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Anand Spine Group (Los Angeles). The Anand Spine Group includes board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon Neel Anand, MD, and board-certified neurosurgeon Eli Baron, MD. The practice's surgeons concentrate on adult and pediatric minimally invasive surgery and motion-preserving techniques. Dr. Anand has an interest in complex spinal deformity and scoliosis. Dr. Baron is fellowship trained in both neurosurgery and orthopedic spine surgery. Dr. Anand and Dr. Baron also serve on the medical staff of the Spine Center of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Ann Arbor (Mich.) Spine Center. The Ann Arbor Spine Center was established in 2009 to care for patients with spine and neck problems. The center includes MRI, X-ray and injection suite capabilities in close proximity. The center has a relationship with spine specialists from Sport & Spine Physical Therapy. All spine surgeons perform a high volume of surgeries, logging more than 200 cases annually. Common procedures include treatment for scoliosis, artificial disc replacement and spinal fusion. The practice includes six spine and neurological surgeons and four locations. The surgeons are members of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and North American Spine Society.
Arizona Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists (Phoenix). The four physicians of Arizona Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists have a special interest in treating complex spine disorders, tumors and neurotrauma. The group was founded by Byron H. Willis, MD, who currently serves as president of the practice. He is also chairman of the division of neurosciences at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. The practice also includes the section chief of neurosurgery at Banner Good Samaritan. The surgeons focus on using evidence-based medicine guidelines to treat their patients and stay on the forefront of surgical technique.
Atlanta Brain and Spine Care. There are five physicians with Atlanta Brain and Spine Care who perform a variety of procedures, including minimally invasive spine surgery, artificial disc replacement and discectomy. The practice was established in 2003 as a Spinal Research Foundation Regional Center of Excellence. Co-founder Regis W. Haid Jr., MD, is also medical director of the Piedmont Spine Center and neurosciences service line at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. The practice is led by President Steven D. Wray, MD, who is a past president of the Georgia Neurological Society. In addition to their clinical work, the surgeons are also focused on research and have published more than 100 articles in medical journals. They also lecture worldwide on spine-related topics.
Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (Neptune, N.J.). Henry Liss, MD, established Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists in 1958, then known as The Neurosurgical Group of Chatham. The surgeons offer minimally invasive and complex spine surgery for the cervical and lumbar spine. The practice also includes physicians focusing on pain management and sports concussions. There are 15 physicians in the practice, including John J. Knightly, MD, who is the medical director of the neuro-spine team at Athletic Health Institute. In addition to their clinical practice, the physicians engage in research in areas such as biological approaches for spinal fusions. Albert Telfeian, MD, of the practice was among the first neurosurgeons in the country to perform endoscopic lumbar spine surgery.
The B.A.C.K. Center (Melbourne, Fla.). Glenn Bryan, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, founded Brevard Orthopaedic Clinic in 1981. The practice's focus began to shift towards spine and neck care in 1992 when Richard Hynes, MD, fellowship trained spine surgeon, joined the center. The name of the practice was changed to Back Authority for Contemporary Knowledge (B.A.C.K. Center) in 2002. The practice now has a location in Melbourne and Merritt Island, Fla. Dr. Hynes serves as the president of the B.A.C.K. Center. The medical staff includes another spine surgeon, a chiropractic orthopedist, pain management physician and physical rehabilitation physician.
BASIC Spine (Orange, Calif.). BASIC Spine includes fellowship trained spine surgeon G. Thaiyananthan, MD; board-certified neurosurgeon Bryan Oh, MD; and orthopedic spine surgeon Lytton A. Williams, MD. The practice also includes pain management physicians, a pain management psychologist and chiropractors. The practice focuses on comprehensive spine care, and is currently in the process of opening a spine-focused ambulatory surgery center. The surgeons perform a number of procedures including anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, anterior lumbar interbody fusion, endoscopic spine surgery, kyphoplasty, extreme lateral interbody fusion, artificial disc replacement and minimally invasive procedures.
Beverly Hills Spine Surgery (Los Angles). Khawar Siddique, MD, MBA, board-certified neurosurgeon, and Brian Perri, DO, board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon founded Beverly Hills Spine Surgery in 2005. The practice also includes spine surgeon Edward Nomoto, MD, and pain management physician Roy Nini, MD. Beverly Hill Spine Surgery offers a variety of cervical, lumbar, thoracic, scoliosis, deformity and peripheral nerve procedures. Beverly Hills Spine Surgery also has a location in Santa Monica, Calif. The practice is looking to expand with the addition of another spine surgeon and pain management physician.
Black Hills Neurosurgery & Spine (Rapid City, S.D.). In 2009, The Spine Center at Rapid City was renamed Black Hills Neurosurgery & Spine. The practice includes spine-focused neurosurgeons Stuart Rice, MD, Tim Watt, MD, Jonathan Wilson, MD, Robert Ingraham, MD, and a neurologist. The practice provides a number of spine procedures including minimally invasive procedures, cervical discectomy, lumbar fusion, scoliosis surgery, discectomy and laminectomy.
The Boston Spine Group. The Boston Spine Group includes a team of fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeons, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists and pain management physicians. Led by Robert Banco, MD, the physicians treat patients with degenerative conditions, chronic low back pain, tumors, scoliosis, spinal trauma and spine infections. The group was founded in 1998 and the surgeons perform minimally invasive spine surgery, cervical and lumbar disc replacement and lateral approaches to surgery. In addition to their clinical practice, the surgeons participate in outcomes-based research and FDA regulated investigations related to spine care.
Boulder (Colo.) Neurological Associates. Boulder Neurological Associates is a seven-physician group, including Alan T. Villavicencio, MD, who is a senior partner and director of research and development for the practice. He also heads up neurosurgery programs at two hospitals and is the director of The Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Colorado, which he founded. He also founded the Justin Parker Neurological Institute, along with John Parker, MD, which funds clinical research on brain and spine disorders. Surgeons at the practice were among the first in the region to perform lumbar fusion using minimally invasive surgical techniques and the CyberKnife Radiosurgery system. The practice includes six locations and has a focus on providing spine and brain care to athletes. The physicians also participate in FDA-regulated clinical trials for several procedures, including the Trinity Evolution PLIF or TLIF and the Maverick lumbar artificial disc study.
Brain & Spine Center of Texas (Plano). Surgeons at Brain & Spine Center of Texas have an expertise in complex spinal instrumentation, minimally invasive spine surgery and cranial surgery. The practice has five office locations in Texas. In addition to their clinical work, the surgeons are engaged in research and have given presentations internationally about topics such as artificial disc replacement and fusion. Rebecca E. Stachniak, MD, a neurosurgeon with a special interest in spine surgery at the practice, has been a principle investigator for FDA projects that include artificial discs and a trial study on using bone morphogenic protein for spinal fusions.
Brain & Spine Surgeons of New York (White Plains). Brain & Spine Surgeons of New York was founded in 1958. The practice now includes board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon Seth Neubardt, MD, and seven board-certified neurosurgeons. The board-certified neurosurgeons include John Abrahams, MD; Alain C. J. de Lotbinière, MD; Kent Duffy, MD; Ezriel Kornel, MD; Thomas Lansen; MD; Jack Stern, MD; and Kamran Tabaddor, MD. In addition to treating brain disorders, the practice focuses on procedures for the treatment of degenerative disc disease, spinal tumors, scoliosis, spinal fractures and spinal stenosis.
