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Thank you, Semmes Murphey Veterans!

In honor of Veterans Day, we would like to extend our thanks to all those brave men and women who have served this country, including some of our very own doctors: Dr. Kevin Foley, Dr. Paul Klimo Jr., Dr. Autry Parker, Dr. John Brophy, Dr. Lavernne Lovell, Dr. Lance Wright, and Dr. Jon Robertson. Thank you for your service!

Also, thank you to Semmes Murphey nurses, Sandra Caldwell, and Tracy Bassham, for their sons' current service in the US military.

Click below to read about Dr. Foley's service in the military, courtesy of The Memphis Medical Society.




Semmes Murphey Partners with Explore Bike Share

Semmes Murphey Clinic has partnered with Explore Bike Share to encourage exercise and healthy lifestyles across Memphis.

We are proud to have our very own Bike Share station downtown at Big River Crossing as well as over 30 Semmes Murphey bikes around the city.  "The Big Roll Out", or launch, of the program was in June where over 4,000 riders participated in biking in celebration of the launch of the program. Our staff participated in the big day by volunteering to ride the Semmes Murphey bikes from Court Square over to Big River Crossing to welcome the bikes to their new station.

Our station has provided over 3,000 total bike trips and our bikes are utilized 15-20% of those rides. Overall, the program has about 400 monthly members and 181 annual members. Together, those members have ridden over 22,000 bike rides! 

We are so excited to be a part of an exciting program.  It is truly a remarkable sight to see the new organization benefit from such tremendous early support. 



2018 Health Care Heroes - Dr. Frederick Boop & Dr. Kevin Foley

For the past 20 years, the Memphis Business Journal has recognized the outstanding medical professionals who have dedicated their lives to improving the quality of life in our city. Join us as we congratulate two of Semmes Murphey's physicians for being honored in the annual Health Care Hero Awards.


Dr. Frederick Boop - Winner of the Healthcare Provider - Physician Catagory

Join us as we congratulate our very own, Dr. Frederick Boop; named a winner in this year's Healthcare Heroes Awards!

Dr. Boop is a world-renown pediatric neurosurgeon who has been part of our community for over 30 years. He has changed the lives of hundreds of children and adults and is very passionate about his work and furthering the field of neurosurgery through research, publications, and innovations.

We are grateful for Dr. Boop and his contributions to the medical field and to have such a passionate, gifted surgeon in Memphis.

Read the full article here


Kevin Foley - Finalist for the Healthcare Innovations

With more than 160 U.S. patents, the majority in medical devices, Dr. Kevin Foley is a leading innovator in the world of neurosurgery. His patent of the tubular-retractor (TR) makes minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) possible. Developed and patented in the 1990s, the TR and MISS are utilized worldwide to more easily and effectively repair a variety of spine issues and provide a better recovery environment for patients.

Dr. Foley is also the inventor of the Image-guided Spine Surgery which uses computers to achieve three-dimensional localization of targets in the spine.




Dr. Lovell and Dr. Sorenson Discuss Artificial Disc Replacements

If you have neck, shoulder, or arm pain you may qualify for an artificial disc replacement.

Artificial disc replacements are now used instead of cervical fusions because it helps maintain a full range of motion in your neck. With a fusion, the bones have to work harder which can cause them to wear out faster and in some cases require a follow-up procedure. The artificial disc replacement does not require you to wait for the bones to grow together because the new disc is preserving the motion of the spine.

Placement of the artificial disc is minimally invasive. The same incision is used for both procedures but the difference lies in that the bone fusion requires several months for the bones to grow together again.

The procedure itself takes about 15 minutes and you do not have to wear a collar afterward.

Watch Dr. Sorenson and Dr. Lovell here


Semmes Murphey CFO, Brent Patterson, Joins Round-table Discussion

Brent Patterson began his healthcare career at Semmes Murphey Clinic in 2003 and has served in both the Controller and Chief Financial Officer roles for the past 15 years. He was recently invited to join a roundtable discussion with Memphis Medical News on the role of a CFO within a healthcare organization.

"It's the clinician's job to fight for the patient; it's my job to create the structure so they can continue that fight...You must always be forward thinking and not just budget 'what's good for now.' You always have to be thinking five years down the road to be able to provide good patient care." - Brent Patterson

Read the full article here


Memphis Business Journal: What's Next In Medicine?

Dr. Kevin Foley recently had the opportunity to speak about spinal surgery in relation to pain management. 

"One rationale for minimally invasive spine surgery is to diminish the pain of the surgery...Surgery is looked upon as a last resort, however, timely surgical intervention rather than prolonged medication use can be advantageous.

Back pain is the second most common reason patients visit a primary care doctor...Intervening and addressing that problem with appropriate or surgical care eliminates [the] need for chronic pain medication and lessens the risk of creating someone who's chronically dependent on pain meds."

Read the full commentary HERE or in the most recent edition of the Memphis Business Journal




Welcome Dr. Aaron Bond to the Semmes Murphey Team

We are very pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Aaron Bond to our team of expert doctors. 

