Fisher-Titus Medical Center Announces New Cleveland Clinic Spine Surgery at Fisher-Titus

August 7, 2013

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Dr. Don Moore 

Fisher-Titus Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic have announced a new clinical affiliation that will provide world-class spine surgery services to area residents through a program called Cleveland Clinic Spine Surgery at Fisher-Titus, according to Ross Matlack, Fisher-Titus president and CEO.  

“This second clinical affiliation with Cleveland Clinic allows us to meet a long-standing need in our community for a spine surgery program,” said Matlack. “The addition of the spine specialization to our current surgical team augments the outstanding work of physicians in our Pain Management Center as well as the skilled team of doctors at Advanced Neurologic Associates and our rehabilitation professionals in treating spine, back and neck conditions up to the point of surgery.”

The spine surgery program will be led by Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon Don K. Moore, M.D., who is moving to the area from Florida where he has been in practice for the past 16 years. Dr. Moore will provide a wide range of the latest spine surgery techniques for conditions such as disc herniations, spinal stenosis, and a variety of back and neck disorders.

 Dr. Moore will begin seeing patients in September.  His office will be at 34 Executive Drive, the same facility in which Advanced Neurologic Associates has its Norwalk offices. He will perform surgeries at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

“Fisher-Titus offers its patients high-quality pain management, neurology, and rehabilitation. The Cleveland Clinic Spine Surgery program will enhance the options and services for each patient,” said Dr. Stephen Samples, Vice Chairman for Regional Neurosciences in the Neurological Institute at Cleveland Clinic. ”Dr. Moore’s experience, expertise and utilization of the Cleveland Clinic Spine Surgery protocols will offer quality outcomes consistent with the success of our nationally recognized Spine Center.”

To support the spine surgery program, Fisher-Titus offers a full range of services, including pre-admission testing services before surgery; expertise from its surgical support team during surgery; high- quality inpatient rehabilitation; and home-based services and outpatient physical therapy after surgery to help patients in their recovery.

Cleveland Clinic Spine Surgery at Fisher-Titus will provide patients with access to innovative surgical treatments for spinal disorders, including minimally invasive techniques that result in less postoperative pain and faster recovery.

“This affiliation gives us the opportunity to bring specialists together with a multidisciplinary team approach to provide our patients with comprehensive spinal care,” said Matlack. “We can now offer a full range of treatment options to ensure that patients with spine problems get the treatment they need quickly, efficiently and easily without leaving our local community.  Our expert physicians and surgeons, highly trained staff and advanced technology mean our patients will receive the best possible care and excellent outcomes.”

Dr. Moore will be employed by Cleveland Clinic and be supported by the outstanding surgery team at Fisher-Titus that includes 24 surgeons, 17 registered nurses, 11 surgical technologists and other support staff with years of advanced training.  More than 6,700 surgical procedures were performed in 2012, including robotic-assisted procedures.

In June Fisher-Titus and The Bellevue Hospital, Bellevue, announced a clinical affiliation with Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute bringing world-class heart care to area residents and providing greater access to Cleveland Clinic’s academic, clinical and research best practices in cardiovascular and thoracic care. 

“Like the heart affiliation, this clinical affiliation will provide local access to this high level of care to our patients, allowing  more of our community members to stay here for their surgical care,” said Leslie Stoneham, chairman, Fisher-Titus board of directors. “We are pleased to have Cleveland Clinic working with us again to bring new and expanded services to our community.  It is through arrangements like this affiliation that we strengthen our hospital and community by providing vital medical services in our communities, as opposed to having patients travel to Toledo, Sandusky or Cleveland for these services.”

Additional Biography Information:

Don K. Moore, M.D.

Don K. Moore, M.D. will provide spinal surgical services at the Cleveland Clinic Spine Surgery at Fisher-Titus beginning in September.  He is relocating from Port Saint Lucie, Fla. where he has specialized in spine surgery at Florida Orthopaedic Specialists for the past 16 years. Hs special interests include cervical, degenerative and oncologic spinal disorders, minimally invasive spinal surgery and outcome and evidence based procedures.

During his tenure in Florida, Dr. Moore held numerous administrative positions at St. Lucie Medical Center including Chief of Surgery 2010-2011 and Chief of Staff from 2008-2009.  He is board certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is an active member of the North American Spine Society and the Lumbar Spine Research Society.  He also currently serves a clinical assistant professor at Florida State University Medical School.

A former Michigan resident, Dr. Moore was his high school valedictorian and earned a four-year Wayne State University (Detroit) Merit Scholarship.  He graduated magna cum laude from Wayne State in 1985 with dual undergraduate degrees, a bachelor of science in biology and a bachelor of arts in chemistry. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. 

Dr. Moore earned his doctor of medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1989.  His Orthopaedic Surgical Residency training was completed at the former University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Prior to his spine fellowship, he pursued an orthopaedic trauma fellowship in Chur, Switzerland.  Dr. Moore completed Spine Surgery Fellowship at University of Wisconsin in 1997.

Dr. Moore and his wife are moving to the area. Their two children attend the University of Michigan.

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