Jason A. Brodkey, MD, FACS, FIPP | Mark H. Falahee, MD, FACS | Douglas F. Geiger, MD, FACS | Geoffrey M. Thomas, MD, FAANS | Elisa Kucia, MD | Johnathan Ogar, MS, PA-C | Kurt Hiester, MS, PA-C, ATC | Lindsey Lorello, MS, PA-C | Ahmad Issawi, MD
Jason A. Brodkey, MD, FACS, FIPP
Board-Certified Neurological Surgeon
Board-Certified Pain Medicine
Fellowship-Trained Spine Surgeon
Dr. Jason Brodkey is Board Certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and with the American Board of Pain Medicine. He is also certified as a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice. Dr. Brodkey specializes in complex spinal reconstruction, spinal cord and nerve stimulation, spinal infusion pump implantation and minimally invasive spine surgery.
Dr. Brodkey received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering with high honors from Case Institute of Technology (CWRU). He was awarded his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Brodkey attended the University of Tennessee, completing a surgical internship and Neurosurgical residency program. He continued his training in fellowships at the University of Toronto in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and in Memphis in Complex Spine Surgery.
Dr. Brodkey is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and Tau Beta Pi honorary societies. He is also a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Locally, Dr. Brodkey belongs to the Michigan State Medical Society, the Washtenaw County Medical Society and the Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons. Nationally, he is a member of the North American Spine Society and the International Neuromodulation Society and is a member of the American Academy of Spine Physicians. Related to his expertise in pain, he is member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
Dr Brodkey practices at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. He evaluates patients at Ann Arbor Spine Center's main office located on the hospital campus and also at a separate pain clinic office in Ann Arbor.
"Helping a patient in pain requires a careful and thoughtful approach. It is important to the spend time getting to know each patient in order to understand their needs. Listening is the most important step in the evaluation and requires compassion and understanding. It is my goal to accurately diagnose a problem and from that formulate a care plan that provides a comprehensive, yet focused solution. I feel surgery is often a late option in the management of pain and for best outcomes should only utilized under the correct circumstances. Deciding on which surgery to perform, whether it is a minimally invasive approach or larger operation, I feel is both based on science and well as it is an art; it has to be planned based on a patient's needs, anatomy, and situation. I am a surgeon who exercises conservative judgment and I care about all of my patients."
Mark H. Falahee, MD, FACS
Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Fellowship-trained Spine Surgeon
Dr. Mark Falahee is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He specializes in adult spine care delivery encompassing traumatic, metabolic, pathologic, and degenerative problems. Dr. Falahee specializes in all areas of thoracic and lumbar spine surgery, from major reconstructive cases to minimally invasive procedures and outpatient surgeries.
Dr. Falahee received an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. He attended Wayne State University and graduated with honors. Dr. Falahee returned to the University of Michigan to complete a residency in Orthopedic Surgery. He completed his training at SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York as a Spine Fellow in the Department of Orthopedics.
Dr. Falahee is a member of the North American Spine Society, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Mid-American Orthopedic Association. Locally he is affiliated with the Michigan Orthopedic Association, Washtenaw County Medical Society and the Michigan State Medical Society. Dr Falahee is a lifetime member of the Anthony B Wayne Society, in recognition of contributions to Wayne State Medical School. Dr Falahee enthusiastically supports new innovations in spine care and delivery. He holds over 19 issued/pending patents related to spinal instruments and implants. Dr. Falahee practices at the Ann Arbor & Brighton locations.
Douglas F. Geiger, MD, MS, FACS
Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Fellowship-trained spine surgeon
Fellow, Scoliosis Research Society
Dr. Douglas Geiger is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and an active fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He specializes in reconstructive surgery, deformity surgery in children and adults and in minimally invasive spine surgery.
Dr. Geiger is currently the director of the spine fellowship coordinated with the University of Toledo College of Medicine and has held numerous clinical teaching appointments. Most recently these have included the Department of Orthopedics at Wayne State University, Henry Ford Hospital, the University of Toledo College of Medicine and is a lecturer for the Consortium for Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education and Training (COGNET) at Michigan State University.
Dr. Geiger is a frequent lecturer both in the community and at educational institutions on such topics as scoliosis, current technologies in spine surgery, as well as spine care in the elderly population.
Dr. Geiger received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. He then received a Master of Science in Immunology from the University of Toledo. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Ohio. Dr. Geiger completed a Surgical Internship and orthopedic Surgery Residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He went on to complete an NIH research fellowship in Orthopedic Spine Surgery at the University of Minnesota and a Spine clinical fellowship at the Twin Cities Scoliosis Spine Center.