Bristol Neurosurgical Associates (Bristol, Tenn.). Jim Brasfield, MD, a neurosurgeon specializing in spine surgery, founded Bristol Neurosurgical Associates in 1985 and then TriCities Spine in 2008, which brings together a team of spine specialists for a one-stop spine care facility. Additionally, Dr. Brasfield co-founded E-cure to improve clinical care and practice efficiency. Surgeons at Bristol Neurosurgical Associates and its subsidiary Tri Cities Spine have expertise in complex back and spine problems. The practice includes spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, physical medicine specialists and an internal pain specialist. In addition to medical services, the practice has MRI, X-ray and an injection suite.
Buffalo Spine Surgery (Lockport, N.Y.). The surgeons of Buffalo Spine Surgery perform several procedures, including artificial disc replacement, XLIF, spinal fusions and skull-based surgery. The practice includes Andrew Cappuccino, MD, who has engaged in several research projects related to biologics, disc replacement and other spine innovation. He was recently named chairman of the Surgeon Advisory Board for Lanx and is an assistant team physician with the Buffalo Bills. The surgeons are members of several professional societies, including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and American Academy of Sports Medicine.
California Spine Group (San Diego). California Spine Group is the practice of board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon Jean-Jacques Abitbol, MD. Dr. Abitbol is a past president of the North American Spine Society. The practice specializes in artificial cervical disc replacement, minimally invasive procedures and the treatment of spinal disorders.
Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates (Charlotte, N.C.). Founded in 1940, Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates includes 18 physician partners and 26 physicians in the practice. The practice is one of 17 sites across the United States participating in the National Neurosurgery Quality and outcomes Database established by American Association of Neurological Surgeons and NeuroPoint Alliance, with the partnership of Vanderbilt Institute of Medicine and Public Health. The practice includes a principle investigator for the NuQu juvenile chondrocyte injection for disc repair and Mesoblast stem cell injections for disc repair. Tim Adamson, MD, is the developer of the Cervical MED and was the first in the region to use an artificial disc for treating degenerative disc disease. The practice includes X-ray, a mobile MRI and upright MRI.
Center for Spine Care (Dallas). The Center for Spine Care includes John Peloza, MD, board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon and Michael Musacchio, Jr., MD, board-certified neurosurgeon. Dr. Peloza founded the Center for Spine Care and currently serves as the center's director. Dr. Peloza and Dr. Musacchio both specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery. Center for Spine Care also has offices in Rockwall and Frisco, Texas. The practice also includes board-certified pain management physician and anesthesiologist Allen Dennis, MD. Minimally invasive surgery performed at the practice include cervical micro endoscopic discectomy, kyphoplasty, posterior lumbar interbody fusion, tranforaminal lumber interbody fusion, anterior lumbar interbody fusion and micro endoscopic discectomy and decompression.
Colorado Comprehensive Spine Institute (Englewood). George A. Frey, MD, board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, founded the Colorado Comprehensive Spine Institute in 2011. Dr. Frey has expertise in complex spine conditions affecting both adult and pediatric patients. He also focuses on motion-sparing technologies and techniques in minimally invasive surgery. The practice includes two additional spine surgeons and a number of pain management physicians.
Dallas Neurosurgical & Spine. Dallas Neurosurgical & Spine was formed in the early 1960s when two neurosurgical groups merged. The practice focuses on minimally invasive spine surgery, Gamma Knife focused radiation, endoscopic surgery, microsurgery and pain management. The practice's main office is Dallas, but it has locations in Allen, Denton, Plano, Rockwall and Rowlett, Texas. The practice includes neurosurgeons Jeremy W. Denning, MD, J. Michael Desaloms, MD, Richard H. Jackson, MD, Jon A. Krumerman, MD, and Richard L. Weiner, MD.
DenverSpine. DenverSpine has MRI, X-ray and injection suite capabilities for patients with back pain. The spine surgeons treat patients with spinal deformity, spine fractures and scoliosis. The surgeons are joined by physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists. In addition to their clinical work, the physicians participate in studies that are published in professional journals. The research focuses on treatment for patients with lumbar disc herniation. Currently, the physicians are enrolling patients in the FDA-cleared adult stem cell study testing mesenchymal precursor cells to treat patients with chronic back pain from degenerative discs.
Denver Spine Surgeons (Greenwood Village, Colo.). Denver Spine Surgeons is comprised of board-certified orthopedic and fellowship-trained spine surgeons David Wong, MD, Gary Ghiselli, MD, and Sanjay Jatana, MD. The three surgeons have practiced together in Denver for close to a decade. The practice stresses non-surgical care and minimally invasive techniques when surgery is necessary. Denver Spine Surgeons performs minimally invasive spine surgery, cervical spine procedures, lumbar spine procedures, scoliosis correction, spinal fusion and artificial disc implantations. Dr. Wong has served as the president of the North American Spine Society. Dr. Ghiselli specializes in cervical spine surgery. Dr. Jatana specializes in general spine surgery, cervical spine surgery and revision surgery.
Desert Institute for Spine Care (Phoenix). DISC includes board-certified orthopedic spine surgeons Anthony Yeung, MD, Christopher Yeung, MD, and Justin Field, MD. In addition to establishing DISC, Dr. Anthony Yeung has developed the FDA-approved Yeung Endoscopic Spine System, designed to treat degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine. Dr. Christopher Yeung has served as the principal investigator in several FDA trials and serves as the team spine surgeon for several professional sports teams. Dr. Field has expertise in the treatment and correction of adult spine deformity. The practice specializes in selective endoscopic discectomy, thermal annuloplasty and evocative discography. The practice also has East Valley and Scottsdale, Ariz., locations. In August of 2013, the practice will be joined by spine surgeon Nima Salari, MD.
Deuk Spine Institute (Melbourne, Fla.). Founded by Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Deuk Spine Institute surgeons perform a variety of interventions for back pain, including a new procedure Dr. Deukmedjian developed called Deuk Laser Disc Repair. He also founded the Deuk Spine Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on research and education related to back pain and spine care. The foundation exists to advance spine research and provide a forum for public education and treatment for spine disease. Coupled with the public education on spinal conditions, the foundation supports clinical research to test different treatment options against worldwide registries of outcomes data and sponsors seminars, student projects, senior center discussion groups, scholarships and other outreach initiatives to promote spine health.
DISC Sports & Spine Center (Calif.). Robert S. Bray Jr., founded DISC Sports & Spine Center in 2006. The practice now has locations in Beverly Hill, Marina del Reyand Newport Beach. Dr. Bray currently serves as the DISC CEO, as well as its founding director. The practice now includes over 20 physicians specializing in spine surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and pain management. DISC is the official medical care provider for the Los Angeles Kings and Red Bull athletes.
Florida Spine Institute (Clearwater). Florida Spine Institute includes three neurosurgeons, two orthopedic spine surgeons, an orthopedic surgeon, a neurologist and a number of pain management and physical rehabilitation physicians. Florida Spine Institute includes the C-Med Ambulatory Surgery Center for outpatient procedures including minimally invasive spinal decompression.
