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Timothy O’Connor, M.D., joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute as Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Spine Surgery

September 27, 2021

Boca Raton – September 27, 2021 – Timothy O’Connor, M.D., joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute, part of Baptist Health, as the director of minimally invasive surgery and robotic spine surgery. Dr. O’Connor specializes in minimally invasive, robotic and complex deformity surgery.

“I’m delighted to welcome Dr. O’Connor to Marcus Neuroscience Institute,” said Frank Vrionis, M.D., Institute director at Marcus Neuroscience Institute. “His extensive training and experience in the latest innovations in minimally invasive spine surgery will be an asset to our team and patients.”

Founded at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Marcus Neuroscience Institute has expanded its services to Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West.

“Marcus Neuroscience Institute has always set the standard for innovative neurologic and neurosurgical care locally and regionally,” said Nelson Lazo, chief executive officer at Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West. “By expanding its comprehensive services to Bethesda Hospital East and West, we are widening its footprint and impact on the community to make the most cutting-edge technology and renowned team of experts even more accessible.”

Dr. O’Connor joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute from the University at Buffalo, where he completed a CAST-accredited complex spine surgery fellowship.

While completing his complex spine fellowship, he was awarded the AO Discovery and Innovation Young Investigator grant by the AO Spine Foundation for his biomechanical research in junctional tethers. He was invited to join the AO Knowledge Forum, a leading group of surgeons around the world to collaborate on solving some of the greatest challenges in modern spine surgery.

Dr. O’Connor has written peer-reviewed technical manuscripts on robotic spine systems and minimally invasive approaches. He has been invited to present at multiple national and international conferences, including the Global Spine Congress, the International Spinal Deformity Symposium and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

He received his medical degree from the University of Florida, where he graduated with honors in research and academic excellence. During medical school, he was invited to join the University of Florida Medical School admissions committee and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He received the resident of the year award and the highest neurosurgery board score award at University at Buffalo Neurosurgery during residency.

He will see patients at two convenient locations in the Boca Raton and Boynton Beach communities: 2800 S. Seacrest Blvd., Suite 160 in Boynton Beach (across from Baptist Health’s Bethesda Hospital East) and 800 Meadows Road in Boca Raton.

About Marcus Neuroscience Institute
Marcus Neuroscience Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, is an innovative nexus for neurologic and neurosurgical care. From non-surgical treatments and minimally invasive procedures to complex brain and spine surgery, the Institute embraces a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Marcus Neuroscience Institute’s highly skilled staff is comprised of neurosurgeons, neurologists, pain management physicians and neuro-oncologists. With locations in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Deerfield Beach, Marcus Neuroscience Institute is making breakthrough neurological care more accessible for patients seeking comprehensive treatment for conditions affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system.

The heart of the Institute is located at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The 57,000-square-foot facility houses a 20-bed Neuro Intensive Care and Step-Down Unit, four dedicated operating rooms — including one equipped with intraoperative MRI and two with intraoperative CT capability — and a biplane angiography suite, a crucial component in the diagnosis and care of neurological conditions.

Marcus Neuroscience Institute is training the next generation of neurologists and neuroscientists in conjunction with Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and its residency program. The Institute earned the Gold Seal of Approval® for Spinal Surgery Certification from The Joint Commission, which reflects commitment to the highest standards of excellence and safety in patient care, and the Institute is a DNV Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, which is the nation’s highest level of stroke accreditation.


About Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Boca Raton Regional Hospital 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. 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.

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