Dr. Robert Watkins performs spine surgery on former 'Grey's Anatomy' star Katherine Heigl

Laura Dyrda -   Print  |

Robert Watkins, MD, performed spine surgery on actress Katherine Heigl earlier this week, according to an ABC News report.

Dr. Watkins is a partner at Watkins Spine in Marina Del Rey, Calif., and has performed surgery on several professional athletes. Ms. Heigl's surgery was performed at Marina Spine Center at Marina Del Rey Hospital, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

In a March 18 Instagram post, Ms. Heigl said she had two titanium discs implanted into her neck.

"Thank you for treating me like a human being and giving me so much of your time and attention to help me truly understand what to expect and what all my options were. Thank you for your tremendous talent and expertise for saving my neck!" she wrote to Dr. Watkins in the post.

Ms. Heigl is an Emmy-winning former star of "Grey's Anatomy" who has several movie and TV credits.

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