Richard Wohns, MD - spine surgeons to know | 2014

Written by Super User | August 20, 2014 | Print  |

Richard WohnsRichard Wohns, MD (NeoSpine, Puyallup, Wash.). Throughout his career, Dr. Wohns has remained on the cutting edge of spine surgery, pioneering the transition into the outpatient setting. A board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Wohns founded NeoSpine, where he now serves as president. In 2001, he began developing a national network of outpatient spine surgery centers, which were acquired in 2008 by Symbion. He currently serves as chief consultant to Symbion for outpatient spine surgery center development.


Dr. Wohns has performed more than 3,000 outpatient cervical and lumbar spine surgeries and published data on these procedures in medical literature. He was one of the first neurosurgeons in the United States qualified to perform the eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion technique for minimally invasive lumbar fusions and also has expertise in complex spine surgery and disc arthroplasty.


In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Wohns lectures nationally and internationally on clinical, business and legal aspects of outpatient spine surgery. He co-founded U.S. Radiosurgery, a company that developed and managed Gamma Knife and Cyberknife Radiosurgery centers throughout the country, which was acquired by Alliance Oncology in 2011. He has served as president of the Washington State Association of Neurological Surgeons and currently serves as the president elect of the Western Neurosurgical Society.


His leadership also extends to device companies, and he serves on the scientific advisory board for Ranier Technology and Thompson MIS. He is a health policy consultant to NuVasive and consultant to LDR. Dr. Wohns earned his medical degree at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Washington in Seattle.



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