30 Spine Surgeons at Physician-Owned Hospitals

Written by Laura Dyrda | August 21, 2012 | Print  |
Here are 30 spine surgeons at physician-owned hospitals.
Jim Adametz, MD (Arkansas Surgical Hospital, North Little Rock). Dr. Adametz has a professional interest in lumbar, cervical and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is a neurosurgeon with a special interest in treating patients with spinal problems. He performs fusion procedures, kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty and disc surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Adametz is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and American Medical Society. He has been voted among America's top neurosurgeons by the American Consumer Research Society. Beyond his neurosurgical work, Dr. Adametz is trained and certified in age management medicine by Cenegenics Medical Institute. He earned his medical degree at the University of Arkansas Medical School, where he also completed his internship and residency in neurological surgery.

Todd J. Albert, MD (Rothman Specialty Hospital, Bensalem, Pa.).
Dr. Albert performs spine surgery at Rothman Specialty Hospital, which is partially owned by Nueterra Healthcare and the physicians of Rothman Institute, based in Philadelphia. Dr. Albert is president of Rothman Institute and chairman of the department of orthopedics at Thomas Jefferson University Medical College. He also serves as co-director of reconstructive spine surgery and the Spine Fellowship Program at Thomas Jefferson University. During his career, Dr. Albert has been president of the Cervical Spine Research Society and is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Albert earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. His additional training includes a spine surgery fellowship at Minnesota Spine Center.

Lee V. Ansell, MD (Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital).
Dr. Ansell is the medical director at Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital and past president of the Southern Neurosurgical Society and Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons. He serves on several committees for professional societies, such as the Neurological Society of American, and is a consultant in spinal surgery with the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. He is a member of the North American Spine Society and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Prior to his time with Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital, Dr. Ansell served in the United States military and received a Bronze Star, Air Force Commendation Medal and two meritorious Service Medals.  Dr. Ansell earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center's Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Mark Bernhardt, MD (Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute, Leawood, Kan.).
Dr. Bernhardt is a physician with Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute and a partner with Dickson-Diveley Midwest Orthopaedic Clinic in Kansas City, Mo. During his career, Dr. Bernhardt has served as a spine and orthopedic consultant to the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Blades professional hockey team. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Bernhardt has focused on research and published articles based on his work in professional medical journals. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, Cervical Spine Research Society and Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Bernhardt earned his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his residency at St. Francis Regional Medical Center. His additional training includes a spine surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Gerald Alexander, MD (Hoag Orthopedic Institute, Irvine, Calif.).
Dr. Alexander is an orthopedic spine surgeon with Hoag Orthopedic Institute. He performs lateral lumbar interbody fusion, artificial disc replacement, X-Stop interspinous percutaneous decompression and other spine procedures. Dr. Alexander practices with Fullerton Orthopaedic and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Alexander earned his medical degree at Loma Linda (Calif.) University, where he also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at UCLA Medical Center.

Jason L. Cormier, MD (Lafayette Surgical Hospital, Lafayette, La.).
Dr. Cormier is a physician owner of Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital. He has a professional interest in minimally invasive complex spinal surgery. During his career, Dr. Cormier has served on the Council of State Neurological Society as a representative of Alabama to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Cormier spends time training medical students and residents in neurological techniques and dedicates his time to the Student Run Homeless clinic in New Orleans. Dr. Cormier earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans and completed additional training ant Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He also completed a fellowship in complex spine surgery under the direction of Mark N. Hadley, MD.

John Dietz, Jr., MD (Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital, Indianapolis).
Dr. Dietz is a spine surgeon with OrthoIndy and the practice's hospital, Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital. He serves as secretary of the Board of Directors of OrthoIndy and is a fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society. His additional affiliations include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and North American Spine Society. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Dietz is an inventor and holds multiple patents on surgical instrumentation used during endoscopic spine surgery. He has published several articles in professional medical journals and presented on his research at national meetings. Dr. Dietz earned his medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Swedish Hospital Medical Center in Seattle.

