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Domagoj Coric, MD
Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates
Charlotte, NC

About Domagoj Coric, MD

Dr. Coric is a Neurosurgeon at Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates in Charlotte, NC. He also serves as Chief of the Department of Neurosurgery at Carolinas Medical Center and Spine Director of the Neuroscience Institute at Carolinas Health System. He specializes in artificial disc replacement, spinal trauma, spinal tumors, degenerative diseases of the spine, disc disease, spinal cord injuries, and endoscopic disc surgery.

Dr. Coric received his medical degree from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. He completed both his general surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Dr. Coric is a highly regarded speaker, having been invited to present at more than 100 spine meetings and forums. He also contributes his spinal expertise as a writer—he has published more than 30 academic papers and acted as an author and editor for more than a dozen spine book chapters. His research pursuits have largely focused on artificial disc advancements.

Dr. Coric is an active member of many spine associations and organizations. He serves on the board of directors for the Carolina Center for Specialty Surgery, Carolinas Healthcare System Political Action Committee, UnitedHealthcare Spine Scientific Advisory Board, International Advocates for Spine Patients, and the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery.



Branch CL and Coric D. Stereotactic radiosurgery: A review of "Gamma knife" and "Linac knife" technology and the unit at the Wake Forest University Medical Center. NC Medical Journal 53: 395-399, 1992.

Coric D and Murstein BI.  Bulimia nervosa: Prevalence and psychological correlates in a college community.  Eating Disorders 1: 38-50, 1993.

Coric D, Branch CL, Graham A. Pedicle screw and plate/rod fixation of the thoracic and lumbar spine: Safety and efficacy in 113 patients.  Perspectives in Neurological Surgery 6: 85-93, 1995.

Coric D, Branch CL, Wilson JA, Robinson J. Arteriovenous fistula as a complication of C1-C2 transarticular screw fixation: Case report and a review of the literature.  J Neurosurgery 85: 340-343, 1996.

Coric D, Wilson JA and Kelly DL, Jr. Treatment of traumatic spondylolisthesis of the axis with nonrigid immobilization: A review of sixty-four cases.  J Neurosurgery 85: 550-554, 1996.

Coric D, Branch CL and Jenkins JD.  Revision of anterior cervical pseudarthrosis with anterior allograft fusion and plating. J Neurosurgery 86: 969-974, 1997.

Coric D and Branch CL. Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) in the treatment of spinal stenosis.  Neurosurgical Focus 3(2): Article 5, 1997.

Coric D, Wilson JA, Regan JD and Bell DA.  Primary stenting of the extracranial internal carotid artery in a patient with multiple cervical dissections: Case report.  Neurosurgery 43:956-959, 1998.

Jenkins JD, Coric D and Branch CL.  A clinical comparison of one- versus two-screw anterior odontoid fixation in 37 patients.  J Neurosurgery 89:366-370, 1998.

Coric D, Finger F, Boltes P. The Bryan Cervical Disc prospective, randomized, controlled study: Early clinical results from a single investigational site. J Neurosurg-Spine 41:31-35, 2006.

McAfee P, Khoo LT, Pimenta L, Capuccino A, Coric D, Hes R, Conix B, Asgarzadie F, Hamzaoglu A, Morofsky Y, Anekstein Y: Treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis with a total posterior arthroplasty prosthesis: implant description, surgical technique, and a prospective report on 29 patients. Neurosurgical Focus 22(1): Article 13, 2007.

Bao QB, Songer M, Pimenta L, Werner D, Reyes-Sanchez A, Balsano M, Agrillo U, Coric D, Davenport K, Yuan H. Nubac disc arthroplasty: Preclinical studies and preliminary safety and efficacy evaluations. SAS J 1(1):36-45, 2007.

Coric D and Mummanemi P. Nucleus replacement technologies. J Neurosurg-Spine 8:115-120, 2008.

Coric D and Adamson TE. Posterior cervical microendoscopic foraminotomy. Neurosurgical Focus, August 25(2):1-5, 2008.

Heller JG, Sasso RC, Papadopoulos SM, Anderson PA, Fessler RG, Hacker RJ, Coric D, Cauthen JC, Riew DK. Comparison of BRYAN Cervical Disc Arthroplasty With Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion. Spine 34:101-107, 2008.

