Palmetto Health-USC Neurosurgery

Providing the most advanced brain surgery, spine and nervous system treatment in the Midlands

Our specialties

Our fellowship-trained neurosurgeons offer highly specialized care for the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system.

Patient care

Prepare for your neurosurgery appointment. Learn more about what to expect, view forms and frequently asked questions.

Education and research

Learn about our ongoing and future clinical research and education programs in neurosurgery and neurology.


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Our neurosurgery team

Utilizing the latest medical technology and expert research to treat patients with disorders or injuries of the brain, spine and nervous system.

Led by Chief of Neurosurgery Roham Moftakhar, MD, our physicians are passionate about providing the highest level of care. Serving Columbia, Lexington, Irmo and the greater Midlands region of South Carolina, each are fellowship-trained members of the faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and are recognized experts in endovascular and cerebral vascular neurosurgery, functional neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, pediatric neurosurgery, skull base surgery and spine surgery.

Meet our Team

Education and research

Our neurosurgery research is constantly growing and evolving. Our physicians have been successfully obtaining grant funding from a wide variety of sources, including federal agencies, industry sources and foundations.

We value educational opportunities for medical students, residents, faculty and physicians, and our neurology and neurosurgery educational programs are constantly growing and evolving. We offer opportunities for third- and fourth-year medical students and collaborate on a neurology residency and fellowship.

Education and Research

“They gave me answers when I never had answers before.”

Erica Hollis could not control her near-daily seizures from temporal lobe epilepsy with medication and sought help from the neuroscience team at Prisma Health.

“An incredible personality”

Josephine LaRoche's chromosomal disorder isn't getting in the way of her happiness.

“I thank God I’m still here”

Tonya Williams' family responded quickly to help save her life after she suffered a stroke while sleeping.

"An awesome spirit."

Raoul Jenkins II was driving to see friends when he suffered a ruptured cerebral aneurysm.

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“I’ve got my life back”

Robert Lentz was being treated for a bleed in his brain when another unruptured brain aneurysm was discovered.

Back to himself after five days

Six-year-old Marcus Williams suffered a stroke and seizure as a result his moyamoya disease.

“It was just a complete healing”

While talking to a friend at home, Betty Gaetan started feeling the worst headache of her life.

"A different feel from other hospitals."

Pediatric patient Megan Piasecki's headaches kept getting worse, until she collapsed at school from intracranial hypertension.

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“The gold standard of stroke recovery”

Early recognition helped James Rawl fully recover from his stroke.


Brain tumor support group

An opportunity for information sharing and support for brain tumor patients, as well as their family, friends and caregivers.

Prisma Health Neuroscience Journal

Our Neurosurgery and Neurology physicians contribute peer-reviewed research to the Prisma Health–Midlands Neuroscience Journal.

Funding hope for neuroscience patients

Contribute to helping neurosurgical care and research efforts through the Prisma Health Midlands Foundation.

Neuroscience locations

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Patient education videos

Acoustic neuromas
Acoustic neuromas

Acoustic neuromas are benign tumors that develop on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain.

Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs)
Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs)

When an AVM occurs, a tangle of blood vessels in the brain or on its surface bypasses normal brain tissue and directly diverts blood from the arteries to the veins.

Artificial spinal discs
Artificial spinal discs

For individuals with chronic back pain, an artificial disc can offer certain benefits over spinal fusion.


Astrocytomas are tumors that develop from small, star-shaped cells called astrocytes.

Brain aneurysms

Cerebral aneurysms are when a blood vessel in the brain balloons out and fills with blood.

Deep brain stimulation
Deep brain stimulation

Deep brain stimulation is used to treat several disabling neurological symptoms.

Hemorrhagic stroke
Hemorrhagic stroke

Hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a blood vessel that breaks and bleeds into the brain, and accounts for about 13 percent of stroke cases.


Hydrocephalus is the excessive accumulation of fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord..

Ischemic stroke
Ischemic stroke

Ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke. They occur as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain.

Metastatic brain tumors
Metastatic brain tumors

Metastatic brain tumors spread to the brain from another location in the body.

Minimally invasive spine surgery
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Many back and neck conditions are treated with minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Tethered cord
Tethered spinal cord syndrome

Tethered spinal cord is caused by tissue attachments that limit the movement of the spinal cord.

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