Fourth Corner Neurosurgical Associates (Bellingham, Wash.). Fourth Corner Neurosurgical Associates was established in 1998. The practice includes board-certified neurosurgeons David Baker, MD, David Goldman, MD, Michael Lawrence, MD, Barry Landau, MD, and Tung Ha, DO. Fourth Corner Neurosurgical Associates also includes a pain management physician. The surgeons perform procedures including laminectomy, decompressions, fusion and minimally invasive spine procedures. The practice completed its new location, Cascade Brain and Spine Center, in 2007.
Frisco (Texas) Spine. Frisco Spine includes neurosurgeon and fellowship-trained spine surgeon Paul Salinas, MD; board-certified neurosurgeon Gary Dennis, MD; neurosurgeon and fellowship-trained spine surgeon Michael Turner, MD, PhD; and board-certified neurosurgeon Patrick Sandwich, MD. The practice also includes a neuroanesthesiologist and a physical rehabilitation physician. Frisco Spine surgeons perform procedures including cervical spine surgery, cervical laminectomy, artificial disc replacement, microdiscectomy, minimally invasive spine surgery and lumbar spine surgery. Frisco Spine also has locations in Carrollton, McKinney and Denton, Texas.
Front Range Center for Brain & Spine Surgery (Fort Collins, Colo.). Front Range Center for Brain & Spine Surgery was founded in 1978 and now includes three office locations in Colorado and Wyoming. The surgeons have a special interest in treating patients with a variety of spinal disorders with surgical and non-surgical methods. The practice participates in CORHIO HIE, a secure network linking physicians and other medical providers throughout Colorado to provide access to patient information and physician transcription reports.
Georgia Comprehensive Spine (Athens). The surgeons of Georgia Neurological Surgery founded Georgia Comprehensive Spine in 2010 in collaboration with fellowship-trained physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists. The group includes five spine-focused neurosurgeons that perform treatment for patients with spinal cord injury, brain tumor and other spinal disorders. They are able to perform spinal fusions, minimally invasive surgery and artificial disc replacement. When possible, the surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures at GNS Surgery Center, which is a Blue Chip Surgery Center Partners facility.
Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine (Indiana). Goodman Campbell and Spine Group came into being with the merge of the Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group and Indiana University Department of Neurosurgical Surgery. Julius Goodman, MD, board-certified neurosurgeon, and John Russell, MD, co-founded the Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group. Robert Campbell, MD, serves as the Barton Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgical Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The practice now contains over 30 physicians and provides comprehensive neurosurgical and spine care.
Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians. Houston Orthopedic & Spine Physicians was founded in 2011 and is owned by 25 partners of the Houston Orthopedic and Spine Hospital. The physicians perform several procedures, including spinal fusion, laminectomy, anterior cervical discectomy and kyphoplasty. The practice includes a past president of the Southern Neurological Society and Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons. Ancillary services at the practice include an on-site radiology department and concierge services to support patient referrals.
Indiana Spine Group (Carmel). Indiana Spine Group is led by president and founding member Rick Sasso, MD, who is also the co-medical director of the St. Vincent Spine Center and chief of spine surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. The practice physicians are currently involved in the development of new surgical treatments and techniques, including FDA-approved studies. In May 2002, the group was among the first to perform cervical disc implants in the United States. Indiana Spine Group includes eight physicians and pioneered the incorporation of ScoliScore, a genetic test to measure the future severity of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. In August 2011, the practice opened a new 60,174-square-foot dedicated spine center in Carmel. The center includes 16 patient examination and treatment rooms, an imaging suite with MRI and CT scanning, physical therapy suite and an outpatient surgery center.
INI Spine Institute (Peoria, Ill.). The multidisciplinary team of spinal specialists at the Illinois Neurological Institute Spine Institute understands the need for specialized care when treating spinal conditions. The collaborative spinal experts have an extensive history of caring for patients with spinal problems ranging from low back pain to disorders requiring complex surgical intervention. The team includes neurosurgeons Dongwoo Chang, MD; Gordon Chu, MD; Dzung Dinh, MD, MBA; Daniel Fassett, MD, MBA; Todd McCall, MD; and a number of pain management physicians.
Lancaster (Pa.) NeuroScience & Spine Associates. Lancaster NeuroScience & Spine Associates includes a team of six neurosurgeons and two physiatrists who perform spinal fusions, artificial disc replacements and surgery for brain conditions. Surgeons at the practice include the chief of neurosurgery at Lancaster General Hospital and past president of the Pennsylvania Neurological Society. The practice also includes The NeuroSpine Center, opened in 2009, which includes two operating rooms and is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Located in the Eden Road Medical Center next to the practice's main office, the facility also has MRI and physical therapy.
Long Island Spine Specialists (Commack, N.Y.). Thomas Dowling, Jr., MD, board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, is the founding partner of Long Island Spine Specialists. The practice also includes orthopedic spine surgeons Christopher Frendon, DO; Sushil Basra, MD; Laurence Mermelstein, MD; and orthopedic neurosurgeon Hargovind DeWal, MD. Two interventional pain management specialists practice with Long Island Spine Specialists. The practice also has locations in West Islip and Garden City, N.Y. The practice performs several procedures including fusion, cervical laminoplasty, interspinous process decompression, kyphoplasty, laminectomy, lumbar disc microsurgery, posterolateral endoscopic discectomy and YESS discectomy.
Lowe-Greenwood-Zerbo Spinal Associates (Linwood, N.J.). Lowe-Greenwood-Zerbo Spinal Associates is comprised of James Lowe, MD, Henry Greenwood, MD, and Joseph Zerbo, DO. Dr. Lowe is a board-certified neurosurgeon. He holds a fellowship in orthopedic spine surgery from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He has expertise in spinal trauma and cervical and lumbar spine procedures. Dr. Greenwood is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in spinal disorders. Dr. Zerbo is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with expertise in spinal fusion, spinal revision surgery and complex spinal trauma. Dr. Lowe and Dr. Zerbo are equity partners of the Millennium Surgical Center in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Mayfield Clinic & Spine Institute (Cincinnati). The Mayfield Clinic & Spine Institute was founded in 1937. There are 11 physician partners who have a special interest in a variety of procedures, including axial lumbar interbody fusion, complex spinal reconstruction, cervical and lumbar arthroplasty, minimally invasive spine surgery and deformity correction. The surgeons perform outpatient procedures for appropriately selected patients. In addition to their clinical work, the surgeons are faculty members at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The physicians have shared ownership of The Christ Hospital Spine Surgery Center, joint ownership of Precision Radiotherapy Center and treat professional and collegiate athletes with spine problems.
Michael A. Gleiber, MD, FAAOS, PA (Jupiter and Boca Raton, Florida.). Michael A. Gleiber, MD, is the founding partner and president of his concierge spine surgery practice which includes locations in Jupiter and Boca Raton, Florida. He has been at the forefront of medicine in developing a concierge spine surgical practice and treats patients from around the country and internationally. Dr. Gleiber is an expert in the latest minimally invasive and motion preserving spinal procedures and performs complex revision and corrective deformity spine operations via MIS techniques. Dr. Gleiber was inducted into Super Doctors, as elected by his physician colleagues in 2013 and 2012, and rated among The Top Spine Surgeons in Florida. Dr. Gleiber is on staff at The University of Miami Hospital and several Palm Beach County medical centers. He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of multiple medical organizations including the North American Spine Society, Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, and Fellow of AAOS. Dr. Gleiber is committed to the advancement of minimally invasive procedures that decrease pain and length of hospital stay, minimize blood loss and restore normal function. Dr. Gleiber completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and fellowship training at the renowned Kenton D. Leatherman Spine Surgery Fellowship.
