22 Spine Surgeons & Neurosurgeons for NFL Teams in 2013

Written by Laura Dyrda | August 16, 2013 | Print  |

Here are 22 spine and neurosurgeons for National Football League teams. Information was not available for all teams.

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Andrew Cappuccino, MD (Buffalo Spine Surgery, Lockport, N.Y.). Dr. Cappuccino is a physician with Buffalo Spine Surgery in Lockport, N.Y., and a spine surgeon for the Buffalo Bills. He earned his medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo (N.Y.) School of Medicine and completed a spine surgery fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University Scoliosis and Spine Center in Baltimore. Dr. Cappuccino has published several articles about spine surgery techniques and presented his research around the world. He is a member of the Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, Spinal Arthroplasty Society and a fellow with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He has also been named head of the surgeon advisory board for Lanx.

 

Mike Chicoine, MD (Washington University Physicians, St. Louis). Dr. Chicoine is a consulting neurosurgeon and assistant professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and a spine surgeon with the St. Louis Rams. He earned his medical degree from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine and completed his neurosurgery residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Dr. Chicoine's additional training includes a fellowship with Skull Base Neurosurgery at Good Samaritan Hospital & University of Cincinnati. His areas of interest include cranial base surgery and degenerative disease of cervical and lumbar spine.

 

Andrew B. Dossett, MD (The Carrell Clinic, Dallas). Dr. Dossett is a spine consultant for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars professional hockey team. He practices with The Carrell Clinic in Dallas and is a member of several professional organizations, including American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and North American Spine Society. During his career, Dr. Dossett has authored several articles on lumbar spine fusions, neck injuries in athletes and injuries in the cervical and lumbar spine. Dr. Dossett earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

 

Henry Feuer, MD (Methodist Sports Medicine/The Orthopedic Specialists, Indianapolis). Dr. Feuer is a physician with Methodist Sports Medicine/The Orthopedic Specialists in Indianapolis, focusing on sports medicine and concussion management. He is a neurosurgeon for the Indianapolis Colts. He earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland in College Park and completed his residency in neurosurgery at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Dr. Feuer's additional training includes an internship with Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Feuer has served as the clinical associate professor of neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine in Bloomington, as well as on the Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund board. In addition to his work with the Colts, Dr. Feuer has been affiliated with Purdue University in Hammond, Ind., and the Indianapolis 500.

 

Anthony Guanciale, MD (Cincinnati Spine Institute). Dr. Guanciale practices spine surgery with Cincinnati Spine Institute and The Christ Hospital. He is the spine surgeon consultant to the Cincinnati Bengals and the University of Cincinnati. During his career, he spent 16 years as the director of orthopedic spine surgery and an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati and published extensively on spinal conditions. He has a professional interest in minimally invasive spine surgery, adult scoliosis deformity and revision surgery. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Guanciale is a member of North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Guanciale earned his medical degree at Medical College of Ohio in Toledo and completed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. His additional training includes a fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

 

Roger Hartl, MD (Weill Cornell Physicians Organization, New York City). Dr. Hartl is the chief of spinal surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and a spine surgeon with the New York Giants. He earned his medical degree at the University of Munich (Germany) School of Medicine and a fellowship in neurocritical care at the Charite Hospital of the Humboldt University in Berlin. His additional training includes a neurosurgery residency at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Hartl has a professional interest in complex spine surgery and his research focuses on the pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury.

 

Andrew Hecht, MD (Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City). Dr. Hecht is the co-director of spine surgery at Mount Sinai in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics. He is also the spine consultant for the New York Jets, New York Islander professional hockey team and the New York Dragons arena football team. Dr. Hecht also serves as the director of the NFL Spine Center Program for retired football players at Mount Sinai. His clinical interests include the evolution and surgical management of degenerative disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine as well as minimally invasive surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Hecht serves on the editorial review board of a professional spine journal and is a member of the North American Spine Society. He earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in Boston, where he also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Emory Spine Center in Atlanta.

