Dr. Donald Staggs joins Mayfield Brain & Spine

Collaboration with Mercy Health will enhance care to relieve back and nerve pain

CINCINNATI – Patients will have improved access to interventional spine pain treatments with an expanded collaboration between Mayfield Brain & Spine and Mercy Health.

Dr. Donald Staggs, an interventional pain physician and specialist in comprehensive spinal interventions, has joined Mayfield, the region's premier neurosurgery practice. In a new model of collaboration with Mercy Health, Dr. Staggs will see patients at Mayfield offices in Norwood and West Chester, and perform procedures at Mercy Hospital Fairfield and The Jewish Hospital. These procedures include epidural steroid injections, which reduce inflammation to ease pain, as well as radiofrequency ablations and trials for spinal cord stimulation.

Mayfield interventional pain physicians currently perform these procedures at several of the practice's patient offices or at the Mayfield Spine Surgery Center, as well as several hospitals in the region. They are expanding that access to facilities operated by additional health system partners, including Mercy Health. The practice's interventional pain physicians include Dr. Staggs, Dr. Donald Carruthers, Dr. Lynda Groh and Dr. Marc Orlando.

As an independent neurosurgery practice, Mayfield is able to serve patients at different hospitals.

"Patients will benefit from Dr. Staggs' expertise in interventional pain treatments," said Mark Vorherr, Mayfield's chief executive officer. "Mayfield's commitment to patients is to serve them when and where they need care. By offering these services at Mercy Health facilities, we are taking that commitment to a new level."

Ken James, chief operating officer of Mercy Health – Cincinnati, said Dr. Staggs' appointment will result in better care for Mercy Health patients.

"Dr. Staggs brings a wealth of expertise and a deep commitment to patient care, making him an invaluable addition to our collaboration with Mayfield Brain & Spine," James said. "This innovative model of care expands access to Dr. Staggs' specialized skills, allowing him to see patients at Mayfield offices while performing procedures at Mercy Health – Fairfield and Mercy Health – Jewish Hospital in Kenwood. His focus on comprehensive spinal interventions aligns seamlessly with Mercy Health's mission to provide exceptional care and improved patient outcomes."

Dr. Staggs previously was a partner and medical director of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation practice of Dr. Stephen Heis. He serves in several medical leadership positions at Mercy Fairfield Hospital. Dr. Staggs earned his bachelor's and medical degrees at Wright State University, and completed his internship at Wright State and residency at Emory University in Atlanta.

Interventional pain services at Mayfield Brain & Spine include four physicians and dedicated procedure suites at Mayfield offices in West Chester and Crestview Hills, Ky., plus the Mayfield Spine Surgery Center. Injections and other interventional pain treatments can offer patients the pain relief they need to pursue physical therapy or other conservative treatments. It can also allow their spine to heal, delaying or even preventing spine surgery.

To facilitate patient services including interventional pain treatments, Mayfield also has added nurse practitioner Melissa Dwyer as clinical manager of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dwyer will coordinate those services among different Mayfield facilities and also collaborate with partner health systems to ensure patients have enhanced access to services provided by Mayfield physicians.

About Mayfield Brain & Spine:

Founded in 1937, Mayfield Brain & Spine is a nationally known independent neurosurgery practice, with 21 neurosurgeons and six Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation or interventional pain physicians. Our physicians and providers see patients at five offices and perform surgeries at the region's leading health systems, treating brain tumors, spinal deformity, strokes and a variety of other disorders of the brain and spine. With about 275 total associates, Mayfield served more than 30,000 patients from 39 states in 2023. Mayfield also was named one of the region's "Best Places to Work" in 2022 in a competition sponsored by the Cincinnati Business Courier.