New Procedure Stabilizes Back Joints to Ease Chronic Pain
Originally aired on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 11:08 AM EDT

 NY1 story featuring Dr. John Shiau, MD as reported by Bree Driscoll.

In this NY1 News story, Dr. Shiau explains how a new procedure is being used to stabilize back joints to ease chronic pain.

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Dr. Shiau Gets Afghanistan Veteran Back on Track!
Posted on Feb 14, 2013 By Christian Preston

Left to right - Bobbi Pellegrino, PA-C, Eric Varela, John Shiau, MD.

Left to right – Bobbi Pellegrino, PA-C, Eric Varela, John Shiau, MD.

“Being in the military was the greatest time in my life,” said Ret. Staff Sergeant Eric Varela who joined the U.S. Army in 1997. But the long military career Eric envisioned was sidelined.

On combat operations in Afghanistan, Varela suffered a herniated disc from carrying excessive weight. The fact is a US soldier in combat can carry anywhere from 70-150 lbs. at any given time.

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Dr. John Shiau: ‘The brain is beautiful’
Staten Island Advance | Marjorie Hack | July 18, 2012

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Neurosurgeon Dr. John Shiau said there was never much question about whether he would pursue a medical or a surgical specialty, once he decided to pursue a clinical career.

“I like to do things with my hands. I’m hyperactive. I run around a lot. My temperament is more in the surgical arena,” he said.

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