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Semmes Murphey Clinic Opens Neurosurgery & Neurology Care Center at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi

Semmes Murphey Clinic Opens Neurosurgery & Neurology Care Center at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi

Semmes Murphey Clinic and Baptist Memorial Health Care are bringing world-class neurological care to the Oxford, Miss. region with the recent opening of the Brain & Spine Network within the new Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi Medical Office building. 

 Because of this collaboration between the two respected entities and their shared goal to enhance and increase the convenience of treatment expertise and patient-centered health care for this region of Mississippi, the new Brain & Spine Network will offer the same renowned neurologic services, surgery, rehabilitation and neck and back pain services provided in its Memphis headquarters. 

 “Semmes Murphey and Baptist are committed to bringing patients the best care possible from the top doctors and experts in the field at the optimal location,” said John A. Lewis, Semmes Murphey Clinic chief executive officer. “Because of my personal family connection to Oxford and the Semmes Murphey commitment to the region, I am doubly pleased our services will now be more accessible and responsive to the growing needs of this area.”   

 While the services of all the SMC physicians are available to patients in the North Mississippi office, the core group of physicians at this satellite location also bring unique expertise in their respective fields to the region. 


 Dr. Jay McDonald is an expert in interventional pain management.  While completing his residency and fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Dr. McDonald gained a unique perspective of the needs in Oxford and North Mississippi. He treats all types of pain including back, neck and joint pain, headaches, and pain due to illnesses like cancer.

 A former Navy officer, Dr. LaVerne Lovell is a general neurosurgeon with a focus on spinal surgery.  Dr. Lovell has been serving neurosurgery patients in Memphis and North Mississippi for several decades.

 Dr. Paul Kilmo, general neurosurgeon, focuses on pediatric as well as adult patients with brain tumors.  He also offers specialized care for people with Spina Bifida, spine tumors, vascular malformations, and more.

Dr. Raul Cardenas is a third generation neurosurgeon in his family, who did his residency and training at Semmes Murphey with a focus on minimally invasive spine surgery. 

 Dr. Jon Robertson, has a long history of emergency neurological services, and was the 2013 recipient of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons’ highest award – the Harvey Cushing Medal.  Dr. Robertson will continue to provide occasional weekend coverage for Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.


 “The thing that makes the Brain & Spine Network special is the vast amounts of resources available to patients and the wide range of experience and specialties offered by all of the providers,” Dr. McDonald said. “Each specialist works together to help address any, and all, of a patient’s needs.”

 The new 80,000-square-foot medical office building connects to the new Baptist hospital facility that opened on Belk Drive on November 25th. Along with the new Brain & Spine Network, the facility also houses physician offices, other hospital departments, and meeting spaces.  The Brain & Spine Network is accepting appointments (901-522-7700).

 “The new Baptist hospital in Oxford is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive hospitals that I have ever seen,” Dr. McDonald said. “It’s an exciting time for Semmes Murphey as the clinic expands its services and partnerships with Baptist to better serve the Oxford and North Mississippi community.”

 SMC began in 1912 when Dr. Eustace Semmes arrived as the first neurosurgeon in Memphis. Little was known about the field of neurosurgery at the time, and there was a great and growing need. With his first associate, Francis Murphey, he founded the Semmes Murphey Clinic.

 For more than 100 years, Semmes Murphey Clinic has been a leader in the development of technology and procedures, along with the performance of patient-centered care, that improve the quality of treatment and outcomes for patients with neurological and spine disorders. This continuing leadership and expertise has made the Semmes Murphey name instantly recognizable to physicians across the country and the world, many of whom refer their patients to SMC for treatment.

 Today, the doctors of Semmes Murphey Clinic specialize in neurosurgery, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, interventional pain and neuropsychology. All these fields of medicine deal with illnesses, injuries, and surgery related to the nervous system.


Welcome Dr. Jay McDonald to the Semmes Murphey Team

The Semmes Murphey Clinic is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Jay McDonald to our team of expert doctors. He begins September 15, 2017.

