Boca Raton – September 27, 2021 – Timothy O’Connor, M.D., joins
Marcus Neuroscience Institute, part of Baptist Health, as the director
of minimally invasive surgery and robotic spine surgery. Dr. O’Connor
specializes in minimally invasive, robotic and complex deformity surgery.
“I’m delighted to welcome Dr. O’Connor to Marcus Neuroscience
Institute,” said Frank Vrionis, M.D., Institute director at Marcus
Neuroscience Institute. “His extensive training and experience in
the latest innovations in minimally invasive spine surgery will be an
asset to our team and patients.”
Founded at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Marcus Neuroscience Institute
has expanded its services to Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West.
“Marcus Neuroscience Institute has always set the standard for innovative
neurologic and neurosurgical care locally and regionally,” said
Nelson Lazo, chief executive officer at Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda
Hospital West. “By expanding its comprehensive services to Bethesda
Hospital East and West, we are widening its footprint and impact on the
community to make the most cutting-edge technology and renowned team of
experts even more accessible.”
Dr. O’Connor joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute from the University
at Buffalo, where he completed a CAST-accredited complex spine surgery
While completing his complex spine fellowship, he was awarded the AO Discovery
and Innovation Young Investigator grant by the AO Spine Foundation for
his biomechanical research in junctional tethers. He was invited to join
the AO Knowledge Forum, a leading group of surgeons around the world to
collaborate on solving some of the greatest challenges in modern spine surgery.
Dr. O’Connor has written peer-reviewed technical manuscripts on robotic
spine systems and minimally invasive approaches. He has been invited to
present at multiple national and international conferences, including
the Global Spine Congress, the International Spinal Deformity Symposium
and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
He received his medical degree from the University of Florida, where he
graduated with honors in research and academic excellence. During medical
school, he was invited to join the University of Florida Medical School
admissions committee and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor
society. He received the resident of the year award and the highest neurosurgery
board score award at University at Buffalo Neurosurgery during residency.
He will see patients at two convenient locations in the Boca Raton and
Boynton Beach communities: 2800 S. Seacrest Blvd., Suite 160 in Boynton
Beach (across from Baptist Health’s Bethesda Hospital East) and
800 Meadows Road in Boca Raton.
About Marcus Neuroscience Institute
Marcus Neuroscience Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida,
is an innovative nexus for neurologic and neurosurgical care. From non-surgical
treatments and minimally invasive procedures to complex brain and spine
surgery, the Institute embraces a multidisciplinary approach to patient
care. Marcus Neuroscience Institute’s highly skilled staff is comprised
of neurosurgeons, neurologists, pain management physicians and neuro-oncologists.
With locations in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Deerfield Beach, Marcus
Neuroscience Institute is making breakthrough neurological care more accessible
for patients seeking comprehensive treatment for conditions affecting
the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system.
The heart of the Institute is located at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
The 57,000-square-foot facility houses a 20-bed Neuro Intensive Care and
Step-Down Unit, four dedicated operating rooms — including one equipped
with intraoperative MRI and two with intraoperative CT capability —
and a biplane angiography suite, a crucial component in the diagnosis
and care of neurological conditions.
Marcus Neuroscience Institute is training the next generation of neurologists
and neuroscientists in conjunction with Florida Atlantic University’s
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and its residency program. The
Institute earned the Gold Seal of Approval® for Spinal Surgery Certification
from The Joint Commission, which reflects commitment to the highest standards
of excellence and safety in patient care, and the Institute is a DNV Certified
Comprehensive Stroke Center, which is the nation’s highest level
of stroke accreditation.
About Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida,
the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals,
nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100
outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning
across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health
has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular
care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition,
it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network;
and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist
Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies
to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most
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its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction
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