Mayfield Announces Growth of Neurosurgery Programs throughout Region

Mayfield Brain & Spine, the leader in neurosurgical care in Cincinnati for nearly 80 years, announces bold new plans to provide complex neurosurgical care at hospitals throughout Greater Cincinnati. Mayfield, long considered a resource for the entire region, will now bring subspecialty care directly to the patients we serve.

"Mayfield surgeons have performed brain and spine surgery within the TriHealth, Mercy, Christ, and St. Elizabeth health systems, in addition to UC Health, for many years," said Andrew Ringer, MD, Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery at Mayfield. "While some of the highly specialized programs were exclusively centralized at UC, we believe now is the time to expand that high-quality, complex care to the growing communities of our region."

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, a long-time partner with Mayfield, has announced plans to employ Department of Neurosurgery faculty who work exclusively within the UC Health system.

"Despite our long and storied relationship with UC, we simply could not ignore our responsibility to expand our services to meet the needs of the region," said Arthur Arand, MD, Chairman of Mayfield’s Board of Directors. "For this reason, the UC College of Medicine and Mayfield Clinic have ended their 35-year relationship as it relates to the leadership and operation of the UC Department of Neurosurgery.

"Mayfield is proud of our past relationship with UC and is pleased to continue serving patients there," Dr. Arand continued. "Many talented surgeons have been trained by Mayfield physicians throughout this relationship; meaningful research has been conducted, and countless people have received exceptional care."

Mayfield will continue to provide support in Clifton and assist UC as it re-evaluates and implements needed changes.

"Our number one goal is always to provide the best neurosurgical care possible," Dr. Arand said. "Mayfield’s physicians have led the development of the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and many of the acclaimed neuroscience programs currently in place at UC. In addition, 16 Mayfield physicians were named to regional or national lists of top doctors this year, and Mayfield recently introduced the Mayfield Surgical Innovation Center to provide training and education for neurosurgeons from across the country.

"We are proud of these accomplishments and look forward to building even stronger programs throughout the region as we partner with hospitals and providers throughout our community.These health systems have committed significant resources to expand and improve neurosurgical capabilities at their hospitals, allowing us to provide the most complex neurosurgical care there."

Mayfield is one of the leading neurosurgery programs in the United States, with a history that spans nearly 80 years. Dr. Frank H. Mayfield was recruited to Cincinnati by Good Samaritan Hospital leadership in 1937 to establish Cincinnati’s first Department of Neurosurgery. This included a residency training program at both Good Samaritan and Christ hospitals, and began what would become a rich history of teaching, research, and neurosurgical patient care that is recognized around the world. UC had a separate neurosurgical program that was a division of the Department of Surgery, which struggled in the late 1970s. In order to salvage the UC program and at UC’s request, Mayfield merged its program with UC’s program in 1982 and elevated it to department status in 1984; the Mayfield/UC Department of Neurosurgery was subsequently formed. Mayfield has worked closely with UC since then, further enhancing the field of neurosurgery and developing the residency program into the top tier program it is today.

"Mayfield will continue to be a national leader in state-of-the-art brain and spine care," Dr. Arand concluded, "and we look forward to announcing more about these developing programs in the coming months. Above all, our primary objective is and always has been to provide our patients with the highest quality care at the facility best suited to meet their needs."

Mayfield Brain & Spine is the full-service patient care provider of the Mayfield Clinic, one of the nation's leading physician organizations for neurosurgical treatment, education, and research. With more than 20 specialists in neurosurgery, interventional neuroradiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and pain management, Mayfield Brain & Spine treats 25,000 patients from 35 states and 13 countries in a typical year. Mayfield physicians specialize in the treatment of back and neck pain, sciatica, Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, NPH, epilepsy, brain and spinal tumors, stroke, moyamoya, brain aneurysms, Chiari malformation, scoliosis, kyphosis, facial pain, facial twitch, trauma, concussion, spinal cord injury, and carpal tunnel. As leading innovators in their field, Mayfield physicians have pioneered surgical procedures and instrumentation that have revolutionized the medical art of neurosurgery for spinal diseases and disorders, brain tumors, and neurovascular diseases and disorders.