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Neuroscience and Spine Institute expands brain and spine services in Missoula

The Neuroscience and Spine Institute is pleased to announce the opening of a new neurosurgical brain and spine clinic for adult patients in Missoula. Staffed by neurosurgeons T. C. Origitano, MD, PhD, and Joseph Sramek, MD, the clinic will provide initial and follow-up care and second opinion evaluations for patients in Missoula and the surrounding areas.

“The addition of adult brain and spine services to the existing pediatric neurosurgery services of the Missoula clinic provides the community with comprehensive brain and spine care for patients of all ages,” said Dr. Origitano.

Located at 1821 South Avenue, the clinic is open Monday through Friday and offers appointments for pediatric patients needing specialty care in the areas of gastroenterology, neurology, neurosurgery and endocrinology/diabetes as well as adult patients needing specialty care in thoracic surgery. Additionally, the office is equipped with technology enabling access to providers through telemedicine, a secure, two-way real-time video communications system.

Dr. Sramek will begin seeing patients at the Missoula clinic on February 13. He added a new dimension to the Neuroscience & Spine Institute of Kalispell Regional Healthcare when he joined the practice in August 2013. Not only does he provide basic and complex spine surgery, microdiscectomies and carpal tunnel procedures, but he is expert in deep brain stimulation and functional neurosurgery. Dr. Sramek completed his undergraduate work at Illinois Wesleyan and medical school at Rush Medical College in his hometown of Chicago. He remained in the city for his internship with the Department of General Surgery and his residency with the Department of Neurosurgery, both at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. He comes to Kalispell from Casper, Wyoming, where he spent more than a decade practicing with Central Wyoming Neurosurgery and, most recently, Wyoming Medical Center. While there, he was involved with the care of thousands of patients with traumatic and degenerative conditions of the brain and spine, brain tumors and cerebrovascular disease.

Dr. Origitano will begin seeing adult patients at the Missoula clinic on February 26. Prior to joining the Kalispell Regional Healthcare medical staff in 2011, he served as professor and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois – a position he held for 13 years. There, he served as the medical director of the Clinical Neuroscience Service Line and co-director of the Center for Cranial Base Surgery at the Loyola University Medical Center of the Loyola University Health System. Dr. Origitano completed a PhD in neuro-biochemistry at Loyola University Chicago and a Doctor of Medicine degree at the Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University Chicago. He completed his neurological surgery residency at the Loyola University Medical Center, which included training at Queens Square in London, England, and at Nagoya University in Nagoya, Japan. He specializes in cranial (skull-base) surgery for patients with brain tumors, aneurysms and other vascular conditions of the brain. Over the course of his career he has completed more than 1,000 surgeries for brain tumors and 500 for vascular abnormalities.

For appointment scheduling, call (406) 752-5170. For more information about neuroscience and spine services at Kalispell Regional Healthcare, log on to krh.org/neuroscience.

About the Neuroscience and Spine Institute and Kalispell Regional Healthcare

The Neuroscience & Spine Institute at Kalispell Regional Healthcare offers complete neurological evaluation, treatment and follow-up for patients with conditions of the brain, spine and nervous system. Providers place emphasis on helping each patient maintain his or her quality of life, as well as providing education and support to patients, families and caregivers.

Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) is a nonprofit, 340-bed health system located in the iconic Flathead Valley of northwest Montana. The health system consists of three hospitals, nearly 40 provider clinics and a host of other health care services, including the nation’s first rural air ambulance service (A.L.E.R.T.), which it has maintained for more than 40 years. Founded in 1910, KRH has provided exceptional care for more than 100 years to the communities it serves. Nearly 5,000 physicians, nurses, health care professionals and support staff work together to provide patients and their families with a positive, proactive, patient-centered experience. KRH is especially well known for its programs in cardiovascular care, oncology, neuroscience and spine care, orthopedics, women’s health, pediatrics and behavioral health.

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