20 Spine Surgeons at Community Hospitals

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Here are 20 spine surgeons at community hospitals. If you would like to recommend another surgeon for inclusion on this list, please contact Anuja at avaidya@beckershealthcare.com.

Dennis Abernathie, MD (Boone Hospital Center, Columbia, Mo.). Dr. Abernathie is an orthopedic spine surgeon who provides care at Boone Hospital Center and practices with Columbia Orthopedic Group. He joined the physician group in 1982, before which he served as chief of orthopedics at Shepherd Air Force Base in Texas. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of the North American Spine Society and the Missouri State Medical Association. He focuses on in minimally invasive spine surgery and treats a number of conditions, including lumbar degenerative disc disease. He earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia, and he completed a spine fellowship at Southern Illinois University in Springfield.

 

Joseph Aferzon, MD (Middlesex Hospital, New Britain, Conn.). Dr. Aferzon is the section chief of neurosurgery at Middlesex Hospital, where he specializes in spinal surgery. He is also the co-director of Connecticut Spine Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery. During his career, Dr. Aferzon has consulted with several spine companies and authored patents related to minimally invasive spinal instrumentation. He was among the first surgeons in Connecticut to become a member of the Society for Lateral Access Surgery and is a member of the National Association of Spine Surgeons. He also performs disc replacements and endoscopic microdiscectomies. Dr. Aferzon earned his medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo and completed his residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center and Hartford (Conn.) Hospital.

 

William S. Bodemer MD (Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital & Clinics, Prairie du Sac, Wis.). Dr. Bodemer is an orthopedic spine surgeon practicing with Orthopedic Associates of Sauk Prairie in Prairie du Sac, who provides care at Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital & Clinics. He treats general orthopedic and spine-specific conditions, such as adult degenerative spine conditions, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, compression fractures and spinal stenosis. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and Wisconsin Medical Society. Dr. Bodemer earned his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison and completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics in Madison. He has also completed a spine fellowship at the Texas Back Institute in Plano.


John R. Cassidy, MD (Venice Regional Medical Center, Venice, Fla.). Dr. Cassidy is a neurological surgeon at Venice Regional Medical Center. He has previous experience at Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Hospital, Englewood (Fla.) Community Hospital and Doctor's Hospital of Sarasota. He is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Cassidy earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine in Richmond and completed his internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

 

Michael S. Chang, MD (Chandler Regional Medical Center, Chandler, Ariz.). Dr. Chang is a spine surgeon at Chandler Regional Medical Center and a partner with Sonoran Spine Center in Phoenix. He has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery and treating both adult and pediatric spinal deformity. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Chang is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Washington University in St. Louis.

 

Terence Chen, MD (John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, Calif.). Dr. Chen is the medical director for neurosurgery at John Muir Health and a spine specialist with John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. He has a professional interest in performing minimally invasive spinal surgery, treating patients with tumors and cervical spine disease. John Muir Medical Center currently holds the Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and was among the first medical centers in the United States to offer stereotactic radiosurgery to treat certain types of brain and spine tumors. Dr. Chen earned his medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., where he also completed his residency.

 

Robert Albin Dixon, DO (Dublin Methodist Hospital, Dublin, Ohio). Dr. Dixon is a neurosurgeon with a special focus on adult elective spine surgery. He practices at Columbus Neurological Spine Group and is on the clinical staff at Dublin Methodist Hospital. He is a member of North American Spine Society, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, Ohio State Medical Association and American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He is the former residency director of Ohio University College of Medicine's neurosurgical residency program. He earned his medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., and completed his residency in neurological surgery at Bicounty Hospital in Warren, Mich.

 

Thomas Donner, MD (Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, Thibodaux, La.). Dr. Donner is a spine surgeon at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, which includes a Spine Center of Excellence. He has a special interest in minimally invasive procedures and brain tumors. Thibodaux Regional Medical Center includes a nurse navigator program to coordinate patient care, whether surgical or otherwise. Dr. Donner earned his medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his internship at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. His additional training includes a residency at Louisiana State University.

 

Kevin R. Eck, MD (St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa). Dr. Eck is a spine surgeon at St. Luke's Hospital and a physician with Physicians' Clinic of Iowa. He also has affiliations with Mercy Medical Center and Surgery Center of Cedar Rapids. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Eck is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Eck earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington Hospital in St. Louis. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Barnes-Jewish and Washington Hospital.

 

James W. Gesler, MD (Wooster Community Hospital, Wooster, Ohio). Dr. Gesler is an orthopedic surgeon with a focus on adult reconstruction, total joint replacement procedures and spine surgery. He practices at Wooster (Ohio) Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center and provides care at Wooster Community Hospital. He is certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is also a member of the Ohio State Medical Association. He earned his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, Case Western Reserve & Affiliated Hospitals, also in Cleveland.

