Health Care Advances in Gloversville, NY

By Heather Johnston Johnson on March 2, 2012 at 8:09 pm EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Jeffrey S. Otto

Northern New York offers a new level of spine care with the addition of orthopedic surgeon Jian Shen to the staffs of two area hospitals.

Dr. Shen moved to the area in July 2011 and joined the medical practice of Dr. Russell Cecil and Dr. Gerald Ortiz at Nathan Littauer Hospital’s Johnstown Surgery Center in Gloversville as well at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Since his arrival, Shen performed New York’s first endoscopic cervical spine surgery and treated patients with a variety of spinal conditions. He takes a conservative approach toward surgery, opting for non-surgical procedures like epidural spine injections or physical therapy before considering more invasive measures.

His expertise, which includes minimally invasive decompression/fusion surgery and complex deformity/scoliosis and revision spine surgery, gives area surgical patients more options than ever before. Through endoscopic surgery, patients benefit from less blood loss, see reduced scarring and experience quicker recovery times. In his first few months in New York, around 80 percent of Shen’s surgeries were minimally invasive, he says.

Dr. Jian Shen's Medical Background

Shen is happy with his move across the country. “I really like the Northeast and the Adirondacks; it’s beautiful here.” Northeast New York’s small town atmosphere is also appealing. “I did all my training in big cities, but there are more opportunities in a place like here. I can use my skills more and help people more,” he says.  

Most recently, Shen completed a spine surgery fellowship at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. He has a medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York City and completed a surgical internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and an orthopedic surgery residence at Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Looking forward, Shen wants to be part of even more innovation in the area. “I want to be able to spur a center of excellence in the Adirondacks and give even better care in the area.” 

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