Midwest Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists (Omaha). Midwest Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists includes locations in Nebraska and Iowa as well as the Midwest Imaging Center. Surgeons at the practice have a special interest in treating patients with artificial disc surgery, gamma knife surgery and spinal tumor surgery. In addition to the clinical practice, the surgeons created the Midwest NeuroScience Foundation to fund research and education for patients with brain and spine injury and illness. Leslie C. Hellbusch, MD, founded Midwest NeuroScience Center and Midwest Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists.
Midwest Spine Institute (Stillwater, Minn.). Midwest Spine Institute was established in 1987 and includes a team of spine surgeons, mid-level providers, physical therapists and interventional pain physicians. Surgeons at the practice are able to perform a variety of procedures, including minimal access spine surgery, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and artificial disc replacement. Additionally, the surgeons are engaged in ongoing research on topics such as adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and long term outcomes for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. The practice also offers a formal Shared Decision Making Program, which allows patients and providers to collaborate on different treatment options based on individual needs and preferences. In addition to the clinical services, Midwest Spine Institute also includes an MRI, DEXA and general radiology.
Minimally Invasive Spine Institute of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (Chicago). The Minimally Invasive Spine Institute includes board-certified and fellowship trained spine surgeons Frank Phillips, MD, and Kern Singh, MD. Both surgeons are founding members of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute and Dr. Phillips serves as the director of the section of minimally invasive spine surgery at Rush University Medical Center. He specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, cervical and spine reconstruction and motion preserving spine procedures. Dr. Singh has expertise in minimally invasive spinal fusion and instrumentation, microscopic surgery, spinal disc replacement and cervical anterior thoracic and lumbar surgery.
Nebraska Spine Center (Omaha). Nebraska Spine Center was founded in 1973 and has grown to include nine physicians. The surgeons opened a physician-owned hospital, Nebraska Spine Hospital, as a partnership with Alegent Health. The spine surgeons of Nebraska Spine Center founded the Nebraska Foundation for Spine Research in 1998. The non-profit foundation supports research by the Nebraska Spine Center and carries out research sponsored by other companies. Studies through the foundation that are currently enrolling patients include a trial for DePuy Spine's Discover Disc, AxioMed Spine's Freedom Lumbar Disc and the use of rhBMP-2 for anterior cervical procedures. The foundation's goal is to promote research that can improve patient care and offer novel treatments at reduced or no cost. Many of the surgeons associated with the foundation have published articles as a result of their work and are committed to serving as a source of education and information related to spinal disease and disorders.
NeoSpine (Puyallup, Wash.). Richard Wohns, MD, is the founder and president of South Sound Neurosurgery. He was among the first neurosurgeons to perform the XLIF technique for minimally invasive spine surgery and is a past president of the Washington State Association of Neurological Surgeons. The practice also offers interventional pain management services and diagnostic techniques, including electromyography. The physicians of the practice perform procedures at the Brain & Spine Center, which also has MRI capabilities.
Neurological Surgery (Great Neck, N.Y.). Founded in 1958 by I. Melbourne Greenberg, MD, Neurosurgical Surgery currently includes is comprised of 22 neurosurgeons and a number of neurological specialists. The practice performs procedures such as kyphoplasty, X-STOP, minimally invasive spine surgery and revision spine surgery. Physician partners include the chiefs of neurosurgery at several area hospitals, and the past president of the New York States Neurosurgical Society. The practice includes services in 10 different locations. The practice hired the first dual trained neurosurgery-spine fellowship neurosurgeon on Long Island in 1998 and surgeons performed one of the first minimally invasive microendoscopic discectomies in the tri-state area.
NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin (Appleton). Led by Peter F. Ullrich Jr., MD, NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin includes two spine surgeons, two neurosurgeons and five physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists. Dr. Ullrich is the medical director of NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin and co-founder of Spine-health.com. The surgeons provide care for disc herniation, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. In addition to surgical and interventional services, the practice includes physical therapy.
NeuroSpine Institute (Orlando). NeuroSpine Institute focuses on delivering the highest level of surgical care in the world for degenerative lower back and neck conditions using state-of-the-art surgical techniques, technology, comprehensive surgical and prehabilitation along with rehabilitation planning. Drs. Robert Masson and Mitchell Supler believe that minimally invasive surgery is not so much a surgical method as it is a surgical philosophy; as they identify the best approach causing the least amount of tissue damage while yielding maximum benefit to the patient. Dr. Masson founded the practice in 2000 and has become a pioneer in minimally invasive techniques.
Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics & Spine Specialists, PC (Waterbury, Conn.) NOSS was founded in 2008, when three practices — neurosurgery, orthopedic and pain management — merged into one. The practice focuses on providing patients with spine care, as well as orthopedic, sports medicine and pain management services. The practice has five neurosurgeons, three orthopedic surgeons, three pain management physicians and a number of physicians focused on rehabilitation. In addition to the practices main location in Waterbury, it has two satellite offices in Southbury, Conn.
The Neurosurgical Group of Chattanooga (Tenn.). Robert Waters, MD, Walter Boehm, MD, and Augustus McCravey, MD, founded The Neurosurgical Group of Chattanooga in 1974. The practice focuses on neurosurgical procedures, spine surgery and treatment of peripheral nerve disorders. It also includes a non-operative rehabilitation program. The practice includes seven spine and neurosurgeons and a physical rehabilitation physician.
New England Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery (Chestnut Hill, Mass.). Alexander Wright, MD, established New England Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery over 30 years ago. The practice, which focuses solely on the treatment of adult spinal disorders, is affiliated with New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. The practice is comprised of Peter Anas, MD, Eric Philip Carkner, MD, Stephen Parazin, MD, Robert Kenney, MD, and Howard Martin, MD. Dr. Parazin and Dr. Carkner are fellowship-trained spine surgeons. Dr. Anas focuses on non-surgical treatment, Dr. Martin provides injection therapy and Dr. Kenney focuses on the diagnosis and care of arthritic spinal conditions.
New Hampshire NeuroSpine Institute (Bedford). New Hampshire NeuroSpine Institute offers a number of procedures including anterior lumbar interbody fusion, lumbar disc microsurgery, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, kyphoplasty, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion and cervical posterior foraminotomy. New Hampshire NeuroSpine Institute includes two neurosurgeons, two orthopedic spine surgeons and a number of physiatrists and orthopedic surgeons.
New Jersey Spinal Medicine & Surgery (Glen Rock). Dante Implicito, MD, is a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon. He also serves as the chief of orthopedic spine surgery at Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center, as well as maintaining his practice in Glen Rock. His practice consists of the full gamut of conservative and surgical treatments of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine including spinal injections, minimally invasive spinal surgery, disc arthroplasty and spine fusion surgery.
