Fourth Neurosurgeon joins UNC Faculty and FirstHealth of the Carolinas

The following article appeared on FirstHealth of the Carolinas website as of April 29, 2009.

 

24/7 Neurosurgery coverage returns to FirstHealth Moore Regional

PINEHURST – With the addition of a fourth board certified surgeon to its staff, the neurosurgery program at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital now offers advanced, around-the-clock neurosurgical services to Moore County and the surrounding area.

Larry Van Carson, M.D.

On April 29, Larry Van Carson, M.D., became the fourth neurosurgeon on Moore Regional’s neurosurgical team. He joins Carol Wadon, M.D., and Bruce Jaufmann, M.D., who started the program in late summer 2008, and David B. Kee Jr., M.D., who joined the practice in January.

Under an agreement with the University of North Carolina, all four neurosurgeons are full-time, faculty-rank employees of the University of North Carolina, Department of Neurosurgery, and maintain staff privileges at UNC Hospital as well as at FirstHealth Moore Regional.

Their local practice, Carolina Neurosurgical Services, is a division of FirstHealth of the Carolinas and has two office locations: the Pinehurst Surgical Building at 5 FirstVillage Drive, in Pinehurst, and 3650 Cape Center Drive in Fayetteville. Drs. Wadon and Jaufmann also have privileges at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

“The FirstHealth community has wanted 24/7 coverage for neurosurgery for a long time,” says George D. Bussey, M.D., chief medical officer for FirstHealth of the Carolinas. “With the addition of Dr. Carson to our already outstanding program, we are now able to offer full-time, high-quality neurosurgery services provided by four highly trained and highly skilled surgeons. Our affiliation with UNC is a testament to the exceptional quality of our neurosurgical team and to our desire to provide state-of-the-art spine and cranial neurosurgery to the residents of the mid-Carolinas.”

FirstHealth’s neurosurgical program offers advanced capabilities for brain and spine surgery, as well as for the surgical treatment of nerve problems in the arms and legs, including cervical and lumbar disc disease, spinal stenosis, brain tumors, cerebral aneurysms, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy and spinal fractures.

If surgery is required, Moore Regional offers a state-of-the-art operating room and instrumentation for highly complex procedures including the latest generation of the Stealth Station Treatment Guidance System. The Stealth system has revolutionized neurosurgery because it gives surgeons a way to navigate throughout the body using 3D images as their guide.

“The beneficiaries of this expanded service are our patients, who now have access to exceptional surgeons and an exceptional neurosurgical program,” says Dr. Bussey. “We are privileged to have these four fine surgeons on our staff at Moore Regional.”

Dr. Carson, the latest addition to the Moore Regional program, is board certified in both neurosurgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery. His special interests include complex spine and craniofacial surgery.

He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia-Augusta, where he also completed advanced training in both neurosurgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery. As a surgical resident, he received the Harvey Cushing Society’s Van Wagenen Fellowship for study in Europe from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Resident Research Award at the 30 th Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS).

Dr. Carson comes to Moore Regional from the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at West Virginia University, where he was an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Surgery (Plastic).

For more information on Dr. Carson or Carolina Neurosurgical Services, call (800) 213-3284.