Physician spotlight: Dr. Michael C. Kachmann

Neurosurgery has always been a part of Dr. Michael Kachmann’s life. His father is a neurosurgeon, and he has a half-brother who is a neurosurgeon as well.

Dr. Kachmann (pronounced CASH-min) grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and earned his undergraduate degree from Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana. He earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. After completing his neurosurgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh, he started his neurosurgery practice at the East Carolina University Neurosurgical and Spine Center in Greenville, North Carolina. He joined the Mayfield Clinic in June 2014. All of this he accomplished using a different name: Dr. Michael Sharts.

The Kachmann family

“Many people wonder why I recently changed my name,” Dr. Kachmann says. “It’s really very simple. My previous last name (Sharts) is from a stepfather who has not been in my life since I was very young. Ironically, I have a very good relationship with my father, even though I didn’t grow up with him, and I have always wanted to change my name to my father's name.

“But it’s not an easy process, and I frankly just never got around to it. My father is getting older now, and I have three children of my own. All of this has motivated me to go ahead and change my name. And let’s face it, ‘Sharts’ has a different connotation now than it did 20 years ago. I want my family to grow up with a meaningful name, a family name.”

While the process of changing one’s name may not be easy, the transition for Dr. Kachmann went very well, and as of June 1, 2015, he officially changed his name to Michael C. Kachmann, MD.

He sees patients in Mayfield's Rookwood Exchange location in Norwood, and operates primarily at Bethesda North Hospital and the Mayfield Spine Surgery Center. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive spine surgery, cervical discectomy, thoracic discectomy, lumbar discectomy, simple decompression, spinal fusion, minimally invasive outpatient spinal fusion, spinal oncology, spinal cord tumors, kyphoplasty, carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve decompression, and spinal trauma.

Dr. Kachmann continuously gets rave reviews on patient satisfaction surveys, with many patients noting his empathetic nature and neurosurgical skill. Away from his work, Dr. Kachmann loves spending time with his wife and three children and following Indiana Hoosiers basketball.