Mayfield Innovation Center debuts as national neurosurgery training site

CINCINNATI -- Mayfield Brain & Spine this month unveiled the Mayfield Surgical Innovation Center, a state-of-the-art training facility for spine and cranial surgery technology and minimally invasive procedures. The center, housed on the second floor of Mayfield’s ambulatory Spine Surgery Center in Norwood, is already attracting neurosurgeons and technology companies from around the United States.

William Tobler, MD, a Mayfield neurosurgeon and Chairman of the Board of the Mayfield Spine Surgery Center, predicted the Innovation Center eventually will host 30 to 40 training sessions a year. It will serve residents, fellows, and established neurosurgeons.

The facility includes six training stations and a full laboratory. It was established with more than $500,000 in funding from the Mayfield Education & Research Foundation.

Sonia Lipp has been hired to oversee the Innovation Center’s clinical and pre-clinical educational programs, the acquisition of technologies and materials, and the development of partnerships with device manufacturers, academic centers and physician practices. Ms. Lipp comes to Mayfield from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where she served as a laboratory manager and senior research assistant from 2008 to 2014. She served as an associate scientist at Ethicon Endo-Surgery in 2015.

The Innovation Center’s launch coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Mayfield Spine Surgery Center, a partnership of Mayfield and United Surgical Partners International (USPI). Mayfield and USPI purchased The Christ Hospital’s share of the center in 2016 for an undisclosed price.

More than 12,000 surgeries and 21,000 procedures have been performed at the center since its opening, and it boasts a patient satisfaction rate of 95 percent.

"We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish at the surgery center,” said Dr. Tobler, who also serves as Chairman of the Mayfield Foundation. "With the addition of the Surgical Innovation Center, this facility has become the crown jewel of our operations, representing the three primary components of our mission: patient care, research, and education.”

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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, pain management, and physical therapy, 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. For more information, visit

United Surgical Partners International (USPI) is a leading owner and operator of short-stay surgical facilities with over 4,300 physician partners and 50 health system partners. USPI currently owns or operates 246 ambulatory surgery centers, 20 surgical hospitals, 85 urgent care centers and 22 imaging centers. For more information, please visit