Neurosurgery

Intense pain in your neck and back getting worse and worse, keeping you from doing what you love...
A bad accident that caused a brain or spinal injury that calls for precise, advanced care...

Are you in pain and simply looking for relief? Confused about what you can do to feel better? Are you thinking about traveling to Birmingham, Atlanta, or Jacksonville to get treatment?

It's time to seek the expertise of the neurosurgical team at the NeuroSpine Center at SAMC. The NeuroSpine Center's team of surgeons, nurses and physician's assistants are all supported by the full range of technology and services of SAMC. We help adults suffering from a wide range of spinal and brain disorders and injuries. The NeuroSpine Center and SAMC are the only medical facility in the Wiregrass with around-the-clock care for brain and spinal injuries. Talk to the experts at the NeuroSpine Center and you'll understand why SAMC is the top choice among area residents for neurosurgery.


Successfully diagnosing and treating your illness or injury calls for a powerful combination9950NeuroSpineFourDocs310x153 of great technology and skilled people.

At the NeuroSpine Center, you'll be examined and treated by a team of healthcare professionals – working along with you and your family. Your NeuroSpine Center team also coordinates closely with your personal physician to ensure that your treatment is consistent with other aspects of your overall personal healthcare. Best of all, our team approach doesn't stop at the NeuroSpine Center's door. If you need other services to handle your medical problems – from physical therapy to home care – Southeast Alabama Medical Center can provide them.

 

SAMC has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center Plus for Spine Surgery hospital by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama.

Blue Distinction® Centers met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction® Centers+ also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria is displayed on www.bcbs.com. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area.

To find out which services and providers (including hospital based physicians) are covered under your policy, or to learn about Local Blue Plan Criteria, contact your Local Blue Plan; and contact your provider before making an appointment to verify its current Network and Blue Distinction Centers status. Each hospital’s Cost Index is calculated separately, based on data from its Local Blue Plan. Hospitals in portions of CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in areas served by two Local Blue Plans, resulting in two Cost Index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether all hospitals in these areas must meet Blue Distinction Centers+ national criteria for one or both Cost Index figures. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for damages, losses, or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers. To find out more, contact your Local Blue Plan.

The NeuroSpine Team

D. Bruce Woodham, M.D.

Dr. Woodham has been an integral part of the Wiregrass medical community for the last three decades. He has cared for over 10,000 Wiregrass residents and was the first surgeon in Dothan to clip an aneurysm during a craniotomy.

Born in Webb, Alabama, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, and then completed his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Nebraska. His post-graduate specialty training began as an intern at the University of Iowa. He performed subspecialty residency training in neurological surgery at the University of Florida, Shands Hospital. He has been board-certified in neurological surgery for over 20 years.

Dr. Woodham has served terms as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Houston County Medical Society. He served as Chief of Staff, Chief of Trauma and Chief of Surgery at Southeast Alabama Medical Center, in addition to serving as Chief of Staff at Flowers Hospital.

Nicholas F. Voss, M.D.

Dr. Voss was trained at one of the nation's most prestigious neurosurgical programs – the Semmes-Murphy Clinic in Memphis, Tenn. He is extensively trained in minimally invasive surgery, the latest in spinal surgery technologies. Dr. Voss has a special interest in Stereotactic Radiosurgery for the treatment of brain tumors.

Dr. Voss attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. He graduated with academic honors from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1994. Upon completion of his internship in general surgery, he specialized in neurological surgery at the University of Tennessee Memphis in association with the Semmes-Murphy Clinic. He has several academic honors including medical school Alpha Omega Alpha membership, research fellowships and publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. He is board-certified in neurological surgery and has practiced in Dothan since July 2000.

Christopher D. Hargett, D.O.

Dr. Hargett joined NeuroSpine in July 2011. His interests include degenerative spine, minimally invasive spinal surgery, spine and brain trauma, brain tumors, complex spine and normal pressure hydrocephalus.

Dr. Hargett did his Neurosurgery residency at Advocate BroMenn Healthcare in Normal, Ill. He received his medical degree in 2005 from Pikeville College-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Ky. Dr. Hargett received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as graduate studies as a Surgical Physician's Assistant.

An Alabama native, Dr. Hargett and his family are excited about returning to his home state. Dr. Hargett looks forward to taking care of the neurological needs of patients in the area for many years to come.

Jonathan E. McNeal, D.O.

Dothan native Jonathan E. McNeal, D.O., neurosurgeon, joined NeuroSpine Center in August 2013.

Dr. McNeal specializes in conditions of the brain and spine to include brain tumors, tumors of the spinal cord, head trauma, spine fractures, minimally invasive spine techniques, peripheral nerve disorders, stereotactic radiosurgery, degenerative conditions of the spine, as well as herniated cervical/lumbar disks.

