Mick Perez-Cruet, MD, MS Vice-Chairman and Professor Director Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Spine Program, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Royal Oak, Michigan ________________________________________ Dr. Perez-Cruet is an Internationally recognized pioneer in the treatment of spinal disorders through the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques. His experience spans over 30 years. He is Vice-Chairman and Professor of the Department of Neurosurgery, Oakland University William Beaumont, School of Medicine, Royal Oak, MI. He is one of the core faculty for the recently established Neurosurgery Residency Program at Beaumont. He is the Beaumont Neurosurgeon Champion for the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC). Which represents the largest comprehensive spine surgery outcome registry in the country. He dedicates much of his time to the teaching of neurosurgeons, fellows, residents, and medical students. He has served as the Michigan delegate to the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS) for 20 years, was president of the Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons (MANS), and holds several administrative positions within Beaumont. Author of the best selling minimally invasive textbooks; Outpatient Spinal Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion: Techniques and Operative Nuances, and An Anatomical Approach to Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery just released in its second edition print, many consider the latter to be the definitive atlas of minimally invasive spine surgery. As an innovator and inventor he is CEO and President of MI4Spine LLC and developed minimally invasive spine technology through Thompson MIS. With well over 30 patents, his inventions have treated thousands of patients overcome debilitating spinal disorders. Additionally, he is president of the Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Society (MINS, www.minsociety.com); a nationally recognized organization that promotes improved patient outcomes through surgeon teaching, cadaveric labs, and research to promote minimally invasive spine and cranial procedures. His research focuses on stem cell based disc regeneration and innovations in minimally invasive spine surgery. His stem cell based work has been published in prestigious peer review journals including Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, and Tissue Engineering. Born at Walter Reed Army hospital in Washington DC. Dr. Perez-Cruet completed his undergraduate education at Grinnell College, Iowa. He went on to obtain a Masters of Science in Chemistry, from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. After he obtained his MD from Tufts University, Boston, MA and residency in Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Texas under Drs. Michael DeBakey and Robert Grossman, he completed active duty military service in the Air Force at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio Texas. He then completed a fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery at Rush Medical Center, Chicago, IL under Dr. Richard Fessler. He continues to have an extremely busy clinical practice with main research interest in minimally invasive spine surgery approaches, technology, and techniques. He conducts basic science research on stem cell base intervertebral disc regeneration and holds multiple patents in this area. However, his primary love is his family; wife Donna, a pediatric physiatrist, and children Kristin, Joshua, Rachel, and David.