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The Hands of Experience® in Advanced Health Care

Spine Center

St. Mary’s Regional Spine Center is a national leader in the treatment of patients with spine conditions. The center was the first in the nation to be recognized by the Joint Commission for disease-specific care certification in Spine Surgery.

St. Mary’s Regional Spine Center has been providing advanced spine care longer than any other health facility in the Tri-State.

Our team of experts includes:

  • Neurosurgeons
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physician (physiatrist)
  • Pain management specialist
  • Neurologists
  • Hospitalists
  • Interventional radiologist
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Occupational medicine specialists

The spine program at St. Mary’s offers:

  • State-of-the-art technology, including the O-arm® Surgical Imaging System with StealthStation Navigation
  • A unique care model focusing on wellness
  • Comprehensive education to the patient and family throughout the entire Spine Center experience
  • Nurse navigator to guide patients through the process
  • Dedicated, specially trained staff members
  • Dedicated inpatient unit
  • Shorter hospital stays

St. Mary’s dedicated physicians and neurosurgeons work as a team to provide the highest level of care to patients. A physiatrist will examine the patient and review the initial assessment and test results to determine the proper line of treatment, which may include surgery, alternative means of therapy or pain management. If surgery is needed, our board-certified neurosurgeons, who perform hundreds of spine surgeries yearly, are readily available. The patient will receive extensive, in-depth education about his or her condition and treatment options, and will remain involved in decision making throughout the process.

Not all back pain sufferers will need surgery. St. Mary’s Regional Spine Center offers both surgical and non-surgical treatment, including:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Open spine surgery
  • Interventional radiologic procedures
  • Implantable devices
  • Interventional injections
  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • Other non-surgical treatments, including massage and exercise to alleviate neck and back pain

The Spine Center Team

Matt Werthammer, MD
Panos Ignatiadis, MD
Dwight Saulle, MD
Pramod Kumar, MD
Tammy Dann, DO
Rudy Malayil, MD

Common Symptoms

If you or a loved one experiences one or more of these common symptoms of neck or back pain, it may be time to seek medical assistance:


  • Numbness or tingling in your arm or hand
  • Weakness in your arm or hand
  • Pain that shoots down your arm
  • Pain that shoots up toward your head
  • Pain when you move your head
  • Frequent headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea


  • Pain in the low back
  • Pain in hips
  • Pain that shoots down the leg
  • Numbness or tingling in your leg or foot
  • Weakness in leg or foot
  • Burning sensation down leg or foot
  • Difficulty walking
  • Difficulty with bowels or bladder

For more information about the Regional Spine Center at St. Mary’s, call (304) 526-6025.