Dr. Wohns, Background
Richard N.W. Wohns, MD, JD, MBA
Founder, President & Board Certified Neurosurgeon
Dr. Wohns is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard College in Biochemistry, a graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine, and completed a residency in Neurosurgery at the University of Washington. He is a Board Certified neurosurgeon and an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington, with a private practice in the Puget Sound region. Dr. Wohns received his MBA from the University of Washington in June 1997 and his JD from Seattle University School of Law in May 2011.
Dr. Wohns was Medical Director of the Ultima Thule Everest Expedition in 1984, and performed high altitude brain research on Mt. Everest. He also has performed an appendectomy on a porter during an expedition to K2, the second highest mountain in the world.
After pioneering an innovative outpatient spine surgery program in the Puget Sound region, he founded NeoSpine, LLC in 2001 to develop a national network of outpatient spine surgery centers. Symbion, Inc., acquired NeoSpine in 2008, and Dr. Wohns serves as chief consultant to Symbion for outpatient spine surgery center development. Dr. Wohns co-founded U.S. Radiosurgery, a company that developed and managed Gamma Knife and Cyberknife Radiosurgery centers throughout the United States. Alliance Oncology, Inc. acquired U.S. Radiosurgery in 2011.
Dr.Wohns’ expertise in the field of neurosurgery includes outpatient and minimally invasive spine surgery, complex spine surgery, cervical and lumbar disc arthroplasty (artificial discs). He is one of the first US neurosurgeons qualified to perform the revolutionary XLIF technique for minimally invasive lumbar fusions. Dr. Wohns has performed more than 3000 outpatient cervical and lumbar surgeries and has published these series in the medical literature. He has successfully leveraged the positive aspects of spine surgeries performed in focused facilities including lower cost, higher patient satisfaction than inpatient experiences, and improved outcomes. Dr. Wohns lectures nationally and internationally on the clinical, business, and legal aspects of outpatient spine surgery.
Dr. Wohns was Vice President of Neurosurgical Consultants of Washington; Director on the Board and Vice President of Business Development for UltraImage, LLC; Director on the Board of SeaMed Corporation and U.S. Radiosurgery; Vice President of the Western Neurosurgical Society; Chairman of the Northwest Quadrant of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies; and President of the Washington State Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is President Elect of the Western Neurosurgical Society, and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of Ranier Technology, Ltd, and Thompson MIS. Dr. Wohns is a health policy consultant to Nuvasive, Inc, a consultant to LDR, and a medical-legal consultant. He serves on committees of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and is a member of many professional neurosurgical, medical, legal, and mountaineering societies.
Dr. Wohns is a highly devoted martial arts master with a 4th degree black belt (Master Level) in Tae Kwon Do, and is an avid bicyclist, skier, and competitive tennis player.