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The Baylor Scoliosis Center is staffed by a multi-specialty team including fellowship-trained scoliosis surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, physiatrists and physician assistants on the medical staff at Baylor who specialize in the care of patients with complicated spinal deformities.
At the Baylor Scoliosis Center, our focus is on delivering quality patient care. A physician and nurse are available 24 hours a day to provide access to care in the event of an emergency and our staff is committed to serving you.
We also help you manage your treatment costs by working with your insurance company. Often, scoliosis surgery is considered an appropriate medical treatment and is generally covered by insurance. We have significant experience in managing insurance issues and are ready to help.
Among the staff members at the Baylor Scoliosis Center are:
Our patient care coordinators help coordinate all aspects of your pre- and post-operative surgical care. They provide you and your family with education and counseling regarding your scoliosis procedure, as well as assist you with housing and travel arrangements should you require them.
The nurse navigator is your single point of contact who can guide you through the continuum of care. She will help you understand your diagnosis, treatment options and resources available including educating you about community resources, technologies, hospital services and support services. She will serve as an essential link between you and your health care provider.
Eric Sims, PAEric Sims received his bachelor’s degree at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. He worked as a medical technologist for five years before training as a physician assistant at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Eric worked in general orthopedics prior to joining the team at the Baylor Scoliosis Center and assists Dr. Hostin with patient care in both clinical settings and in the operating room. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Matt Wiggins, PA-C Matt Wiggins received his bachelor's degree in biomedical science from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He worked at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano for four years as a surgical technician and an anesthesia technician, before training as a physician assistant at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Matt assists Dr. O'Brien with patient care in both clinical settings and in the operation room. He is a member of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistance and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Our clinical research coordinator and acute nurse practitioner, Sue Saunders, ACNP-BC, conducts research in accordance with federal, state and institutional guidelines. She supports spine surgery clinical research by extensive chart review, data collection, database management, statistics and analysis.
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