State-by-state breakdown of 83 spine, neurosurgeons joining new practices in 2017


Of the 33 states who welcomed new spine and neurosurgeons, New York, California and Illinois were among the states with the greatest influx.

Here is a state-by-state breakdown of all the spine and neurosurgeons who joined a new hospital or practice, or were promoted to new leadership positions in 2017.


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Conway (Ark.) Regional Health System welcomed Regan S. Gallaher, MD, to its team.

Mountain Home, Ark.-based Baxter Regional Medical Center's Lucas Bradley, MD, was named head of the medical center's new neurosurgery and spine clinic.



Phoenix-based OrthoArizona welcomed Caleb Behrend, MD, to its practice.



Spine surgery specialist Michael Mauro, DO, joined Healthpointe in La Mirada, Calif.

Linda M. Liau, MD, PhD, became the new neurosurgery department chair at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles.

Zackary Child, MD, joined the Tahoe Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Matthew Schreckinger, MD, joined the Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, Calif.

Neurosurgeon Ernest E. Braxton, MD, joined Vail-Summit (Colo.) Orthopaedics.

Southern California Institute in Thousand Oaks added orthopedic spine surgeon Edmund Choi, MD, to its team.



Denver Spine Surgeons in Greenwood Village, Colo., welcomed Okezie Aguwa, MD.



OrthoConnecticut's Danbury (Conn.) Orthopedics welcomed spine surgeon Justin Paul, MD, PhD.

Farmington-based UConn Health appointed Ketan Bulsara, MD, as its new neurosurgery division chief.



John Soliman, DO, joined Physician Partners of America in Tampa, Fla.

Robert Huang, MD, joined Sacred Heart's Pediatric Care Center at Gulf Breeze (Fla.).

Adil Samad, MD, joined Tampa-based Florida Orthopaedic Institute.

M. Nicholas Perenich, DO, joined Tampa, Fla.-based BioSpine Institute.

Andrew W. Moulton, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon, became Lakewood Ranch (Fla.) Medical Center's chief of surgery.



Spine surgeons Uzodu Agochukwu, MD, Vamsi Kancherla, MD, and Christopher Blanchard, DO, joined Atlanta-based Resurgens Spine Center.



Michael Glover, MD, joined Meridian-based Spine Institute of Idaho.


Neurosurgeon Len Cerullo, MD, opened the Len Cerullo Method clinic in Chicago.

Naperville, Ill.-based Edward Hospital welcomed David Peng, MD, to its staff.

Jonathan Workman, DO, joined HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham, Ill.

Neurosurgeon Lon Alexander, MD, joined Rush Health in Chicago.

Neurosurgeon Drew Spencer, MD, joined the Edwards Neurosciences Institute in Naperville, Ill.

Effingham, Ill.-based HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital welcomed spine surgeon Jonathan Workman, DO.



Methodist Hospitals in Gary, Ind., added Nassir Mansour, MD.



Spencer (Iowa) Hospital welcomed orthopedic spine surgeon Daniel McGuire, MD, to its ranks.



Galena, Kan.-based Orthopedic Specialists of the Four States welcomed its third spine surgeon Toby Moore, DO.

Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Health added neurosurgeons Paul O'Boynic, MD, and Darren Lovick, MD, to its new neurosurgery specialty practice, Shawnee Mission Medical Center.



Lee Titsworth, MD, PhD, joined Baptist Health Medical Group Neurosurgery in Paducah, Ky.

Neurosurgeon Stephen Ondra, MD, joined Louisville, Ky.-based RowdMap as head of clinical risk innovation strategy.



Marco A. Rodriguez, MD, opened the International Spine Institute in Baton Rouge, La.

Brian Willis, MD, became the interim chairman of Louisiana-based LSU Health Shreveport's neurosurgery department.



Tobias Mattei, MD, joined Easter Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine.


Mina Safain, MD, became head of Hallmark Health's Melrose (Mass.)-Wakefield Hospital new neurosurgery program.

Newton-Wellesley (Mass.) Hospital named Louis Jenis, MD, its new chief medical and innovation officer.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., welcomed Louis Jenis, MD, as new chief medical and innovation officer.



Jay Jagannathan, MD, joined the Helen Newberry (Mich.) Joy Hospital Specialty Clinic.

