State-by-state breakdown of 88 spine, neurosurgeon moves in 2019 so far

Laura Dyrda -   Print  |

Over the past three quarters, more than 88 spine and neurosurgeons have taken new positions or joined new practices across the U.S.

Here is a breakdown of those surgeons, by state.


University of Alabama at Birmingham named Steven Theiss, MD, chairman of the department of orthopedics.


Mercy Hospital Fort Smith (Ark.) hired Ken Foxx, MD, and Kate Foxx, MD.

Washington Regional Medical Center's Northwest Arkansas Neuroscience Institute in Fayetteville welcomed Brent Peterson, DO, and Daniel Shepherd, MD, to its team.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock welcomed neurosurgeon Thomas Whitfield Morris III, MD, to its staff.


Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif., named Kevin Shae, MD, the Chambers-Okamura Endowed Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedics.

Thousand Oaks-based California Institute of Neuroscience welcomed Ha Son Nguyen, MD, a neurosurgeon.

Saqib Hasan, MD, joined Webster Orthopedics in Oakland, Calif.


Domenic Esposito, MD, joined Durango, Colo.-based Animas Orthopedic Associates.

Former chairman of Laser Spine Institute Michael Weiss, MD, PhD, joined SpineOne, a practice based in Lone Tree, Colo. He will serve as chief of surgical operations.


Neurosurgeon Mark Hornyak, MD, joined The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Conn., and the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute in Norwich.

Neurosurgeon Mohamad Khaled, MD, also joined the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute, seeing patients at the Hartford and Enfield, Conn., locations.


Dawn Tartaglione, DO, a neurosurgeon, joined Dover, Del.-based Bayhealth Neurosurgery as medical director.

Bayhealth Neurosurgery in Dover, Del., hired Amit Goyal, MD, a neurosurgeon who completed his fellowship at the Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery in Sydney, Australia.


Thomas J. Errico, MD, joined Miami-based Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Morgan Lorio, MD, joined Advanced Orthopedics, a practice that serves south and central Florida.

Spine surgeon Brandon Cook, MD, joined Orthopaedic Associates in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Phoenix Spine & Joint welcomed Bruce Moffatt, MD, to its staff. Dr. Moffatt previously practiced at Hudson, Fla.-based Bonati Spine Institute.


Arthritis Total Joint Specialists in Lawrenceville, Ga., welcomed Robert Wood, MD.

Spine surgeon Keith Osborn, MD, joined Cummings, Ga.-based Northside Hospital Orthopaedic Institute.

Former Tampa, Fla.-based Laser Spine Institute surgeon Reginald Davis, MD, joined BioSpine Institute in Tampa.

Tampa, Fla.-based Physician Partners of America welcomed spine surgeons Stefan Prada, MD, Keith Girton, MD, and Brett Menmuir, MD, all of whom previously practiced at Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute before it closed.

Thomas Niemeier, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon, joined Optim Orthopedics in Savannah, Ga.


Wailuku, Hawaii-based Maui Health System added two neurosurgeons: Joe Ulloth, MD, and Christopher Taleghani, MD.


Springfield-based The Orthopedic Center of Illinois welcomed Varun Sharma, MD.

Scott Urch, MD, joined the medical team at HSHS Medical Group in Springfield, Ill.


Indianapolis-based IU Health appointed Shelly Timmons, MD, PhD, head of the neurosurgery department.


Huy Trinh, MD, retired from his practice at Council Bluffs, Iowa-based Miller Orthopedic Specialists.


Neurosurgeon Jared J. Marks, MD, joined Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.

Greenbelt, Md.-based Advanced Pain Medicine Institute Orthopaedic, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine recently added Said Oman, MD.


Spine surgeon Mats Agren, MD, joined Lewiston, Maine-based St. Mary's Health System.

Neurosurgeon Michael Cohen, MD, recently joined Northern Light Neurosurgery and Spine in Bangor, Maine.


Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth (Mass.) welcomed Aubrey Okpaku, MD, to its spine care and neurosurgery center in Plymouth.

Orthopedic spine surgeon Aaron Beck, MD, joined Plymouth (Mass.) Bay Orthopedic Associates.


Mark Warner, MD, resigned his post at Sheridan (Mich.) Community Hospital one year after joining.

Neurosurgeon Timothy Spencer, DO, joined Mount Pleasant, Mich.-based McLaren Central Michigan.

Southfield, Mich.-based Michigan Health & Spine Institute welcomed Ratnesh Mehra, DO, to the neurosurgical team.


