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Dr. John Spooner

Dr. Spooner

Dr. Spooner is married with three children. Dr. Spooner received his bachelor’s degree and his medical degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He completed his residency in Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Spooner is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Business Address:
Howell Allen Clinic
2011 Murphy Avenue
Ste. 301
Nashville, TN 37203

7/1997 to 5/2001 M.D.
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
7/1984 to 5/1996 B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
7/1984 to 5/1991 B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
7/2007 to 6/2008 Chief Resident, Neurological Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
7/2004 to 6/2006 Research Fellow, Neurological Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
Use of miniature stereotactic frames (StarFix system) for DBS
7/2002 to 6/2007 Resident, Neurological Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
7/2001 to 6/2002 Internship, General Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
Tennessee State Medical License #42735
Board Certification: Primary Examination, 2005
American Board of Neurological Surgery
7/2008 to present Howell Allen Clinic
St. Thomas Hospital
Nashville, TN
Skyline Medical Center
Nashville, TN
Baptist Hospital
Nashville, TN
Center for Spinal Surgery
Nashville, TN
United States Marine Corps, Honorable Discharge 1990
Honor Graduate Recruit Training, Leatherneck Award recipient
2009-present American Medical Association
2002-Present American Association of Neurological Surgeons
2002-Present Congress of Neurological Surgeons
1999-2001 American Medical Association
1. Sun D.A., Yu H., Spooner J., Tatsas A.D., Davis, T., Abel T.W., and Konrad P.E.
Postmortem Analysis after Seventy-One Months of Deep Brain Stimulation of the
Subthalamic Nucleus for Parkinson’s Disease. J Neurosurg 109:325-329, 2008.
2. Pallavaram, S., Yu, H., Spooner, J., D’Haese, P., Bodenheimer, B., Konrad, P.E.,
Dawant, D.M. Inter-Surgeon Variability in the Selection of Anterior and Posterior
Commissures and its Potential Effects on Target Localization. Journal of Stereotactic
and Functional Neurosurgery 86:113-119, 2008.
3. Cheng, J.S., Lebow, R., Schmidt, M.H., Spooner, J., Rod Derotation Techniques.
Neurosurgery Thoracolumbar Spinal Deformity Supplement. Neurosurgery 63:A149-
A156, 2008.
4. Spooner J; Yu H; Koa C; Sillay K; Konrad P; “Neuromodulation of the Cingulum for
Neuropathic Pain after Spinal Cord Injury: a case report” J Neurosurg 107:1-4, 2007.
5. Yu H, Yao T, Spooner J, Stumph J, and Konrad PE. Delayed occurrence of multiple
spinal drop metastases from a posterior fossa chroid plexus papilloma: case report-
20050906-1567rl. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 03/06
6. D’Haese PF, Pallavaram S, Yu H, Spooner J, Konrad PE, Dawant BW: Deformable
Physiological Atlas-Based Programming of Deep Brain Stimulators: A Feasible Study.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series, Third International Workshop on
Biomedical Image Registration. Utrecht, The Netherlands. July 9-11, 2006. p. 144-
150.
7. Carpenter, R.O.; Spooner J.; Arbogast P.G.; Tarpley, J.L.; Griffin, M.R.; Lomis, K.D.
(2006) Work hours restrictions as an ethical dilemma for residents: a descriptive
survey of violation types and frequency. Current Surgery. 63(6):448-55.
Abstracts/Posters
1. Carpenter, RO, M.D. Spooner J, M.D.; Griffin MR, M.D., MPH; Tarpley JL, M.D.;
Lomis KD, M.D. “Violations of duty hour requirements: a descriptive survey of types
and frequency.; Association of Program Directors in Surgery/Association for Surgical
Education; APDS March 21-23 , ASE March 23-25 Tucson, Arizona
2. Spooner J, Konrad PE, and Cheng J. Motion preservation in the surgical treatment
of Hangman’s fractures using posterior lag screws. AANS/CNS Section on Disorders
of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves 2005 Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, March 9 – 12,
2005.
3. D’Haese P-F, Pallavaram S, Niermann K, Spooner J, Kao CC, Konrad PE, and
