Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award

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Dr. Ronjon Paul ’89 is a leader in the field of reconstructive cervical and lumbar spinal surgery. As a spinal surgeon and medical director for The Spine Center of DuPage Medical Group, Dr. Paul has treated and taught neurosurgeons and spinal surgeons from around the world. He is an award-winning researcher in genetic tissue engineering for degenerative disc disease and other spinal disorders, and his findings have been published in major medical journals. He has been an invited speaker at many regional, national, and international medical conferences reaching international audiences. Dr. Paul has also been involved in basic science research regarding gene therapy for intervertebral disc regeneration, for which he has several publications and research awards. Dr. Paul leads The Spine Center, which according to Paul, “Is interdisciplinary in that it uses the talents of both surgical and non-surgical physicians (who work as a team) to treat patients with spinal ailments. I am very proud of how it has evolved and its unique nature. I believe it is the only one of its kind in the area-maybe Illinois.” Dr. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College and his M.D. from the University of Chicago – Pritzker School of Medicine.

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