Medical Education
Anthony L. Asher, MD, FACS Anthony L. Asher, MD, FACS
Program Director, Neurological Surgery Residency Program, Carolinas Medical Center
Co-Medical Director, Neuroscience Institute, Carolinas HealthCare System
Surgical Director, Adult Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Programs; Levine Cancer Institute, Carolinas HealthCare System

Special Interests: Micro and Endoscopic Spine Surgery, Brain Tumors, Skull Base Tumors, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Epilepsy Surgery, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Stereotactic Radiosurgery
Fellowship: National Cancer Institute
Residency and Internship: University of Michigan
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Affiliations: Founder and Director, National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database; Director, American Board of Neurological Surgery; Past President, Congress of Neurological Surgeons; Vice-President, AANS/CNS Neuropoint Alliance; Board of Directors, American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Co-Chairman of the National Task Force on Quality Initiatives in Neurosurgery; Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery and Biology, UNC; Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University; Co-Founder, Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas

Tim E. Adamson, MD Tim E. Adamson, MD
Medical Director, Carolina Center for Specialty Surgery

Special Interests: Vascular Neurosurgery, Endoscopic Disc Surgery, Acoustic Tumors, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Fellowship: Neurological Surgery, Zurich University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland
Residency and Internship: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Affiliations: Board Member, AANS Ethics Committee; Operating Room Committee Chairman, Carolinas Medical Center; Medical Director, Neurosurgical Intensive Care; Member, Cerebrovascular Section of the AANS; Neurosurgeon to the Carolina Panthers

Joe D. Bernard, MD Joe D. Bernard, MD
Director of NeuroInterventional Services, Carolinas Medical Center
Vice-Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, Carolinas Medical Center

Special Interests: Neuro-Interventional Surgery (Brain Aneurysms, AVM’s, Dural Fistula, Carotid/Vertebral/Intracranial Stenting), Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Spine Surgery, Treatment of Stroke, Carotid and Vertebral Dissections, Fibromuscular Dysplasia and Spinal Neuro-Modulation
Residency and Internship: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Affiliations: Neurotrauma, OR, Credentialing and Stroke Executive Committees at Carolinas Medical Center; NeuroInterventional Surgery and Societies; Cerebrovascular Section of CNS and AANS

Domagoj Coric, MD Domagoj Coric, MD
Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, Carolinas Medical Center

Special Interests: Artificial Disc Replacement, Spinal Trauma, Spinal Tumors, Degenerative Diseases of the Spine, Disc Disease, Spinal Cord Injuries, Endoscopic Disc Surgery
Residency and Internship: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Affiliations: Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the AANS and CNS; President, North Carolina Spine Society; President Elect, Southern Neurosurgical Society; North American Spine Society

Vinay Deshmukh, MD, FACS Vinay Deshmukh, MD, FACS
Neurotrauma Director, Carolinas Medical Center

Special Interests: Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Endoscopic Disc Surgery, Brain Tumors, Athletic Injuries, Diseases of the Cranio-Cervical Junction, Spinal Tumors, Spinal Cord Injuries, Cerebrovascular Disease, Artificial Disc Replacement, Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion, Vertebroplasty, Kyphoplasty, Spinal Trauma
Fellowship: Complex Spine Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern
Residency and Internship: University of Texas Southwestern
Medical School: University of Florida School of Medicine
Affiliations: Neurotrauma Committee, Infection Control Committee, Carolinas Medical Center; Vice-Chair Special Courses Committee of the CNS; Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the AANS and CNS; Neurosurgery Development Team, Presbyterian Hospital

E. Hunter Dyer, MD E. Hunter Dyer, MD
President, Carolinas Neurosurgery and Spine Associates

Special Interests: Transsphenoidal Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Vascular Neurosurgery, Endoscopic Spine Surgery
Fellowship: Pituitary and Skull Base Surgery, L’Hospital Foch, Surenes, Paris, France
Residency and Internship: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Medical School: University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Affiliations: Past member, Executive Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Paul K. Kim, MD Paul K. Kim, MD

Special Interests: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Complex Spinal Disorders, Spinal Deformities, Degenerative Spine Disease, Artificial Disk Replacement, Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Trauma, Osteoporotic Compression Fractures, Spinal Tumors
Fellowship: Spine Surgery, The Cleveland Clinic
Residency and Internship: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Medical School: University of Mississippi Medical School
Affiliations: North American Spine Society, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors
Matthew J. McGirt, MD Matthew J. McGirt, MD

Special Interests: Complex and Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery and Spinal Fusion, General Neurosurgery
Fellowship: Spinal Surgery, Johns Hopkins
Residency and Internship: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine
Affiliations: Adjunct Research Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Research Fellow, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research; AANS/CNS Joint Spine Section; North American Spine Society (NASS)

Mark D. Smith, MD Mark D. Smith, MD

Special Interests: Brain Tumors, Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion, Endoscopic Spine Surgery, Degenerative Spine Disorders
Residency and Internship: University of Tennessee, Memphis, Department of Neurosurgery
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Affiliations: Neurosurgery Development Team and Chief of Neurosurgery, Presbyterian Hospital

Craig A. VanDerVeer, MD Craig A. VanDerVeer, MD

Special Interests: Cerebrovascular Surgery, Acoustic and Skull Base Tumors, Microscopic Spine Surgery, Stereotactic Neurosurgery, Minimally Invasive Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Carotid and Vertebral Artery Surgery
Fellowship: Dudley Allen Fellowship in Cerebrovascular Surgery
Residency: University Hospital of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve
Internship: Michigan State University
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Affiliations: Director, American Board of Neurological Surgeons; Critical Care and Cerebrovascular Sections of the AANS

Mark D. Van Poppel, MD Mark D. Van Poppel, MD

Special Interests: Adult and pediatric epilepsy, congenital cranial and spinal malformations in children, pediatric spinal disorders including spinal dysraphism and tethered spinal cord, pediatric cerebrovascular disease, pediatric and adult tumors of the brain and spine, endoscopic procedures for adults and children
Fellowship: Pediatric neurosurgery, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Residency & Internship: University Hospital of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Master of Science in Anatomy and Cellular Physiology: Indiana University
Master of Science in Biology: Purdue University

Scott D. Wait, MD Scott D. Wait, MD
Assistant Program Director, Neurological Surgery Residency Program, Carolinas Medical Center
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Carolinas Medical Center

Special Interests: Pediatric Neurosurgery, Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors, Endoscopy, Cerebrovascular Disease, Epilepsy Surgery, Neurotrauma, and Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Fellowships: Pediatric Neurosurgery, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Skull base, endoscopic, and neuro-oncology, Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, Sydney, Australia
Residency: Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona
Internship: Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Clinical Research Training: The National Institutes of Health
Medical School: East Carolina University School of Medicine

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