Frank Tomecek, Author at Insurance Thought Leadership



Frank Tomecek

Frank Tomecek

Frank J. Tomecek, MD, is a clinical associate professor of the Department of Neurosurgery for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine-Tulsa. He has also served as chairman of the Neurology, Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine, Rehab and Pain Management section.

Dr. Tomecek is a graduate of DePauw University in chemistry and received his medical degree from Indiana University. His surgical internship and neurological spine residency were completed at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Tomecek completed an additional neurosurgical spine fellowship at the University of Louisville Hospital. He was certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 1999.

Dr. Tomecek’s areas of special interest include: micro endoscopic lumbar laminectomy for spinal stenosis, microsurgery for lumbar disc disease and cervical disc disease, transphenoidal pituitary tumor excision, brain tumor surgery, CyberKnife and radiation of brain tumors, radiofrequency and surgical treatment for trigeminal neuralgia (facial pain), vascular neurosurgery for treatment of aneurysms and AVMs, complex spinal surgery and pediatric scoliosis and cervical and lumbar artificial disc.

Professional affiliations of Dr. Tomecek include membership in the AMA, delegate to the OSMA, delegate to the TCMS, American Association of Neurosurgical Surgeons, Congress of Neurosurgical Surgeons, the Rocky Mountain Neurological Society and president-elect of the Tulsa Neurosciences Society. Dr. Tomecek is also a member of the steering committee for the Brain Injury Association of Oklahoma and lead physician investigator for the FDA’s Prospective Clinical Outcome Study Comparing Single Level Posterior Lumbar Interbody Instrumented Fusion Grafting Techniques: rhBMP vs. Autograph.

Dr. Tomecek has staff privileges at St. John Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, Hillcrest Medical Center, SouthCrest Medical Center and Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital.

Recent Articles by Frank Tomecek

Ending Cost-Shifting to Workers’ Comp

An April 2016 study by the Worker’s Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) titled, “Do Higher Fee Schedules Increase the Number of Workers’ Compensation Cases?” found that, in many states, workers’ compensation reimbursement rates were higher than group health reimbursement rates. The study stated that cost shifting is more common with soft tissue injuries, especially in states […]

Better Approach to Soft Tissue Injury

Musculoskeletal diseases, defined as injuries to the soft tissues, currently affect more than one out of every two persons in the U.S. age 18 and older, and nearly three out of four over the age of 65. Low back pain affects at least 80% of adults at some point, with an estimated annual cost of […]

Is Baseline Testing Worth It? (Part 3)

This is the conclusion to the series of articles on whether baseline testing is worth the effort. The first two articles dealt with baseline testing from an employer’s point of view and from an injured worker’s point of view. We believe that those case studies were compelling. This final article will examine the statistics and, we […]

Is Baseline Testing Worth It? (Part 2)

In our first article on this subject, we gave an overview of baseline testing, compared it with a post-offer physical exam, updated recent legal decisions under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) that allow baseline testing and concluded with a legal case highlighting the benefits of a baseline program. While all stakeholders won in the […]

Is Baseline Testing Worth the Effort?

We have written several articles on the topic of baseline testing and demonstrated some substantial results. Today, with more than three years of baseline data, we are still asked the question: Is baseline testing really worth the effort? That’s the question we address in this article. First, some background on baseline testing: Often called a […]

Better Way to Handle Soft-Tissue Injuries

The most costly problem facing employers today is work-related, soft-tissue injuries, more commonly known as work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD). According to OSHA, WRMSD account for 34% of lost work days in the U.S., as well as a third of the dollars spent in workers’ compensation and of all work-related injury cases. Not surprisingly, soft tissue injuries […]

A Better Way to Diagnose Back Pain

Neck and back disorders account for an estimated one third of all work-related injuries in the private sector. In only about 5% of all cases is back pain associated with serious underlying pathology requiring diagnostic confirmation and directed treatment, yet magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is, controversially, often used for diagnosis. New technology can specifically diagnose muscle-related back […]

Objective Evidence for Determining AOECOE

Recent state and federal legal changes and initiatives necessitate only that injuries that arise out of the course and scope of employment (AOECOE) be accepted as compensable. While this sounds good in theory, this concept is often difficult to implement, especially in cases involving musculoskeletal disorders or spinal conditions. These cases are often subjective or rely on […]

New Data on Whether to Remove Surgical Hardware

Whether to remove hardware implanted in a patient during an earlier surgery raises questions because, while it’s obviously preferable to not leave hardware inside someone, removing the hardware requires cutting through scar tissue and can cause complications.A method we have begun to use and found beneficial after cervical and lumbar surgery is an electrodiagnostic functional […]

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