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Spencer began his neurosurgical career in the U.S. Army in San Antonio, TX, in 2002. He left the Army in 2006 as chief of neurosurgery at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. In Michigan, he has practiced in Grand Rapids and Saginaw. He comes to this area from Victoria, TX.
Spencer received a bachelor’s degree in professional biology from Western State College in Colorado in 1992 and his degree in osteopathic medicine from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri in 1996.
He completed a traditional internship at Metro Health Center in Erie, PY, in 1997, and his residency in neurological surgery at Ohio University in 2002. Also in 2002, Spencer completed a fellowship in neurovascular and skull-base neurosurgery at the Central Illinois Neurosurgical Foundation in Bloomington, IL.
While in the military, Spencer worked to develop minimally invasive techniques in spinal surgery. Such techniques helped soldiers who were required to be in active duty shape within six months after surgery, a situation that wasn’t possible with traditional methods of spine surgery.
“These minimally invasive spine techniques result in significant decrease in blood loss, so the patient returns to full activity quickly, with decreased pain medication and reduction of disability,” said Spencer, who continues to help to develop techniques and tools for such procedures.
Spencer, who is Board Certified in Neurosurgery, is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, the American Organization of Osteopathic Neurological Surgeons, the American Osteopathic Association, the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons and the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and the national honorary osteopathic fraternity Sigma Sigma Phi. Dr. Spencer joined Oaklawn’s active medical staff in 2014.