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Branko Kopjar

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Associate Professor, Health Services


Education

PhD   University of Oslo (Norway), 1996   (Epidemiology)
MS   University of Zagreb (Yugoslavia), 1991   (Biostatistics)
MD   University of Zagreb (Yugoslavia), 1987   (Internal Medicine)

Contact Info

email:   brankok@uw.edu

address:
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE, Rm 14-315
Seattle, WA 98195-9455

campus box:   359455
voice:   206-221-3349
fax:   206-543-3964

About

Dr. Kopjar is an internationally recognized scholar and expert in biostatistics and clinical epidemiology. As of 2018, he serves as an author/co-author on over 500 published original articles, reviews, technical reports and abstracts. His research interests include: spinal cord injury and diseases, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, preventive medicine and healthcare reform. Dr. Kopjar has been actively participating in the design, management and analysis of clinical trials and medical research for more than 30 years. He is a frequent contributor to peer-reviewed publications such as the Journal of Neurosurgery, the American Journal of Public Health, Spine and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Dr. Kopjar began his public health career at the Norwegian Foundation for Health Services Research, where he served as its Research Director in the 1990’s. He went on to become the department head of the Section for Preventive Medicine at the Norwegian National Institute of Public Health.
 
Dr. Kopjar joined the University of Washington in 1997 as a visiting associate professor. Today he is a full-time faculty member and the director of the Executive Master of Public Health (eMPH) program. In addition to his roles at the university, Dr. Kopjar is active in a variety of research organizations including: AOSpine North America, The North American Spine Society (NASS), Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) and the International Scholarly Research Network (ISRN). He also serves on the editorial board and as a reviewer for several academic journals. In 2014 Dr. Kopjar was awarded a five-year distinguished professorship to the orthopaedic department at Chongqing University in China. Dr. Kopjar has also held policymaking roles serving as an Advisor to the Minister of Health for two European governments.


Prevention effectiveness; outcomes research; comparative effectiveness; neurosurgery; orthopedics, biostatistics; quality of care; clinical trials


Christen B, Kopjar B. Second-generation bi-cruciate stabilized total knee system has a lower reoperation and revision rate than its predecessor. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2018 Nov;138(11):1591-1599. doi: 10.1007/s00402-018-3019-5. Epub 2018 Aug 25.  PMID: 30167859    PMCID: PMC6182702
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Arnold PM, Sasso RC, Janssen ME, Fehlings MG, Heary RF, Vaccaro AR, Kopjar B. i-Factor™ Bone Graft vs Autograft in Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: 2-Year Follow-up of the Randomized Single-Blinded Food and Drug Administration Investigational Device Exemption Study. Neurosurgery. 2017 Sep 8. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyx432. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 28945914
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Nater A, Tetreault LA, Kopjar B, Arnold PM, Dekutoski MB, Finkelstein JA, Fisher CG, France JC, Gokaslan ZL, Rhines LD, Rose PS, Sahgal A, Schuster JM, Vaccaro AR, Fehlings MG. Predictive factors of survival in a surgical series of metastatic epidural spinal cord compression and complete external validation of 8 multivariate models of survival in a prospective North American multicenter study. Cancer. 2018 Jul 5. doi: 10.1002/cncr.31585. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29975401
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Kopjar B, Bohm PE, Arnold JH, Fehlings MG, Tetreault LA, Arnold PM. Outcomes of Surgical Decompression in Patients With Very Severe Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Feb 16. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002602. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29462066    PMCID: PMC6066419
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Harris AI, Luo TD, Lang JE, Kopjar B. Short-term safety and effectiveness of a second-generation motion-guided total knee system. Arthroplast Today. 2018 Feb 16;4(2):240-243. doi: 10.1016/j.artd.2017.11.007. eCollection 2018 Jun.  PMID: 29896561    PMCID: PMC5994596
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2017
Chair, thesis committee for Andre Carvalho
Racial/Ethnic Differences in Head and Neck Cancer Survival Rates

2016
Member, thesis committee for Patricia Montgomery
Evaluation of a post discharge phone call program on thirty-day re-admission and emergency room use in patients with diabetes: A pilot program

2015
Chair, thesis committee for James Manning
Evaluating a wellness program for public safety employees (cops and fire fighters) in Nevada

2014
Chair, thesis committee for Rachel Thompson
Perioperative risk of and monitoring for hyperglycemia in spine surgery

2014
Chair, capstone for Jeffrey Wells
Growing research: The development of a hazardous materials/blood borne pathogen protocol

An Assessment of Surgical Techniques for Treating Cervical Spondylotic An Assessment of Surgical Techniques for Treating Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy. International Multicenter Study
University Health Network, Canada
PI:   Kopjar           Dates:    4/1/2011 - 12/31/2016

Riluzole in Spinal Cord Injury Study (RISCIS)

The aim of this study is to evaluate efficacy and safety of riluzole in the treatment of patients with acute spinal cord injury (SCI).
https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/record/NCT01597518


Efficacy of Riluzole in Surgical Treatment for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy (CSM-Protect)

Study of the efficacy of Riluzole in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy undergoing surgical treatment. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multi-center study
https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/record/NCT01257828