Dr. Kopjar's teachings focus on clinical and managerial epidemiology, clinical research, and evidence-based health care. He serves as an author/co-author of over 300 scientific publications. Dr. Kopjar's work has been published in journals such as the Lancet, the Journal of Neurosurgery, the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Orthopedics.
Dr. Kopjar's public health practice work includes serving as the Research Director for the Norwegian Foundation for Health Services Research, the Methods Core Lead Investigator for AOSpine North America's Clinical Trial Network and the Head of the Department for Preventive Medicine at the Norwegian National Institute of Public Health.
He holds memberships with the North American Spine Society (NASS) and the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) and is a member of the editorial board of the International Scholarly Research Network (ISRN).
Dr. Kopjar serves as a Visiting Professor to several major global medical schools and as a consultant to leading international pharmaceutical and medical-device companies. He has held the title of Advisor to the Minister for multiple governments.
Dr. Kopjar's work has been honored with several awards, including the prestigious 2005 John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year in Health Services Research and the Outstanding Outcomes & Research Award by the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons.
He received his MD in Internal Medicine from the University of Zagreb Medical School and a MS in Biostatistics and Medical Informatics from the University of Zagreb School of Public Health. Dr. Kopjar would go on to complete a fellowship in Health Services Research and a PhD in Epidemiology and Health Economics at the University of Oslo, Norway.
Prevention effectiveness; outcomes research; comparative effectiveness; neurosurgery; orthopedics, biostatistics; quality of care; clinical trials
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MS University of Zagreb (Yugoslavia), 1991 (Biostatistics)
MD University of Zagreb (Yugoslavia), 1987 (Internal Medicine)
Fehlings MG, Barry S, Kopjar B, Yoon ST, Arnold P, Massicotte EM, Vaccaro A, Brodke DS, Shaffrey C, Smith JS, Woodard E, Banco RJ, Chapman J, Janssen M, Bono C, Sasso R, Dekutoski M, Gokaslan ZL. Anterior versus posterior surgical approaches to treat cervical spondylotic myelopathy: outcomes of the prospective multicenter AOSpine North America CSM study in 264 patients. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Dec 15;38(26):2247-52. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000047. PMID: 24108289
Smith JS, Kepler CK, Kopjar B, Harrop JS, Arnold P, Chapman JR, Fehlings MG, Vaccaro AR, Shaffrey CI. Effect of Type II Odontoid Fracture Nonunion on Outcome Among Elderly Patients Treated Without Surgery: Based on the AOSpine North America Geriatric Odontoid Fracture Study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Dec 15;38(26):2240-6. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000009. PMID: 24335630
Fehlings MG, Wilson JR, Karadimas SK, Arnold PM, Kopjar B. Clinical evaluation of a neuroprotective drug in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy undergoing surgical treatment: design and rationale for the CSM-Protect trial. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Oct 15;38(22 Suppl 1):S68-75. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3182a7e9b0. PMID: 23962993
Tetreault LA, Kopjar B, Vaccaro A, Yoon ST, Arnold PM, Massicotte EM, Fehlings MG. A clinical prediction model to determine outcomes in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy undergoing surgical treatment: data from the prospective, multi-center AOSpine North America study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Sep 18;95(18):1659-66. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.L.01323. PMID: 24048553
PI: Kopjar Dates: 4/1/2011 - 12/31/2016
PI: Kopjar Dates: 1/1/2010 - 12/31/2011
PI: Kopjar Dates: 4/1/2007 - 3/31/2012
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