Dr. Richard Hynes is Board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and fellowship trained and Board certified in Spine Surgery. Practicing at the B.A.C.K. Center in Melbourne and Merritt Island, Florida, Dr. Hyne performs spinal surgeries, making use of state of the art spinal technologies and innovative stem cell research. Dr. Hynes has participated in numerous FDA-approved studies and has a professional interest in biologics and the use of stem cells in spinal surgery. He has been a key consultant for Medtronic, the world's leading company in the area of innovative spinal technology, since 1992. Among other notable achievements, Dr. Hynes has earned global recognition for pioneering the Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLIF) operation, which has become one of the most popular procedures around the world for implanting the most minimally invasive device that uses stem cells to create fusion to relieve pain in damaged spinal disks. He regularly instructs surgeons from across the globe on the OLIF operation as part of The B.A.C.K. Center's Visiting Surgeon Program. Prior to joining The B.A.C.K. Center in 1996, Dr. Hynes was a highly decorated medical officer in the U.S. Army. Among other senior posts he held during his distinguished 20 military career, he served as Chief of Spine Service at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia; and Chief of Spine Service and Assistant Chief of Orthopaedics at Letterman Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in San Francisco. After receiving his Medical Degree from Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey, Dr. Hynes completed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He then underwent fellowship training in spine surgery at Harvard University, Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Rutgers and a Master of Science degree in Biology from The American University in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work as Medical Director of The B.A.C.K Center, Dr. Hynes is also Director of TZEDAKA, a not-for-profit charity that assists low-income individuals gain access to the medical care they require.