Dr. McDonald is a board-certified physician in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management. He treats all types of pain through a multidisciplinary approach using nerve blocks and minimally invasive surgical techniques, medications, physical therapy, and behavioral methods. He is a native Memphian and welcomes the opportunity to move back home after several years of private practice in Jackson, MS. Dr. McDonald graduated from Memphis University School and earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of Georgia, majoring in both biology and psychology. He served at the Church Health Center in Memphis before moving to New Orleans to complete a Master’s in Public Health at Tulane University and a Medical Doctorate at the Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Anesthesiology, where he was elected chief resident and named resident of the year. Following residency, Dr. McDonald completed a fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Dr. McDonald focus areas include low back, neck, joint, and cancer pain. He also specializes in headaches and spinal cord stimulators.

Read more about Dr. McDonald and his specialties here.



Welcome Dr. Michael DeCuypere to the Semmes Murphey Team

The Semmes Murphey Clinic has a passion for advancing the field of neuroscience and is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Michael DeCuypere to our team.

Dr. Michael DeCuypere is a pediatric and adult neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive neurosurgery, brain tumors, aneurysms, vascular malformations, peripheral nerve surgery, disc herniation, adult degenerative spinal stenosis and pediatric scoliosis, among other conditions. His research interests include exploring the complex molecular biology of glioblastoma and medulloblastoma and uncovering novel treatment protocols for immediate clinical application.

“We’re committed to bringing our patients the best care possible from the top doctors and experts in the field, and Dr. DeCuypere’s expertise is an excellent addition to our team,” says John Lewis, Semmes Murphey CEO.

He completed fellowships in Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Oncology and Complex Endoscopy with Dr. Charlie Teo in Sydney, Australia and Pediatric Neurosurgery with Dr. Rick Boop at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital / St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. DeCuypere earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Tennessee Technological University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He received his medical degree and doctorate in neurobiology from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center combined MD, PhD program. He completed neurosurgical residency in Memphis with Semmes Murphey Clinic and the University of Tennessee Department of Neurosurgery.


Read more about Dr. DeCuypere and his specialties here.




Lucy’s Story

In February of 2011, Kate and Erik Krull noticed that something wasn’t quite right with their young daughter, Lucy. A visit with the pediatrician quickly landed them at Le Bonheur, where a CAT scan revealed that Lucy had a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer known as Medulloblastoma. Fortunately, Dr. Frederick Boop from Semmes Murphey was on call that day, and he and his team have played a key role in Lucy’s treatment. Six years (and multiple surgeries and setbacks later), Lucy shows no evidence of disease. Learn more about Lucy’s Story, and how doctors at Semmes Murphey Clinic are attracting patients like Lucy from around the country and the world.

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Preserving this Collection is Endless Work

The Rhoton Collection is where science meets art to give physicians around the globe unfettered access to images that increase their knowledge of anatomy and lead to better patient outcomes. Helping spearhead the exhaustive project is Semmes Murphey Neurosurgeon Dr. Jeffery Sorenson, interviewed recently by the Memphis Medical News. He’s made it his life’s passion to create an online database of the operating microscope images captured during the long career of neurosurgeon Dr. Albert Rhoton.

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Memphis Goes Pro in the Field of Sports Medicine

Are student athletes, their parents and coaches more aware (and better equipped) to deal with concussion diagnosis and treatment than they were 10 years ago? Semmes Murphey Clinic Neuropsychologist Dr. Brandon Baughman addressed these questions in a recent interview with The Memphis Business Journal. Baughman is involved in multiple research projects concerning sports concussions, and he shares his thoughts about testing, recovery and whether or not he’d feel comfortable letting his son play football.

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Dr. Kenan Arnautovic to Speak in Bosnia at BHAAAS Neurosurgery & Spine Symposium

8th BHAAAS Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery Symposium

Joint meeting with Southeast Europe Neurosurgical Society (SeENS) and Association of Neurosurgeons in B&H (UNUBIH)

May 28th-29th, 2016

Hotel Sunce, Neum, BiH

THEME: Two-days symposium with an emphasis on contemporary information in neurosurgery and spine surgery

TIME FOR LECTURES: 10 and 15 minutes lectures with discussion at the end of each session

PARTICIPANTS: The symposium is intended for neurosurgeons, spine surgeons, orthopedic spine surgeons, residents in neurosurgery and associated specialties, neurology, neurologists, radiologists and neuroradiologists, endocrinologists, psychiatrists, physiatrist, medical students, students of the faculty of health studies and nurses/technicians with career interest in neurosurgery


FEE: 50 KM

Directors: Ibrahim Omerhodzic (Sarajevo, BiH/BHAAAS), Chairman and

Kenan Arnautovic (Memphis, TN, USA/BHAAAS), Vice-Chairman

Scientific Board: Eldin Karaikovic, Lukas Rasulic, Kresimir Rotim, Rasim Skomorac, Bruno Splavski



8,00 – 8,20      Ibrahim Omerhodzic, Rasim Skomorac Kresimir Rotim, Kenan Arnautovic

8,20 – 8,35      Bruno Splavski: Neurosurgery – the most ancient and most modern medical professio



Chairpersons: Sajko T, Vulekovic P, Sorenson J

8,35 – 8,50      Jeffrey Sorenson (Memphis, TN, USA): Rhoton 3D anatomy – anterior fossa and sellar region.

