The most important aspect of patient care is communication. In an age of e-mail, the internet, and electronic health records, the most beneficial form of communication with patients remains face-to-face verbal interaction. I enjoy spending time with patients and discussing their decision-making process in the course of our clinical interactions. In most circumstances, patient questions help to drive our discussions over time and can play an important role in complex decision making processes.
If possible, it is my goal to return patients to function and to preserve function over time. Not all patients who see a surgeon will require a surgery, and many may be successfully managed without a surgical intervention. My partners and practice setting at Indiana Spine Group allow me to maximize the options that are available to patients with spinal conditions. When spine surgery is recommended, it is wonderful to have an environment that allows for a patient-focused care setting both in my office and in the hospitals where I practice.
I believe that my patients deserve the ability to spend quality time with their care providers. Compassion and respect play a huge role in this interaction over time. Spine and nerve disorders involve complex healing processes. While not all patients will have a condition that I may successfully treat, the interaction regarding options and patient outcomes is still important. My team at Indiana Spine Group shares this philosophy and helps me create a positive environment for patients, our team, and our referring physicians.
I am a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon. For me, the practice of medicine is a combination of patient care, teaching, and research. I began my practice at the University of Iowa in 2005 - a tertiary care, level-one trauma setting. I moved my practice to Indiana Spine Group in 2014. I have a strong interest in research and have published a number of manuscripts and presented my findings at national and international meetings. My patients are the most rewarding part of my practice and I greatly enjoy my interactions with them.
I was privileged to train at many of the top spine surgery and orthopaedic surgery programs and have translated those experiences into my clinical practice and my research endeavors over the years. The practice of spine surgery is not only an opportunity to help patients, but is also a life-long learning opportunity for physicians. My personal learning opportunities have allowed me to incorporate novel new technologies into my spine surgery practice. My special interests include computer-assisted spinal navigation, cervical spine disorders, and cervical disc arthroplasty (replacement). My team at Indiana Spine Group has helped me create a patient-friendly environment that emphasizes outstanding patient care and communication.
Teaching has been an important aspect of my career over the years. Teaching comes in many forms and for me has included teaching of: patients, my staff, medical students, orthopaedic surgery residents, spine surgery fellows, and masters/PhD candidates. It has been my experience that some of my best research projects have come from great questions asked of me by patients and my students. I've been taught far more by others in these interactions than I am currently able teach.