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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!


Top Docs SMC 2014

Semmes Murphey has had a passion for saving lives, increasing quality of life for patients, advancing the field of neuroscience, and volunteering both globally and locally for over 100 years. Semmes Murphey is your trusted source for neurological treatment, neck and back pain, headaches, concussions, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and so much more. With and expert staff of doctors and a full service multi-specialty clinic, patients are given top-of-the-line care without having to visit multiple medical facilities or leave Memphis. The Semmes Murphey doctors are also on staff at all of the local hospitals to best serve patients.

The 14th Edition of America’s Top Doctors was recently published, and several of Semmes Murphey’s doctors made the list. This prestigious award goes to the country’s best physicians and is based on the foundation of peer nomination, so it is quite an honor and very exciting to have these doctors here in our community, serving patients all over the nation and world.

Below is a list of the available recognition’s for each doctor:

Autry Parker – Memphis Magazine Top Doctor 2014
Clarence B. Watridge – Vitals Top 10 Doctor by Metro Area 2014
Daniel Hoit – Patients’ Choice 2014
David L. Cunningham – Vitals Patients’ Choice On Time Physician Award 2014 & Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2014
Frederick A. Boop – America’s Top Doctors 2014, America’s Top Doctors for Cancer 2014, Patients’ Choice 2014, Vitals Top 10 Doctor by Metro Area 2014 & Memphis Magazine Top Doctor 2014
Jason Weaver – Vitals Patients’ Choice On Time Physician Award 2014
Jon H. Robertson – Memphis Magazine Top Doctor 2014 & America’s Top Doctors 2014
Kenan Arnautovic – Vitals Patients’ Choice On Time Physician Award 2014 & Vitals Top 10 Doctor by Metro Area 2014
Kevin T. Foley – America’s Top Doctors 2014 & Memphis Magazine Top Doctor 2014
LaVerne R. Lovell – Patients’ Choice 2014 & Vitals Patients’ Choice On Time Physician Award 2014
Maurice M. Smith – Patients’ Choice 2014
Rodney G. Olinger – Vitals Top 10 Doctor by Metro Area 2014
Samuel Carlton Polk – Patients’ Choice 2014
Vishad Kumar – Patients’ Choice 2014 & Vitals Patients’ Choice On Time Physician Award 2014