Dr. McNeal was born and raised in Dothan and is a graduate of Dothan High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Troy University and a Masters of Health Science from the University of South Alabama. Dr. McNeal received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he graduated with honors. After an internship in general surgery, Dr. McNeal completed his Neurosurgical residency at the Virginia Tech/Carilion Clinic, in Roanoke, VA where he served as chief resident.

Outside of work, Dr. McNeal enjoys spending time with his wife, Elaine and two children, Addison, 4, and Noah, 2. He also enjoys college football, the gulf coast beaches and music.

We look forward to helping you get the care you need, and ask that you follow some simple steps to get started:2496YourTreatment153x310

  1. Have your personal physician make a referral to the NeuroSpine Center. This is a requirement before you call to arrange your first appointment.
  2. Check with your insurance company. Some insurers may have special rules that you will need to follow to get your care approved and covered for payment.
  3. Please ensure that your referrals and approvals are arranged prior to contacting us for an appointment. Without them, we won't be able to schedule your first visit.
  4. After you make your appointment, our staff will provide you with a detailed questionnaire about your medical history and current problem that must be completed before you come to the office.
  5. Please be sure you have copies of appropriate X-rays, CT and MRI scans that you can bring to your appointment. If you don't have them, please call your personal physician or other caregivers to obtain copies.

Worker's Compensation: If you are coming to the NeuroSpine Center for treatment of an on-the-job injury involving a workers compensation claim, we must have written authorization from your worker's compensation provider prior to your visit. You will not be able to make an appointment or receive any evaluation or treatment unless we have this permission.

If you have questions about getting a referral, insurance plans we accept, or other aspects of starting your care at the NeuroSpine Center, please contact our office staff.

Appointments: If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call us to reschedule. If you fail to show up for a scheduled appointment and do not notify us, you may still be charged for the cost of the office visit.

The expert surgeons at the NeuroSpine Center at Southeast Alabama Medical Center know that injuries and other9802Hargett310x153v2 problems with the spine and brain can be extremely painful – and extremely frightening. That's why we use the latest in diagnostic technologies to identify and manage even the most difficult of cases.

After a thorough examination we discuss your treatment options in detail.

At SAMC, we utilize some of the most advanced technology available, like the daVinci® Robotic Surgical System.

There are 18 high-tech surgery suites in the hospital's four-story Surgery Tower, which houses a clinical laboratory, and 32 critical care beds for cardiac care, intensive care and cardiovascular intensive care.

Your treatment plan may also include the services of the Southeast Pain Management Center for care in managing chronic pain, or Rehabilitation Services for various physical, occupational and speech therapies.

When you consider all of the comprehensive care available through SAMC – from radiology to pediatrics to wound care – rest assured that you'll no longer have to travel to get the help you need with the quality you demand.

Please visit our online medical encyclopedia for more information on any of the conditions listed below:

Among the many complex spinal and brain conditions we treat are:

Spinal Conditions

  • Lower Back and Neck Pain
  • Herniated Discs
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Sciatica/Radiculopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Spondylolithesis
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Scoliosis
  • Adult Degenerative Scoliosis


Brain Conditions

  • Brain Tumors
  • Hydrocephalous
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Hemorrhages
  • Aneurysms
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Conditions

 

Other conditions

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapment

The advanced treatments we use include:

Spinal Treatments

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (for complex reconstruction)
  • Nerve Decompression
  • Artificial Disc
  • Spine Fractures
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Tumor Resection
  • Complex Deformity Reconstruction

Brain Treatments

  • Craniotomy
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Shunts
  • Stereotactic Craniotomy

SAMC has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center Plus for Spine Surgery hospital by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama.

Blue Distinction® Centers met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction® Centers+ also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria is displayed on www.bcbs.com. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area.

To find out which services and providers (including hospital based physicians) are covered under your policy, or to learn about Local Blue Plan Criteria, contact your Local Blue Plan; and contact your provider before making an appointment to verify its current Network and Blue Distinction Centers status. Each hospital’s Cost Index is calculated separately, based on data from its Local Blue Plan. Hospitals in portions of CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in areas served by two Local Blue Plans, resulting in two Cost Index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether all hospitals in these areas must meet Blue Distinction Centers+ national criteria for one or both Cost Index figures. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for damages, losses, or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers. To find out more, contact your Local Blue Plan.

 

 

Referring Patients: A documented referral is required for your patients to be seen at the NeuroSpine Center.2772HealthCareProfessionals153x310 In order to facilitate the process we ask that you provide a copy of appropriate X-rays and CT and MRI scans. We ask the patient to bring these items to their first appointment.

To reach a member of our team regarding your referrals, please call 334-793-8804.

Consultations and Emergencies: Physicians at the NeuroSpine Center are available for consultations, and have a system to provide 24/7 coverage to hospitals in the area in case of emergency.

To request a routine, non-emergency consultation, please call 334-793-8804.

Emergency consultations and treatments are handled via the Southeast Alabama Medical Center Emergency Department. Your patients experiencing an emergency should be directed there for immediate evaluation.