About Dr. Highsmith

Dr. Jason M. Highsmith, M.D. is a board certified, fellowship trained neurosurgeon specializing in complex and minimally invasive surgery of the brain and spine.  His practice encompasses the entire field of neurosurgery from brain tumors to pinched nerves.  In treating back and neck pain, Dr. Highsmith focuses on nerve decompression and motion preservation.

Dr. Highsmith graduated from Cornell University with a pre-med honors degree.  He then attended the Medical College of Virginia where he completed an internship and residency in Neurosurgery.  While in Virginia he performed award winning research on the use of artificial blood products to treat spinal cord injury which was featured in Popular Science.  In 2006, he took a mission trip to Belize where he assisted the only neurosurgeon in that country caring for children with hydrocephalus and spina bifida.  Finally, he joined the faculty of Emory University where he completed a fellowship in complex spine surgery.  

His continuing studies have taken him throughout Switzerland and Germany on multiple occasions to study the latest techniques.  He trained with Dr. Thierry Marnay, the inventor of the leading disc replacement device, the Synthes Pro-Disc.  Dr. Highsmith is a member of the Spine Arthroplasty Society, the only member in the state.  He has served as a Principle Investigator for the Medtronic Prestige-ST cervical disc and currently serves as an investigator of the Globus Medical Secure-C artificial disc for the FDA.  Dr. Highsmith was one of the first physicians in the country to be trained on the X-Stop interspinous process device for the treatment of lumbar stenosis.  

Dr. Highsmith currently serves as the Medical and Technology advisor to Spine Universe, a well respected, peer-reviewed site with a wealth of spine information.  He also serves on their Editorial Board.

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