Erwin Z. Mangubat, MD, MPH
Catherine F. McClung Smith, MD
About our practice
At Palmetto Health-USC Neurosurgery, our neurological surgery team is using the latest medical technology and expert research in treating patients experiencing disorders or injuries of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves.
Led by Roham Moftakhar, MD, Medical Director, Palmetto Health-USC Neurosurgery, our team is thoughtful and passionate about providing the best care possible. Each of our physicians is a member of the faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and in addition to patient care, we provide educational opportunities for surgical residents and medical students.
Our fellowship-trained physicians have extensive, specialized training amongst a variety of subspecialties. These subspecialties include functional neurosurgery, endovascular and cerebral vascular neurosurgery, epilepsy, skull-base surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, spine surgery, neuro oncology, stereotactic radiosurgery and neuro critical care.
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Neurosurgeons are more than just brain surgeons. We are trained to help patients with conditions including:
- Head and spine trauma
- Cerebrovascular disorders, such as aneurysms of the brain and clogged arteries in the neck that can lead to stroke
- Chronic low back pain
- Birth defects
- Brain and spinal tumors
- Abnormalities of the peripheral nerves (face, arms, legs, hands and feet)
High-level trauma and emergency care
Our neurosurgeons are the sole team privileged to provide around-the-clock coverage for adult and pediatric neurosurgical emergencies at Palmetto Health Richland's Level I Emergency Department in Columbia, South Carolina. Along with treating local patients in Columbia, Lexington and across the Midlands, hospitals from 16 South Carolina counties send their most critically injured patients via ambulance or helicopter to our Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Center, located in Columbia.
Commonly treated diseases and disorders:
- Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
- Brain tumors
- Carotid endarterectomy and stenosis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Central cord syndrome
- Cerebral aneurysm
- Cervical spine
- Craniosynostosis and craniofacial disorders
- Dandy-Walker Syndrome
- Gamma Knife
- Herniated disc
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Parkinson's disease
- Spina bifida
- Spinal cord injury
- Tethered spinal cord syndrome
- The pituitary gland and pituitary tumors
- Traumatic brain injury
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Vagus nerve stimulation
About Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group
We are proud to be part of Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, which includes caring, compassionate health care professionals who are highly trained to meet your medical needs in Columbia, Lexington and across the greater Midlands region of South Carolina.
Providing excellent medical care in comfortable office environments, our network team of physicians, advanced care providers, nurses and staff is prepared to answer any questions you have. We provide comprehensive medical care for short-term needs like annual physicals as well as ongoing management of chronic diseases. Prevention is a big part of your overall care plan. Should additional, focused medical treatment ever be needed, our doctors will refer you to a specialist and stay involved in your care. Only at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will you find the extensive level of expertise available from a wide variety of specialists.