 

Stanley A Herring, MD (UW Medicine, Seattle). Dr. Herring is the director of sports, spine and orthopedic health for UW Medicine and co-medical director of the Seattle's Sports Concussion Program. He is a team physician for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners, and serves as a member of the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee. He contributed to the efforts to pass the Zackery Lystedt Law in Washington and continues to advocate for similar legislation across the country. He has a professional interest in sports medicine, spine and sports concussions. Dr. Herring earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern.

 

Terry Horner, MD (Methodist Sports Medicine/The Orthopedic Specialists, Indianapolis). Dr. Horner is a neurosurgeon for the Indianapolis Colts. He practices with Methodist Sports Medicine/The Orthopedic Specialists He has served in the U.S. Army and focuses his practice on athletic concussions. He also takes mission trips to volunteer his medical expertise to undeveloped countries. Dr. Horner earned his medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency in neurosurgery at Indiana University Hospitals.

 

Kaveh Khajavi, MD (Georgia Spine and Neurosurgery Center, Atlanta). Dr. Khajavi is the neurosurgical consultant to the Atlanta Falcons. He is a founding member of the Society for Lateral Access Surgery and has been treating degenerative scoliosis patients with minimally invasive surgical techniques since 2004. Dr. Khajavi recently co-founded the Institute for Neurosurgical and Spine Research Foundation, a scientific research organization designed to facilitate research collaborations among minimally invasive spine surgeons. The foundation also collaborates with other spine surgeons participating in data collection and research, with studies focusing on clinical outcomes and comparative effectiveness for minimally invasive procedures and emerging technologies. The practice has been collecting outcomes since 2003 and has more than 1,000 patients in the database. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and completed his neurosurgical residency at Cleveland Clinic.

 

Sean Markey, MD (Neurosurgical Spine Specialists, Parker, Colo.). Dr. Markey is a neurosurgical consultant to the Denver Broncos and director of neurosurgery at Parker Adventist Hospital. He serves on faculty for medical device companies and works on the forefront of new spine surgical techniques. He has a professional interest in treating complex spinal disorders and performing minimally invasive procedures. He earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Science Center, where he also completed his neurosurgery residency.

 

Joseph Maroon, MD (Tri-State Neurosurgical Associates, Pittsburgh). Dr. Maroon is director of Tri-State Neurosurgical Associates and a neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he also completed his residency. His additional neurosurgical training includes time at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Oxford University in England and the University of Vermont in Burlington. Dr. Maroon co-developed the ImPACT test for concussion screening and has served as consultant to several professional and college athletes. He is a member of American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American College of Sports Medicine and Research Society of Neurological Surgeons. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Maroon serves on the editorial board for The Physician and Sportsmedicine as well as Neurological Research.

 

Srdjan Mirkovic, MD (NorthShore Orthopaedics, Chicago). Dr. Mirkovic is a spine consultant for the Chicago Bears and Chicago Fire professional soccer team. He practices with NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill. He has a professional interest in spine arthroplasty, fusion and minimally invasive surgical technique. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Mirkovic is a member of the North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. During his career he has published several articles in journals such as Spine and Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Dr. Mirkovic earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D. C., and completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine affiliated hospitals in Houston. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at the University of California in San Diego.

 

Matthew Moore, MD (Broward Health, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.). Dr. Moore is the medical director of neurosurgical services at Broward Health North and the official on-field neurosurgeon for the Miami Dolphins. He also serves as director of the Spine Care Center at Broward Health North and neurosurgeon for the Miami Marlins. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Moore is a member of the American Association for Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He earned his medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., and completed his neurosurgery residency at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's and Children's Hospitals in Boston.

