Clinical Services

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  • Spinal Surgery

    The Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center offers a variety of services to diagnosis and treat the full range of spinal pathology in adults and children. All members of the Neurosurgery Faculty are skilled in the management of general traumatic and degenerative spinal disorders, although several Faculty members have unique experience in the management of complex spinal disorders.


    Dr. H. Louis Harkey, Chairman and Professor of Neurosurgery, is director of the Spinal Surgery Program of the Department of Neurosurgery. He is experienced in all aspects of spinal instrumentation for complex traumatic, degenerative, and neoplastic disorders. Dr. Harkey is a recognized authority on the management of disorders of the craniovertebral junction, spine and spinal cord tumors, and spinal cord injury.

    • Spinal instrumentation (complex traumatic, and degenerative disorders)
    • Craniovertebral junction disorders
    • Spine and spinal cord tumors
    • Spinal cord injury

    Dr. Andrew D. Parent, Professor of Neurosurgery, is a widely respected Pediatric Neurosurgeon with extensive experience in the management of congenital spinal disorders (myelomeningocele, myelocystocele, lipomyelomeningocele, tethered cord syndrome) and the Chiari malformations. Following surgery, children with congenital spinal disorders are followed in the Blake Spina Bifida Clinic by a multidisciplinary team including Pediatric Orthopedists, Pediatric Urologists, Pediatricians, physical and occupational therapists, and dietitians.

    Although spinal cord tumors in children were largely viewed as inoperable until recently, many such tumors may now be safely removed using modern microsurgical instrumentation, image-guided surgical navigation including Interventional MRI, intraoperative ultrasound, and electrophysiologic monitoring. Following surgery, children with spine and spinal cord tumors are cared for by a multidisciplinary team that includes several nationally recognized pediatric oncologists.

    • Congenital spinal disorders
    • Tethered cord syndrome
    • Chiari malformations
    • Spinal cord tumors

    Dr. Jared Marks, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery