Neurosurgeon with Florida Spine and Orthopedics
Dr. Jason M. Highsmith, M.D., F.A.C.S., graduated from Cornell University with an honor’s degree in pre-med. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Virginia, where he completed an internship and residency in Neurosurgery. While in Virginia, he built the university’s first spinal cord injury lab and conducted award winning research into the use of artificial blood products to treat spinal cord injury. Dr. Highsmith joined the faculty of Emory University where he completed a fellowship program in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. He has been in private practice for 14 years focusing his efforts on advancing medicine.
Many continuing medical education opportunities have taken him throughout Switzerland and Germany to study the latest techniques. Dr. Highsmith trained with Thierry Marnay, MD—the inventor of the most popular total disc replacement device—the Centinel Spine ProDisc. Humanitarian work took him to Belize where he assisted the only neurosurgeon in the country caring for children with hydrocephalus and spina bifida.
Dr. Highsmith works extensively with numerous medical device companies to design and develop spinal implants to improve patients’ lives. He has worked closely with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in studying ground-breaking therapies.
• Lead Investigator for the Integra/Covidien DuraSeal Post-Marketing Study
• Principle Investigator for the Medtronic Prestige® ST Cervical Disc System
• Principle Investigator for the Medtronic Prestige® LP Cervical Disc System
• Principle Investigator for the Globus Medical Secure®-C Cervical Disc System
• Principle Investigator for the Acadia® Facet Replacement System Study
Dr. Highsmith lectures internationally and has served as surgeon faculty for physician courses in endoscopic spine surgery, total disc replacement, neuromodulation, and many minimally invasive spine surgical procedures. He is the author of several peer-reviewed and published research articles and book chapters on the surgical management of back pain.