The Spine Center Team at Florida Hospital Orlando

Christopher J. Baker

Neurosurgery | Christopher J. Baker, MD

Medical Director, Florida Hospital Orlando Spine Center

Dr. Baker is board certified in Neurosurgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University and received his medical education at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He completed his neurosurgical training at the Neurosurgical Institute of New York (Columbia University). Dr. Baker is the recipient of the AANS/CNS Galbraith Award for excellence in cerebrovascular research and the NOVA Award for clinical excellence in neurosurgery. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Evans Amune, MD

Pain Management | Evans Amune, MD

Dr. Amune is an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Medicine. He is a member of the JLR Medical Group, which provides anesthesia, critical care, and pain management services to Florida Hospital. Dr. Amune completed his fellowship at the Mayo Clinic Foundation in Jacksonville, Florida where he was chief resident. Prior to that, he completed his anesthesia residency at the Mayo Clinic Foundation in Rochester, Minnesota, and did his surgical residency at the Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia and the Medical College of Virginia. He is an active member of the American Board of Anesthesiology, American Academy of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, International Spine Injection Society, the American Medical Association, the North American Spine Society, the American Surgical Association, the American Academy of Pain Medicine and the Florida Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Amunes principle areas of interest include minimally invasive spine surgery, vertebroplasty, ventral transforaminal neuroplasty, intradiscal procedures such as discography, IDET, percutaneous discectomy, and LASE.

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Neurology | Erik Aragon, MD

Dr. Aragon received his medical degree from San Carlos University in Guatemala. He then went on to do a residency in internal medicine at Providence Hospital in Michigan and a residency in neurology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee, where he also did additional training to receive his fellowship in neurophysiology. Dr. Aragon is board-certified in internal medicine and neurology.

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Neurology | Lata Bansal, MD

Dr. Bansal is board certified in neurology and psychiatry. She received her medical degree at Kanpur University in India. She also speaks Hindi.

Donald L. Behrmann

Neurosurgery | Donald L. Behrmann, MD, PhD

Dr. Behrmann is board certified in Neurosurgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He received his medical degree from Indiana University and served his internship at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his neurosurgery residency and received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from The Ohio State University. Dr. Behrmann’s areas of specialization include spinal disorders with instrumentation and tumors of the central nervous system. He is a Gamma Knife certified neurosurgeon. Dr. Behrmann is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Neurotrauma Society.

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Physical Medicine and Rehab | Michael Creamer, DO

Dr. Creamer is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He did his residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and received his osteopathic medicine degree at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Melvin Field, MD

Neurosurgery | Melvin Field, MD

Dr. Field completed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Florida where he was a Florida Academic Scholar, graduated with highest honors, and was selected to the University’s Junior Honor’s Medical Program. He completed his internship in general surgery and residency in neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. While there, Dr. Field received numerous honors for his research in cerebrovascular disease and in the management of sports-related neurosurgical injuries. Dr. Field’s current areas of clinical interest include endoscopic and minimally invasive cranial and spinal neurosurgery (for brain tumors, pituitary tumors and various spinal disorders), complex spinal surgery, Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery, and surgical management of neurovascular compression syndromes (including Trigeminal Neuralgia and Hemifacial Spasm).

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Neurology | W. David Honeycutt, MD

Dr. Honeycutt is board certified in neurology and psychiatry. He received his medical degree at the University of Alabama.

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Neurology | Arnaldo Isa, MD

Dr. Isa is board certified in neurology and psychiatry. He received his medical degree at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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Neurology | Augustine Joseph, MD

Dr. Joseph is board certified in neurology and psychiatry. He received his medical degree from the T.D. Medical College in India. He also speaks Malayalam.

Ronald Oppenheim, MD

Neurology | Ronald Oppenheim, MD

Dr. Oppenheim received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and did his internship at The Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati. He then went on to do his residency in neurology at Georgetown University and additional mini-fellowships in epilepsy at Wake Forest University and multiple sclerosis at University of Texas Southwestern. Dr. Oppenheim is board certified in neurology.

Anand Patel, MD

Pain Management | Anand Patel, MD

Dr. Patel is a member of the JLR Medical Group, which provides anesthesia, critical care, and pain management services to Florida Hospital. He completed his fellowship in interventional pain management at Cornell in 2008. Prior to that, he completed his residency in anesthesiology at New York Presbyterian-Cornell in 2007. He finished his internship at New York Presbyterian-Cornell. He attended medical school at Georgetown University where he successfully graduated with a Master's Degree in Physiology and Biophysics. Dr. Patel is proud to have attended the University of Florida’s College of Medicine, which he graduated from in 2003. He had also done his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Neuroscience in 1998. He is an active member of the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. Dr. Patel’s principle areas of interest include chronic spine pain with use of fluoroscopy guided injection therapy along with radiofrequency.

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Neurosurgery | David Rosen, MD

David S. Rosen, MD, is fellowship trained in neurosurgical oncology, specializing in tumors of the central nervous system and minimally invasive spine and brain surgery. Dr. Rosen also specializes in the treatment of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine conditions, using surgical and non-surgical methods for the treatment of degenerative disc disease, stenosis, myelopathy, radiculopathy, instability, sciatica and back pain. Dr. Rosen has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and presented research at more than 40 national and international conferences on topics including minimally invasive treatment of spinal stenosis in the elderly and minimally invasive lumbar fusion in obese patients. He is active in the study of brain tumors and spine surgery with research goals focusing on improving the safety, efficacy and comfort of neurosurgical procedures.   

Neurosurgery | Phillip St. Louis, MD, FACS

Dr. St. Louis completed his internship and neurological surgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. During his training, he received the William E. Lower Fellowship prize for the most outstanding thesis presented on a clinical subject. He obtained special training in pediatric neurosurgery as a fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Dr. St Louis received his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. Dr. St Louis is a member of the American Medical Association, National Medical Association, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Florida State Neurosurgical Society, and other associations.

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Spine Care Coordinator | Nadia Fakira, RN, BA, MA

Nadia Fakira received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Windsor and University of Western Ontario. She received her Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and her nursing degree from Fanshawe College, London, Ontario. Nadia has worked in the thoracic/vascular unit at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario, and in the Neuroscience /Stroke Unit at UNC Hospitals, Duke University Medical Center and Florida Hospital Orlando. Nadia’s experience as a staff nurse, preceptor, mentor and assistant nurse manager prepared her for her current position at Florida Hospital Orlando. As the first spine care coordinator at Florida Hospital Orlando, Nadia educates staff and patients and leads the neuroscience team toward exceptional spinal care for surgical patients.