Mark Ghaida, MD, joined Crookston, Minn.-based RiverView Health.


Meridian, Miss.-based Rush Health Systems welcomed orthopedic spine surgeon Edward Smith, MD.


Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis named Gregory J. Zipfel, MD, head of the department of neurosurgery. It also named Jacob Buchowski, MD, its first inaugural Lawrence G. and Elizabeth A. Lenke Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Frank Holladay, MD, joined Kansas City, Mo.-based St. Joseph Medical Center. He has a special interest in minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal fusion and trauma.

St. Louis Children's Hospital named David Limbrick Jr., MD, PhD, the T.S. Park, MD, Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery.


Adam Conley, MD, a neurosurgeon, reported he would leave his post at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

Omaha-based OrthoNebraska brought aboard orthopedic spine surgeon Noah Porter, MD.

New York

Albany, N.Y.-based The Bone & Joint Center welcomed Ernest Chisena, MD, Abigail Mantica, MD, and Patrick Marinello, MD.

Hand surgeon Michelle Moyer, MD, joined Poughkeepsie, N.Y.-based Orthopaedic Associates of Dutchess County.

New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery appointed Harvinder Sandhu, MD, and Andrew Sama, MD, the new co-chiefs of HSS Spine.

Jorge Eller, MD, recently joined Syracuse, N.Y.-based Crouse Health.

Merrick, N.Y.-based Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group added spine surgeons Mark Stephen, MD, and Brian Morelli, MD.

North Carolina

Michael Wolak, MD, PhD, joined Lumberton, N.C.-based Southeastern Neurological Center.

North Dakota

Grand Forks, N.D.-based Altru Health System welcomed neurosurgeon N. Garrett Powell, MD, who has a special interest in treating brain and spine tumors, degenerative spine conditions and complex spinal disorders.


Michael Veale, MD, joined Cleveland-based Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics.

Norwalk, Ohio-based Fisher-Titus Health added Tim Moore, MD, to its spine surgery staff.

Neurosurgeon Mark White, MD, joined Columbus-based OrthoNeuro.

David Propst, DO, a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, joined Premier Orthopedics in Dayton, Ohio.

Toomas Anton, MD, joined Western Reserve Hospital Physicians Neurosurgery in Akron, Ohio.

Newark, Ohio-based Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine welcomed fellowship-trained spine surgeon Benjamin Burkett, MD.


Spine surgeon Andrew Parkinson, MD, moved his practice seven miles north to a location across from the Oklahoma Spine Hospital in Oklahoma City.

Doug Beacham III, DO, joined The Spine Clinic of Oklahoma City.


Penn Highlands DuBois (Pa.) welcomed Ghassan Bejjani, MD.

Penn Medicine opened a new $10 million spine center at Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania Hospital and named William Welch, MD, medical director.

Rhode Island

Fatima Hospital in North Providence, R.I., named John Czerwein Jr., MD, chief of orthopedics.

South Dakota

Michael Holmoe, MD, joined Avera Orthopedics in Brookings, S.D.


Eric Emanski, MD, joined Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Spine Surgery Associates.


CHI St. Luke's Health – The Woodlands Hospital in Montgomery County, Texas, welcomed neurosurgeon Jeremiah Johnson, MD.


The University of Utah named Howard Colman, MD, PhD, one of the 2019 Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chairs.


Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Orthopedics and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, both based in Bennington, Vt., welcomed Michaela Schneiderbauer, MD.

Bennington-based Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Orthopedics welcomed Ivette Guttmann, MD.


Neurosurgeons David Slottje, MD, and Osmond Wu, MD, joined Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in Albemarle County, Va.

Shane McGowan, MD, joined Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group in Newport News, Va.

Ryan Gocke, MD, joined OrthoVirginia, with locations in Lynchburg, Richmond and Virginia Beach.


Sports medicine specialist James Chesnutt, MD, joined Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery in Vancouver, Wash.

Chad Bender, MD, joined Centralia-based Washington Orthopaedic Center.

Fellowship-trained spine surgeon Venu Nemani, MD, PhD, joined Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.

Christine Hammer, MD, announced plans to join Tacoma, Wash.-based CHI Franciscan Health.

West Virginia

WVU Medicine Brain and Spine in Martinsburg, W.Va., welcomed Mark Lyerly, MD.


Mark Pichelmann, MD, joined Mayo Clinic Health System and will treat patients at its location in Eau Claire, Wis.


Daniel White, MD, of Casper (Wyo.) Orthopedics now sees patients at Johnson County (Wyo.) Memorial Hospital.

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