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Gwinnett Medical Group expands spinal neurosurgery expertise

Gwinnett Medical Group expands spinal neurosurgery expertise
Robert Ayer joins the Brain & Spine Institute 

Lawrenceville –Gwinnett Medical Group recently announced neurosurgeon Robert Ayer, MD, has joined the Brain & Spine Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center. 

Robert Ayer, MD

Dr. Ayer comes to the Institute after having completed training at Loma Linda University Medical Center and the University of California Irvine Medical Center.  He completed a fellowship in Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle.  At the University of California, Irvine he was a clinical instructor for the Department of Neurosurgery as well as a Fellow in Skull Base Surgery.  

“Dr. Ayer’s expertise in adult spinal deformity, which refers to abnormal curvatures of the spine in patients who have completed their growth, was of particular interest to us,” said Michael Stechison, MD, PhD, medical director of GMC’s Brain & Spine Institute. “His ability to provide a spectrum of neurological care was critical to GMC’s trauma service; however, his additional spinal expertise will be highly advantageous to patients.”  

Dr. Ayer also worked at the Loma Linda University neuroscience laboratory.  During this time he published numerous articles on spinal trauma and spinal cord injuries, stroke and brain injury.  He also has published many articles on the clinical management of stroke and brain injuries and subarachnoid hemorrhage. For his efforts, Loma Linda University elected him to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (AOA), a professional medical organization that recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine.  Dr. Ayer is board eligible in Neurosurgery. 

Located in Lawrenceville, the Brain & Spine Institute of Gwinnett Medical Group provides comprehensive neurosurgical care, with particular expertise in the management of brain tumors and pituitary tumors, as well as disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system.  

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