Guy O. Danielson, III, MD (Texas Spine & Joint Hospital, Tyler).
Dr. Danielson is a neurological spine surgeon at Texas Spine & Joint Hospital. He previously served as chief of neurological surgery at Mother Frances Hospital and East Texas Medical Center, both in Tyler, and on the Advisory Board for Texas Back Institute and Biomedical Research. During his career, he has been the medical director for Spine Care Associates and president of NeuroCare Network. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Danielson has focused on research and was the principle investigator for a study of ProDisc artificial disc replacement. He was also a principle investigator for studies with Medtronic and Stryker regarding spinal devices and technology. Dr. Danielson is a member of North American Spine Society and Congress of Neurological Surgeons, among others. He earned his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in Oklahoma City, where he also completed his residency.

Winston Fong, MD (McBride Orthopedic Hospital, Oklahoma City, Okla.).
Dr. Fong is a spine surgeon at McBride Orthopedic Hospital, a 78-bed physician-owned hospital originally founded in 1919. HealthGrades ranked the hospital number one for joint replacements in 2011. Dr. Fong has a special interest in minimally invasive spine procedures. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Fong is a member of North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He earned his medical degree at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital. His additional training includes a spine fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Frank E. Fumich, MD (Institute for Orthopaedic Surgery, Lima, Ohio).
Dr. Fumich is the Institute for Orthopaedic Surgery's director of orthopedic spine services and a member of the Medical Staff Medical Advisory Committee. He also holds membership in the North American Spine Society and is a diplomate for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Fumich earned his medical degree at Marshall University School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. His additional training includes an internship and surgical residency at West Virginia University and he is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Mark A. Gordon, MD (Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Green Bay, Wis.).
Dr. Gordon has been with BayCare Clinic since its inception and performs neurosurgical cases at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, a joint venture of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic. Dr. Gordon has a special interest in comprehensive management of spine conditions, including minimally invasive spinal reconstruction and fusion procedures, sports related injuries of the nervous system and treating brain conditions. He serves as a consultant to members of the National Football League and is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Gordon earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed his residency in neurological surgery at Medical College of Wisconsin affiliated hospitals. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Robert Hacker, MD (McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, Springfield, Ore.).
Dr. Hacker is a physician with McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center and partner at Oregon Neurosurgery Specialists. He has a professional interest in spinal disorders and performs artificial disc replacement as an alternative to fusion. Throughout his career, Dr. Hacker has conducted research published in medical journals and testified about surgical devices on FDA panel meetings. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, North American Spine Society and Cervical Spine Research Society. Dr. Hacker earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical School and completed additional training at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, West Virginia Medical School and Montreal Neurological Institute.

Leslie Hellbusch, MD (Midwest Surgical Hospital, Omaha).
Dr. Hellbusch is a surgeon with Midwest Surgical Hospital and a founding member of Midwest NeuroScience Center and Midwest Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists. He also serves as vice-section chief for neurosurgery and clinical professor of surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He directs the neurosurgery training program at Methodist Hospital. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Hellbusch is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons. He earned his medical degree at Northwestern University in Chicago and completed his residency in neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Robert Henderson, MD (Pine Creek Medical Center, Dallas).
Dr. Henderson is a spine surgeon with Pine Creek Medical Center, a physician-owned hospital that includes 30 different services. He has a professional interest in treating degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal disorders and other spine conditions. He performs artificial disc replacement, minimally invasive surgery and spinal fusions, among other procedures. During his career, Dr. Henderson has been vice president of the American College of Spine Surgery and spoken internationally on surgical technique. He authored chapters in several orthopedic and neurosurgical text books and remains involved in FDA studies related to spine care. Dr. Henderson is a member of North American Spine Society and American Board of Spine Surgery. He earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical College in Omaha and completed his residency at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas. His additional training includes a traveling spine fellowship.

Gregory A. Hoffman, MD (Parkview Orthopedic Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.).
Dr. Hoffman practices spine surgery with SpineOne and performs surgery at Parkview Orthopedic Hospital, the first specialty hospital in northeastern Indiana devoted to orthopedic surgery and post-surgery patient care. Dr. Hoffman is a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Scoliosis Research Society. He also volunteers at the Matthew 25 Orthopaedic Clinic and serves as a professor in the Fort Wayne Orthopaedic Residency Program. Dr. Hoffman earned his medical degree at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his residency through Pennsylvania State University at Milton Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center. His additional training includes a spinal deformity fellowship at Kenton D. Leatherman Spine Center at Norton Kosair and University Hospitals in Louisville, Ky.

