Shawn W. Adams, M.D., joins Norton Leatherman Spine

After spinal fellowships in the latest surgical techniques, Shawn W. Adams, M.D., has joined Norton Leatherman Spine and Norton Neuroscience Institute.

After completing a pair of spinal fellowships in the latest surgical techniques and technologies, Shawn W. Adams, M.D., has joined Norton Leatherman Spine and Norton Neuroscience Institute.

Dr. Adams’ fellowships covered complex adult spine, deformity and minimally invasive techniques.

“I try to develop a relationship with my patients and partner with them to get the least-invasive interventions to provide the most impact — in a way that aligns with each patient’s priorities and values,” Dr. Adams said.

Dr. Adams’ advanced training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, included complex spine surgeries including: trauma, spinal deformity, minimally invasive spine surgery, robotic-assisted surgery and endoscopic techniques.

According to Dr. Adams, it’s important only to consider surgery when it is warranted — after exhausting all appropriate treatment to reduce pain and improve function.

“We are really working to optimize patient outcomes. To do this we have to focus on all aspects of the patient, not just a tunnel-vision view of a surgery,” he said. “If surgery is indeed warranted, we bring intense focus on managing the many variables that we know can impact patient outcomes.”

Dr. Adams becomes the 16th surgeon at Norton Leatherman Spine.

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Before his fellowships, he completed a neurosurgery residency at the University of Louisville, including serving as Chief Resident.

Dr. Adams also has an interest in research. He has worked on spinal cord and peripheral nerve injuries. His main research focus now is on patient outcomes after spine surgery, with the aim to provide the right surgery for the right patient at the right time to optimize individual outcomes.

He also completed research in clinical neuro-ophthalmology at Florida State University College of Medicine’s Balance Disorders Clinic. There, he studied visual performance and retinal correlations in Parkinson’s disease and vestibular function related to benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

Dr. Adams received his medical degree from Florida State after receiving a master’s degree in biomedical science from the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Boca Raton, and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Before entering medical school, Dr. Adams worked as a high school mathematics teacher and coach several sports at the school.

When he is not working, Dr. Adams enjoys being outdoors, road or trail running, hiking, fishing, and anything else that will get him outside and into nature.

Dr. Adams’ recently published research

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