After 15 years at Pittsburgh-based UPMC, Adam Kanter, MD, left the 40-hospital academic health system, where he was chief of spine surgery and a tenured professor, to become associate executive medical director of the Hoag Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute in Orange, Calif.

Dr. Kanter is a central figure in several spine societies, including the chair of the spine section for the American Association and College of Neurological Surgeons and immediate past president of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. He is also enrolled in the executive master of business administration program at UCLA.

Dr. Kanter spoke with Becker’s Spine Review about what prompted this change, the different challenges and opportunities he faces at Hoag and what most excites him about the future of spine surgery.