Dawant BM. Automatic selection of DBS target points using multiple
electrophysiological atlases. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, MICCAI 2005.
4. Spooner J, Yu H, D’Haese PF, Pallavaram S, Kao CC, Humbert G, Dawant B, and
Konrad PE. Fully-automated Deep Brain Stimulation target selection better than
traditional methods. AANS Annual meeting, San Francisco, CA April 22 – 27. 2006.
5. Kao CC, Spooner J, Yu H, Davis T, Fang J, Hedera P, Cooper M, Charles PD, and
Konrad PE. Direct zona incerta stimulation produces efficacy in treating Parkinson’s
disease – an intraoperative study during STN mapping. American Society for
Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery meeting, Boston, MA, June 1 – 4, 2006.
6. Pallavaram S, D’Haese PF, Spooner J, Yu H, Konrad, PE and Dawant BM.
Automated selection of anterior and posterior commissures based on a deformable
atlas can remove variability in the current frame of reference used for stereotactic
neurosurgical procedures. American Society for Stereotactic & Functional
Neurosurgery meeting, Boston, MA, June 1 – 4, 2006.
7. Spooner J, Tatsas A, Abel T, Yu H, Kao CC, Konrad PE, and Davis TL. Deep brain
stimulation in white matter superior to STN is effective in Parkinson’s disease: a 5-
year postmortem analysis. American Society for Stereotactic & Functional
Neurosurgery meeting, Boston, MA, June 1 – 4, 2006.
8. Yu H, Spooner J, Davis TL, Hedera P, and Konrad PE. Confirmed stimulation using
two adjacent parallel thalamic deep brain stimulation electrodes to rescue refractory
essential tremor. American Society for Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery
meeting, Boston, MA, June 1— 4, 2006.
9. John Spooner, MD; Hong Yu, MD; David A Sun, MD, PHD; Robert O Carpenter,
MD; Paul B Segebarth, MD; Oran Aaronson, MD; Joseph S. Cheng, MD;
Retroperitoneal transpsoas approach for retrieval of lumbar artificial disc: a cadaveric
feasibility study CNS Chicago 10/06
10. Konrad PE, Kao CC, Frank JI, Spooner J, Yu H, Charles PD, Fang JY, and Davis
TL. Deep brain stimulating electrodes placed using a novel miniature stereotactic
frame: Clinical Experience from 144 patients. 10th International Congress of
Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, Kyoto, Japan, October 28 –
November 2, 2006.
11. Kao CC. Spooner J, Yu H, Charles PD, Davis TL, Fang JY, and Konrad PE.
Improved patient comfort and surgical efficiency using the Starfix Stereotaxy System
in 106 patients undergoing DBS implantation. 10th International Congress of
Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, Kyoto, Japan, October 28 –
November 2, 2006.
12. Yu J. Spooner J. Davis TL, Hedera P, Fang JY, and Konrad PE. Confined
stimulation using two adjacent parallel thalamic deep brain stimulation electrodes to
rescue refractory essential tremor. 10th International Congress of Parkinson’s
Disease and Movement Disorders, Kyoto, Japan, October 28 –November 2, 2006.
13. Kao CC, Yu H, Spooner J, Hedera P, and Konrad PE. Train stimulation has identical
efficacy as continuous stimulation in VIM DBS: a strategy to prolong battery life. 10th
International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, Kyoto,
Japan, October 28 –November 2, 2006.
14. Pallavaram S, Yu H, Spooner J, D’Haese P-F, Koyama T, Bodenheimer B, Konrad
PE, and Dawant BM. Automated selection of anterior and posterior commissures
based on a deformable atlas and its evaluation based on manual selections by
neurosurgeons. SPIE Symposium on Medical Imaging, San Diego, CA, USA, Feb.
17-22, 2007.
15. Pallavaram S, Yu H, Spooner J, D’Haese P-F, Koyama T, Bodenheimer B, Konrad
PE, and Dawant BM. The VU-DBS project: intergrated and computer-assisted
planning, intra-operative placement, and post-operative programming of deep-brain
stimulators. SPIE Symposium on Medical Imaging, San Diego, CA, USA, Feb. 17-22,
2007.
16. Charles Stevenson, M.D., John Spooner, M.D. Kurt Eichholz, M.D. “Novel
Applications of Minimally Invasive Long-Segment Percutaneous Pedicle Screw
Fixation in the Thoracolumbar Spine” CNS San Diego 9/2007.