Dr. Bond is trained in general neurosurgery with special emphasis on the treatment of movement disorders, epilepsy, and complex spinal disorders. We are excited to have him join our staff and add his expertise to our patient care services.

Click the link below to read more about Dr. Bond!


Dr. Autry Parker Speaks to the Opioid Crisis

Dr. Autry Parker, Semmes Murphey physician and President of the Memphis Medical Society, speaks to the opioid crisis and how important it is for physicians to advocate for the community.

"Up until recently, Shelby County was the one county in the state of Tennessee that had not been overly affected by the opiate epidemic," Dr. Parker said. "I like to think that's partly because of the standard of care that we [have] expected here...Since there were only two or three other pain specialists here when I arrived, I'd like to think that we had something to do with that."

Dr. Parker is a board certified, fellowship trained anesthesiologist specializing in the interventional treatment of severe spinal and neuromuscular pain. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Parker was an early pioneer in the comprehensive treatment of pain in Shelby County.

Read the full article here!


UT Mobile Stroke Unit & Dr. Adam Arthur Saves Man After Emergency Plane Landing

The staff of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Mobile Stroke Unit and the physicians at Methodist University Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center all assisted in saving Gerald Sandlin’s life after an emergency landing at Memphis International Airport. Among the physicians that removed the blood clot causing the stroke was Semmes Murphey physician, Dr. Adam Arthur

"It's one of the worst things that can happen to a human being," said Dr. Arthur. Basilar artery thrombosis, as strokes such as Sandlin's are known, can cause death, or a condition called "Locked-in syndrome," in which a patient is aware and can still think, but can't speak or move. "As far as I'm concerned, it's a fate worse than death," Arthur said.

The UT mobile Stroke Unit was waiting on the tarmac at the time of the emergency landing. Within 1 minute of being brought into the unit, Sandlin had a CT Scan and was administered a clot-busting drug. From there, the patient was rushed to Methodist University, where Dr. Arthur removed the clot by inserting a catheter.

Semmes Murphey Clinic is so thankful that Gerald Sandlin is alive and well. We are grateful to the UT mobile stroke unit and the staff at Methodist University Hospital who helped save this man's life. 

Read more at the Commercial Appeal here.


South East Europe Neurosurgical Society (SEENS), Semmes-Murphey Clinic and Department of Neurosurgery, UT: Leadership Symposium


Faculty Pre-meeting Dinner: Capital Grille, May 3, 2018 6:00 pm

Location: MERI Neurosurgical Institute, Memphis, TN, USA

Date: May 4, 2018

Time: Registration and continental breakfast 7:30. Symposium: 8-11 a.m.

Moderators: Kenan Arnautovic and Frederick Boop


Faculty and lectures (10 minutes each and 5 min discussion):


Jon Robertson (Professor of NS, Past President of AANS): Lifelong leadership in neurosurgery: what would I do different in retrospect

Kresimir Rotim (Professor of NS, SEENS Honorary President, Past President Croatian Neurosurgical Society,): Turning mission impossible into possible: new horizons of leadership

Lukas Rasulic (Professor of NS, President of SEENS, President of Serbian Neurosurgical Society): SeENS within EANS and WFNS - Turning impossible missions into new perspectives of leadership

Kevin Foley (Professor of NS, Chairman SMC):  Lifelong innovations and advancements in neurosurgery: my biggest mistakes

Miroslav Vukic (Professor of NS, President of Croatian Neurosurgical Society, Vice-President of WFNS): CSF Circulation landmark discoveries: What we know, what we do not know and what we want to know.

Nelson Oyesiku (Professor of NS, Editor-in- chief Neurosurgery/Operative Neurosurgery): New directions in neurosurgery publications

Fatos Olldashi (Professor of NS, President Albanian Neurosurgical Society): Management of neurotrauma in low income country

Andrew Gienapp (Residency Program Coordinator and Medical Editor, SMC and Department of Neurosurgery, UT): How to publish in best neurosurgical journals

Rasim Skomorac (Professor of NS, President Bosnian Neurosurgical Society): Organization of Neurosurgical Units in Health Care System of Bosnia and Herzegovina- Challenges and Opportunities

John Lewis (CEO SMC): Nonmedical director to neurosurgeons: impossible mission?

Bruno Splavski (Professor of NS, Past Vice-President Croatian Neurosurgical Society): Nanotechnology in neurosurgery: are we going to be operating in the future

Adam Arthur (Professor of NS): Developing vascular neurosurgery center of excellence: challenges

Ibrahim Omerhodzic (Neurosurgeon, Secretary, Bosnian Neurosurgical Society, Assistent Secretary of SEENS), Neurosurgical training program in Europe: EANS and SEENS Perspective

Mirza Pojskic (Neurosurgeon, Marburg University, Germany): From neurosurgical internship in Zenica, Bosnia and fellowship at SMC to becoming the youngest neurosurgeon in Germany: What did it take


Download the Leadership Symposium schedule in PDF format.