8,50 – 9,05      Feridun Acar (Ankara, Turkey): Supracerebellar transtentorial approach to the medial temporal region.

9,05 – 9,20      Petar Vulekovic (Novi Sad, Serbia): Awake brain tumor surgery at Clinical Centre of Vojvodina in Novi Sad.

9,20 – 9,30      Tomislav Sajko (Zagreb, Croatia): Awake surgery for tumors in eloquent brain region.

9,30–09,40      Zivko Gnjidic, Ante Subasic (Zagreb, Croatia): Microsurgery of nonfunctional expansive processes in sellar region - pro and contra.

9,40 – 9,50      Mirsad Hodzic, Selma Jakupovic, Dzelil Korkut, Mirza Moranjkic, Zlatko Ercegovic, Harun Brkic, Mirsad Zornic, Goran Mehmedovic (Tuzla, BiH): Treatment of pediatric brain tumors - single institution experience.

9,50 – 10,00    Hakija Beculić1, Harun Brkic2, Mirsad Hodzic2, Rasim Skomorac1, Aldin Jusic1, Fahrudin Alic1, Alma Mekic-Abazovic1 (1Zenica, BiH; 2Tuzla, BiH): Pediatric neuroepithelial tumors.

10,00 – 10,05  Discussion

10,05 – 10,15  Coffee Break



Chairpersons: Arnautovic K, Acar F, Skomorac R

10,15 – 10,30  Kenan Arnautovic (Memphis, TN, USA): Anterior cranial fossa meningiomas - olfactory groove, tuberculum sellae and anterior clinoid.

10,30 – 10,40  Rosanda Ilic (Belgrad, Serbia): Surgical dilemma - when to reoperate reccurent glioblastoma?

10,40 – 10,50  Marko Kovacevic1, Kenan Arnautovic2 (1Zagreb, Croatia; 2Memphis, TN, USA): Combined microsurgical, endoscopic and neuro-navigation assisted trans-sphenoidal resection of pituitary tumors - our experience

10,50 – 11,00  Ibrahim Omerhodzic, Salko Zahirovic, Almir Dzurlic, Adi Ahmetspahic, Dino Lisica, Anes Masovic (Sarajevo, BiH): Bilateral falcine meningiomas.

11,00 – 11,10  Adi Ahmetspahic, Ibrahim Omerhodzic, Eldin Burazerovic, Avdulah Hasanagic, Alija Celjo, Mersad Barucija, Almir Dzurlic, Salko Zahirovic, Dino Lisica, Anes Masovic (Sarajevo, BiH): Management of skull base meningeomas in Clinical Center University of Sarajevo



Chairpersons: Rotim K, Hoit D, Burazerovic E

11,10 – 11,25  Kresimir Rotim (Zagreb, Croatia): Microsurgery/endovascular/combined treatment of intracranial vascular lesions.

11,25 – 11, 40 Daniel Hoit (Memphis, TN, USA): Endovascular options in neurosurgery

11,40 – 11,50  Eldin Burazerovic (Sarajevo, BiH): Choice of approach in multiple intracranial aneurysm surgery.

11,50 – 12,00  Adisa Kursumovic (Deggendorf, Germany): Mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke.

12,00 – 12,10  Harun Brkic (Tuzla, BiH): Carotid body tumor - case report and literature review.

12,10 – 12,20  Discussion

12,20 – 13,30  Lunch (Trilateral meeting: BHAAAS/SEENS/UNUBIH)



Chairpersons: Karaikovic E, Kursumovic A, Biscevic M

13,30 – 13,40  Dario Muzevic1, Bruno Splavski1, Kenan Arnautovic2 (1Osijek, Croatia; 2Memphis, TN, USA): Anterior cervical discectomy with partial endplate resection and instrumented allograft fusion: the impact on cervical lordosis restoration and clinical outcomes.