Smith HE, Rihn JA, Brodke D, Guyer R, Coric D, Lonner B, Shelokov AP, Riley L, Farup C, Phillips FM, Albert TJ: Spine Care:  Evaluation of Emerging Technology. American Journal of Medical Quality. Nov/Dec 24:25-31S, 2009.

Coric D, Cassis J, Carew J, Boltes MO. Prospective Study of Cervical Arthroplasty: 98 Patients from Three Separate IDE Studies from a Single Investigational Site with Minimum Two Year Follow-up. J Neurosurg-Spine 13:715-721, 2010.

Guyer RD, Pettine K, Knight KA, Davis Reginald, Dimmig TA, Coric D et al: Radiographic Comparison of Two Lumbar Total Disc Replacement Devices: Results from a Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Multicenter FDA-Regulated Trial. Spine J, S12-13, 2010.

Coric D, Nunley P, Guyer RD, Musante D, Carmody C, Gordon C, Lauryssen C,  Ohnmeiss D, Boltes MO: Prospective, Randomized, Multicenter Study of Cervical Arthroplasty: 269 Patients from the Kineflex®|C Artificial Disc IDE Study with Minimum Two Year Follow-up. J Neurosurg-Spine15:348-358, 2011.

Upadhyaya CD, Wu JC, Haid RW, Traynelis VC, Tay B, Coric D, Trost G, Mummaneni PV: Analysis of the three US FDA-IDE Cervical Arthroplasty Trials. J Neurosurg-Spine 16:216-228, 2012.

Lauryssen C, Coric D, Dimmig T, Musante D, Ohnmeiss DD, Stubbs HA: Cervical total disc replacement using a novel compressible prosthesis: Results from a prospective Food and Drug Administration-regulated feasibility study with 24-month follow-up. IJSS 6:71-77, 2012.

Coric D, Pettine K, Sumich A, Boltes MO: Prospective Study of Disc Repair with NuQu® Injectable Allogeneic Chondrocytes.  J Neurosurg-Spine 18:36-42, 2013.

Coric D, Kim PK, Clemente J, Boltes MO, Nussbaum M, James, S: Prospective, Randomized Study of Cervical Arthroplasty and ACDF with Long-Term Follow-up: 74 Patients from a Single Site with Four- to Eight-year Follow-up. J Neurosurg-Spine 18:85-95, 2013.

Guyer RD, Pettine K, Roh JS, Dimmig TA, Coric D, McAfee, PC, Ohnmeiss DD: Comparison of Two Lumbar Total Disc Replacements: Results of a Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Multicenter Food and Drug Administration Trial with 24-month Follow-up. Spine 39:925-931, 2014.

Coric D: ISASS Policy Statement-Cervical Artificial Disc. IJSS 8, 2014, doi:10.14444/1006.

McGirt MJ, Godil SS, Adamson TE, Coric D, Dyer EH, Asher AL: Samuel Hassenbusch young neurosurgeon award: Anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion in the ambulatory care setting: defining its value across the acute and post-acute care episode. Neurosurgery 2014 Aug;61 Suppl 1:205. doi: 10.1227/01.neu.0000452413.68699.9d. PMID: 25032590.

Coric D: Spinal Technologies Not in the United States: An Editorial. Neurosurgery: August 2014 - Volume 61:26–29 doi:10.1227/NEU.0000000000000398.

Garcia R, Yue J, Blumenthal S, Coric D, Patel V, et al: Lumbar Total Disc Replacement for Discogenic Low Back Pain: Two-year Outcomes of the Activ-L Multicenter Randomized Controlled IDE Clinical Trial. Spine 40 November, 2015.

Guyer RD, Pettine K, Roh JS, Dimmig TA, Coric D, McAfee PC, Ohnmeiss DD: Five-Year Follow-Up of a Prospective, Randomized Trial Comparing Two Lumbar Total Disc Replacements. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Jan;41(1):3-8. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001168.

Radliff K, Coric D, Albert T: Five year results of cervical total disc replacement with the Mobi-C cervical artificial disc compared with anterior discectomy and fusion for treatment of 2-level symptomatic degenerative disc disease: an independent critical review of the prospective, randomized, controlled multicenter investigational device exemption clinical trial. J Neurosurg Spine. 2016 Mar 25:1-12. [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.3171/2015.12.SPINE15824.

