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Baptist Health Neuroscience Center Names Raul A. Vasquez, M.D., Director of Complex Spine Surgery

August 20, 2019

Dr. Vasquez - HeadshotMIAMI – August 20, 2019 — Neurosurgeon Raul A. Vasquez, M.D., is the new director of complex spine surgery at Baptist Health Neuroscience Center and a new member of Baptist Health Medical Group, a network of primary care doctors and specialists who provide high-quality medical care to patients of all ages. Dr. Vasquez specializes in the surgical treatment of complex spinal conditions, including tumors, degenerative spine diseases, spinal deformities, scoliosis, kyphoscoliosis and neurotrauma. He has unique expertise in minimally invasive techniques that result in less pain and complications in a quicker recovery time.

Dr. Vasquez earned his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, graduating summa cum laude. He completed his internship and residency in neurosurgery at University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. His postdoctoral training also includes two fellowships – one in clinical research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and the other in complex spine surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Prior to joining Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, Dr. Vasquez was assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Lexington VA Health Care System and in Lexington, Ky.

“We are committed to ensuring our patients have access to the very best doctors, so we are pleased Dr. Vasquez is bringing his expertise to Baptist Health Neuroscience Center,” said Bernie Fernandez Jr., M.D., CEO of Baptist Health Medical Group. “Our multidisciplinary team of specialists looks forward to collaborating with him to provide patients with the most advanced, comprehensive spine care.”

Dr. Vasquez serves as an editorial reviewer for World Neurosurgery Journal and Operative Neurosurgery Journal. He is widely published in peer-reviewed medical journals and an invited speaker at national and international scientific symposiums. His professional memberships include the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the North American Spine Society.

Dr. Vasquez is affiliated with Baptist Hospital and South Miami Hospital and his primary office is located in South Miami at 6200 Sunset Drive, Suite 130.

About Baptist Health Neuroscience Center
Baptist Health Neuroscience Center offers comprehensive and compassionate treatment for neurological conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. From non-surgical treatments and minimally invasive procedures to complex brain and spine surgery, the Center embraces a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

Baptist Health Neuroscience Center is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

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