30+ spine surgeons joining practices in 2021


Here are 39 spine surgeons who moved to new practices in 2021:

Note: This is not an exhaustive list.


John Spitalieri, DO, opened the Arizona Neurosurgery & Spine Center in Prescott.

Stuart, Fla.-based Cleveland Clinic Martin Health onboarded Zeguang Ren, MD, PhD.


Justin Slavin, MD, joined Milford (Mass.) Regional Medical Center.

John Peloza, MD, returned to Vail, Colo.-based The Steadman Clinic after spending several decades developing his own practice in Dallas.

Ali Mesiwala, MD, a neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery, joined Newport Beach, Calif.-based Disc Sports & Spine Center.


Arianne Boylan, MD, became the first female neurosurgeon at Hartford (Conn.) Healthcare Network when she joined the system's Spine Wellness Center in Westport, Conn.


Daraspreet Kainth, MD, joined Mercy Clinic Neurosurgery at Mercy Fort Smith (Ark.).

Spine surgeon Jonathon Geisinger, MD, joined McFarland Clinic's location in Ames, Iowa.

John Berry-Candelario, MD, was hired at Novant Health Spine Specialists-Ballantyne in Charlotte, N.C.

Luke Zebala, MD and Yasser Farid, MD, joined NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute in Chicago, according to an email to Becker's Spine Review.


James Mok, MD, joined NorthShore Spine Center in Chicago, according to an email shared with Becker's Spine Review.

Lauren Ostling, MD, joined Cincinnati-based Mayfield Brain & Spine.

Vishal Khatri, MD, joined Englewood (N.J.) Health Physician Network and Englewood Hospital.

Richard Teff, MD, joined Waco, Texas-based Ascension Providence.

Andrew Look, MD, joined Brain & Spine Center at UP Health System-Marquette (Mich.).

Gordon Mao, MD, joined Indiana University IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis.


William Robinson, MD, joined Dallas-based Carrell Clinic, according to an email to Becker's.

Bayard Carlson, MD, joined Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis, according to an email to Becker's.

Adam Smitherman, MD, joined Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark.

Kris Okumu, MD, joined Watsonville, Calif.-based Coastal Health Partners.

Abiola Atanda, MD, joined Danbury-based OrthoConnecticut.


Derek Ju, MD, joined Orthopaedic Associates of Manhasset in Great Neck, N.Y.

Bryce Basques, MD, joined University Orthopedics in Providence, R.I.

William Mosenthal, MD, joined OAK Orthopedics in Bradley and Frankfort, Ill.

Wilson Asfora, MD, was tapped to lead Miami-based Ceda Orthopedic Group's spine surgery center in the same city.

William Mosenthal, MD, and Jacob Babu, MD, joined Des Plaines-based Illinois Bone & Joint Institute.


Scott Falci, MD, launched and became the head of the Falci Institute for Spinal Cord Injuries at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo. 

Justin Thomas, DO, joined Petoskey, Mich.-based McLaren Northern Michigan Neurosciences clinic.

Drew Spencer, MD, joined Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital in Palos Heights, Ill.

Tyler McDonald, MD, joined Mobile, Ala.-based USA Health.


Elvis Francois, MD, joined Atlanta-based Resurgens Orthopaedics, according to an email to Becker's.

Jay Reidler, MD, joined Metropolitan Neurosurgery Associates and Englewood Health, both in Englewood, N.J., according to an email to Becker's.

Thomas Frimpong, DO, joined Summit Surgical Hospital in Hutchinson, Kan.

Corey Walker, MD, joined the faculty at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

Des Plaines-based Illinois Bone and Joint Institute added Steven Fineberg, MD.

Brian Haycook, MD, joined Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde, N.C.

W. Daniel Bradley, MD, joined Nampa, Idaho-based Saltzer Health's Ten Mile Medical Campus in Meridian, Idaho.

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