13,40 – 13,50  Mirza Biscevic (Sarajevo, BiH): Revisions of instrumented spine surgeries.

13,50 – 14,00  Zlatko Kolic (Rijeka, Croatia): Overview of complications of minimally invasive spine surgery with an emphasis on infection.

14,00 – 14,10  Goran Lakicevic (Mostar, BiH): The assesment of cervical spine functional capacity after the anterior cervical discectomy and interbody fusion.

14,10 – 14,20  Ermin Hadzic (Mostar, BiH): Influence of the preoperative sciatica duration and pain chronicity on the effects of lumbar discectomy - the preliminary results.



Chairpersons: Hodzic M, Brkic H, Omerhodzic I

14,20 – 14,30  Zulejha Merhemic (Sarajevo, BiH): Intradural extramedullary spinal tumors.

14,30 – 14,40  Fahrudin Alic, Rasim Skomorac, Aldin Jusic, Hakija Beculic (Zenica, BiH):  Surgical treatment and outcome of spinal cord tumors: 10 years experience in the Department of neurosurgery Cantonal hospital Zenica.

14,40 – 14,50  Almir Dzurlic, Ibrahim Omerhodzic, Eldin Burazerovic, Avdulah Hasanagic, Adi Ahmetspahic, Salko Zahirovic, Dino Lisica, Anes Masovic, Mersad Barucija, Edin Hajdarpasic (Sarajevo, BiH): The surgical treatment for spinal intradural  tumors.

14,50–15,00    Aida Sehic Kantardzic (Louisville, KY, USA): Neuromonitoring modality selection during spinal cord procedures.

15,00 – 15,15  Coffee Break



Chairpersons: Rasulic L, Olldasi F, Biscevic M

15,15 – 15,30  Eldin Karaikovic (Chicago, IL, USA): Short segment fixation of thoracolumbar fractures.

15,30 – 15,45  Lukas Rasulic (Belgrade, Serbia): Surgical treatment of peripheral nerve lesions.

15,45 – 16,00  Fatos Olldashi (Tirana, Albania): Spinal trauma.

16,00 – 16,10  Ante Subasic (Zagreb, Croatia): Intervertebral disk herniation as a consequence of sport activities.

16,10 – 16,20  Alem Kaplan, Haris Varupa (Sarajevo, BiH): The necessity of establishing helicopter neurosurgical emergency service in Bosnia and Herzegovina.



Chairpersons: Splavski B, Merhemic Z

16,20 – 16,50

P1.  Aldin Jusic, Mirza Pojskic, Rasim Skomorac, Hakija Beculic, Fahrudin Alic: Trauma induced eosinophilic granuloma in a child with tuberous sclerosis.

P2.  Bruno Splavski: Clinical association of Lhermitte-Duclos disease and Cowden's syndrome - a case report.

P3.  Ivana Bulic, Goran Lakicevic, Marko Bosnjak, Bruno Splavski, Andrej Kogler: Repetitive cystic Echinococcosis of the brain and liver – a case report.

P4.  Midhat Cizmic, Harun Dozic: Morphometry of the lumbal canal in Bosnian-Herzegovinian population by computerized tomography.

P5.  Bilal Imsirovic: Magnetic resonance imaging of neurosarcoidosis.


16,50   Adjourn


17,00  Association of Neurosurgeons in B&H Annual Assembly

19,00  Dinner (Place TBA)


Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Hands-on course, Part 1 and Part 2

(Sponsored by Medtronic)

08,00 - 09,00   Arnautovic K, Omerhodzic I: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)

09,00 - 10,00   Karaikovic E, Biscevic M, and Sorenson J: Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF)




















Newly Elected Officers

  • Dr. Adam Arthur, who specializes in neurointerventional medicine, was named Secretary of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) at the group’s Annual Meeting in late July. SNIS is composed of physicians across the United States with backgrounds in interventional neuroradiology, endovascular neurosurgery and interventional neurology who have special expertise in treating such conditions as stroke, aneurysms, carotid stenosis and spinal abnormalities through minimally invasive procedures. Congratulations Dr. Arthur!


  • The Annual Tennessee Neurological Society Meeting was held in Nashville this past weekend. Dr. Jeffrey Sorenson was elected as the 2017 President of the Tennessee Neurosurgical Society. Congratulations Dr. Sorenson!