Dr. Richard Rowe, MD

Dr. Richard Rowe, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
59 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Richard Rowe has more than 20 years of experience in neurosurgery - many of which occurred while serving as an active duty Neurosurgeon with the United States Navy; he is recognized as an expert in both complex spine disease and trauma as well as in complex tumors of the brain and skull base - skills he developed and perfected during both his naval service and as a faculty member at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). After completing medical school and internship at Emory University in Atlanta, Dr. Rowe trained in neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. During this time, he pioneered the use of computers for training neurosurgeons in anatomy, authoring two computer atlases in neuroanatomy. Upon completing his residency, he began his active duty at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD continuing his Naval service in both Okinawa, Japan and at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. Additionally, while in Japan, Dr. Rowe served on the staff of the commanding general of the Third Force Service Support Group, a US Marine Corps. Throughout his service he continued research into computer applications – specifically, developing virtual reality training tools for neurosurgery. In addition, Dr. Rowe completed a fellowship in skull base neurosurgery at UAMS under the direction of a world-renowned skull base pioneer, developing skills in removal of the most complex tumors of the brain and skull. He was invited to join the faculty at UAMS and served as an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery. In a poll by the Arkansas Times, Dr. Rowe was chosen by Arkansas physicians as one of the state's top neurosurgeons. He continued his academic research into computer applications while there and was appointed an adjunct faculty member to the College of Information Science and Applied Engineering at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. A native of Georgia, Dr. Rowe moved to Macon in 2009, where he began practicing at Georgia Neurosurgical Institute, performing both complex spine and complex cranial procedures at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Navicent Health. He serves as an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, Mercer University School of Medicine. Board-Certified: American Board of Neurological Surgery, 1998 Fellowship: Skull Base Neurosurgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, 1999–2000 Residency: Neurosurgery, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, 1994 Medical School: MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 1987 BS: Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1983 Military Service: -Captain, USNR (Ret.), Medical Corps -Staff Neurosurgeon, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, 1994–1996

Georgia Neurosurgical Institute

840 Pine St Ste 880

Macon, GA 31201
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Wellcare of Georgia
  • Worker's Compensation

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Care Philosophy

GNI Exists to render Neurosurgical care to patients of all social conditions, treating complicated problems involving the brain, spine, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. We endeavor to encourage quality care, medical research, innovation, and education on a local, national and international basis.
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Dr. Rowe's Experience

Dr. Rowe's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Neurosurgery
  • Board certified in Neurosurgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Skull Base Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Damage
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Lesion
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Concussion
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Gland Cancer
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Surgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Georgia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
    Medical School | Graduated 1987
  • Neurosurgery, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
  • Skull Base Neurosurgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Rowe has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Rowe's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Rowe to family and friends
based on 18 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Rowe's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
in Macon, GA |
I cannot say enough good things about this man. There is no one who I would trust more with my neurovascular health and the health of my family and friends. I would recommend him 1000 times over.
Samantha - Thank you for the review and for your recommendation of Dr. Rowe. He will be grateful that you took the time to share your experience!
Georgia |
Dr. Rowe is the best! There are no words to describe how much I appreciate him. He saved my son's ability to walk after his car accident. I was told by a friend to request him as his neurosurgeon after the accident. He was given very little chance to ever walk again. Dr. Rowe did surgery and he was sent to Shepherd's where he was rehabilitated. He is now able to walk and is back in college!
Wow! GNI is thankful that your son is back on track! I will share this review with Dr. Rowe; I know he will be grateful for the wonderful endorsement but even more grateful to hear how well one of his patients is doing. Jean Peterson, GNI Community Relations Director
in Macon, GA |
We are still in the hospital, post tumor removal. We cannot say enough good things about Dr. Rowe! He was extremely competent. If we had to have an 8+ hour long surgery with my husbands brain open, Dr. Rowe is the man I want in there! Amazing job with a difficulty situation.
Atlanta, GA |
If you make an appointment, clear your day and wear a smile because the staff needs to lighten up.
Dr. Rowe has been my neurosurgeon since 2010. He's performed two brain surgeries so far (2010 & 2011) and has been great so far. The only complaint I have is during my brain surgery in 2011, I lost all my blood and they had to do a total blood transfusion and you would think that he would have told my mom about that but didn't! She found out from the nurse after the fact!
While his skill as a surgeon seemed to be competent, his beside manner and communication was abysmal. After almost a year of treatment, I was subject to disrespect by dr. Rowe and some of his staff. You will be treated like a subject and not a customer. Never had less than an hour wait past appointment times. Also had several appointments cancelled within minutes if actual appointment. This is after a 2 hour car ride and a day of lost wages due to taking off of work for appointment. 3x
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Dr. Rowe accepts 15 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna POS
    Aetna PPO
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
    Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia HMO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia POS
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia PPO
  • Cigna
    Behavioral Health
    Cigna POS
    Cigna PPO
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Coventry Health Care
    Coventry Health Care POS
    Coventry Health Care PPO
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
    Rural Carrier Benefit Plan
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) POS
  • HealthSmart
    HealthSmart POS
    HealthSmart PPO
  • Humana
    Humana POS
    Humana PPO
    Medicare Advantage
    Medicare PPO
  • Medicaid
    Managed Care
  • MultiPlan
    PHCS Network POS
    PHCS Network PPO
  • National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Care Improvement Plus Medicare Advantage
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
    Medicare Supplement PPO
    United Behavioral Health
    United Healthcare POS
    United Healthcare PPO
  • Wellcare of Georgia
  • Worker's Compensation
    Worker's Compensation WC

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Hospitals where Dr. Rowe has admitting privileges

Coliseum Medical Centers
350 Hospital Dr
Macon, GA 31217
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Medical Center Navicent Health
777 Hemlock St
Macon, GA 31201
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