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Restoring health, regaining mobility through advanced spine care

[Slideshow] The UF Health Comprehensive Spine Center’s team of board-certified, fellowship-trained neurosurgeons includes, from left, Grzegorz Brzezicki, MD, PhD; Kourosh Tavanaiepour, DO; Carlos Arce, MD; Daryoush Tavanaiepour, MD; Dunbar Alcindor, MD; and Gazanfar Rahmathulla, MD.

Comprehensive spine center opens at UF Health North

Whether it’s a cancerous tumor, a spine fracture caused by a traumatic event or disc deterioration sustained over time, the UF Health Comprehensive Spine Center has experts to address the most complex spine needs.

UF Health neurosurgeon Kourosh Tavanaiepour, DO, serves as director of the center, which is located on the UF Health North campus. The center has been operating since Tavanaiepour arrived at UF Health last year, with an official grand opening celebration held May 23.

Tavanaiepour and the other specialists within the center offer a wide range of treatment options for all types of spine disorders, from chronic back pain to complex conditions such as adult scoliosis, herniated disc and spinal stenosis. Other conditions treated include intervertebral disc disease, low back pain, spine deformities and spondylosis.

In addition to Tavanaiepour, the center’s team of board-certified and fellowship-trained neurosurgeons includes Dunbar Alcindor, MD; Carlos Arce, MD; Grzegorz Brzezicki, MD, PhD; Gazanfar Rahmathulla, MD; and Daryoush Tavanaiepour, MD. UF Health neurologists, pain management specialists and physical therapists also help make up the team, which meets weekly to review patient cases and develop individualized treatment plans.

“Every patient comes to us with a unique set of circumstances,” said Kourosh Tavanaiepour, who is fellowship-trained in complex and minimal invasive spine surgery. “As such, we develop a plan that’s best for the individual. Sometimes, that means avoiding surgery altogether and proceeding with a pain management regimen. But if necessary, we have the expertise and experience to successfully perform surgeries that lead to restored health and regained comfort and mobility.”

The center has a spine coordinator who is available to discuss the latest research in spine conditions and treatments and to assist post-surgical patients, who come from Northeast Florida, Southeast Georgia and beyond. Some patients come from as far south as the Daytona Beach area.

“Our goal is to continue to grow and expand in scope to become the premier comprehensive spine center in the Southeast,” Kourosh Tavanaiepour said.

The UF Health Comprehensive Spine Center is located inside the UF Health North medical office building, 15255 Max Leggett Parkway, Suite 6500.

For more information, visit North.UFHealthJax.org/spine or call 904.383.1000.

Featured Faculty

Grzegorz K. Brzezicki, MD, PhD

Grzegorz K. Brzezicki, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Gazanfar Rahmathulla, MBBS (MD)

Gazanfar Rahmathulla, MBBS (MD)

Assistant Professor
Medical Director, Neurosurgery Trauma

Daryoush Tavanaiepour, MBChB (MD)

Daryoush Tavanaiepour, MBChB (MD)

Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery; Medical Director, Neuro-Oncology; Medical Director, Movement Disorders

Kourosh Tavanaiepour, DO

Kourosh Tavanaiepour, DO

Assistant Professor
Medical Director, Spinal Surgery; Medical Director, Spine Center; Medical Director, Spine Neuro-Oncology Program