 

Anthony P. Moreno, MD (Moreno Joseph Spine & Scoliosis, Tampa, Fla.). Dr. Moreno is the orthopedic spine surgeon for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and director of the Mease Neuro-Ortho Spine Surgery Center at Mease Countryside Hospital. He has a professional interest in lumbar and cervical microsurgeries, complex revision of spinal deformities and scoliosis. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Moreno is an active fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society and has given presentations around the world on spine surgical techniques. Dr. Moreno earned his medical degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville and completed his residency at Jackson (Fla.) Memorial Medical Center/University of Miami. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.

 

Jerry M. Petty, MD (Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates, Charlotte, N.C.). Dr. Petty is a neurosurgeon to the Carolina Panthers and practices with Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates. He has a special interest in lumbar and cervical disc disease and belongs to the International Council of Motorsports. Dr. Petty earned his medical degree at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed his residency at Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine. His additional training includes a fellowship in neurological surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.

 

Mark L. Prasarn, MD (Ironman Sports Medicine Institute, Houston). Dr. Prasarn is a spine surgeon with the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute and spine surgery consultant to the Houston Texans and the University of Houston. He has a special interest in degenerative spine surgery, spinal trauma and complex fractures. Dr. Prasarn earned his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. His additional training includes fellowships in spine surgery at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) and orthopedic trauma at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Dr. Prasarn was also a visiting spine fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

 

Chad J. Prusmack, MD (Rocky Mountain Spine Clinic, Lone Tree, Colo.). Dr. Prusmack is a spine surgeon with Rocky Mountain Spine Clinic and a neurosurgical consultant to the Denver Broncos. He is a board-certified neurosurgeon with a professional interest in minimally invasive spine surgery and complex cervical and lumbar spine surgery. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Prusmack focuses on research and development of minimally invasive spine equipment. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and the Miami Project. Dr. Prusmack earned his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Miami. His additional training includes a complex and minimally invasive spine fellowship at the University of Miami.

 

Thomas Schuler, MD (Virginia Spine Institute, Reston). Dr. Schuler is the founder and president of the Virginia Spine Institute and a spinal consultant for the Washington Redskins. He also serves as program director for the Virginia Spine Institute Physician Assistant Fellowship Program and is a fellow of the American College of Spine Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Schuler has a professional interest in operative and non-operative interventions for cervical and lumbar spinal disorders. During his career, he has served as president and scientific advisor for the Spinal Research Foundation and a founding member of the Lumbar Spine Study Group. He is also a member of the North American Spine Society. Dr. Schuler earned his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

 

Gary Shapiro, MD (Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, Buffalo Grove). Dr. Shapiro is a physician with the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in Chicago and the Chicago Bears. He earned his medical degree from Health Science Center at Syracuse (N.Y.) and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He additionally received training through a spine fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery and training in the thoracoscopic approach to deformity surgery at Children's Hospital San Diego. Dr. Shapiro has received the Lewis Clark Wagner Award for resident research and is appointed to the Foundation for Orthopaedics and Complex Spine. His area of professional interest includes IME and workers compensation cases. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

 

Nicholas Theodore, MD (Barrow Neurosurgical Associates). Dr. Theodore is the neurosurgical consultant for the Arizona Cardinals. He also serves as chief of spinal surgery at the Barrow Neurosurgical Institute and medical director of the Neurological Trauma Program at Barrow. He has a professional interest in complex spinal disorders and spinal cord injury. He has participated in a multi-center study testing medication for spinal cord injury and received a grant to study novel approaches to spinal surgery. He earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed his fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute.

 

Alexander Vaccaro, MD (Rothman Institute, Philadelphia). Dr. Vaccaro has assistant team physician for the Philadelphia Eagles for eight seasons. He is the vice chairman of the department of orthopedics at Rothman Institute and co-director of the spine fellowship program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Vaccaro is a member of the North American Spine Society, Cervical Spine Research Society, Scoliosis Research Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Vaccaro earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., as well as a PhD in spinal trauma. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University and his spine fellowship at the University of San Diego.

 

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