Michael LaGrone, MD (Physicians Surgical Hospital, Amarillo, Texas).
Dr. LaGrone is an orthopedic spine surgeon with a special interest in treating scoliosis and complex spinal disorders. He is a physician with Physicians Surgical Hospital. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. LaGrone is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society and Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons. During his career, he has been a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the National Scoliosis Foundation. He has contributed to numerous articles and text books on spine surgery. Dr. LaGrone earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Letterman Army Medical Center. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Twin Cities Scoliosis Center in Minneapolis.

Gregory B. Lanford, MD (The Hospital for Spine Surgery, Nashville, Tenn.).
Dr. Lanford is a neurosurgeon at The Center for Spine Surgery and president and managing partner of the Howell Allen Clinic. During his career, he has been affiliated with of several professional associations, including president of the Tennessee Neurological Society and served as a CSNS Tennessee State Delegate to Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has also served as president of the board at St. Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Lanford has focused on research and served as a sub-investigator in several clinical trials. The clinical trials have recently focused on fusion in the lumbar and cervical spine. He earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee in Memphis and completed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

John Dickerson, MD (Kansas Spine Hospital, Wichita).
Dr. Dickerson is a spine surgeon at Kansas Spine Hospital, a 38-bed spine focused hospital founded in 2003. The hospital includes a 3-tesla MRI and 16 slice CT scanner. Dr. Dickerson has a special interest in treating patients with minimally invasive spine surgery. He treats patients with neuro-oncology, trauma and degenerative disorders. Dr. Dickerson earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in neurosurgery. Dr. Dickerson is a member of Abay Neuroscience Center in Wichita.

E. Alexander L'Heureux Jr., MD (Oklahoma Spine Hospital, Edmond).
Dr. L'Heureux is a spine surgeon at Oklahoma Spine Hospital and a member of several professional organizations, including American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and Scoliosis Research Society. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. L'Heureux has conducted research on topics such as congenital scoliosis and bone growth. He is also a member of the international teaching faculty of Interpore Cross International. Dr. L'Heureux earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at New York Medical College in Valhalla. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Minnesota Spine Center in Minneapolis.

Marc A. Letellier, MD (Mountain Vista Medical Center, Mesa, Ariz.).
Dr. Letellier performs spine surgery at Mountain Vista Medical Center, a 178-bed physician-owned hospital. He has a special interest in treating patients with degenerative spinal conditions. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, North American Spine Society and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Letellier also performs minimally invasive surgical procedures. He earned his medical degree at the Universite Laval, Faculte de Medicine and completed his residency in neurological surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Gilbert R. Meadows, MD (South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital, San Antonio).
Dr. Meadows is a spine surgeon at South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital and founder of his practice, South Texas Spinal Clinic. He is a member of the Texas Medical Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and North American Spine Society. Throughout his career, he has had an interest in medical education and currently serves as the program director of the spinal fellowship at South Texas Spinal Clinic. He previously served as a clinical assistant professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He has published numerous articles and delivered lectures based on his research on spine-related topics. Dr. Meadows earned his medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery in New Orleans.

Gary Misenhimer, MD (El Paso Specialty Hospital).
Dr. Misenhimer joined El Paso Orthopaedic Surgery Group in November 2007 and performs cases at the group's El Paso Specialty Hospital. He has a special interest in spine surgery and received board certification from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Misenhimer is a member of North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Texas Medical Association. He earned his medical degree at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Texas Tech University Health Science Center and R.E. Thomason General Hospital in El Paso. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at the L.L. Wiltse Spine Institute in Long Beach, Calif.

David B. Musante, MD (North Carolina Specialty Hospital, Durham)
. Dr. Musante performs cases at North Carolina Specialty Hospital and is a partner with Triangle Orthopaedic Associates in Chapel Hill, N.C. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and Spine Arthroplasty Society. In his practice, Dr. Musante treats patients with a variety of conditions, including deformity, tumors and trauma. His expertise is in minimally invasive spine surgery, motion preservation and artificial disc replacement. Dr. Musante earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and completed his neurological surgery residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Texas Back Institute in Plano.

