Branko Kopjar

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Associate Professor, Health Services


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

Contact Info


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

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


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

SciVal Experts Profile

Tetreault L, Côté P, Kopjar B, Arnold P, Fehlings MG; investigators in the AOSpine North America and International Clinical Trial Research Network. A Clinical Prediction Model to Assess Surgical Outcome in Patients with Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Internal and External Validation using the Prospective Multicenter AOSpine North American and International Datasets of 743 Patients. Spine J. 2014 Dec 27. pii: S1529-9430(14)02001-4. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2014.12.145. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 25549860

Karpova A, Arun R, Kalsi-Ryan S, Massicotte EM, Kopjar B, Fehlings MG. Do quantitative magnetic resonance imaging parameters correlate with the clinical presentation and functional outcomes after surgery in cervical spondylotic myelopathy? A prospective multicenter study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Aug 15;39(18):1488-97. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000436.  PMID: 24859570

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. In response. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Jul 1;39(15):1265.  PMID: 25184181

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. Response to, Letter to the Editor Regarding our Article Anterior vs 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). 2014 May 14. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24831505

Li ST, Liu Y, Zhou Q, Lue RF, Song L, Dong SW, Guo P, Kopjar B. A Novel Axial-Stress Bioreactor System Combined with a Substance Exchanger for Tissue Engineering of 3D Constructs. Tissue Eng Part C Methods. 2014 Mar;20(3):205-14. doi: 10.1089/ten.TEC.2013.0173. Epub 2013 Aug 15.  PMID: 23822092

Chair, thesis committee for Susan Strom
Caesarean section birth rates in El Salvador: 1998 to 2008

Chair, thesis committee for Dimitrinka Tamneva
To examine prevalence of maternal smoking before, during, and after-pregnancy as documented in the Washington State and national PRAMS datasets in 2000 through 2008

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

Surgical versus Conservative Treatment for Metastatic Epidural Spinal Cord Compression
AOSpine North America
PI:   Kopjar           Dates:    4/1/2007 - 3/31/2012

Evaluation of Prospective Hospital Reimbursement in Croatia (2001-2002)

Principal Investigator, The Ministry of Health in Croatia is implementing system-wide changes in health delivery system. Among those is implementation of prospective case-based payment system for acute hospital care. The goal of this research project is to evaluate effects of these changes on financial, activity and patient outcomes.

Evaluation of Workplace Drug-Free Program (1999-2001)

Investigator, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to evaluate drug-free workplace program administered by Washington State Departments of Social and Health Services and Labor and Industries

Outcomes of Shoulder Surgery (2000-2001)

Investigator, The purpose of this project is to evaluate patient outcomes of total shoulder arthoplasty and to identify factors affecting the outcomes.