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Ohio State's Comprehensive Spine Center

Ohio State's Comprehensive Spine Center creates a direct link between your primary care provider and the management of your spine injuries. The Comprehensive Spine Center provides a full scope of spinal services including the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Working together with referring physicians, the OSU Comprehensive Spine Center's team ensures that each patient receives a personalized treatment plan specific to his or her circumstance and lifestyle.

The Comprehensive Spine Center brings together a team of specialists in the areas of physical medicine and rehabilitation, interventional pain management, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, physical therapy and nursing to provide complete and expert care for your spine conditions.

Our Center is equipped with the most state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic technology which enables our spine specialists to effectively and accurately diagnose and treat you. We also offer a full range of leading-edge, surgical and non-surgical treatment options.


Team of Experts

Our Comprehensive Spine Center's team of experts includes:

Neurological Surgery

Mario Ammirati, MD, MBA
Specialty: Neurological Surgery

James Elder, MD
Specialty: Neurological Surgery

H. Francis Farhadi, MD, PhD
Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Medical Degree: McGill University, Montreal,
Quebec, Canada
Clinical Interest: Comprehensive spine
management
Research Interest: Clinical spine research

Carole A. Miller, MD
Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Medical Degree: The Ohio State University, College of Medicine
Clinical Interest: Comprehensive spine management
Research Interest: Clinical spine research

Gary L. Rea, MD, PhD
Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Medical Degree: Baylor College of Medicine
Clinical Interest: Degenerative spine disease
Research Interest: Degenerative spine disease

William James Thoman, MD
Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Medical Degree: University of Florida
Clinical Interests: Comprehensive spine management via
minimally invasive spine surgery and non-surgical modalities;
neurological sports-related injuries
Research Interests: Degenerative spine; neurological
sports-related injuries

Albert Timperman, MD
Specialty: Neurosurgery
Medical Degree: Loyola University, Chicago
Clinical Interests: Comprehensive spine
management and evaluation
Research Interests: Spinal cord tumors and peripheral
nerve injuries

Nurse Practitioners 

Suzanne Stanek, CNP

Ann Vidrick


Orthopaedic Surgery

Safdar N. KhanSpecialty: Spinal Deformity
Medical Degree: Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan
Clinical Interest: Complex adult and pediatric spine surgery;
spinal deformity surgery; minimally invasive spine surgery;
reconstruction of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine; total disc
arthroplasty of the cervical spine; herniated discs; spinal stenosis;
degenerative scoliosis; spinal trauma
Research Interest: Biology of the spinal fusion and fracture healing;
intervertebral disc repair; application of regenerative molecular
medicine for the treatment of spinal disorders

Joseph Tu, MD
Specialty: Neurological Surgery​

Elizabeth Yu, MD
Specialty:Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical Degree: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests:Degenerative disc disease, herniated discs,
spinal stenosis, degenerative scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, kyphosis,
minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal deformity surgery, reconstruction
of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, spinal trauma, fractures,
tumors and infections
Research Interests: Biomechanics of the spine, dynamic stabilization,
and fracture fixation, intervertebral disc degeneration



Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Ken Nguyen, DO
Specialty: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical Degree: Kansas City University
Clinical Interests: Interventional pain management, musculoskeletal
medicine; spine disorders associated with occupational injuries, sports
injuries and age-related changes; complex regional pain syndrome

Francine Pulver, MD
Specialty: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical Degree: Wright State University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Musculoskeletal medicine, non-interventional spine
care, electrodiagnostic medicine



Pain Medicine

Mike Evers, MD
Specialty: Anesthesiology/pain medicine
Medical Degree: Western University of Health Sciences
Clinical Interest: Pain management for disorders of the spine
Research Interest: Intrathecal opioid pump management of pain

Steven A. Severyn, MD, MBA
Specialty: Anesthesiology/pain medicine
Medical Degree: The Ohio State University, College of Medicine
Clinical Interest: Interventional pain management
Research Interest: Pain medicine

Anshuman Swain, MD
Specialty: Anesthesiology/pain medicine
Medical Degree: Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Clinical Interest: Interventional pain management
Research Interest: Pain medicine

 

Gregg Weidner, MD
Specialty: Neurological Surgery​

 



Physical Therapy

Laurie Bell, PT
Specialty: Physical Therapy
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Allied Medical Professions
Clinical Interest: NEck and back pain
Research Interest: Spine-related issues

Jennifer Belu, PT
Specialty: Physical Therapy
Degree: The Ohio State University, School of Allied Medical Professions
Clinical Interests: Orthopedics, biomechanics
Research Interest: Effectiveness of physical therapy interventions for
preventing recurrent back pain

Cari Hahler, DPT
Specialty: Physical Therapy
Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy, The University of Findlay
Clinical Interests: Spine and outpatient orthopaedics
Research Interest: Complex regional pain syndrome;
joint mobilizations for the spine

Nicole Vance, DPT
Specialty: Physical Therapy
Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy, The Ohio State University
Research Interests: Effectiveness of physical therapy on low back
pain; psychological impact of patients with chronic pain


For more information about Ohio State's Comprehensive Spine Center please call (614) 293-BACK (2225).
A physician referral is required to make an appointment.



OSU Comprehensive Spine Center Locations:

CarePoint East
543 Taylor Ave, Suite 1074
Columbus, OH 43203
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CarePoint Gahanna
​​920 N. Hamilton Road
Gahanna, OH 43230
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CarePoint Lewis Center
6515 Pullman Drive
Lewis Center, OH 43035
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OSU Spine and Neurological Surgery
680 Park Avenue West, Suite 203
Mansfield, OH 44906​​​​​​