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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.


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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