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Rex Healthcare Expands Neurosurgical Services with Addition of New Physician Practice

Rex Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists to Begin Seeing Patients in Mid-January

Dec. 14, 2012

Contact: Alan M. Wolf
(919) 784-4467

RALEIGH, N.C. – Three of the Triangle's top neurosurgeons have formed a new practice in partnership with Rex Healthcare. The newly established Rex Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists will enable the hospital to enhance care for patients with routine and complex spine problems, brain tumors and other ailments that require neurosurgical expertise.

As partners with Raleigh Neurosurgical Clinic, Drs. Grant Buttram, Robin Koeleveld and Robert Lacin have performed back, neck, cranial and peripheral nerve procedures at Rex Hospital for many years. Leading the new practice, the neurosurgeons will collaborate with oncologists at the Rex Cancer Center and specialists at the UNC Department of Neurosurgery to offer more acute-care treatments and services closer to home for patients in Wake County and across Eastern North Carolina.

"This team of highly skilled surgeons will allow Rex to continue to expand treatment options for patients diagnosed with brain and spine disorders and other complex neurological conditions," said Steve Burriss, chief operating officer of Rex Healthcare. "The Joint Commission designated Rex as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, and these neurosurgeons are an important part of our integrated approach to high-quality care and better outcomes for stroke patients."

The partnership will enable Rex to serve as a center for minimally invasive surgery to treat routine and complex spine ailments. The Rex Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists physicians plan to collaborate with oncologists at Rex Cancer Center to enhance treatments available to patients with brain and spine cancers. They also will work with their counterparts at the UNC Department of Neurosurgery to provide more patients with access to novel therapies and clinical trials, including personalized, genetic medicine.

"We see an opportunity to draw on the strengths of both institutions," said Dr. Matthew Ewend, chairman of the UNC Department of Neurosurgery. "Drs. Lacin, Buttram and Koeleveld are well known to our group and widely respected for both their high-quality care and their compassion. The Rex and UNC faculty neurosurgeons will partner to improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients throughout the UNC Health Care system. We want to meet the needs of the growing population in Wake County and beyond by making specialized cranial treatments more easily accessible, closer to home."

Rex Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists will begin seeing patients in mid-January 2013. The practice's new office will be located across the street from Rex's main campus in Raleigh at 4207 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 220. For more information, call (919) 784-1410 or visit rexneurosurgery.com.