Neurosurgeon Rafeek Woods, MD, joined Lakeland Health in St. Joseph, Mich.

Richard Frieden, MD, joined Marquette, Mich.-based UP Health System's Brain & Spine Center.



Anne Normand, MD, joined Essentia Health-Duluth (Minn.) Clinic.

Minneapolis-based University of Minnesota Medical School appointed Clark Chen, MD, PhD, head of the neurosurgery department.

Timothy E. Lindley, MD, PhD, joined Heartland Orthopedic Specialists in Alexandria, Minn.



Merit Health Central in Jackson, Miss., welcomed neurosurgeon Menarvia Nixon Gaddis, MD.



Kansas City, Mo.-based Saint Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute named Cheerag D. Upadhyaya, MD, a surgical co-director.



Alfred Bonati, MD, of Bonati Spine Institute opened a location in Las Vegas.


New Jersey

Minimally invasive spine surgeon James Dwyer, MD, joined Mine Hill Township, N.J.-based Champey Pain and Spine Group.

Eric D. Freeman, DO, relocated his practice within Edison, N.J.

James Sanfilippo, MD, became the chair of the Mount Holly, N.J.-based Virtua Brain and Spine Institute.


New York

Anne Normand, MD, joined Essentia Health-Duluth (Minn.) Clinic.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City named Viviane Tabar, MD, chair of neurosurgery.

Nathan Littauer Hospital in Nursing Home in Gloversville, N.Y., welcomed Joseph Popper, MD.

Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y., welcomed neurosurgeon Arturo Camacho, MD.

New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery welcomed spine surgeon Sheeraz Qureshi, MD, MBA.

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.-based MidHudson Regional Hospital welcomed Mark C. Watts, MD, to its neurosciences team.

Riverhead, N.Y.-based Peconic Bay Medical Center named Robert M. Galler, DO, the new director of neurosurgery.


North Carolina

Novant Health Brain and Spine Surgery in Charlotte, N.C., welcomed neurosurgeon Erin Kiehna, MD.

Pinehurst (N.C.) Surgical Clinic welcomed Alexander Lemons, MD, to its team.

George Ghobrial, MD, joined Novant Health Forsyth Brain and Spine Surgery in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Spine surgeon Sukhbir "Sonny" Guram, MD, joined Hendersonville, N.C.-based Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics.



Andrew Ringer, MD, Mayfield's director of cerebrovascular surgery, became the head of TriHealth Neuroscience Institute.

Christopher McPherson, MD, and Michael Kachmann, MD, became site directors for neurosurgery at Good Samaritan Hospital and Bethesda North, respectively.

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine named Joseph Cheng, MD, its new neurosurgery chair



Samaritan Neurosurgery in Corvallis, Ore., welcomed spine surgeon Wael Ghacham, MD.



Williamsport, Pa.-based UPMC Susquehanna welcomed neurosurgeon James Fick, MD, to its neurosciences team.

Jocelyn Idema, DO, moved her spine practice to the Advanced Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in Washington, Pa.


Rhode Island

Providence, R.I.-based Lifespan's Comprehensive Spine Center welcomed neurosurgeon Jared Fridley, MD.



Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Erlanger Health System welcomed Prayash Patel, MD.



Brian Fernholz, MD, PhD, joined Mischer Neuroscience Associates in The Woodlands, Texas.

Plano-based Texas Back Institute welcomed neurosurgeon Blake Staub, MD.

John C. McElroy, MD, joined Orthopedic Associates of Flower Mound (Texas).



Ken Nwosu, MD, joined Puyallup, Wash.-based Neospine.

Kirkland, Wash.-based EvergreenHealth welcomed Peter Nora, MD, to the system.


West Virginia

Tom Reinsel, MD, joined Huntington W.Va.-based Marshall Health.

Ali Rezai, MD, joined Morgantown, W.Va.-based WVU Medicine.

John Caruso, MD, joined WVU Medicine's neurosurgery department.

Huntington, W.Va.-based Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine welcomed Nicolas Phan, MD, to its

neurosurgery department.



Milwaukee Orthopaedic Group welcomed Mustafa Khan, MD.

Milwaukee-based Medical College of Wisconsin appointed Shekar N. Kurpad, MD, PhD, chair of its

department of neurosurgery.


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