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Renowned Surgeons Open Atlanta Brain and Spine Care

Posted on: 11/24/2003

Press Release Source: Atlanta Brain and Spine Care

Renowned Surgeons Open Atlanta Brain and Spine Care

Monday November 24, 10:16 am ET

Atlanta Doctors Regis Haid of Emory and Jim Robinson of Piedmont team up to start new practice focused on specialized service

ATLANTA, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- People suffering from a variety of brain- and spine-related ailments now have a new source for help: Atlanta Brain and Spine Care (ABSC), which recently opened its doors on Peachtree Street across from Piedmont Hospital in Buckhead.

Founded by well-known neurosurgeons Dr. Regis Haid and Dr. Jim Robinson, the practice will serve patients plagued by problems ranging from brain tumors to spinal ruptured discs. Dr. Haid, Dr. Robinson and partner Dr. Steve Wray - who formerly worked with Dr. Robinson - will utilize the newest surgical techniques and instruments in the field, including state-of-the-art technologies that they have developed and patented. They have pioneered techniques and products such as an artificial cervical disc, spinal stabilization implants and minimal access spine surgery.

Dr. Haid is the former director of spine surgery at The Emory Clinic's department of neurosurgery. Dr. Robinson previously ran his own practice on the campus of Piedmont Hospital, where he concentrated on brain surgery and minimal access spine surgery. Physicians affiliated with the new practice will retain privileges at Piedmont and will utilize the hospital's state-of-the-art operating rooms for in-hospital patient care. Dr. Robinson will remain chief of neurosurgery and vice chairman of the Neuroscience Department at Piedmont Hospital and as the medical director of the Piedmont Gamma Knife Unit.

"We're forming our own practice because our abilities complement each other and because we share similar, set-in-stone values for how to treat patients," Dr. Haid says. "We want to be able to control the whole environment of a practice so that patients have a quality experience from their first call to our office to the time they're discharged. To have the chance to work with Dr. Robinson is an incredible opportunity."

Haid and Robinson are both motivated by a strong desire to help people overcome critical neurological problems and by the opportunity to provide specialized care with keen attention on the human side of the business.

"I am thrilled to be teaming up with Reg Haid, who is one of the top neurosurgeons in the world and a man of immense integrity and vision," Dr. Robinson says. "We are really pleased to have Steve Wray join our team, adding to what will be a highly committed group of people who believe in the calling of their practice."

Surgeons at a Glance

Dr. Regis Haid

Dr. Haid received much of his medical training at West Virginia University, where he interned in the Department of Surgery and completed his residency in the Department of Neurosurgery. During his residency, he was recipient of four Resident's Research Awards. Dr. Haid did further study and practice at Allegheny General Hospital in a Neurosurgical Trauma Rotation and as a Fellow in Spinal Disorders at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Haid also served in the Medical Corps of the United States Air Force. His practice has been based at The Emory Clinic for the past 10 years.

Dr. Haid has made significant contributions to the research and development of surgical technologies that have improved treatment of various spinal disorders. Since 1992, Dr. Haid presented approximately 270 lectures worldwide. As a much-published author, Dr. Haid has contributed more than 90 scientific articles to peer-reviewed journals. He is currently authoring his fifth full text on spinal stabilization techniques and has contributed more than 50 chapters to medical books. For the past decade, he has been named to "Best Doctors in America" - a peer-reviewed list of the top doctors in the nation.

Dr. Jim Robinson

Dr. Robinson attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania and graduated with high honors in 1990. He was nominated to national medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha and received an award as having accomplished the most overall outstanding work in his medical school class. Dr. Robinson received his neurosurgical training at North Carolina Baptist Hospital and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University. He began practice in Atlanta in 1996.

Dr. Robinson has authored scientific articles in medical journals and has contributed two chapters to neurosurgical texts. He has been a faculty member for numerous surgical technique courses across the country, sharing his expertise in minimal access spine surgery with practicing neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons.

Dr. Robinson practices the full range of procedures in the scope of neurosurgery. His primary interests are brain tumor microsurgery, including pituitary and skull base tumors, Gamma Knife radiosurgery and minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. Dr. Robinson has pioneered several minimal-access spine techniques at Piedmont Hospital that were the first of their kind performed anywhere.

Dr. Steve Wray

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Wray received his MD degree from the Medical College of Georgia with high honors and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. He completed an internship in general surgery and a residency and chief residency in Neurological Surgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., before joining Dr. Robinson in neurosurgical practice at Piedmont Hospital.

While a resident, Dr. Wray received awards for medical student teaching and research conducted by a resident. He has presented research at local and national meetings, authored book chapters for medical texts and been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves and The Georgia Neurosurgical Society.

Dr. Wray's professional interests include degenerative spinal disorders, complex spinal surgery and stabilization, spinal tumors, minimally invasive spinal surgery, pituitary tumors, brain tumors, neurovascular surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery utilizing the Gamma Knife.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Source: Atlanta Brain and Spine Care
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