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.

 

Need a second opinion?  Our fellowship-trained neurosurgeons treat conditions of the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system.   Let us review your care »

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

Back to himself after five days

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

“I thank God I’m still here”

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

The gold standard of stroke recovery

Early recognition helped James Rawl fully recover from his stroke.

"An awesome spirit"

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

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"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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"I'm back"

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

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Providers

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  • Mohit Datta, MD
  • Rodney O. Leacock, MD
  • Erwin Z. Mangubat, MD
  • Catherine F. McClung Smith, MD
  • Roham Moftakhar, MD
  • Seth S. Molloy, DO
  • Andrew M. Price, MD
  • Stanley O. Skarli, MD
  • Myriam J. Sollman, PhD
  • David C. Straus, MD
  • 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 P. Griffin, RN, ACNP, works with Dr. David Straus and his spine and neurosurgery patients. She received her master's degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina in Columbia and completed bachelor's degrees in biology and chemistry at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Griffin enjoys the process of guiding her patients through treatment to recovery. 

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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 M. Darby-Rauch, PA-C, received her physician assistant master's degree from Nova Southeastern University in Orlando, Florida. She is certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants and currently works with Dr. Erwin Mangubat and his spine and neurosurgery patients.

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  • Sarah Dorey, NP
    Sarah Dorey, NP
    • SpecialtyNurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    • EducationSouth University
  • Coleman S. Fravel, PA
    Coleman S. Fravel, PA
    • SpecialtyPhysician Assistant
    • CertificationsNational Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
    • EducationMedical University of South Carolina

    Coleman Fravel, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant working with the interventional medicine team at Palmetto Health-USC Spine Center. He received his physician assistant master's degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Fravel works to improve outcomes for his patients by involving all necessary care providers in the treatment process, whether preoperative or postoperative.

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  • Drew K. Friedrichs, PA
    Drew K. Friedrichs, PA
    • SpecialtyPhysician Assistant
    • CertificationsNational Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
    • EducationNova Southeastern University

    Drew Friedrichs, PA, works with Dr. Seth Molloy and his spine neurosurgery patients. She received her physician assistant master's degree from Nova Southeastern University in Jacksonville, Florida. Friedrichs enjoys the relationships she is able to build with patients throughout their treatment process, and finds it rewarding to treat pain that interferes with a patient’s quality of life.

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  • Matthew Haigh, ACNP
    Matthew Haigh, ACNP
    • SpecialtyAcute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center
    • EducationUniversity 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
  • Samuel Watts, NP
    Samuel Watts, NP
    • SpecialtyNurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    • EducationClemson University
  • Karen J. McCain, NP
    Karen J. McCain, NP
    • SpecialtyFamily Nurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    • EducationUniversity of South Carolina Aiken
  • Ansleigh C. Morrow, NP
    Ansleigh C. Morrow, NP
    • SpecialtyFamily Nurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center
    • EducationSamford University
  • Ashley C. Alexander, NP
    Ashley C. Alexander, NP
    • SpecialtyAcute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center
    • EducationWalden University
  • Anita M. Dixon, NP
    Anita M. Dixon, NP
    • SpecialtyAcute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center
    • EducationMaryville University
  • Kimberly Bregenzer, NP
    Kimberly Bregenzer, NP
    • SpecialtyFamily Nurse Practitioner
    • CertificationsAmerican Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    • EducationWalden University
  • Hannah Dewes, PA
    Hannah Dewes, PA
    • SpecialtyPhysician Assistant
    • CertificationsNational Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
    • EducationTrevecca Nazarene University
  • Rachel Skulkety, PA
    Rachel Skulkety, PA
    • SpecialtyPhysician Assistant
    • CertificationsNational Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
    • EducationUniversity of South Carolina School of Medicine

    Rachel Skulkety, PA-C, is a physician assistant working with the pediatric neurosurgery team at Palmetto Health-USC Pediatric Neurosurgery. She received her physician assistant master’s degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia.

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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
Astrocytomas

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

Brain aneurysms
Aneurysm

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
Hydrocephalus

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.

Our affiliate system

Prisma Health is the largest not-for-profit health organization in South Carolina, serving more than 1.2 million patients annually. Our 30,000 team members are dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of you and your family. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will be rebranded at a later date and will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

Our promise is to: Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference.

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Palmetto Health is becoming Prisma Health. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group is part of Prisma Health.