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Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to evaluate you for your current neurosurgical problem. To help you feel comfortable with your upcoming appointment, I would like to provide some introductory background about myself. I was born and raised in Southern California and obtained a B.S. in psychobiology at the University of Southern California prior to attending medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. My neurosurgical residency training occurred at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center (UCIMC) and was completed in 1990. I was then selected as a spinal surgery fellow at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ that I completed in 1991. I returned to UCIMC as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery but, at the request of my chairman Dr. Ronald F. Young, I joined him in private practice in Seattle in 1993. I received certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery in May of 1995 and since that time, my practice has evolved to focus primarily on complex spine and peripheral nerve disorders. I have been a FDA investigator for both lumbar and cervical interbody fusion cages as well as motion preservation techniques that include artificial disc and facet replacement technology. I am also actively involved in the development minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of cervical and lumbar disc disease including the design of one of the first generation percutaneous pedicle screw systems. My desire to remain active in research and teaching prompted my return to academic medicine at SUNY-Health Science Center in Syracuse, NY in 1999 but a desire to be closer to family on the west coast prompted my relocation to Salt Lake City in 2005, in the Neurosurgery Department at the University of Utah until 2011 when I returned to private practice. I have now accepted the medical directorship for the NeuroSpine Institute in Park City. I will be seeing patients in Bountiful, Park City, and Salt Lake City. My primary hospital is Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful and I will be using the Restitute Surgery Center in Park City and the Cottonwood Surgery Center in Murray, UT. Although many patients believe that their referring physician will send all of their records, frequently these records are not available. I would strongly advise that these records and diagnostic studies (DVD discs, as reports alone are insufficient) be personally obtained and hand carried to your upcoming appointment. The absence of any pertinent diagnostic studies (i.e. x-rays, CAT scans, MRI scans) will definitely delay my ability to come to an accurate diagnosis or determine an appropriate course of action. If you should encounter any difficulties please call for assistance. I look forward to meeting you.
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Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
Neurological Spine Surgery
Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
Brachial Plexus Palsy
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Degenerative Disc Disease
Difficulty With Walking
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Spine Fracture
Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)