An Interview with Dr. Holliday
Thank you for coming to our practice. We specialize in ruptured discs, degenerative stenosis, spondylolisthesis, neurogenic claudication, trauma, fractures, cancers and tumors of the spine, instability, and peripheral nerve entrapment.
What makes your practice unique?
I am extremely meticulous and detail oriented. I believe in personal communication with the patient. When you call here, a computer will never answer the phone. I believe in all my personnel sharing my values. Empathy with the patient, communicating in a way the patient can understand, spending time listening to the patient and then describing things in a way that is easy to understand and spending time answering their questions. I put a high priority on my nurses. We're a solo practitioner, so you don't get lost in a big practice; there's a uniformity of care, instead of it being splintered amongst different physicians. I also feel that my practice is unique in that I have excellent training. I went to Vanderbilt Medical School and did an internship in neurosurgery. I spent 7 years in neurosurgery at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. I did a fellowship at Presbyterian University Hospital, associated with the University of Pittsburgh. I had the intellect to absorb my training and I put myself in the best areas to get the best training. The government lists me as the only 5 star neurosurgeon in central Georgia.
What are your spinal and clinical interests?
Degenerative instability, tumors, congenital abnormalities, infections such as abscesses or osteomyelitis, herniated disc, stenosis, neurogenic claudication. I also am interested in the most effective method of surgery; too many "buzzwords" that are exposed to the patient - minimally invasive, laser surgery, etc. Every patient and every case is different, and care must be taken to use the most effective treatment rather than a "popular" one.
How important is Patient Education in your practice?
It's extremely important to be an educated medical consumer. I spend a lot of time showing patient their x-rays, I show the patient their myelogram, CAT scans, MRI, and explain films to show their pre-op condition or how they are progressing post-op. I use anatomical models, diagrams to explain the anatomy of their pathology. I use models, pamphlets, diagrams to show the type of surgery we're proposing. I speak in layman's terms so they understand what the problem is, what we're proposing to do about it, and how the post-op course will go.
What are some of the spinal conditions that you treat?
We treat cervical disc ruptures, cervical myelopathy, cervical instability, trauma, lumbar disc ruptures, degenerative lumbar stenosis, neurogenic claudication, lumbar radiculopothy, and X-Stop decompression to name a few. We perform anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, lumbar microdiscectomy, lumbar decompressions and facetectomy, lumbar stenosis, internal reductions and fusions with titanium screws, spinal cord stimulator, artificial discs, and cervical disc arthroplasty.
Curriculum VitaeCLINICAL INTERESTS:
Degenerative Disc Disease
Lumbar, Cervical and Thoracic
Neurosurgical Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 1983
Janetta Procedure for Trigeminal Neuralgia
Stereotactic Brain Surgery
Neurosurgeon for Pittsburgh Steelers
INTERNSHIP AND RESIDENCY:
North Carolina Baptist Hospital, 1979 - 1984
Associated with Wake Forest and Bowman Gray School of Medicine
General Surgery - Intern and Resident
North Carolina Baptist Hospital, 1977 - 1979
Vanderbilt Medical School, 1977
Vanderbilt University, 1973
Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma
American Board of Neurological Surgery since 1987
Georgia Neurosurgical Society
Georgia Medical Association
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American Medical Association
North American Spine Society
Bibb County Medical Society
Coliseum Northside Hospital
Coliseum Medical Center
ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS:
Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, BA Degree Vanderbilt University
FDA Investigator for frameless stereotactic wand with Cleveland Clinic, 1996
FDA Investigator - Human Bone Morphogenic Protein for spine fusions without use of patient's own bone. Did approximately 10% of all cases - Medtronic Corp.
First two lumbar artificial disc replacements in Central Georgia using the ChariteT Artificial Disc
First Stereotactic Brain Surgery in Central Georgia, 1984