Charles R. Rosen

Dr. Charles Rosen is a highly respected spine surgeon and educator, who is changing the way the medical industry operates. As Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Dr. Rosen has spent the past 21 years diagnosing and performing surgery on spinal disorders, having founded the University of California, Irvine, Spine Center.

But perhaps what sits atop his list of accomplishments to date is the creation of the Association for Medical Ethics (AME), an organization dedicated to educating the public about the undue influence of industry on medicine.

AME consists of physicians from every specialty who are dedicated to improving patient care by promoting financial transparency in medical research and the use of evidence-based medicine. Dr. Rosen believes that patient care should be objective, unbiased and based on the Hippocratic Oath, not influenced by financial incentives. He has spent years working to shine a light on a prevalent practice whereby physicians accept questionable “consulting fees” in return for using or promoting a particular manufacturer’s product. While Dr. Rosen’s actions may not have been particularly popular among his industry paid peers in the medical community, they have commanded the attention of members of Congress, before whom Dr. Rosen testified in support of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act of 2008. The bill established a national database listing payments and other gifts doctors receive from companies for using their products.

When Dr. Rosen isn’t teaching residents, operating on patients, or advocating for better, more transparent patient care, he is spearheading research and writings in the fields of ethics and spinal biomechanics. He was also on President Obama’s short list of nominations for U.S. Surgeon General in 2010. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine and is a member of the Conference Advisory Board of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Dr. Rosen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical doctorate degree from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery internship at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute in New York City. Dr. Rosen completed fellowship training in Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey, California.