Dr. Francis has been practicing medicine for 29 years. Since founding Spine Associates in 2003, he has built a considerable reputation by maintaining a conservative approach to treating all spine conditions in both children and adults. He has made it his goal to stay at the forefront of technology, yet maintain a personal connection with patients and their families. Dr. Francis is one of few spine surgeons capable of performing surgeries on children as well as adults and prides himself as one of the few select surgeons in the nation utilizing robotic assisted spine surgery. He was the first surgeon in Houston to employ the Mazor Robotics Renaissance guidance system, and is now the first in the region to add the Mazor X™ surgical assurance platform to his spinal surgery program. PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS • Diplomat of the Intercollegiate Specialty Board of the Royal College of Surgeons of the UK in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery. • Postdoctoral Fellow in Spine Surgery at the Baylor College ofMedicine in Houston, Texas. • Four years as Assistant Professor of Spine Surgery with theUniversity of Texas Medical School. • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh AREAS OF EXPERTISE • Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery • Adult & Pediatric Scoliosis Correction • Reconstructive Spine Surgery "People ask me how I stay so driven. The answer is that I feel tremendous joy when I correct a spine or reconstruct a spine deformity and help my patient return to a normal, healthier life. It makes it worth every minute."
Dr. Francis is engaged exclusively in the care of Adult and Pediatric Spinal Disorders. This involves deformity correction such as scoliosis and kyphosis, treatment of degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine, as well as tumors, infections and metabolic diseases of the spine. Additionally, he has a special interest in the revision, reconstruction and salvage of the previously operated spine. Dr. Francis prides himself as consistently being at the forefront of spinal surgery. Lumbar disc replacement has now been approved by the FDA. Lumbar disc replacement is now available to patients who qualify. In a nutshell, Dr. Francis provides comprehensive care of the whole spine. Dr. Francis's practice is based on the principle of conservatism. All reasonable forms of conservative care for patients will be exhausted before consideration of surgical intervention. This is only logical, as Dr. Francis recognizes that the peer- reviewed literature supports the fact that the majority of simple spinal conditions will respond positively in this way, with only a small proportion requiring surgery.
Dr. Francis' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Adult Orthopedic Surgery
Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Orthopedic Fracture Care
Orthopedic Neck Surgery
Orthopedic Spine Reconstructive Surgery
Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
Pediatric Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Francis does not have any board certifications listed.
Why It Matters: Dr. Francis' Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
Arthritis of the Spine
Arthrogryposis - Severe Scoliosis
Cavernous Malformation of Spine
Cervical Spine Disorders
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Chronic Neck Pain
Complex Spine Disorders
Complications of Joint Prosthesis
Congenital Spine Disorders
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Spine Disorders
Difficulty With Walking
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Spine Fracture
Malunion of Fracture
Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
Neuropathy, Motor and Sensory
Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Osteoporotic Spine Fractures
Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
Pathological Spine Fracture
Pediatric Spinal Disorders
Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Pinched Nerve in Back
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Spinal Cord Disorders
Spinal Cord Injury
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
Thoracic Disc Disorders
Thoracic Spine Fracture
Wear and Tear Arthritis
Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
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If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University of the West Indies
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1983
University Of The West Indies, Jamaica, Faculty Of Medical Sciences
Medical School | Graduated 1988
University of Aberdeen / College Medicine And Medical Sciences
Internship Hospital | Completed 1995
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Residency Hospital | Completed 1999
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Edinburgh
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999
Baylor College Of Medicine-Postdoctoral Fellow In Spine Surgery
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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