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, Arun R, Vaccaro AR, Arnold PM, Chapman JR, Kopjar B. Predictors of Treatment Outcomes in Geriatric Patients With Odontoid Fractures: AOSpine North America Multi-Centre Prospective GOF Study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 May 15;38(11):881-6. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31828314ee. PMID: 23459135
Vaccaro AR, Kepler CK, Kopjar B, Chapman J, Shaffrey C, Arnold P, Gokaslan Z, Brodke D, France J, Dekutoski M, Sasso R, Yoon ST, Bono C, Harrop J, Fehlings MG. Functional and Quality-of-Life Outcomes in Geriatric Patients with Type-II Dens Fracture. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Apr 17;95(8):729-35. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.K.01636. PMID: 23595072
Fehlings MG, Jha NK, Hewson SM, Massicotte EM, Kopjar B, Kalsi-Ryan S. Is surgery for cervical spondylotic myelopathy cost-effective? A cost-utility analysis based on data from the AOSpine North America prospective CSM study. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 Sep;17(1 Suppl):89-93. doi: 10.3171/2012.6.AOSPINE111069. PMID: 22985375
Fehlings MG, Smith JS, Kopjar B, Arnold PM, Yoon ST, Vaccaro AR, Brodke DS, Janssen ME, Chapman JR, Sasso RC, Woodard EJ, Banco RJ, Massicotte EM, Dekutoski MB, Gokaslan ZL, Bono CM, Shaffrey CI. Perioperative and delayed complications associated with the surgical treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy based on 302 patients from the AOSpine North America Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Study. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 May;16(5):425-32. Epub 2012 Feb 10. PMID: 22324802
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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