Dr. Joseph S. Cheng MD, MS, FAANS

Dr. Cheng is the current Frank H. Mayfield chair of neurological surgery of the University of Cincinnati (UC) department of neurosurgery at UC College of Medicine. He completed his neurosurgical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and continued there to complete his post-residency fellowship in complex spinal surgery. During that time, he also received a Master of Science in biomedical engineering at Marquette University with his thesis on Spinal Biomechanics and Modeling. His research interests include health policy, surgical outcomes, spinal biomechanics, spinal oncology, spinal deformity and minimally invasive spinal techniques. He has taught numerous courses on spinal surgery, published extensively with research papers and book chapters, along with being a well-known speaker and presenter. Dr. Cheng is an active member of many professional organizations and has been in leadership roles, including in the AANS, the AANS/CNS Spine Section, the AANS/CNS Trauma Section, the AMA, the AO, the CNS, North American Spine Society (NASS), the Wisconsin State Medical Society and the Tennessee Neurosurgical Society. He previously served as professor and vice chair in the department of neurosurgery at Yale University and previously as the director of the neurosurgery spine program at Vanderbilt University. He is currently chair of the AANS/CNS Coding and Reimbursement Committee and is the AANS CPT advisor and liaison. He has been past chair of the CPT Committee for the AANS/CNS Spine Section, as well as being past vice chair of the AANS/CNS Coding and Reimbursement Committee and past director of the AANS Coding Program.