factors: Alternatives in Spinal Fusion, New Concepts and Options in Bone. 1998

GraftC-Reactive Protein Levels as a Marker of Postoperative Infections in Children Nemours Children’s Clinic. Jacksonville, FL. 1993

Continuing Medical Education
-Currently Registered to attend: North American Spine Society. 31st Annual Meeting. Oct. 26th – Oct. 29th 2016.

-Complication Avoidance and Management in Minimally invasive Spine Surgery. May 2015.

-North American Spine Society. Instructional Course: Coding Update. 30th Annual Meeting. Oct. 14th – Oct. 17th 2015.

-North American Spine Society. 29th Annual Meeting. Nov. 12th – Nov. 15th 2014.

-North American Spine Society. Annual Meeting Pre-course. Technique workshop: Options in Posterior Cervical Fixation. 28th Annual Meeting. Oct. 8th. Oct. 12th 2013.

-Coding Update. Jul. 2012.

-North American Spine Society. 27th Annual Meeting. Oct. 24th – Oct. 27th 2012.

-North American Spine Society. Current Techniques for the Treatment of Acute Spine Trauma. 26th Annual Meeting. Nov. 2nd – Nov. 5th 2011.

-Orthopedic Spine and Pain Management. Driven ASC Conference (14.5 hrs.). Chicago, IL. Jun. 10th – Jun. 12th 2010.

-EMR Panacea or Pandora’s Box. Bastrop, TX. 1 AMA PRA Category I Credit. Mar. 26th 2010.

-North American Spine Society. San Francisco, CA. 29.00, AMA PRA, Category I Credit. Nov. 9th – Nov.12th 2009.

-Minimize the Risk of Narcotic Diversion. San Antonio, TX. 1 AMA PRA Category I Credit. Sept. 14th 2009.

-AAOS Contemporary Techniques in Spinal Surgery #3210. 21 Category AMA PRA Category I. Sept.18th – Sept. 20th 2008.

-Texas Medical Board Complaints & Investigations. 1 AMA PRA Category I Credit. Apr. 12th 2008.

-North American Spine Society. 22nd Annual Meeting. 24.00, AMA PRA, Category I. Oct. 23rd – Oct. 27th 2007.

-AAOS ‘73 Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. 31.00, Category I. Mar. 22nd – Mar. 26th 2006.

-Coding Update. Apr. 2005.

-North American Spine Society. 20th Annual Meeting. Pennsylvania Conventional Center, Philadelphia, PA. 27.25 Credit Hours, Category I. Sept. 27th – Oct. 1st 2005.

-Joint Meeting of ASSH and ASHT. San Antonio, TX. 22.75 Credit Hours, Category I. Sept. 22nd – Sept. 24th 2005.

-Current Issues of MRI in Orthopedics & Spine Medicine. San Francisco, CA. 27.5 Credit Hours Category I. Aug. 21st – Aug. 24th 2005.

-North American Spine Society. Essentials & Controversies or Operative & Nonoperative Spine Care Coding. 16 Credit Hours, Category I. Apr. 1st-2nd 2005.

-Charite Artificial Disk Training. Cincinnati, Ohio. Nov. 30th – Dec. 1st 2004.

-Third Annual Emerging Technology in Spine Surgery. Washington, DC. 16 Credit Hours, Category I. Sept. 30th – Oct. 2nd 2004

-Management of Chronic Spine Pain Workshop. Minneapolis, MN. Oct. 3rd – Oct. 5th 2003.

-Impairment Rating Course: AMA Guidelines 4th Edition. AADEP – San Antonio, TX. 17.0 Credit Hours, Category I. Apr. 4th 2003.

-Advances in Spine Surgery. Las Vegas, NV. 0 Credit Hours. Apr. 26th – Apr 28th 2002.

-Global Advances in Spine Surgery. Cancun, Mexico. 0 Credit Hours. Jan. 24th  Jan.28th 2002. 

-Common Orthopedic Problems. San Antonio, TX. Feb. 17, 2001.

-Modern Concepts In Anterior Lumbar Surgery 2001. New Orleans, LA. 6.00 Credit Hours,an. Category I.  11th – Jan. 13th 2001.

-North American Spine Surgery. New Orleans, LA. 25 Credit Hours, Category I. Oct. 24th – Oct. 29th 2000.

-Office Management of Common Orthopedic Problems. San Antonio, TX. 6.00 Credit Hours, Category I. Feb. 5th 2000

-Bone Graft Alternatives. Infusion – Autologous Growth Factor. San Diego, CA. 15.00 Credit Hours, Category I. July 2000.

-Laparoscopic Spinal Fusions. Dallas, TX. 10.00 Credit Hours. June 2000.

-Anterior Column Support of the Spine: Cage Technology & Bone Graft Alternatives II. Nassau, Bahamas. 17.5 Credit Hours, Category I. Nov. 8th – Nov. 10th 1999.

-IDET Course. MERI Institute. Memphis, TN. 9.00 Credit Hours. Oct. 1st 1999.

-Danek Instrumentation Course. MERI Institute. Memphis, TN. 8.00 Credit Hours. Sept. 30th 1999.

-Orthopaedic Surgery Monday Morning Conferences. UTHSC- San Antonio, TX. 1.0    Credit Hours, AMA Category I. Jan. 1st – Dec. 20th 1999.

-Anterior Column Suppmi of the Spine: Cage Technology & Bone Graft Alternatives Scottsdale, AZ. 17.5 Credit Hours, Category I. Nov. 12th – Nov. 14th 1998.

-New Concepts & Options in Bone Grafting. Keystone, CO. 5 Credit Hours. San Diego, CA. 15.50 Credit Hours. Dec. 12 1998.

-Strategies in Treatment & Care: The Failed Spine Patient. Baltimore, Maryland. 12.00 Credit Hours, Category I. Aug. 21st – Aug. 23 1998.

-AO ASIF Montreal Comprehensive Spine Course. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 22.00 Credit Hours, Category I. Jul. 16th – Jul. 19th 1998.

-AANA, 16th Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA.15.50 Credit Hours. Apr. 23rd – Apr. 26th 1997.

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