Announcing the 2023 Henry H. Bohlman Presidential Guest Lecture: Rex A.W. Marco, MD
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Thursday, November 30
“When Life Takes Your Breath Away”
Rex Marco was born and raised in California. His academic training began with undergraduate studies, followed by a research fellowship and medical school. His residency in orthopaedic surgery led to a deep interest in spine surgery, as well as a passion for treating patients with orthopaedic oncologic disorders. This passion led Dr. Marco to complete two fellowships - musculoskeletal oncology and reconstructive spine surgery. Dr. Marco is one of the only surgeons in the world with training and expertise in the treatment of both adult and pediatric patients with complex spinal disorders and musculoskeletal tumors.
Dr. Marco’s unique training provided many career opportunities including positions as Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery; Chief of Spine Surgery, Spine Trauma, and Musculoskeletal Oncology; and Co-Director of the Spine Service at Shriner’s Hospital for Children. He previously served as the Vice-Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital and is currently the Director of The Houston Methodist Hospital Spine Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Marco has been involved in many professional associations, including being an Active member of the Cervical Spine Research Society for the past 12 years, since 2011.
In 2019, Dr. Marco sustained a C3-4 fracture-dislocation and began living with C3 quadriplegia. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Ambassador for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation where he is dedicated to raising money to find a cure for spinal cord injury (SCI) and improving the quality of life for those living with SCI.
Dr. Marco is known to be creative and transformative in his practice and teachings but says that his real transformation came when he was forced into recovery and experienced difficulties related to his severe codependency. He will share his story of recovery for the CSRS Henry H. Bohlman Presidential Guest Lecture at this year’s Annual Meeting, titled, “When Life Takes Your Breath Away.”