Dr. Chopko attended the Northeast Ohio Medical University, where he obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. A graduate student under Theodore Voneida, his dissertation focus was on mammalian central nervous system transplantation. He then entered into the neurological surgery residency at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. While at UCSD, he completed a fellowship in interventional neuroradiology under the guidance Charles Kerber. Upon completing his training, he entered into private practice in Mansfield, Ohio from 2000-2013. During that time, he held a faculty appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. Drawing upon years of experience in the medical device arena, in 2009 he co-founded Silver Bullet Therapeutics, a company dedicated to the prevention and treatment of deep-seated bone infections through the use of novel anti-infective bone fixation devices. In the summer of 2013, he joined the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford, and practices clinical neurosurgery at the Stanford Clinic in Henderson Nevada.

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Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Dr. Chopko's current interests include the treatment of degenerative lumbar disease and local-regional therapies for neoplasms and deep-seated infections. With regard to lumbar stenosis, he is involved in investigating the effects of percutaneously remodeling, dis-inserting and partially resecting the hypertrophic ligamentum flavum, which is a commonly seen component in many instances of lumbar spinal stenosis. He is also studying the role of intra-arterial chemotherapy in spinal cancer.

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