 

John D. Hain, MD (Fremont Area Medical Center, Fremont, Neb.). Dr. Hain practices with Omaha-based Neurosurgical Associates of Nebraska and has provided neurosurgical services at Fremont Area Medical Center in 2010. His clinical interests include different areas of complex and minimally invasive spine surgery including disc herniation, spinal tumors, spinal fusion, spinal deformity, spinal cord decompression, traumatic spinal injury and artificial disc surgery. Dr. Hain earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and completed his residency in surgery and neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He has also completed additional training in minimally invasive spine surgery at the Miami Beach, Fla.-based South Florida Spine Institute under the guidance of Dan S. Cohen, MD.

 

James W. Hardacker, MD (St. Vincent Carmel Hospital, Carmel, Ind.). Dr. Hardacker is the medical director of St. Vincent Carmel Spine Center. He has a professional interest in complex adult and pediatric orthopedic spine surgery, including spinal deformity and spondylolisthesis. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Hardacker focuses on research with an interest in spinal biomechanics, instability, biologics and stem cell research. He is also interested in bone graft replacement and upright MRI imaging research. Dr. Hardacker is a member of the North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He earned his medical degree from State University of New York Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, where he also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. His additional training includes an adult and pediatric spinal deformity fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.

 

M. Adam Kremer, MD (Holland Hospital, Holland, Mich.). Dr. Kremer is a spine surgeon at Holland Hospital and a partner with the Brain + Spine Center in Holland. He has a professional interest in treating patients with complex spinal and brain surgery, including degenerative conditions, fractures and tumors. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Kremer is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Michigan State Medical Society and American Medical Association. His research interests include concussion injuries among athletes, treatment for vertebral compression fractures and minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery. Dr. Kremer earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed his residency in neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

 

Richard D. Lim, MD (Palos Community Hospital, Palos Heights, Ill.). Dr. Lim is a spine surgeon on the medical staff at Palos Community Hospital and he practices with Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants based in Orland Park, Ill. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. His clinical interests include cervical herniated discs, degenerative spine, lumbar degenerative disc disease and scoliosis. Dr. Lim earned his medical degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, where he also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. He has completed a fellowship in spine surgery from the Spine Institute for Special Surgery in Louisville, Ky.

 

Taras W. Masnyk, MD, PhD (Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, Ill.). Dr. Masnyk specializes in neurosurgery and spine surgery, and his clinical interests include carpal tunnel, epilepsy, hydrocephaly, microsurgery and minimally invasive surgery. He certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is a part of the Cadence Physician Group in Winfield, Ill. Dr. Masnyk earned his medical degree The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He completed his residency at University of Chicago Medicine.   

 

Patrick J. Murray, MD (Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, Mass.). Dr. Murray is the chief of neurosurgery at Cape Cod Hospital and a member of the Neurosurgeons of Cape Cod. He has a special interest in treating spinal disorders such as disc protrusion and spinal stenosis. In 2010, his practice expanded to a new facility that includes physical therapy, neurology and pain management for a more integrated approach to care. The Neurosurgeons of Cape Cod are able to provide minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Murray earned his medical degree at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and completed additional training at McGill University in Canada.

 

Jonathan D. Pond, MD (Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, Sheboygan, Wis.). Dr. Pond is an orthopedic surgeon and spine specialist at Aurora Sheboygan (Wis.) Clinic, which he joined in 2005. He has a special interest in surgical treatments for cervical, thoracic, lumbar and other orthopedic spine conditions. He also focuses on spinal fusion, cervical disc replacement, microdiscectomies and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Pond earned his medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison.

 

Juan Raposo, MD (Kendall Regional Medical Center, Miami, Fla.). Dr. Raposo is an orthopedic spine surgeon who practices at Miami Neck & Back Institute and provides care at Kendall Regional Medical Center. He focuses on the treatment of a wide range of spinal conditions, including spinal stenosis, disc herniation degenerative disc disease, scoliosis and sports-related injuries. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and Florida Medical Association. Dr. Raposo earned his medical degree at University of Florida College of Medical Education in Gainesville, Fla., and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He has also completed a fellowship in spine surgery at OrthoCarolina Spine Center in Charlotte, N.C.

 

Christopher Silveri, MD (Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax, Va.). Dr. Silveri is the director of the Inova Spine Institute at Fair Oaks Hospital, and he also practices with Fair Oaks Orthopaedic Associates in Fairfax. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and focuses on in treatments for disc problems, fractures and other spinal trauma, pinched nerves, deformity or curvature of the spine and cervical herniated discs. He also serves as an investigator for new osteobiologic bone graft advances in spinal surgery. Dr. Silveri earned his medical degree at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed a fellowship in reconstructive spine and scoliosis surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

 

Thomas St. John, MD (Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington, N.J.). Dr. St. John is an orthopedic spine surgeon providing care at Hunterdon Medical Center. He practices with Hunterdon Orthopaedic Institute in Flemington. His clinical interests include back injuries, cervical spine disorders, lumbar degenerative disc disease and adult hip and knee reconstruction. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, Jefferson Orthopaedic Society and the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons. He earned his medical degree at State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he also completed a fellowship in adult reconstruction and spine surgery.

 

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