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Choosing to have spine surgery is never easy. Having confidence your surgeon has the necessary training and experience is essential. Just as important is their reputation for successful outcomes.

Take a moment to learn more about the skilled surgeons who practice at Mercy Medical Center, the surgery hospital. Our team has been consistently ranked #1 in Cedar Rapids for spinal surgery. It’s why more patients request The Mercy Touch

Chad Abernathey, MD

Chad Abernathey, MDNeurosurgeon

Having received his training at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Abernathey has more than 30 years of experience in neurosurgical procedures. Specializing in cervical fusions, patients seek him out for his meticulous approach and proficient technique. His patients often are able to go home in four hours and usually receive immediate pain relief.

Dr. Abernathey is sensitive to each patient's situation. He believes in being forthcoming regarding making a sensible surgical decision, performing surgery only when it becomes necessary.

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Kevin Eck, MD

Kevin Eck, MDOrthopaedic Surgeon,
Physicians' Clinic of Iowa

Following graduation from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Eck did his residency, internship and a fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington Hospital in St. Louis.

His specialties include surgical management of spinal conditions of the neck and back, including degenerative diseases, disc herniations, spinal stenoisis, adult and pediatric scoliosis, fractures and tumors.

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Loren Mouw, MD

Loren Mouw, MDNeurosurgeon

A graduate of East Tennessee State's James H. Quillen College of Medicine, Dr. Mouw did his residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

With more than 20 years of experience, he specializes in cervical spine surgery and minimally invasive lumbar surgery. Dr. Mouw was the first area surgeon to perform lumbar fusion surgery and was also co-investigator for artificial disk replacement.

He takes an honest approach with patients as to what they can expect after surgery.

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David Segal, MD

David Segal, MDNeurosurgeon

After receiving his medical degree at the State University of New York Health Science Center in 1991, Dr. Segal did a six-year residency in surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

He specializes in a minimally invasive surgery procedure called XLIF (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion). This procedure requires a smaller incision, meaning less disruption of body tissue and, therefore, a shorter recovery time. Dr. Segal performs the most XLIF procedures in the state of Iowa.

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Darin Smith, MD

Darin Smith, MDNeurosurgeon

After graduation from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 1993, Dr. Smith did a six-year residency in Neurological Surgery at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

He specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery that permits more rapid healing, shorter hospital stays and low complication rates, resulting in dramatic pain reduction. Dr. Smith performs "the right surgery for the right reasons" to achieve the best possible outcome.

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