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.

Looking for a second opinion? Contact us with details of your treatment. Learn more »

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

Patient stories

"An awesome spirit"

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

"A different feel from other hospitals"

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

"I'm back"

Mary Pat Baldauf suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. Hear about her care at Palmetto Health Richland. View more videos »
 
 
 

Providers

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  • Mohit Datta, MD
  • Rodney O. Leacock, MD
  • Erwin Z. Mangubat, MD, MPH
  • Catherine F. McClung Smith, MD
  • Roham Moftakhar, MD
  • Seth S. Molloy, DO, MSc
  • Stanley O. Skarli, MD
  • Myriam J. Sollman, PhD
  • David C. Straus, MD
  • Brandi H. Martinez, NP
    Brandi H. Martinez, NP
    • SpecialtyFamily Nurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center
    • EducationUniversity of South Carolina
  • Russ McMurry, NP
    Russ McMurry, NP
    • SpecialtyAcute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center
    • EducationUniversity of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Leah Cuff, NP
    Leah Cuff, NP
    • SpecialtyNurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center
    • EducationSt. Louis University
  • Andrea P. Griffin, NP
    Andrea P. Griffin, NP
    • SpecialtyAcute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • EducationUniversity of South Carolina

    Andrea Griffin, RN, ACNP, works with Dr. Straus and his spine and neurosurgery patients. She completed her degree in nursing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

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  • Gary A. Benda, PA
    Gary A. Benda, PA
    • SpecialtyPhysician Assistant
    • CertificationsNational Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
    • EducationElon University
  • Annette M. Darby-Rauch, PA
    Annette M. Darby-Rauch, PA
    • SpecialtyPhysician Assistant
    • CertificationsNational Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
    • EducationNova Southeastern University

    Annette Darby-Rauch, PA-C, works with Dr. Mangubat and his spine patients. She received her physician assistant degree from Nova Southeastern University in Orlando, Florida.

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  • Sarah Dorey, NP
    Sarah Dorey, NP
    • SpecialtyNurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    • EducationSouth University
  • Matthew Haigh, ACNP
    Matthew Haigh, ACNP
    • SpecialtyAcute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center
    • EducationUniversity of South Carolina
  • Hillary Jackson, NP
    Hillary Jackson, NP
    • SpecialtyNurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center
    • EducationMedical University of South Carolina
  • Michelle McCabe, NP
    Michelle McCabe, NP
    • SpecialtyNurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    • EducationGeorgia Southern University
  • Tara Meredith, NP
    Tara Meredith, NP
    • SpecialtyNurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    • EducationVanderbilt University
  • Frances Snipes, NP
    Frances Snipes, NP
    • SpecialtyAdult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center
    • EducationUniversity of South Carolina
  • Daris Sullivan, NP
    Daris Sullivan, NP
    • SpecialtyFamily Nurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center
    • EducationUniversity of South Carolina
  • Megan Tolar, NP
    Megan Tolar, NP
    • SpecialtyNurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center
    • EducationVanderbilt University
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An opportunity for information sharing and support for brain tumor patients, as well as their family, friends and caregivers.

Palmetto Health Neuroscience Journal

Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group Neurosurgery and Neurology physicians contribute peer-reviewed research to the Palmetto Health Neuroscience Journal.

Funding hope for neuroscience patients

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

Neuroscience locations

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