Our Mission

Our most important goal is to achieve a high degree of excellence in evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of neurosurgical patients in Northeast Georgia.

Our Vision

To be a comprehensive neurosurgical center of excellence with a professional team of physicians and medical staff promoting quality service.

Providers

Our physicians are board certified. They have each undergone extensive and specialized training in their respective fields.

Our mid-level providers are also highly skilled healthcare providers. Under the supervision of the physicians, they develop initial treatment plans for patients, order appropriate studies, prescribe medications and follow patients' progress.

Through continuing education, both our physicians and our mid-level providers stay abreast of new techniques and developments in their specialties.

John V Cuff, M.D.

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Pre-Medical Education:
1965 Kenyon College
Gambier, Ohio – B.A.

Medical Education:
1969 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – M.D.

Internship:
1969/70 Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit General Hospital
Detroit, Michigan

Residency:
1973/74 General Surgery – University of Hawaii
Queen’s Medical Center
Honolulu, Hawaii

1974/75 Neurological Surgery – University of Rochester
Strong Memorial Hospital
Rochester, New York

1976/78 Neurological Surgery – Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University
North Carolina Baptist Hospital
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Postgraduate Training:
1979 Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University
North Carolina Baptist Hospital
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Military Service:
1970/74 General Medical Officer, US Air Force
Hickman Air Force Base, Hawaii
Honorable discharge with rank of Major

Group Practice:
1979/Present Partner, Georgia Neurological Surgery

Board Certification:
1982 American Board of Neurological Surgery

Academic Appointment:
2012/Present Clinical Assistant Professor, GRU/UGA Medical Partnership

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Kimberly P. Walpert, M.D.

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Pre-Medical Education:
1987 The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland – B.A.

Medical Education:
1994 Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana – M.D.

Internship:
1994/95 General Surgery – University of Tennessee at Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee

Residency:
1995/00 Neurosurgery – University of Tennessee at Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee

Group Practice:
2000/Present Partner, Georgia Neurological Surgery

Board Certification:
2006 American Board of Neurological Surgery

Academic Appointment:
2012/Present Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, GRU/UGA Medical Partnership

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Bryan B. Barnes, M.D.

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Pre-Medical Education:
1992 Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island – B.A.

Medical Education:
1997 University of Connecticut
Farmington, Connecticut – M.D.

Internship:
1997/98 General Surgery – Emory Clinic
Atlanta, Georgia

Residency:
1998/04 Neurosurgery – Emory Clinic
Atlanta, Georgia

Fellowship Training:
2004/05 Spine Surgery – Department of Neurosurgery
Bowman Gray School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Group Practice:
2005/Present Partner, Georgia Neurological Surgery

Board Certification:
2008 American Board of Neurological Surgery

Academic Appointment:
2012/Present Clinical Assistant Professor, GRU/UGA Medical Partnership

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Harlan J. Bruner, M.D.

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Pre-Medical Education:
1995 Columbia University
New York, New York - B.A.

Medical Education:
2002 Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons
New York, New York - M.D.

Internship:
2002/03 General Surgery - Mount Sinai Hospital

Residency:
2003/08 Neurological Surgery - Mount Sinai Hospital

Fellowship Training:
2008/09 Spine Surgery - Medical College of Wisconsin

Academic Appointment:
2012/Present GRU/UGA Medical Partnership
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

2009/10 University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Staff Neurosurgeon - Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Group Practice:
2010/Present Partner, Georgia Neurological Surgery

Board Certification:
2013 American Board of Neurological Surgery

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B. Cristian Jaliu, M.D.

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Pre-Medical Education:
1992 California State University
Los Angeles, California - Completion of Pre-requisite Bioscience course work

Medical Education:
1996 Los Angeles College of Chiropractic
Whittier, California - D.C.

2004 Flinders University School of Medicine
Adelaide, Australia - B.M.B.S. (ECFMG Certified)

Internship:
2004/05 Transitional Year - Bassett Healthcare
Cooperstown, New York

Residency:
2005/08 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - University of Texas Southwestern
Dallas, Texas

Fellowships:
2008/09 Sports Medicine - John Peter Smith Hospital
Arlington, Texas

2009/10 Pain Medicine - John Peter Smith Hospital
Arlington, Texas

Group Practice:
2010/Present Associate - Georgia Neurological Surgery

Academic Appointment:
2012/Present Clinical Assistant Professor - GRU/UGA Medical Partnership

Board Certifications:
2011 American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Pain Medicine
2009 American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Sports Medicine
2009 American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Donna Martin, FNP-BC

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Donna Martin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from North Georgia College. She practiced as a nurse in various settings including the neurological ICU before returning to the Medical College of Georgia to obtain the degree of Master of Science in Nursing. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

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Kelly McElreath Graham, PA-C

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Kelly McElreath Graham is a nationally certified physician assistant who earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree at South University in Savannah, Georgia. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at LaGrange College. Kelly worked as a physician assistant in family practice until joining our healthcare team.

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Mandy Eichenlaub, PA-C

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Mandy is a nationally certified physician assistant. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from the University of Georgia. She then attended South University in Savannah, Georgia, where she received the degree of Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She is a member of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

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Kara Whyte, PA-C

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Kara Whyte is a physician assistant certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) since 1994. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wagner College, concomitantly earning her certificate of completion from Bayley Seton Hospital PA program in Staten Island, New York. Kara has worked as a physician assistant in family practice, college health and interventional radiology. She is a member of Georgia Academy of Physician Assistants (GAPA) and American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

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J. Nathan Ingle, PA-C

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Nathan is a nationally certified physician assistant. He attended Emory University, where he earned a Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant studies. He received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Mississippi State University. He is a member of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and the Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants (ANSPA).

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Matt Kellar, PT

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Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia in 1991. He is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the Spine (Cert. M.D.T.) from the McKenzie Institute U.S.A. He is certified in Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. S.M.T.) from the Spinal Manipulation Institute. He is a member of the McKenzie Institute U.S.A., the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG).

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Other Health Professionals

Melinda Watson, RN

Jennifer Hamrick, RN

Katie Erwin, RN

Katherine Tallini, RN

Connie McArdle, RN

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