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Neurosciences

UNITY Team

Dr. Steven Abram
Specialties: neurosurgery, brain & spinal tumors

Dr. Abram has been the Medical Director of the Brain and Spine Tumor Center at Saint Thomas Hospital since 2003.  He has been instrumental in bringing innovation in the treatment of brain and spine tumors to the hospital.

Dr. Abram began his career at Santa Fe Neurological Surgery, P.C. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he also served as a neurosurgical consultant at Ski Mountain Resorts. He received his medical degree from Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, and completed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Abram attended the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, where he trained in pediatric neurosurgery. He also served as a Visiting Scholar in the Beijing Neurological Institute at Tiantan Xili Hospital.

Dr. Abram is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of Society for Neuro-Oncology, Nashville Surgical Society, Nashville Academy of Medicine, Tennessee Medical Association, American Medical Association, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, The Vanderbilt–Meacham Neurosurgical Society, American Board of Neurological Surgeons and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Abram is also involved with Brainlab, Inc. as a member of the Brainlab Circle International Organization for the advancement of stereotactic radiosurgery and as a neurosurgical consultant to the company.

Dr. Paul Rosenblatt
Specialties: radiation oncology, brain tumors

Dr. Rosenblatt has been at Saint Thomas Hospital since 1982, is Co-Vice Director of the Brain and Spine Tumor Center, and serves as the Chief of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Rosenblatt holds an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor in Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Hospital and has been with Radiation Oncology Associates since 2002. He is also a member of Tennessee Oncology.

Dr. Rosenblatt completed his bachelor’s degree, medical degree and residency in Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University.

He holds memberships with the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the Society of Neuro Oncology, and received the Spirit of Gilda Award, which recognizes a volunteer for outstanding service, in 2000. Additionally, Dr. Rosenblatt serves on the Medical Advisory Committee and Oncology Committee at Saint Thomas Hospital.

Drs. Rosenblatt and Abram have co-authored a chapter in the “Neurosurgery Clinics of North America: Acoustic Neuroma” textbook and have presented their cases and research internationally. In 2010, Drs. Rosenblatt and Abram presented their paper entitled “Fractionated Radiosurgery in the Treatment of Large Arteriovenous Malformations,” which covered the treatment of complicated Arterio-Venous Malformation (AVMs), at the Novalis Circle Meeting in Munich, Germany.

Dr. Adam Reig
Specialties: neurosurgery, brain & spinal tumors

Dr Reig is a native of Fort Lauderdale, FL. He received his bachelor’s degree and his medical degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. He completed his residency in Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr Reig also completed a Neuroendovascular fellowship at Vanderbilt.

He is board eligible by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. John Spooner
Specialties: neurosurgery, endovascular neurosurgery, brain & spinal tumors

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.

Dr. Thomas Hunter
Specialty: radiation oncology

Dr. Hunter is board certified in Radiation Oncology and specializes in all adult malignancies including central nervous system tumors.  Dr. Hunter received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed his residency at M.D. Anderson Medical Center. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Hunter joined Tennessee Oncology at Saint Thomas Hospital in 2008. Previously, Dr. Hunter was with Radiation Oncology Associates at Maury Regional Hospital.  He is a member of the American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, American Society for Radiation Oncology, and American Brachytherapy Society. In addition, he has been a part of the Department of State Medical Exchange Program.

Dr. Gregg Shepard
Specialties: hematology, oncology

Dr. Shepard is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with specialties in hematology and medical oncology. He specializes in all types of adult cancers and blood disorders. Dr. Shepard joined Tennessee Oncology in 2008.

He received his undergraduate degree from Sewanee, The University of the South and his medical degree from The University of Tennessee in Memphis. He completed his residency and fellowship at Wake Forest University Medical Center in North Carolina.