New Jersey Spine Center (Chatham). Steven Dorsky, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained spine surgeon, established New Jersey Spine Center in 1987. The practice also includes fellowship-trained spine surgeon Kenneth Rieger, MD; board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained spine surgeon J. Scott Schoeb, MD; and orthopedic spine surgeon Michael Alapatt, MD. The practice also includes two physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians. Surgical procedures performed at New Jersey Spine Center include spinal fusion, scoliosis correction, minimally invasive procedures and artificial disc replacement.
Northern California Spine Institute (Pleasanton). Northern California Spine Institute includes board-certified orthopedic spine surgeons Joseph Grant, MD, and Kevin Booth, MD. The practice also includes three physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians. Dr. Grant focuses on spinal disorders, reconstructive surgery and minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Booth concentrates on reconstructive surgery, scoliosis, revision surgery and minimally invasive procedures. The practice offers both cervical and lumbar spine procedures. Cervical procedures include anterior cervical corpectomy, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, anterior cervical disc replacement, cervical laminaplasty, cervical posterior foraminotomy, cervical laminectomy with fusion and total disc replacement. Lumbar procedures include ALIF, laminectomy, lumber disc microsurgery, lumber interbody fusion, PLIF, spinal fusion, spinal cord stimulation, TLIF and XLIF. The practice also has locations in Sonora, Tracy and San Ramon, Calif.
North Jersey Brain and Spine Center (Hackensack). Patrick Roth, MD, board-certified neurosurgeon founded North Jersey Brain and Spine Center. He also serves as the neurosurgery department chair at Hackensack University Medical Center. The practice also has an Oradell, N.J., office. The practice includes eight other neurosurgeons. The practice has expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery, cervical spine fusion, discectomy, lumbar spinal fusion, spinal stenosis and extreme lateral interbody fusion.
North Jersey Spine Group (Wayne, N.J.). North Jersey Spine Group is comprised of board-certified neurosurgeons David Sundstrom, MD, and Rajnik Raab, MD. The practice also includes a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. Dr. Sundstrom and Dr. Raab have worked together for more than four years. They both specialize in minimally invasive surgical techniques. North Jersey Spine Group performs procedures including cervical discectomy, cervical fusion, laminoplasty, lumbar laminectomy and lumbar fusion.
New York Neck & Back Center. New York Neck & Back Center is the practice of board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon Aron Rovner, MD. Dr. Rovner specializes in adult and pediatric spine surgery. The practice performs scoliosis corrective surgery, ALIF, TLIF, lumbar laminectomy, lumbar microdiscectomy, spinal fusion, balloon kyphoplasty, minimally invasive procedures, anterior cervical discectomy with fusion, artificial disc replacement, corpectomy, laminoplasty and posterior cervical fusion. The practice has locations in New York and Saddlebrook, N.J.
Nucci Medical Clinic (Tampa, Fla.). Robert C. Nucci, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained spine surgeon, established the Nucci Medical Clinic in 1995. He completed his fellowship at Florida Neck and Back Institute in Gainesville. The practice includes an additional two orthopedic surgeons, a pain management specialist, cosmetic surgeon and medical weight loss physician. The clinic offers minimally invasive lumbar fusion, lumbar discectomy, cervical fusion, cervical discectomy, cervical disc replacement and thoracic percutaneous disc surgery.
OrthoCarolina Spine Center (Charlotte, N.C). The OrthoCarolina Spine Center includes six spine surgeons and four physiatrists. The center's surgeons focus on the treatment of degenerative conditions, deformities, tumors, infections, paralysis and nerve impingement. The practice ranges from minimally invasive spine surgery to complex deformity surgery. The spine center surgeons perform a number of the procedures in an outpatient setting and have many years of experience in cervical disc replacement technology. The center has also been a tertiary referral center for deformity for decades.
OrthoGeorgia Spine Center (Macon). OrthoGeorgia was founded in 1961 and includes a spine center among other orthopedic subspecialties. The practice includes 36 examination rooms, an ambulatory surgery center, orthopedic urgent care, rehabilitation services and a café. The Spine Center includes four physicians who have a special interest in treating a variety of spinal conditions, such as scoliosis, herniated disc and degenerative disease. They perform disc replacement, lateral access surgery and minimally invasive procedures as well as physiatry.
The Orthopaedic & Spine Institute (San Antonio, TX). The Orthopaedic & Spine Institute focuses on both non-surgical and surgical care. Dr. Steven Cyr is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who received extensive training in spine surgery. He is a Mayo Clinic trained surgeon and concentrates on complicated spine issues. The orthopedic team consists of orthopedic spine surgeons, general orthopedic surgeons, orthopedic hand and joints surgeons, pain management physicians, chiropractors and nurse practitioners. The philosophy of the Orthopaedic and Spine Institute is to seek conservative, non-surgical solutions for medical issues first, working together with specialists in the fields of physical rehabilitation and pain management. When orthopedic surgery is required, the practice's physicians offer highly trained care in orthopedics, pain, neurology, physical medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation. The Orthopaedic & Spine Institute recently opened the Children's Orthopaedic & Spine Center in San Antonio, which specializes in the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal care for infants, children and adolescents. Eric R. Ritchie, MD, FAAOS., is a board-certified pediatric orthopedic surgeon. He joined The Children’s Orthopaedic and Spine Center in 2013 after a 20-year career in the United States Air Force Medical Service. Hongbo Liu, MD, is a pediatric and adult orthopedic spine surgeon who received extensive training spine surgery, with fellowship training in both pediatric orthopedics and spinal disorders. He completed his training at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Cente and Mayo Clinic.
Pacific Brain & Spine Medical Group (Oakland, Calif.). Jeffrey Randall, MD, board-certified neurosurgeon, founded Pacific Brain & Spine Medical Group in 1990. He was joined by Lawrence Dickinson, MD, board-certified neurosurgeon, in 1998 and Ronnie Mimran, MD, board-certified neurosurgeon, in 2005. The practice has locations in Oakland, Danville and Castro Valley, Calif. The practice specializes in several areas including spinal stenosis, degenerative spine conditions, spondylolisthesis, thoracic spine disorders and brain and peripheral nerve disease.
Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute (Hagerstown, Md.). The four neurosurgeons at Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute perform minimally invasive spinal procedures, including spinal fusion and discectomy. The practice also includes neurologists, physiatrists, pain management physicians and chiropractors for non-operative spine care. The practice has three locations in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and includes Parkway Physical Therapy. In recent years, the practice has received laboratory accreditation from the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Practice physicians are also partners with Parkway Surgery Center, where they can perform spine cases.
Piedmont Spine & Neurosurgical Group (Greenville, S.C.). Piedmont Spine & Neurosurgical Group was established in 1977. The practice also has a location in Anderson, S.C. The practice includes board-certified neurosurgeons Michael Bucci, MD, Aaron MacDonald, MD, and Christie Mina, MD. Dr. Bucci specializes in spinal surgery and instrumentation, as well as brain tumors. Dr. MacDonald has expertise in complex spine surgery, intercranial brain surgery and peripheral nerve surgery. Dr. Mina specializes in spinal trauma, minimally invasive spine surgery, artificial disc replacement, cranial surgery and peripheral nerve surgery.
