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Biographies

Jason A. Brodkey, MD, FACS, FIPP | Ahmad Issawi, MD | Elyne Kahn, MD | Jayesh Thawani, MD | Kurt Hiester, MS, PA-C, ATC | Meaghan K. Littleton, PA | Samuel Muench, PA | Johnathan Ogar, MS, PA-C


Spine surgeons


 

Jason A. Brodkey, MD, FACS, FIPP
Board-Certified Neurological Surgeon
Board-Certified Pain Medicine
Fellowship-Trained Spine Surgeon

Jason A. Brodkey, MD, FACS, FIPP
Board-Certified Neurological Surgeon
Board-Certified Pain Medicine
Fellowship-Trained Spine Surgeon

Dr. Jason Brodkey is Board Certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and with the American Board of Pain Medicine. He is also certified as a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice. Dr. Brodkey specializes in complex spinal reconstruction, spinal cord and nerve stimulation, spinal infusion pump implantation and minimally invasive spine surgery.

Dr. Brodkey received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering with high honors from Case Institute of Technology (CWRU). He was awarded his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Brodkey attended the University of Tennessee, completing a surgical internship and Neurosurgical residency program. He continued his training in fellowships at the University of Toronto in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and in Memphis in Complex Spine Surgery.

Dr. Brodkey is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and Tau Beta Pi honorary societies. He is also a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Locally, Dr. Brodkey belongs to the Michigan State Medical Society, the Washtenaw County Medical Society and the Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons. Nationally, he is a member of the North American Spine Society and the International Neuromodulation Society and is a member of the American Academy of Spine Physicians. Related to his expertise in pain, he is member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Dr Brodkey practices at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. He evaluates patients at Ann Arbor Spine Care's main office located on the hospital campus and also at a separate pain clinic office in Ann Arbor.

"Helping a patient in pain requires a careful and thoughtful approach. It is important to the spend time getting to know each patient in order to understand their needs. Listening is the most important step in the evaluation and requires compassion and understanding. It is my goal to accurately diagnose a problem and from that formulate a care plan that provides a comprehensive, yet focused solution. I feel surgery is often a late option in the management of pain and for best outcomes should only utilized under the correct circumstances. Deciding on which surgery to perform, whether it is a minimally invasive approach or larger operation, I feel is both based on science and well as it is an art; it has to be planned based on a patient's needs, anatomy, and situation. I am a surgeon who exercises conservative judgment and I care about all of my patients."

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Ahmad Issawi, MD
Neurological Surgeon

Ahmad Issawi, MD
Neurological Surgeon

Dr. Ahmad Issawi is neurological surgeon from Peoria, Illinois and specializes in general neurological surgery. Dr. Issawi received his undergraduate degree from University of Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in Neuro-Interventional Radiology from the University of Illinois. In 2016, Dr. Issawi concluded his Residency from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

He is also an active member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.  Dr. Issawi practices at the Ann Arbor location and is fluent in Arabic.

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Elyne Kahn, MD
Neurological Surgeon
Fellowship-TrainedElyne Kahn, MD
Neurological Surgeon
Fellowship-Trained

Dr. Elyne Kahn is a neurological surgeon with advanced training in spine surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery as well as complex spinal reconstruction for spinal deformity and scoliosis, spine tumors, and trauma.

Dr. Kahn grew up in Portland, Maine, and attended Brown University for college where he earned a degree in Neuroscience. He then attended medical school at Vanderbilt University before moving to Michigan to complete a Neurosurgical residency program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While in Ann Arbor, Dr. Kahn obtained a Masters degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. After graduating from residency, he completed a fellowship in Complex Spine Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Kahn is a member of multiple neurosurgical and spine professional societies including American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, North American Spine Society and AOSpine. He has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on topics related to spine and general neurosurgery.

Dr. Kahn practices at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.

"I believe that each patient is unique and requires a thoughtful, customized treatment approach. There is no 'one size fits all' in spine surgery. I enjoy working with patients to understand their condition and help them to determine whether surgery is right for them. If surgery is recommended, it is my goal to provide the least invasive surgical approach with the greatest amount of benefit to the patient."

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Jayesh Thawani, MD
Neurological Surgeon
Fellowship-TrainedJayesh Thawani, MD
Neurological Surgeon
Fellowship-Trained

Dr. Jay Thawani is a neurosurgeon who specializes in treating conditions affecting the spine, brain and peripheral nerves.  Dr. Thawani has a special interest in treating patients with cancer and benign tumors affecting the nervous system. Dr. Thawani emphasizes non-surgical treatment options where possible. When surgery is necessary, he uses minimally-invasive, image-guided surgical modalities that enhance the safety of surgery. He maintains a special interest in back and neck pain, spine problems and spine surgery. 

Dr. Thawani completed his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, College of Engineering, and earned his Medical Doctorate from the University of Michigan Medical School. While at UofM, he was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) / National Institutes of Health (NIH) research fellowship and graduated with Highest Honors. He went on to complete his neurosurgical training and chief residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Neurosurgery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Thawani subsequently completed a Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship at the world-renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, focusing on complex surgical treatment of brain, skull base, pituitary, and spinal tumors.  He has authored/co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications.  Dr. Thawani is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is fluent in Spanish and Hindi.

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Physician Assistants


 

Kurt Hiester, Ann Arbor Spine Care, physician assistant, back pain brighton, neck pain brighton, back pain ypsilanti, neck pain ypsilantiKurt Hiester, MS, PA-C, ATC

Kurt Hiester is a nationally certified Physician Assistant specializing in orthopedic spine and neurosurgery. He completed his Physician Assistant studies at James Madison University in 2011 and prior to that worked as a certified athletic trainer at the Woodberry Forest School near Charlottesville, VA. His clinical interests include scoliosis, deformity correction surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery.

Kurt is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He practices at the Ann Arbor location.


 

Meaghan K. Littleton, MS, PA-C

Meaghan Littleton is a nationally certified Physician Assistant specializing in orthopedic spine and neurosurgery. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and completed her Physician Assistant master's graduate program at Wayne State University in 2018. Meaghan is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She practices at the Ann Arbor location.

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Samuel Muench, MS, PA-C

Sam is a nationally certified Physician Assistant specializing in orthopedic spine and neurosurgery. He completed his Physician Assistant studies at Wayne State University in 2018. Prior to that, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in 2015, majoring in Nutritional Sciences. His surgical interests include cranial and trauma surgery. In the outpatient setting, he focuses on formulating comprehensive care plans that are individualized to each patient. Sam is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He practices at the Ann Arbor location.

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jonathan ogar ms, pac

Johnathan Ogar MS, PA-C

Johnathan is a nationally certified Physician Assistant specializing in orthopedic spine and neurosurgery. He attended Eastern Michigan University on an Academic Scholarship, where he studied Pre-Medicine and in 2013 received a Bachelor of Science Degree. He completed his Physician Assistant studies at Central Michigan University in 2015, and served as the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants class representative. His clinical interests include neurosurgery, deformity correction surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery.

Johnathan is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants. He practices at the Ann Arbor location.

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