Dr. Robert Ayer, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 46

Neurosurgery

Dr. Robert Ayer, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Bethlehem, GA and has over 17 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from BOSTON UNIV SCH OF MED in 2005. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Piedmont Eastside Medical Center. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Robert Ayer, MD

Apex Spine and Neurosurgery

426 Exchange Blvd Ste 500 Bethlehem, GA 30620
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(678) 250-0880

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Dr. Ayer is affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital Johns Creek, a highly rated hospital.

Dr. Ayer is a Healthgrades Choice provider in Neurosurgery

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Dr. Ayer's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Osteoarthritis of Spine
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ayer treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Ayer treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Spinal Stenosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ayer treats Spinal Stenosis more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Ayer treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Scoliosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ayer treats Scoliosis more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Ayer treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
  • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
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Dr. Ayer's conditions and procedures:

  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Astrocytoma
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Injury
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Tear
  • Extradural Hemorrhage
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intracerebral Hemorrhage
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Radiculopathy
  • Rasmussen's Syndrome
  • Schwannoma
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • Brain Surgery
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Somatic Nerve Block
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Fracture Treatment

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Dr. Ayer's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Ayer

4.8

Based on 146 ratings

5 Star
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4 Star
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3 Star
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1 Star
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Cured low back pain!
I came to Dr. Ayer with painful/aching low back pain from sitting in the car and lifting weights. He provided me with daily stretches and exercises to try and strengthen my core/back to ease the pain. After three weeks, my pain has completely subsided and I am feeling great! I highly recommend Dr. Ayer. Great physician, very receptive and diligent in following up to make sure the treatment path he sets you up with is working.
What went well
  • I felt respected
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
  • Wait times
What could be improved
No results
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Sep 06, 2023
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My experience was excellent. I've had 2 back surgeries with him 5 years apart. I have total faith and trust in Dr. Ayer.
What went well
  • I felt respected
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
  • Wait times
What could be improved
No results
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Thomas Casey – Aug 17, 2023
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Dr. Ayer did a wonderful job on my surgery.
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No results
What could be improved
No results
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Linda Vinson – Jun 20, 2023
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reviews Dr Ayer is a miracle worker!
He explains everything and answers all my questions
What went well
  • I felt respected
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jun 06, 2023
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Excellent surgon
Dr Ayre is an informed and highly skilled surgeon. Several years ago i had a foramenotomy and have had no leg pain since then . I have great confidence in his surgical abilities and plan for him to do my cervical spine fusion
What went well
  • I felt respected
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
  • Wait times
What could be improved
No results
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Apr 19, 2023
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Brain tumor
This man went above and beyond for me. Thanks to him I am alive today. Not sure what would have happened without his skillful removal of the tumor
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
  • Wait times
What could be improved
No results
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Douglas E Triggs – Jan 02, 2023
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The best!
Said what he would do; then did what he said he would do, with great skill and knowledge! The best!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
  • Wait times
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Stuart Cook – Dec 31, 2022
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Dr Ayre answered all my questions and made me feel confident. Had back pain for a few years till couldn’t walk. Recovering from surgery so much better than previous pain. The surgery was very successful and his assistants answered all my questions. Have recommended him to my daughter.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Susan Buffington – May 14, 2022
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Excellent experience
Explained the cause of my back pain and visually demonstrated what was needed. Expertise cannot be argued and is kind I all interactions
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
  • Wait times
What could be improved
No results
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Barbara O – May 06, 2022
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Perfection
Dr. Ayer did a minimally invasive Laminectomy to relieve my severe sciatica. He was very honest up front, answering that the odds of success were 70%. The entire experience was first class. Dr. Ayer is as great a communicator as he is a neurosurgeon. I could not be more pleased with the results and relief from the sciatica that has plagued me for years. My wife and I have both already recommended Dr. Ayer to our friends. He is a superstar in my opinion.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
  • Wait times
What could be improved
No results
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Phil J. – Apr 27, 2022
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Dr. Ayer Ruined my life!
Dr. Ayer was supposed to be my surgeon at the end of June 2020, during the height of the Corona Virus panic. I found out from my Ins. EOB that a medical ASSISTANT did most of my surgery-HONG SHI. Since when do you pawn off “unimportant” people to assistants?! No visitors allowed, so I had zero patient advocates. I was in the hospital alone for 8 days in excruciating pain. The pain was in both hips, legs, feet, and from mid-back down. Prior to surgery it had only been on the left side. Now I also have severe neuropathy in both feet. Gee THANKS! Personal note to Dr. Ayer… do you remember being a smart mouth to my husband, saying it would take “T” “I” “M” “E”? Guess what, it’s been plenty of time, and it’s not better. You messed me up. Plus ZERO follow up after surgery. I can no longer work, after working so hard to get my MBA. I hope someone will do the same to you and Hong Shi some day. But, you, Gwinnett and Hong Shi got your $167,000 from us and our ins. R.I.H. Guess what that means?!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Appointment was rushed
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Tina, you know who I am. – Mar 30, 2022
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Dr. Ayer is a good doctor and surgeon. He is a good person. I would recommend him to my family and friends.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
  • Wait times
What could be improved
No results
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Teague – Jan 12, 2022
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Dr. Ayer performed my back surgery and did an outstanding job. He answered all my questions and never attempted to rush me out of the office. Just a great doctor!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
  • Wait times
What could be improved
No results
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David Bradley – Jan 05, 2022
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He was very open and clear and took the time to answer all my questions
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
  • Wait times
What could be improved
No results
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Charles severt – Dec 23, 2021
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He’s using his god given talents and skill to the apex, he literally has giving me back my life.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Cynthia Palmer – Dec 22, 2021
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He’s listens to me and has helped me a lot. My pain is 0 today.
What went well
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
No results
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Melvin bone – Dec 22, 2021
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I was in severe pain with my lower back. I was not able to walk, sit, or even lay in bed. I had to have a laminectomy procedure done. Dr. Ayer was very attentive to my needs and did a fantastic job. I’m still recovering, but he is a wonderful doctor and I will recommend him to any and all! Thank you again Dr. Ayer, for making me pain free!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
  • Wait times
What could be improved
No results
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C. Giddens – Dec 10, 2021
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Super fantastic , wonderful, i would recommend him to anybody who needs surgery
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Andeloa motes – Dec 09, 2021
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Had a herniated disc treated at the Polaris neurosurgery center, ending years of leg pain and weakness. Dr Ayer explained my condition with a good bedside manor and my surgery was very straightforward and minimal pain
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Dec 02, 2021
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I saw Dr Ayer for extend back pain in my back and legs. He urgently ad,tied me to the hospital to get me taken care of ASAP. My pain has completely resolved!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Care Philosophy