Prairie Spine & Pain Institute (Peoria, Ill.). Prairie Spine & Pain Institute was founded by Richard Kube, MD. Dr. Kube currently serves as the CEO and owner of the practice. Prairie Spine & Pain Institute also includes pain management specialist A.J. Cummings, MD. The practice performs practices such as anterior cervical corpectomy, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, anterior lumbar interbody fusion, cervical disc replacement, discography and kyphoplasty. The surgeons perform cases in Prairie SurgiCare within the practice.
Precision Spine Center (Centennial, Colo.). Precision Spine Center includes neurosurgeons William Choi, MD, and Michael Madsen, MD. Both surgeons focus on spine surgery. Dr. Choi completed two fellowships in complex spine surgery, at the University of California Los Angeles and University of Miami (Fla.) respectively. Dr. Madsen completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and then received fellowship training from the Twin Cities (Minn.) Spine Center and the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
Pro Spine Center (Vero Beach, Fla.). Pro Spine Center provides patients with surgical care, electrodiagnostic services, physical therapy, platelet rich plasma therapy and interventional pain management. The practice also includes a 5,000-square-foot outpatient surgery center. Johnny Benjamin, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained spine surgeon, focuses on minimally invasive techniques.
Reading Neck and Spine Center (Wyomissing, Pa.). Reading Neck and Spine Center was co-founded by David Abraham, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained spine surgeon. The practice also includes board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained spine surgeon Stephen Banco, MD. Steven Evans, DO, board-certified in emergency medicine and specializing non-operative spine care and Young Park, MD, board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine, also practice at Reading Neck and Spine Center.
Resurgens Spine Center (Atlanta). Resurgens Spine Center was formed in 1999 and includes 28 physicians. It has 19 clinic locations across Georgia where physicians focus on surgical and non-surgical services. The surgeons perform minimally invasive spine surgery techniques. The group includes trainers for total disc arthroplasty, former team physicians for the PGA Tour and the chief of orthopedic surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. Ancillary services at the practice are physical therapy, MRI and an ambulatory surgery center.
Rockford (Ill.) Spine Center. Rockford Spine Center was founded in 2003 by three partners, all of whom are fellowship trained spine surgeons. The surgeons perform minimally invasive spine procedures and provide ancillary services, including digital X-ray, MRI, electromyography, nerve conduction and physical therapy. Last year, the surgeons were named among the top spine surgeons in the country by Newsweek. They also treat patients with scoliosis, spinal tumors and deformity, and perform cervical disc replacement.
Roush Spine (Lake Worth, Fla.). Roush Spine is the practice of Thomas Roush, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained spine surgeon. The practice focuses on disc replacement. Roush Spine performs anterior cervical corpectomy, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, cervical disc arthroplasty, cervical laminoplasty, cervical posterior foraminotomy, ALIF, AXIALIF, lumbar microdiscectomy, micro endoscopic discectomy, PLIF, TLIF, XLIF and YESS selective endoscopic discectomy procedures. Roush Spine also has locations in Plantation, Jupiter, Fort Meyers, Miami and Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders. Behrooz Akbarnia, MD, director of the San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders, founded the San Diego Spine Foundation in 2004 to support spine-related research and education. The foundation's mission is to improve the global care of spine patients through research, education and professional development. The foundation provides funding for the San Diego Spine Fellowship Program, allowing young surgeons to pursue clinical and research education in spine surgery. Since its inception, SDSF has received and provided grants for research studies in adult and pediatric spinal disorders and deformities. In addition to research, the foundation is involved in educational endeavors such as the sponsorship of the San Diego City Wide Spine Meetings for spine surgeons and their clinical staff. Surgeons at the practice treat patients with minimally invasive surgical techniques for degenerative diseases and other disorders, such as spinal tumors.
Seattle Spine Institute. Seattle Spine Institute is the practice of Paul Schwaegler, MD, board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon. The practice performs procedures including total disc replacement, spinal arthroplasty, facet replacement, anterior interbody fusion, microdecompression surgery, spinal fusion, minimally invasive surgery and lateral interbody fusion. Dr. Schwaegler has practiced in Seattle for more than 20 years.
Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center (Austin, Texas). There are four spine surgeons and two nonsurgical care physicians practicing at Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center. The surgeons perform minimally invasive spine surgery, artificial disc replacement and surgical correction of scoliosis. The surgeons are led by co-chief Matthew J. Geck, MD, who also founded SpineHope to support children with spinal deformities through surgery, education and research. Dr. Geck recently traveled to Columbia to develop further sites in Central and South America. Co-chief John K. Stokes was a principle investigator in the FDA IDE study of the Mobi-C artificial cervical disc.
Sierra Neurosurgery Group (Reno, Nev.). Sierra Neurosurgery was established in 1980 by William Dawson, Jr., MD, and Joseph Walker, MD, FAANS. Today, the practice performs over 3,000 procedures each year and includes a total of nine spine surgeons and two pain management physicians. Spine procedures performed by the practice's surgeons include ALIF, anterior cervical corpectomy, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, disc replacement, cervical posterior foraminotomy, kyphoplasty, laminectomy, lumbar corpectomy, lumbar disc microsurgery and PLIF. The practice also has locations in Carson City, Elko, Incline Village, Gardnerville and Winnemucca, Nev., and operates a clinic at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.
Sierra Regional Spine Institute (Reno, Nev.). Sierra Regional Spine Institute was founded in 1991 by James R. Rappaport, MD, and includes spine surgeons and non-surgical spine specialists. The specialists treat patients with conditions such as disc herniation, scoliosis, spinal fractures and spinal degeneration. It also includes a monthly electronic newsletter for patients. Two of the physicians served as team physicians for the U.S. Ski Team and worked with three recent Olympic Gold Medal winners. There are full-outpatient surgical facilities available within walking distance of the practice at The Quail Surgical Center. There is also a physical therapy center adjacent to the practice offices.
Sonoran Spine Center (Mesa, Ariz.). Dennis Crandall, MD, founded Sonoran Spine Center, which now includes five physicians. The Sonoran Spine Center is committed to research through its Sonoran Spine Research and Education Foundation. The foundation is an independent, non-profit organization that conducts and supports spine research. The clinical research conducted through the foundation focuses on several areas, including scoliosis, new techniques for kyphosis correction, spine trauma, osteoporosis-related spine fractures and biologic enhancement of spinal fusion. The researchers are also interested in sports-related and work-related injuries. In 2011, surgeons and researchers with the foundation gathered and presented information on several different topics, including the use of rhBMP-2 in transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and long-term work capacity after spine surgery. In addition to its focus on research, the foundation also supports public awareness programs and advocacy groups for spinal disorders.
South Bend Spine (Mishawaka, Ind.). South Bend Orthopaedics created South Bend Spine in 2010 as a spine specialty center that includes fellowship-trained spine surgeons, non-surgical spine specialists, spine therapists, X-ray and diagnostics. The three spine surgeons focus on various areas of spine care, including lower back treatment, minimally invasive spine surgery and artificial disc replacement. The surgeons are members of several professional organizations, including American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Indiana Orthopaedic Society and North American Spine Society.
South Florida Spine Clinic (Fort Lauderdale). Founded in 2000 by chief medical officer Jeffrey Cantor, MD, South Florida Spine Clinic includes pain management services as well as spine surgeons. Dr. Cantor performs minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal fusions and total disc replacement. The clinic also includes an on-premise surgical training facility to teach, develop and practice new technologies. The facility also has a fully functional cadaver lab and lecture room.
