10 Spine and Neurosurgeons on the Move in 2011

Written by Laura Dyrda | July 06, 2011 | Print  |
Here are 10 spine and neurosurgeons who have moved during the first few months of 2011.

Leon Abram, MD, spine surgeon focusing on traumatic spinal disorders, joined the Danville (Va.) Spine Center, a division of Danville Orthopedic Clinic. In his practice, he has a special interest in minimally invasive and motion preserving surgical techniques. Dr. Abram was among the first surgeons to utilize microendoscopic discectomy and currently performs lumbar discectomy as an outpatient procedure. He earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis School of Medicine and completed his orthopedic training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland. His additional training includes a spine fellowship at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Theodore Belanger, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon, joined Texas Back Institute in Plano after years of practicing in North Carolina. In his practice, Dr. Belanger treats both adult and pediatric patients with spinal conditions. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the Cervical Spine Research Society. Dr. Belanger earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. His additional training includes a spine surgery and spinal cord injury fellowship at Case Western University department of orthopedics in Cleveland.

Benjamin Burkett, MD, a spine surgeon, joined The Christ Hospital Spine Institute in Cincinnati. Dr. Burkett has a professional interest in adult and pediatric spinal deformity and scoliosis. For his surgical interventions, he utilizes minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Burkett earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in Columbus and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Louisville (Ky.) School of Medicine. He also completed a spine and deformity fellowship at New York University Medical Center.

Frasat Chaudhry, MD
, joined the Chesterfield, Mo.-based St. Luke's Hospital in the brain and spine center. Dr. Chaudhry is a neurologist and member of the American Academy of Neurology. During her career, Dr. Chaudhry has participated in several neurology research projects and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. She completed her medical degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and additional training at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. She also completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at St. Louis University Health Sciences Center.

Samuel K. Cho, MD, a spine surgeon with a special focus on treating complex disorders and deformities, joined Montvale (N.J.) Health Associates. He is still employed by Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City as well. He works on the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions of adult and pediatric patients. In addition to his practice, Dr. Cho is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and Scoliosis Research Society. He earned his medical degree at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at New York Orthopaedic Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Cho also completed an adult and pediatric spine surgery fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis.

Keith Eugene Girton, MD, a spine surgeon, joined Laser Spine Institute at the Philadelphia location. He has more than 30 years of surgical experience, including time as a staff orthopedic surgeon at the United States Air Force Medical Center at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. In addition to his practice, Dr. Girton is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Association and Pennsylvania Medical Society. He earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.

Raymond Golish, MD, recently became the first spine surgeon in his area when he joined the Longview, Wash.-based St. John Medical Center's InMotion Clinic. He previously served as an instructor within Stanford (Calif.) University's department of orthopedic surgery. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Golish is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society, among others. He also serves on the Medial Devices Advisory Committee of the FDA. Dr. Golish earned his medical degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed his residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. His additional training includes a spine fellowship at Stanford.

Robert N. Holtzman, MD, a neurosurgeon, joined Neurological Surgery in New York City. He has a professional interest in cranial, spinal and peripheral nerve surgery. In addition to his practice, Dr. Holtzman co-founded the Stonwin Medical Conference, a global neurology meeting, and the traveling fellowships for neurology residents through the Harry Winston Research Foundation. Dr. Holtzman earned his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and completed residencies in neurology and neurosurgery at Columbia's Neurological Institute of New York.

Mark L. Moody, MD, a spine surgeon with a special interest in minimally invasive therapies, joined St. Luke's Hospital in Columbus, N.C. At St. Luke's, Dr. Moody provides comprehensive treatment for spinal conditions. In addition to his practice, Dr. Moody has published several research articles in medical journals and presented his research at professional conferences. He is a fellow with the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Moody earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed the Phoenix Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Training Program. His additional training includes a spine surgery fellowship at the former St. Joseph's Hospital in Asheville.

Stephen T. Onesti, MD, a neurosurgeon with a special interest in spine surgery, has joined Neurological Surgery P.C. in Rockville Centre, N.Y. Dr. Onesti previously served as chairman of the department of neurosurgery at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences Center of Brooklyn, where he remains a professor. Throughout his career, Dr. Onesti has been committed to research and published several articles in peer-reviewed journals. He also authored a book on degenerative disc disease of the cervical spine. Dr. Onesti is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed his residency in neurosurgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center/Neurological Institute of New York.

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