I am board certified by The American Board of Neurological Surgery, which represents the highest standard of ethics and safety for neurosurgery in North...Read more

Biography

Dr. Ayer is a board-certified neurosurgeon. He has published numerous articles on stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries. For his efforts, Loma Linda University...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Skull Base Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certifications

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American Board of Neurological Surgery®
Neurosurgery

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT IRVINE / CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE & SURGERY

Fellowship Hospital, 2014

LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY

Residency Hospital, 2013

Swedish Medical Center- Cherry Hill Campus

Fellowship Hospital, 2012

LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY

Internship Hospital, 2006

Loma Linda University Med Ctr

Internship Hospital, 2006

BOSTON UNIV SCH OF MED

Medical School, 2005

BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Undergraduate School, 1999

  • English
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    Dr. Ayer's office is located at 426 Exchange Blvd Ste 500, Bethlehem, GA 30620. You can find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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    Dr. Robert Ayer, MD is fluent in 2 languages: English and Spanish.

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    Apex Spine and Neurosurgery

    Bethlehem426 Exchange Blvd Ste 500 Bethlehem, GA 30620
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    Robert Ayer, MD, FAANS

    Columbus2000 10th Ave Ste 310 Columbus, GA 31901
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    Suwanee454 Satellite Blvd NW Ste 100 Suwanee, GA 30024
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    Affiliated Hospitals

    Dr. Ayer is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

    Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

    Emory Johns Creek Hospital

    Johns Creek, GA

    77% Patients that would definitely recommend, 7% higher than the national average

    7 Awards Received

    Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville

    Gainesville, GA

    69% Patients that would definitely recommend, 1% lower than the national average

    5 Awards Received

    Piedmont Eastside Medical Center

    Snellville, GA

    56% Patients that would definitely recommend, 14% lower than the national average