Patient Video Story: Back to Life after Spinal Tumor Surgery

Spine Tumor Patient Story VideoDoug House is an Emory Spine Center patient who had a large spinal tumor. Doug was in pain for over 10 years and had several problems performing basic daily activities including walking, sleeping, and controlling his bladder. He thought he would live the rest of his life unable to perform basic life functions. Doug was referred to our team at the Emory Spine Center and now is back to his old self and able to enjoy life again.

Watch Doug’s incredible story in the video below and learn more from Emory physicians Dr. Gerald (Rusty) Rodts and Dr. Daniel Refai on what makes spinal tumor treatment at Emory different.


VIDEO: Spine Tumor Patient Story

About Dr. Rodts
Dr. Gerald Rodts, Emory HealthcareDr. Gerald Rodts is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. In addition, he is the Director of the Spine Fellowship Program in the Department of Neurosurgery at The Emory Spine Center and Chief of Neurosurgery Spine Service at The Emory Clinic.

Dr. Rodts graduated from Princeton University with a degree in biology and a Certificate of Study of Science in Human Affairs. He received his M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and completed his neurosurgery residency training at the University of California in Los Angeles, followed by a 1-year fellowship in complex spinal neurosurgery at Emory University. Dr. Rodts has served as the President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons as well as serving as the Secretary. He has also served as the Chairman of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. He is also a founding editor of the award-winning website, Spine Universe.

Dr. Rodts manages patients with spinal disorders and specializes in neoplastic, rheumatoid, degenerative, traumatic spinal disorders, syringomyelia and Chiari malformations. His research interests are in computer-assisted, image-guided surgery and minimally-invasive spinal techniques.

About Dr. Refai
Dr. Daniel Refai, Emory HealthcareDr. Daniel Refai is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. In addition, he is the Director of Spinal Oncology at the Emory Spine Center.

Dr. Refai earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and French at Tufts University in 1997 and his Medical Doctorate at the University of Chicago School of Medicine in 2003. He completed his neurosurgical residency at Washington University, St. Louis in June 2003, and completed a one-year advanced sub-specialty fellowship in spinal neurosurgery and orthopaedics at The Cleveland Clinic, Inc. in June, 2010.

Dr. Refai enjoys teaching and has received numerous patient and medical education distinctions throughout his training. He joined the Emory Departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedics in September, 2010. He performs spine radiosurgery and has a special focus on patients needing complex spine surgery. He sees outpatients at the Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center at Executive Park, and performs surgery at Emory University Hospital-Midtown.

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