Dr. Geiger is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, the Scoliosis Research Society and the American College of Surgeons. He also belongs to the Michigan Orthopedic Association and the American Medical Association. Other local affiliations include the Wayne County Medical Society.
Dr Geiger practices at the Ann Arbor & Chelsea locations.
"The one thing all my patients have in common is a lack of desire to actually be in a spine surgeon's office. Most of them consider spine surgery to be a last resort, or at least not the first choice in spine treatment. I try to be certain all non-operative options have been exhausted before entertaining the prospect of surgery, and then the decision to proceed ahead with an operation is made only after careful deliberation by the patient and the surgeon. It is a very mutual well-educated decision that involves all necessary parties and information. Thus, a game plan is developed, and with appropriate expectations by the patient, will give the best chance for success with surgical treatment.
I always try to provide the least invasive surgery that will give the greatest amount of pain relief. Our current technology now allows us to perform many procedures as an outpatient and to return people to work and play sooner than in the past. Exhaustive non-operative treatment, complete patient education, and state-of-the-art surgical techniques allow us to provide our patients with the best possible experience, an important aspect for people who would rather not have to see a spine surgeon at all.”
Geoffrey M. Thomas, MD, FAANS
Board-Certified Neurological Surgeon
Dr. Geoffrey Thomas is a board-certified neurological surgeon and specializes in adult spinal degenerative conditions and cervical spine reconstruction. Dr. Thomas also focuses on general neurosurgery, brain tumors, neurooncology and radiosurgery. He is a clinical instructor at the University of Michigan, Section of Neurosurgery.
Dr. Thomas received his undergraduate degree with highest honors from the University of Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine with distinction. He completed his Surgical Internship at Northwestern University in Chicago. He returned to Ann Arbor for a residency in Pathology. Dr. Thomas continued his residency training at the University of Cincinnati in the Neurological Surgery program.
Dr. Thomas was awarded membership into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is also an active member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Locally he is a member of the Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Washtenaw County Medical Association.
Dr. Thomas practices at the Ann Arbor location.
Elisa Kucia, MD
Board-certified Neurological Surgeon
Dr. Kucia is board-eligible neurosurgeon with Ann Arbor Spine Center practicing at St Joseph Mercy Hospital. She evaluates patients at Ann Arbor Spine Center’s main office located on the hospital campus. She earned her medical degree from the University of Virginia Medical School. She performed her internship in general surgery at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency and her residency in neurosurgery at Barrow Neurological Institute, followed by a neurosurgical fellowship at the University of Colorado.
Dr Kucia served at Flagstaff Medical Center prior to going to Lynchburg General Hospital.
Ahmad Issawi, MD
Board-eligible Neurological Surgeon
Dr. Ahmad Issawi is neurological surgeon from Peoria, Illinois and specializes in general neurological surgery. Dr. Issawi received his undergraduate degree from University of Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in Neuro-Interventional Radiology from the University of Illinois. In 2016, Dr. Issawi concluded his Residency from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
He is also an active member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Issawi practices at the Ann Arbor location and is fluent in Arabic.
Johnathan Ogar MS, PA-C
Johnathan is a nationally certified Physician Assistant specializing in orthopedic spine and neurosurgery. He attended Eastern Michigan University on an Academic Scholarship, where he studied Pre-Medicine and in 2013 received a Bachelor of Science Degree. He completed his Physician Assistant studies at Central Michigan University in 2015, and served as the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants class representative. His clinical interests include neurosurgery, deformity correction surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery.
Johnathan is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants. He practices at the Ann Arbor location.
Kurt Hiester, MS, PA-C, ATC
Kurt Hiester is a nationally certified Physician Assistant specializing in orthopedic spine and neurosurgery. He completed his Physician Assistant studies at James Madison University in 2011 and prior to that worked as a certified athletic trainer at the Woodberry Forest School near Charlottesville, VA. His clinical interests include scoliosis, deformity correction surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery.
Kurt is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He practices at the Ann Arbor location.
Lindsey Lorello, MS, PA-C
Lindsey Lorello attended the University of Wyoming where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. She then attended the University of New England in Portland Maine, graduating in 2009 with her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant studies.
Upon completion of her post-graduate studies, Lindsey was accepted into a competitive Surgical Residency Program for Physician Assistants at Norwalk Hospital and Yale School of Medicine. She spent a year rotating through the surgical subspecialties and continued to develop her love and skill for orthopedic spine and neurosurgery. Upon graduation from the residency program in 2010 she was fortunate enough to begin her career as a neurosurgical PA in Connecticut where she practiced for 4 years.
She recently relocated to Michigan. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and an affiliate member of the Congress of Neurologic Surgeons.
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