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Kamal R. Woods: Achieving Excellence in Health Care System
Throughout history, each century has brought revolutionary changes to healthcare and medicine. Between 1914 and 2014, humans extended the average life expectancy rate by approximately 25 years. This happened due to the innovative discoveries made over the years. Advances in technology have also pushed the boundaries of the medical care system. During this time, medical professionals learned to repair hearts, mapped DNA, and even performed a partial brain transplant.
New advances in science, computer technology, and engineering will undoubtedly revolutionize healthcare and medicine over the course of the next century. The roots of this change are already visible today.
The most important changes have occurred in neuro-oncology, vascular neurosurgery, and spinal surgery. Neurosurgery is generally concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and surgical treatment that affects any part of the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and cerebrovascular system. World War I had extremely high mortality rates due to head and spinal cord injuries. Because of this, the neurosurgeons who served in WWII dedicated their efforts to strategies to avoid repeating those same high rates.
Following in the footsteps of those neurosurgeons, Kamal Ronald Woods, born on November 8, 1979, showed his remarkable expertise in the medical field. He was schooled at St. Vincent Grammar School, graduating in 1996. He decided to complete his residency at Loma Linda School of Medicine in California in 2005.
Knowing his passion for neurosurgery, Woods decided to complete his minimally invasive spinal surgery fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He recently completed his master’s degree in business administration from Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business in Baltimore, Maryland.
With over 10 years of dedication to medicine, Dr. Woods brought a wealth of knowledge to his industry and, in particular, to his area of expertise in the surgical treatment of brain, spine, and peripheral nerve disorders. When asked why he decided to go into medicine, he said, “I often cite a TV show popular when I was in college. It was the series named Trauma: Life in the ER. So, I would say I got into medicine and became a doctor as a result of that TV series. I was drawn to the excitement and drama from the ER, and then naturally, what came after that was my interest in surgery.”
Dr. Woods pioneered a procedure called ALLIF (Anterolateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion). This surgery allows for all levels of the lumbar spine to be treated. As a thought leader in his industry, he is nationally and internationally recognized for his work on the oblique lumbar interbody fusion (OLIF) procedure. Through his accomplishments, he also started a private neurosurgery practice in Dayton, Ohio, called Vertrae, Inc.
Being the owner of Vertrae®, Dr. Woods is proud to provide personalized care to his patients. The concept behind Vertrae® was born: To create an immersive, personalized experience for every patient, unlike anything they had ever felt before. At Vertrae®, Dr. Woods has excelled and tries his best to keep the treatment patient-centered. He also strives to provide the has been striving to provide best quality treatment options for his patients. The facility of his medical center, offers back surgery, disc replacement, robotic surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery for conditions like spinal stenosis, sciatica, and pinched nerves,
Dr. Woods is a member of the Ohio State Medical Association, Ohio State Neurosurgical Society, North American Spine Society, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and California Medical Association. With his outstanding medical expertise, his patients trust him completely.