Patwardhan A, Carandang G, Voronov K, Havey R, Paul G, Lauryssen C, Coric D, Dimmig T, Musante D: Are Collapsed Cervical Discs Amenable to Total Disc Arthroplasty? Analysis of Prospective Clinical Data with 2-Year Follow Up. Spine 41:1866-1875, 2016.

Coric D, Guyer R, Nunley P, Musante D, Carmody C, Gordon C , Lauryssen C, Boltes M, Ohnmeiss D: Prospective, Randomized, Multicenter Study of Cervical Arthroplasty versus Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: 5-year Results with a Metal-on-Metal Artificial Disc. Submitted to J Neurosurg Spine 2016.

Coric D, Parish JM, Boltes M: M6-C Artificial Disc Placement. Neurosurgical Focus, Video Supplement, Cervical Disc Arthroplasty, January 2017.

Coric D, Mummaneni P, Traynelis V, Wang J: Introduction to Cervical Disc Arthroplasty. Neurosurgical Focus, Cervical Arthroplasty, February 2017.


Coric D and Oberer D. Surgical approaches for cervical spine arthroplasty. In Yue J, Bertagnoli R, McAfee PC and An H, eds. Motion Preservation Surgery of the Spine: Advanced Techniques and Controversies Chapter 20. Elsevier,Philadelphia, 2008.

Bao Q, Songer M, Pimenta L, Yuan H and Coric D. NUBAC Disc Arthroplasty. In Yue J, Bertagnoli R, McAfee PC and An H, eds. Motion Preservation Surgery of the Spine: Advanced Techniques and Controversies Chapter 58. Elsevier,Philadelphia, 2008.

Balsano M, Coric D and Derks M. NUBAC Disc Replacement System: Rationale and Clinical Results. In Szpalski M, Gunzburg R, et al, eds. Surgery for Low Back Pain. Chapter 5.11. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2010.

Coric D and Kim P. Lumbar arthroplasty. Chapter 294, in Youmans Neurological Surgery Fifth Edition, WB Saunders Co, 2011.

Kim PK and Coric D. Management of Traumatic Bilateral Jumped Cervical Facet Joints in a Patient with Complete Myelopathy: Open Reduction. In Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complication Avoidance, and Management, 3rd Ed, Chapter 227a, Elsevier Press, 2012.

Coric D and Adamson TE. Cervical Nuclear Replacement. In Cervical Spine Surgery: Current Trends and Challenges, Quality Medical Pub, 2014.

Adamson TE and Coric D. Minimally Invasive Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy and Discectomy. In Cervical Spine Surgery: Current Trends and Challenges, Quality Medical Pub, 2014.

Ziewasc J and Coric D. Revision Spinal Surgery. In Neurosurgery Knowledge Update, Thieme Medical Pub, 2015.

Coric D, Cahill K, Kim P. Posterior, Transforaminal, and Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Techniques and Instrumentation. In Youmans & Winn Neurological Surgery, 7/e, Elsevier Inc, 2017.

Coric D. Cellular Injection Techniques for Discogenic Pain. In Benzel’s Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complication Avoidance, and Management, 4e, Elsevier Inc, 2017.

Atkins T and Coric D. Cervical Kyphosis (Post-Laminectomy) Surgery Complication. In Spinal Deformity: A Case-Based Approach to Managing and Avoiding Complications, Springer, chapter submitted 2016.

Parish JM and Coric D. Atlantoaxial Instability. In Spinal Neurosurgery, Oxford University Press, chapter submitted 2016.

Coric D, Mummaneni P, Traynelis V, Wang J: Neurosurgical Focus: Cervical Arthroplasty (Topic Editors). February 2017.

Articles Reviewed by Domagoj Coric, MD

Clostridium difficile Infection Is Rare But Costly/Deadly Complication in Cervical Spine Surgery

The investigators used the 2002 to 2011 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) database to identify cases of C. difficile following cervical spine procedures for degenerative spine diagnoses.

Two-Level Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Update

Building on one-level data supporting the efficacy of total disc replacement for cervical disc degeneration discussed at ISASS19, Domagoj Coric, MD, presented current evidence on two-level cervical disc replacement, which he said is “even more compelling.”

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Globus Medical, Integrity Implants, Medtronic, Premia Spine, SpineWave, Stryker
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Premia Spine, SpineWave
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Spine Advisory Board: United HealthCare
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Royalties: Globus Medical, Integrity Implants, Medtronic, Premia Spine, RTI Surgical, SpineWave, Stryker