South Oregon Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (Medford). SONSA includes board-certified neurological and spine surgeons Miroslav Bobek, MD, David Walker, MD, and board-eligible neurological and spine surgeon Matthew Miller, MD. The SONSA surgeons perform procedures that address spinal stenosis, fractures, herniated discs, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, trauma and deformities.
South Texas Spinal Clinic (San Antonio). Gilbert R. Meadows, MD, founded South Texas Spine Clinic, which now includes 13 locations and 13 physicians. Surgeons perform a variety of procedures, including anterior cervical fusions, anterior cervical discectomy, XLIF and lumbar microdiscectomy. The practice also includes pain management and needle electromyography. The physicians have developed a special therapy program to help patients with their rehabilitation process.
Southeastern Spine Center (Sarasota, Fla.). Southeastern Spine Center includes a research institute to provide objective evaluation of outcomes for operative and non-operative care for treatment with spinal disorders. Surgeons at the center are currently comparing minimally invasive endoscopic interbody fusion with open interbody fusion as part of a multi-centered study being conducted around the United States. The surgeons are also working on a retrospective evaluation comparing open versus endoscopic lumbar decompression, fusion and instrumentation. A third study examines upright MRI with flexion and extension in comparison to supine MRI for differentiating clinical findings. The surgeons have participated in several clinical research trials and worked on designing and developing metallic implants for both cervical and lumbar spinal disorders.
Southeastern Spine Institute (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.). Originally founded in 1991 by Donald R. Johnson, MD, the Southeastern Spine Institute pursued a singular vision to become a preeminent spine and pain management practice. Today SSI has grown to include a total of 14 physicians. The recent opening of a new 18,600 square-foot medical office building adjacent to the original 22,400 square-foot medical complex creates a medical campus enabling patients to access ancillary services for diagnosis and treatment in a single visit. Services provided at the Southeastern Spine Institute's campus include: ambulatory surgery center, diagnostic imaging (three MRIs, three C-arms, two digital x-rays, and ultrasound), EMG/NCS, laboratory, DME/spinal bracing, pharmacy, intraoperative neuromonitoring and physical therapy. SSI surgeons provide minimally invasive endoscopic disc, fusion and disc replacement surgeries. SSI has participated in multiple clinical trials and been a site for multiple FDA studies to include the X-Stop and Maverick artificial disc replacement trials.
Southern California Neuroscience and Spine. The Center for Neuroscience and Spine, a part of the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine, was founded in 2005 by Ali H. Meiswala, MD. He performs several procedures, including complex operations for patients with skull base, peripheral nerve and movement disorders. He also performs minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusions and will be the first center to do a clinical research study for SI-BONE. His additional procedures include Synthes ProDisc for cervical and lumbar surgery and the practice is in the process of becoming part of the Medical Tourism Association. The practice opened a surgery center in Rancho Cucamonga and partnered with two surgery centers in Beverly Hills to open a new office location.
Southern Oregon Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (Medford). Led by Miroslav P. Bobek, MD, Southern Oregon Neurological & Spine Associates is a comprehensive team of neurosurgeons that treat brain, spine, spinal cord and nervous system disorders. The surgeons perform minimally invasive techniques and use the METRx MicroDiscectomy System. One of the surgeons, David Walker, MD, established an outreach clinic for patients traveling long distances for care, allowing them to complete the initial consultation and follow-up exams at remote satellite locations. The practice currently supports the Southern Oregon Spartans hockey team.
Southwestern Brain & Spine (New Orleans). Southwestern Brain & Spine has 10 providers and three practice locations. The practice was founded in 2006 and includes neurosurgeons and non-surgical specialists. The surgeons have a special interest in complex spine surgery, spinal tumors and degenerative conditions. The practice includes a surgeon who is an NFL-approved second opinion surgeon and a former chairman of the department of neurosurgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
South Shore Brain and Spine Specialists (West Islip, N.Y.). Kevin Mullins, MD, board-certified neurosurgeon, founded South Shore Brain and Spine Specialists in 2000. He also serves as the chief of neurosurgery and director of neurosurgical services at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. Dr. Mullins has expertise in complex spine reconstruction and neurosurgical procedures. The practice also includes neurosurgeons Patrick Reid, MD; Borimir Darakchiev, MD; William McCormick, MD; and Salvatore Palumbo, MD. Amit Sharma, MD, interventional pain management physician, also practices with South Shore Brain and Spine Specialists.
SpineCare Medical Group (Daly City, Calif.). SpineCare Medical Group surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures, spinal fusions and advanced internal fixation device procedures. The practice includes X-rays, MRI and CT scans as well as pain management. The physician partners have a research and education division, San Francisco Spine Institute, which provides continuing education and courses for physicians and surgeons. The group is led by Paul Slosar, MD, president of the SpineCare Medical Group and medical director of the Spine Care Institute in San Francisco. He is also assistant director of surgical fellowship and surgical research at The San Francisco Spine Institute.
Spine Colorado (Durango). Spine Colorado includes fellowship-trained spine surgeons and physical medicine physicians. The surgeons perform deformity correction, trauma surgery and total disc replacement procedures. Some of the procedures are performed in an outpoint surgery center. The practice is led by co-founder Jim A. Youssef, MD, who is a member of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, North American Spine Society and Cervical Spine Research Society. He also started the research department at Spine Colorado in 2002 and has participated in studies for new spinal implants and procedures. The physicians are engaged in research and lecture across the country on spine-related topics. The practice has three locations and provides care for several local athletes.
Spine Group Beverly Hills (Calif.). Spine Group Beverly Hills is practice of fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon John Regan, MD. The practice performs procedures including lumbar discectomy, cervical discectomy, spinal fusion, lumbar laminectomy, minimally invasive surgery and scoliosis surgery. The practice has locations in Beverly Hills and New Port Beach, Calif.
The Spine Institute (Johnstown, Colo.). Fellowship-trained spine surgeons Kenneth Pettine, MD, and E. Jeffrey Donner, MD, co-founded Rocky Mountain Associates in Orthopedic Medicine in 1991 and Rocky Mountain Spine Arthroplasty Specialists in 2004. The latter became The Spine Institute. Dr. Pettine has also founded the Society for Ambulatory Spine Surgery and the Orthopedic Stem Cell Institute. Dr. Donner has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of sacroiliac joint pain. The practice also includes pain management physician Matthew Pouliot, MD; family medicine physician Thomas Coburn, MD; and pain management physician Russell Parker, MD. The Spine Institute provides surgical and non-surgical care for low back pain, neck pain, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, compression fractures, osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, ankylosing spondylitis, sacroiliac joint syndrome, scoliosis, rheumatoid arthritis, kyphosis and spondylolisthesis.
Spine Institute Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Calif.). The Spine Institute has a focus on research and clinical trials for several types of spine and back pain management procedures. During the past 10 years, the institute's research has emphasized the in vivo application of proteins, growth factors, stem cell therapy and biologics to promote spinal tissue generation or regeneration. The Spine Institute's Spine Research Foundation has participated in several clinical trials, including nucleus replacement. Current open trials include the treatment of lumbar internal disc disruption with the Biostat System and Intradiscal rhGDF-5 as a growth factor for patients with lumbar degenerative disc disease. Much of the research done at the Spine Research Foundation is later published in professional journals, and the surgeons are often called upon to provide expertise to media sources on spine research and innovation.