Dr. Kent Shih
Specialty: medical oncology
Dr. Shih is Senior Investigator of neuro-oncology at Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI) and is the director of the neuro-oncology program for Tennessee Oncology and SCRI. He is also a member of the Drug Development Unit at SCRI with a translational focus on novel central nervous system agents.
Dr. Shih is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with a specialty in Medical Oncology. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society of Neuro-oncology, American Association of Cancer Research and the Christian Medical and Dental Association and serves on the Discovery Health Advisory Board.

Dr. Shih received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University College of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and his fellowship in medical oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Dr. Shih joined Tennessee Oncology in 2007.

Dr. Carla Davis, FCAP
Specialty: pathology

Dr. Davis specializes in neuropathology, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Medical School and trained at the University of California at San Diego. She is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology and medical microbiology. Dr. Davis is a member of the Tennessee Medical Association, American Medical Association, American Society for Microbiology and College of American Pathologists.  She joined the Pathology Associates of Saint Thomas in 1980,


Dr. Peter F. Jelsma, FCAP
Specialty: neuropathology

Dr. Jelsma is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School and is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology and transfusion medicine.  He has specialized in neuropathology for more than 10 years, and served as the Medical Director of the Saint Thomas Laboratory since 2010. Dr. Jelsma joined the Pathology Associates of Saint Thomas in 2000.

Dr. Jeffrey Williams
Specialties: neuroradiology, spinal interventional radiology

Dr. Williams is Co-Vice Director of the UNITY System and is board certified in Neuroradiology and Diagnostic Radiology. He is a senior member in the American Society of Neuroradiology and holds membership in the American College of Radiology, Radiologic Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society, and American Medical Association.  He joined Premier Radiology in 2005, where he is a partner and served on the Executive Committee.

Dr. Williams received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee. While an intern at the University of Tennessee, he received a teaching award from the Medical School Executive Committee.

Dr. Williams completed residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Tennessee, where he served as Chief Resident, received a RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award and was named an Ettman Scholar.

Dr. Williams completed his fellowship in neuroradiology at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. While at Barrow, Dr. Williams served as Chief Fellow.

Michael Johnson RN BSN CNOR CRNFA
Specialties: Neurosurgery, Image guided navigation

Mr. Johnson has been with Saint Thomas Hospital since 1997. In 2008 he began serving as Clinical Coordinator for the Brain and Spine Tumor Center. He has been a nurse for more thirty years, and has worked in nursing administration, nursing education and ICU/ER/Flight nursing in Honolulu, HI and Chicago, IL. Mr. Johnson is a CNOR-credentialed perioperative nurse with advance practice Registered Nurse First Assistant training and certification. He received his BSN from Jacksonville University and specialized industry training in computer assisted surgical planning, stereotactic image guided navigation and functional brain imaging. Michael is Saint Thomas Hospital West’s research coordinator for the multicenter iMIND consortium. He is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Operating Room Nurses.

Christie Falcon, RTR MR CT
Specialty: Neurosciences Imaging

Ms. Falcon is a graduate of Aquinas College and the Vanderbilt Radiologic Technology program and has been a Saint Thomas Health associate since 1979. She has more than 30 years’ combined knowledge of General Electric, Philips and Siemens imaging equipment in both computed tomography (CT or CAT) and magnetic resonance imaging. Ms. Falcon also holds certification with the American Registry of Radiologic Technology for radiology, CT and MRI and has particular knowledge of neurology and cardiology imaging.

In addition to her professional achievements, she provides compassionate and superior patient care. She treats your family and loved one as if they are her family. Ms. Falcon understands the anxiety associated with diagnostic imaging and provides extra focus to those who require a little extra tender, loving care during their imaging series.

Brigette Ford, RN BSN
Nurse Navigator

Ms. Ford has been with Saint Thomas since 2014 as a Nurse Navigator in Breast, Lung, Pancreatic and Brain. She has worked in Neurology at Vanderbilt University and in Oncology at Tennessee Oncology.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree at Cumberland University.