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NEUROMICROSPINE SPECIALIST

Mark Giovanini, M.D. is from Portland, Oregon and received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Oregon. Dr. Giovanini then received a fellowship from the American Heart Association to do basic science research at Oregon Health Sciences University. At the completion of his research, he attended medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University where he received his M.D.

Dr. Giovanini’s neurosurgical training was completed at the University of Florida at Shands Hospital where he studied under premier neurosurgeons Dr. Albert Rhoton, Dr. Aurther Day, and Dr. Richard Fessler. While at Shands, Dr. Giovanini developed research models for spinal cord injury, which eventually led to the first spinal cord transplant in humans. He published several articles on spinal cord injury and neural transplantation with Dr. Doug Anderson, chief of the Neuroscience Department at the University of Florida.

Minimally Invasive Spine (MIS) surgery became a primary focus of Dr. Giovanini while in residency training under Dr. Richard Fessler, a leading pioneer of MIS. Throughout his practice, Dr. Giovanini has continually promoted and helped develop many aspects of MIS. He has been a consultant for many of the major spine companies to teach MIS techniques both to Neurosurgeons and Orthopaedic Surgeons around the World.

Dr. Giovanini has brought MIS to the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Since its inception in 2005, he has performed hundreds of outpatient MIS spine procedures. Specifically, Dr. Giovanini has transformed standard open procedures done as inpatients at major hospitals to minimally invasive spine surgery done as outpatients at the world-class facilities of the Andrews Institute. The Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center has state of the art facilities and staff to perform MIS cases in a safe and efficacious manner. The Andrews Institute is one of the top facilities in the country for outpatient musculoskeletal procedures.

Dr. Giovanini has expanded his minimally invasive spine practice to the NeuroMicroSpine center in Destin Florida. Here he is adding Wellness medicine to include iPerformance Physical Therapy and Lifestyle coaching.  This unique combination enhances patients recovery from neck and back injuries by focusing on physical conditioning, hormone balance, and nutrition.  This center will also feature pain management and anti-aging specialists to complete the holistic approach to spine care.

Education:

University of Oregon – B.S., Biochemistry

American Heart Association Fellowship Research

Oregon Health Sciences University – M.D.

Neurosurgical Residency and Training – University of Florida at Shands Hospital

Active Positions:

Medical Staff – Gulf Breeze Hospital

Medical Staff – Andrews Institute

Medical Staff – West Florida Hospital

Medical Staff – Sandestin Executive Health and Wellness Center

Recent Accomplishments:

Neuromicrospine / Dr. Giovanini chosen as a Visiting Surgeon Teaching site for:

  • Robotic SI joint fusion outpatient
  • Robotic MIS lumbar fusion
  • Prestige Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Robotic Spine Surgery using Mazor X and Renaissance systems

Dr. Giovanini has participated in several medical research projects: