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Spine Center

The Vanderbilt Spine Center provides innovative non-surgical and surgical treatments for back and neck pain, sciatica and other conditions involving the spine. Our specialists work together to determine the best treatment path for you and to deliver the expert care and support you deserve. 

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Conditions We Treat

We treat a wide range of conditions that cause back and neck pain, including:

Meet Your Care Team

Amir M. Abtahi
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4.5

Amir M. AbtahiMD

    Adult Orthopaedics, Cervical Spine, Lumbar Spine, Neurological Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Spinal Deformity
Richard A. Berkman
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4.6

Richard A. BerkmanMD

    Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Spine, Spine, Comprehensive
Christopher M. Bonfield
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4.8

Christopher M. BonfieldMD

    Congenital Malformations of the Brain and Spinal Cord, Craniofacial Surgery, Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Disorders, Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Orthopaedics, Pediatric Neurologic Surgery
Ross L. Dawkins
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4.8

Ross L. DawkinsMD

    Brain Tumor/Cancer, Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Spine, Spine, Comprehensive, Tumors of the Spine and Spinal Cord
Raymond J. Gardocki

Raymond J. GardockiMD, BS

    Adult Degenerative Spine Conditions, Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Surgery, Endoscopic Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Orthopaedics, Outpatient Spine Surgery, Spine
Jacob P. Schwarz
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4.6

Jacob P. SchwarzMD, FAANS

    Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Disorders, Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Spine, Spine, Comprehensive, Tumors of the Spine and Spinal Cord
David J. Kennedy
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4.8

David J. KennedyMD

    Musculoskeletal Problems, Orthopaedics, Pain Management, Back, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation, Spine, Sports Medicine
Stephen M. Schaaf

Stephen M. SchaafMD

    Orthopaedics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spine, Sports Medicine
Byron J. Schneider
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4.2

Byron J. SchneiderMD

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spine
Narendra K. Singh
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4.6

Narendra K. SinghMD

    Adult Orthopaedics, Orthopaedics, Spine
Aaron J. Yang
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4.8

Aaron J. YangBS, MD

    Musculoskeletal Problems, Pain Management, Back, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation, Adult, Rehabilitation, Geriatric, Spine
Kara K. Gaw
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4.8

Kara K. GawP.A.C, MSPAS

    Orthopaedics, Spine
Angela L. Hatchett
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4.8

Angela L. HatchettAPRN

    Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Spine, Spine, Comprehensive
Caitlin E. Owen
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4.2

Caitlin E. OwenPA

    Orthopaedics, Spine
Barrett J. Raburn

Barrett J. RaburnMSPAS, PA

    Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Disorders, Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Spine, Spine, Comprehensive
Ryan T. Raburn
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4.8

Ryan T. RaburnPA

    Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Disorders, Surgery, Neurological Surgery
Niki Reese

Niki ReesePA

    Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Disorders, Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Spine, Spine, Comprehensive, Tumors of the Spine and Spinal Cord
Susan E. Stephens
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4.7

Susan E. StephensMSN, APRN

    Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Disorders, Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Spine, Spine, Comprehensive
Amanda H. Wright
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4.4

Amanda H. WrightP.A.C

    Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Spine, Spine, Comprehensive
John M. Corey
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4.6

John M. CoreyMD

    Cancer pain, Chronic Back Pain, Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, Interventional Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Medicine
David A. Edwards
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4.6

David A. EdwardsMD, PhD

    Anesthesiology, Cancer Pain Management, Cancer pain, Chronic Back Pain, Interventional Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management
Puneet Mishra
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4.8

Puneet MishraMD, BS

    Pain Management, Pain Medicine
Christopher M. Sobey
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4.7

Christopher M. SobeyMD

    Anesthesiology, Chronic Back Pain, Complex Region Pain Syndrome, Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, Interventional Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management
Jeremy T. Walker
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4.8

Jeremy T. WalkerMD

    Anesthesiology, Chronic Back Pain, Complex Region Pain Syndrome, Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, Interventional Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management
Joseph G. William
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4.4

Joseph G. WilliamDO, MPH

    Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Rebecca Ognibene

Rebecca OgnibenePT

    Physical Therapy, Spine

Why Choose Spine Care at Vanderbilt

  • Skilled clinicians

    Physiatrists, interventional pain experts, neurologists, orthopaedists, orthopaedic surgeons, oncologists, anesthesiologists and other specialists on our team work together to help you decrease or eliminate pain and improve your quality of life.

  • Recognized care

    U.S. News & World Report considers us to be among the top-performing hospitals in the country for neurology and neurosurgery. BlueCross BlueShield named us a Blue Distinction Center for high quality spine surgery care. And Becker’s Healthcare included us on its list of 100 hospitals with great neurosurgery and spine programs.

  • Personalized care

    We tailor your treatment plan to meet your unique needs and health goals. And, unlike any other spine center in the region, we carefully track how our surgical patients are doing years after treatment. The information we gather is used to improve how we care for patients every day.

  • Superior outcomes

    On average, our patients report significant improvements in pain, general health and quality of life a year after surgery. Ongoing research by our Spine Care Quality and Outcomes Lab helps us identify the factors that influence patient outcomes, leading to improved safety and mental and physical health for patients treated for spinal conditions.

  • Telehealth

    We can offer specialty care through a simple video consult with your doctor. This means you have access to a Vanderbilt specialist, close to home.

  • Bundled payment

    If your employer participates in the Vanderbilt Spine Center surgery bundle program, you may be eligible for MySpineHealth. MySpineHealth takes an innovative approach to spine surgery that coordinates and “bundles” all of the services needed for a successful procedure and recovery—all while ensuring appropriate care and can result in a faster return to life and work. The experience is streamlined with the help of personal patient navigator, and healthcare costs are transparent and predictable. *Please check with your employer’s human resources department to see if MySpineHealth is an available healthcare benefit.

Locations

Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Lane, Suite 23108
Nashville, TN 37204
1215 21st Avenue South, Suites 3200 and 4200
Nashville, TN 37232
2201 Children's Way, Suite 1221
Nashville, TN 37212
4534 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
Today's hours:7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
980 Professional Park Dr., Suite E
Clarksville, TN 37040
800 Weatherly Drive, Suite 201
Clarksville, TN 37043
Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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