Welcome to the current issue of Neurosurgery Notes, the practice newsletter for Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates. To find out more about the practice or to subscribe to our newsletter, click the links to the left. To read the articles in this issue, click below.


In This Issue:
Standing Up Against Scoliosis
Patient Is Four Inches Taller After Two-Part Spine Surgery
brain tumor patient

Sarah Arnder didn’t realize she had scoliosis when she first went to see neurosurgeon Kevin Cahill, MD, and orthopaedic spine surgeon Samuel Chewning, MD, at the Concord office of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates. The 62-year-old retired nurse was using a cane because she had difficulty standing. Over the last three years her spine had begun to turn and push her forward so that her stance was always unstable. Sarah also suffered from disabling back and leg pain. Full story






Shaping The Future Of Neurosurgery
Our Neurosurgeons To Serve As Faculty Of New Charlotte Residency Program


Through the focused efforts of our practice neurosurgeons at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, and coordination with Carolinas Medical Center, a local neurosurgical residency program is now a reality. This subspecialty-based program is located at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and the very first resident will begin training this summer. Full story



John Ziewacz, MD
A Message From Dr. Michael Heafner
Long-Time Practice Partner Announces Retirement In 2014

Dear Colleagues,
This year, I am progressively slowing my practice in preparation for retirement. Until August 31, I will continue to care for some of my current patients while assisting in the transition of their care to some of my partners.
Full story





A Growing Pediatric Neurosurgery Program

For decades, Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates has made a difference for children in need of neurosurgical care, and this commitment remains steadfast. As Dr. Michael Heafner nears retirement at the end of 2014, our pediatric neurosurgery program is well-positioned for the future with the recent addition of Scott Wait, MD, and Mark Van Poppel, MD. These highly trained surgeons join Scott McLanahan, MD, in working closely with Levine Children’s Hospital to deliver advanced neurosurgical treatment options for children. Full story




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A Mission Of Caring To Nicaragua

The physicians and staff of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates continue to reach out around the world to provide much needed medical care to developing countries. Most recently, physiatrist John Welshofer, MD, and Evelyn Chakarji, CMA, traveled to Nicaragua with a mission trip coordinated by BlessBack Worldwide. Full story



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