10 Private Practice Spine Surgeons in Florida to Know

Written by Laura Dyrda | December 07, 2012 | Print  |
Here is a list of 10 spine surgeons in private practice in Florida to know. If you would like to recommend another spine surgeon for this list, please contact Laura at lmiller@beckershealthcare.com.Jeffrey B Cantor, MD (South Florida Spine Clinic, Fort Lauderdale). Dr. Cantor is a spine surgeon with a special interest in laminoplasty. He founded his practice, South Florida Spine Clinic, in May 2000 and now services as chief medical officer. The clinic has gained a reputation as an innovator in the development of surgical devices, techniques and continued education with its surgical training facility. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and member of the American College of Spine Surgery. Dr. Cantor earned his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark and completed his residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine. His additional training includes a spine surgery fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.

Anthony Castellvi, MD (Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Tampa).
Dr. Castellvi has a professional interest in scoliosis, spinal cord injury and treating other pathology. He is a member of the board of directors for the International Advocates for Spine Patients of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. He has a professional interest in treating patients with pediatric and adult scoliosis as well as other spinal disorders. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Castellvi conducts research focusing on bone graft substitutes, scoliosis-bracing and motion preservation in the lumbar spine. During his career, he has developed a cervical plate and designed instrumentation for other spinal disorders, including scoliosis. Dr. Castellvi is a member of the North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He earned his medical degree at the University of Zaragonza Medical School and completed his residency at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. His additional training includes a fellowship at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) in spine surgery.

Ara Deukmedjian, MD (Deuk Spine Institute, Melbourne, Fla.).
Dr. Deukmedjian is the founder and medical director of Deuk Spine Institute in Florida. He has contributed extensively to minimally invasive spine surgery and developed the Deuk Laser Disc Repair procedure. Deuk Laser Disc Repair is an endoscopically assisted surgery that utilizes a laser to repair damaged discs. Dr. Deukmedjian has treated hundreds using this method with a 95 percent success rate for elimination of pain. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Deukmedjian is the president of the Brevard County Medical and an associate professor of neurosurgery at University of Central Florida's School of Medicine. Dr. Deukmedjian earned his medical degree at the University of Southern California and thereafter was accepted into the nationally recognized neurosurgical training programs at the University of Florida at Shands. Following his fellowship, he traveled overseas to learn the latest advances in laser spine surgery and upon his return brought the advanced surgical techniques to his practice in the United States.

Stewart G. Eidelson, MD (South Palm Orthospine Institute, Boca Raton, Fla.). Dr. Eidelson has a professional interest in minimally invasive spine surgery. He is a co-author of "Save Your Aching Back and Neck: A Patient's Guide" along with several spine surgeon colleagues, as well as "Back Pain: A Patient's Guide." He has performed more than 3,000 spine surgeries using advanced techniques and has a strong interest in minimally invasive procedures. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Eidelson founded the Palm Beach Orthopaedic and Spinal Research Foundation and is founder of SpineUniverse. Dr. Eidelson is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and North American Spine Society. He earned his medical degree at Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his orthopedic residency at the United States Public Health Service on Staten Island. His additional training includes a spine fellowship at Cleveland Spine and Arthritis Center.

Rolando Garcia, MD (Orthopedic Care Center, Adventura, Fla.).
Dr. Garcia is spine surgeon practicing at Orthopaedic Care Center. He has a professional interest in scoliosis care. He is a member of several professional societies, including American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and North American Spine Society. Currently, Dr. Garcia serves as the chairman of the continuing medical education committee of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Garcia has published several articles in professional journals such as Spine and European Spine Journal. Dr. Garcia earned his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. His additional training includes a spine surgery fellowship at North Carolina Spine Center.

Michael A. Gleiber, MD (Michael A. Gleiber, MD, PA, Spine Surgery, Jupiter, Fla.).
Dr. Gleiber is a board certified orthopaedic spinal surgeon with a professional interest in the latest microsurgical, minimally invasive and motion preserving spinal procedures, as well as deformity procedures. He is President and CEO of Michael A. Gleiber, MD, PA. He treats all types of spinal disorders, including complex spinal problems such as spine tumors, deformity, and spinal trauma. Dr. Gleiber is a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Palm Beach County Medical Society, and a diplomate of The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has been an invited guest lecturer at research institutions, including Scripps Research Institute. In addition to his clinical practices in Jupiter and Boca Raton, Fla., Dr. Gleiber has a strong research interest in the development and design of spine surgical implants and instrumentation. He has been named to the "Top 40 Under 40" by Jupiter Magazine for his work as a spine surgeon and received the Patient's Choice Award 2008 to 2011. Dr. Gleiber earned his medical degree with honors at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed his residency at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, where he was selected as a Chief Resident in his final year. His additional training includes the renown Kenton D. Leatherman Spinal Surgery Fellowship, where he spent a significant portion of his time focusing on spinal trauma and spinal cord injuries. He is on staff at five hospitals in South Florida, including The University of Miami Hospital.

Richard A. Hynes, MD (The BACK Center, Melbourne, Fla.).
Dr. Hynes is a spine surgeon at The Back Center and Osler Medical. He has participated in numerous FDA approved studies and has a professional interest in biologics and the use of stem cells in spinal surgery. Along with his clinical work, Dr. Hynes has served as a director of TXEDAKA, a charity that helps low-income individuals gain access to the medical care they need. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Spine Surgeons and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Hynes earned his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (then Rutgers Medical School) in New Brunswick, N.J., completed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu and received fellowship training in spine surgery at Harvard University.

Robert J. Kowalski, Jr. MD (Florida Spine Institute).
Dr. Kowalski is a neurosurgeon with Florida Spine Institute and has a special interest in motion preservation, minimally invasive spine surgery and spinal instrumentation. He is also a registered professional engineer and participates in ongoing technology clinical trials. He received a two-year grant from the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation for his efforts with spinal biomechanics. Dr. Kowalski served as an Operation Enduring Freedom Neurosurgeon, during which time he served as the sole neurosurgeon in Afghanistan. Dr. Kowalski completed his neurosurgical residency and fellowship in complex spinal surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

Robert Masson, MD (NeuroSpine Institute, Orlando).
Dr. Masson is the founder and president of NeuroSpine Institute and a retired Lieutenant Commander of the United States Naval Reserve. He has a professional interest in minimally invasive spine surgery and using stem cells for treating spinal cord injury. He was a developer of the iMAS surgical principles, techniques and products for Synthes Spine. The iMAS is an interpedicular minimal access surgery of the lumbar spine. During his career, Dr. Masson has treated several professional athletes, including football and basketball players. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Masson is a member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. He was also featured on a Discovery Health documentary as a neurological surgery expert. Dr. Masson earned his medical degree at the University of Florida and completed his neurological surgery residency in Gainesville, Fla. His additional training includes a fellowship in skull base surgery and neurotology at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles.

Thomas F. Roush, MD (Roush Spine, Lake Worth, Fla.).
Dr. Roush is spine surgeon with Roush Spine, which has four Florida offices. He has a special interest in disc arthroplasty and motion preservation techniques. He is a member of several professional organizations, including North American Spine Society. Dr. Roush is a co-author of the 2009 book Motion Preservation Surgery of the Spine: Advanced Techniques and Controversies along with several other research publications. He has instructed courses on the anatomy of the spine at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Dr. Roush earned his medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center and received fellowship training in spine surgery and spinal arthroplasty at Texas Back Institute in Plano.

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