SpineNevada (Reno). SpineNevada includes James Lynch, MD, a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon who performs more than 500 spine surgeries per year, as well as non-operative physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists and physical therapy. Dr. Lynch is also the chairman and director of spine programs at Surgery Center of Reno, where he is currently setting up a Minimally Invasive Spine Center. He has lectured on building a comprehensive spine center and ASC development for the past several years at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. SpineNevada was among the first spine centers in the region authorized and trained to implant the new artificial disc for patients with degenerative disc disease. The practice also plans to add additional partners by the end of the year.
Spine Team Texas (Southlake). Spine Team Texas includes neurosurgeons David Rothbart, MD, Juan Bartolomei, MD, and Steven Morgan, MD, PhD, and orthopedic spine surgeon Leonard Kibuule, MD. The practice also includes a number of physiatrists and pain management specialists. The practice focuses on providing patients with minimally invasive surgery options, physical therapy and physical medicine and rehabilitation services. The surgeons at the practice perform procedures including anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, kyphoplasty, neurotomy, microendoscopic discectomy and microendoscopic posterior cervical discectomy.
Summit Spinecare (Woodbury, Minn.). Summit Spinecare is a division of Summit Orthopedics, which was launched when the practice opened a 38,000-square-foot building in 2009. Approximately 6,500-square-feet are dedicated to the spine center, which includes six operative and non-operative spine physicians. Surgical options include minimally invasive spine surgery, scoliosis care and spinal fusion. The surgeons are fellowship-trained and members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Summit Spinecare is a spine center of excellence that includes diagnostics, exercise gym and spine-specialized therapists all under one roof.
Summit Spine Institute (Portland, Ore.). J. Rafe Sales, MD, board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, founded Summit Spine Institute at Emanuel Hospital in 2007. The practice also has satellite clinics in Hood River and Seaside, Ore. Dr. Sales performs surgical procedures including lumbar fusion, anterior cervical corpectomy, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, lumbar disc microsurgery, cervical posterior foraminotomy, total disc replacement, laminectomy with fusion and interspinous stabilization.
Texas Back Institute (Plano, Texas). Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Ralph Rashbaum, MD, and Richard Guyer, MD, founded Texas Back Institute in 1977. In 1985, the Texas Back Institute Research Foundation was founded to improve care for patients with back pain through research and education. The foundation's work has included total disc replacements, minimally invasive procedures and pre-surgical psychological screening. The practice also has a fellowship program that has trained more than 70 spine surgeons through fellowships and visitor programs, and much of the research done at the foundation has been published in professional journal. In 2004, the practice also formed Texas Back Institute Clinical Research, an organization dedicated to advancing new spinal technologies and techniques, which has supervised clinical research trials, research studies and education programs. The current clinical trials include a study comparing the VertiFlex Superion Interspinous Spacer to the X-Stop Interspinous Process Decompression System for spinal stenosis; and the clinical and radiographic outcomes of anterior lumbar interbody fusion using a novel stand-alone interbody fusion device.
Texas Spine Consultants (Dallas). Texas Spine Consultants is located at Baylor University Medical Center and includes five physicians. The practice includes the fellowship director for the Dallas Spine Fellowship and a pain medicine physician. The surgeons perform minimally invasive treatment for scoliosis, surgical resection of spinal tumors, cervical and lumbar total disc replacement and image guided surgical navigation. Physicians from the practice have earned the Patients' Choice award.
Total Spine Specialists (Huntersville, N.C.). Total Spine Specialists includes four offices in North Carolina. Led by co-founding physicians Mark Hartman, MD, and Paul J. Tsahakis, MD, the practice includes physicians who perform minimally invasive spine surgery. All together, the surgeons have performed more than 7,000 spine surgeries with approximately 400 cases using minimally invasive techniques annually. In addition to their clinical practice, the surgeons engage in research and present their findings at national society meetings.
TriState Neurological Associates (Erie, Pa.). TriState Neurological Surgeons partners with Saint Vincent Health Care to provide brain, spinal and neurosurgical care. It is the community arm of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and serves patients in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The physicians focus on treating patients with spinal stenosis, spinal fractures, spinal tumors and other conditions. The practice has 15 office locations and includes neurosurgeons for NFL athletes and the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Several of the surgeons also hold leadership positions within their local hospitals, including the chief of neurosurgery at UPMC Passavant.
Twin Cities Spine Center (Minneapolis). John H. Moe, MD, founded Minnesota Spine Center and Twin Cities Scoliosis Center, which merged in 1998 to become Twin Cities Spine Center. The practice includes 10 fellowship-trained spine surgeons and a full research department. The surgeons now involved with the research department examine operative and non-operative treatment, diagnostic methods and the natural history of spine problems. More than 500 medical papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals as a result of research done at the practice. Twin Cities Spine Center also supports a fellowship program that has trained more than 140 spine surgeons.
Tyler (Texas) Neurosurgical Associates. Tyler Neurosurgical Associates, established in 1972, includes board-certified neurosurgeons Mark Renfro, MD, Jon Ledlie, MD, Thomas Grahm, MD, and Paul Detwiler, MD. Dr. Detwiler is also a fellowship-trained spine surgeon. The practice offers procedures for spinal instability, spinal tumors, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spondylosis and spinal stenosis.
Virginia Spine Institute (Reston). Virginia Spine Institute CEO Thomas C. Schuler, MD, founded the practice in 1992, and since then VSI spine surgeons have participated in several cutting-edge research and development projects. These projects include studying the safety and effectiveness of the Maverick Total Disc Replacement for lumbar degenerative disc disease, Prestige LP Cervical Disc and a clinical trial involving anterior cervical interbody fusion using rhBMP-2 soaked into an absorbable collagen sponge. In 2002, Dr. Schuler founded The Spine Research Foundation, which is now directed by VSI President Brian R. Subach, MD. The foundation was formed with the goal of promoting fact-based medicine among spinal healthcare. In addition to the focus on research, The Spinal Research Foundation has also built an education program to promote spinal health awareness among the general public, with efforts including the "We've Got Your Back" race, walk and spinal health fair held at locations around the country.
Washington Brain & Spine Institute (Washington, D.C). Washington Brain & Spine Institute includes board-certified neurosurgeons Jeff Jacobson, MD, and Zachary Levine, MD. Dr. Jacobson has expertise in cervical spinal trauma, cervical arthroplasty and spinal reconstruction. Dr. Levine specializes in cervical arthroplasty, instrumentation for spinal trauma and degenerative disease and endoscopic and microscopic disc surgery. The practice has additional locations in Rockville, Md., and Bethesda, Md.
Watkins Spine (Marina del Rey, Calif.). Robert Watkins III, MD, is a founding member of the North American Spine Society and co-director of the Marina Spine Center, along with his son who also practices at Watkins Spine. The Marina Spine Center includes rehabilitation services. During his career, Dr. Watkins has treated several professional athletes and trained countless spine surgeon fellows. The surgeons are able to perform minimally invasive procedures and use image guidance when performing spine surgery. They focus on operative and non-operative care, and Dr. Watkins was an investigator for the ProDisc and Charite artificial disc FDA studies.