Douglas W. Pahl, MD (Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital, Phoenix City, Ala.).
Dr. Pahl is an orthopedic spine surgeon and physician at Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital. He has a professional interest in treating patients with spinal deformity and cervical and lumbar degenerative disorders. Dr. Pahl is also trained in minimally invasive surgical and arthroscopic techniques. Before joining the surgeons at Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital, Dr. Pahl served in the army, where he received three Meritorious Service Medals. He earned his medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Ga. His additional training includes a spine surgery fellowship at Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis.

Madhaven Pisharodi, MD (Harlingen Medical Center, Harlingen, Texas).
Dr. Pisharodi is on the medical staff at Harlingen Medical Center, a physician-owned hospital established in 2002 that has a five-star rating from HealthGrades in spinal fusion surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Pisharodi focuses on research and has obtained approval from the Food and Drug Administrator to market three spinal implants without grants or subsidy from a government entity. He has patented 21 new devices and procedures as well as participated in several national and international spine-related presentations. He opened a new practice in April 2008 that includes a C-Arm. Dr. Pisharodi earned his medical degree at the Calicut University Medical Center and completed his residency at the University of Texas in Galveston.

Eric B. Schubert, MD (Mountain View Regional Hospital, Casper, Wyo.).
Dr. Schubert joined Mountain View Regional Hospital in the fall of 2011. The 23-bed physician-owned hospital received the HealthGrades 2011 Spine Surgery Excellence Award and has a five-star rating in spinal fusion. Dr. Schubert has a special interest in complex reconstructive spine surgery, revision spine surgery and spine surgery for degenerative disease. He previously practiced at Billings (Mont.) Clinic Hospital. Dr. Schubert earned his medical degree at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond and completed his residency in neurological surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Patrick Sweeney, MD (Pinnacle Hospital, Crown Point, Ind.).
Dr. Sweeney is a member of Pinnacle Hospital, which opened in 2007 as a partnership between primary care physicians, surgeons and other specialists. In 2002, Dr. Sweeney founded his practice based in Mokena, Ill., focusing on minimally invasive spine surgery techniques. Dr. Sweeney is a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Indiana Orthopaedic Society. He earned his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, where he also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. His additional training includes a fellowship in spinal deformity at The Leatherman Fellowship in Louisville, Ky.

Larry Teuber, MD (Black Hills Surgical Hospital, Rapid City, S.D.).
Dr. Teuber is a physician with Black Hills Surgical Hospital, which he founded in 1997. He is also chief medical officer and president of Medical Facilities Corporation and founder and physician executive of Black Hills Surgery Center. He provides consultative services and expertise for physicians on developing surgical facilities as well as centers of excellence for spine and neurosurgical care. Previously, Dr. Teuber served in the active and reserve Army. He earned his medical degree at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and completed his neurosurgical residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Frank J. Tomecek, MD (Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital, Tulsa, Okla.).
Dr. Tomecek has served as the chairman of neurology, neurosurgery, physical medicine, rehabilitation and pain management at Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital. He has a professional interest in micro-endoscopic lumbar laminectomy for spinal stenosis, microsurgery for lumbar disc disease, pediatric scoliosis and lumbar artificial disc replacement. During his career, Dr. Tomecek has served as president-elect of the Tulsa Neurosciences Society and a member of the steering committee for the Brain Injury Association of Oklahoma. He was also a lead investigator on an FDA study of prospective clinical outcomes comparing posterior lumbar interbody fusion grafting techniques of recombinant bone morphogenic protein and autograft. Dr. Tomecek earned his medical degree at Indiana University and completed his neurosurgical residency at Henry Ford University in Detroit. His additional training includes a fellowship at the University of Louisville (Ky.) Hospital in neurological surgery.

H. Randal Woodward (Nebraska Spine Hospital, Omaha).
Dr. Woodward is chairman of the board for Nebraska Spine Holdings, which owns 44 percent of Nebraska Spine Hospital. Other stakeholders in the hospital include Alegent Health, which owns 51 percent, and Health Inventures, which holds 5 percent. During his career, Dr. Woodward has served as a reviewer for Spine and chairman of the coding committee for the Scoliosis Research Society. He is also a member of the North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Woodward has participated in several clinical trials related to spine surgery, including an investigation of the Maverick total disc replacement and the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial. Dr. Woodward earned his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Chicago. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at the University of Rochester (N.Y.).

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