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Richard N. Wohns, M.D., JD, MBA



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Professional Statement

Dr. Wohns is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard College in Biochemistry, a graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine, and completed a residency in Neurosurgery at the University of Washington. He is a Board Certified neurosurgeon and an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington, with a private practice in the Puget Sound region. Dr. Wohns received his MBA from the University of Washington in June 1997 and his JD from Seattle University School of Law in May 2011. Dr. Wohns was Medical Director of the Ultima Thule Everest Expedition in 1984, and performed high altitude brain research on Mt. Everest. He also has performed an appendectomy on a porter during an expedition to K2, the second highest mountain in the world. After pioneering an innovative outpatient spine surgery program in the Puget Sound region, he founded NeoSpine, LLC in 2001 to develop a national network of outpatient spine surgery centers. Symbion, Inc., acquired NeoSpine in 2008, and Dr. Wohns serves as chief consultant to Symbion for outpatient spine surgery center development. Dr. Wohns co-founded U.S. Radiosurgery, a company that developed and managed Gamma Knife and Cyberknife Radiosurgery centers throughout the United States. Alliance Oncology, Inc. acquired U.S. Radiosurgery in 2011. Dr.Wohns’ expertise in the field of neurosurgery includes outpatient and minimally invasive spine surgery, complex spine surgery, cervical and lumbar disc arthroplasty (artificial discs). He is one of the first US neurosurgeons qualified to perform the revolutionary XLIF technique for minimally invasive lumbar fusions. Dr. Wohns has performed more than 3000 outpatient cervical and lumbar surgeries and has published these series in the medical literature. He has successfully leveraged the positive aspects of spine surgeries performed in focused facilities including lower cost, higher patient satisfaction than inpatient experiences, and improved outcomes. Dr. Wohns lectures nationally and internationally on the clinical, business, and legal aspects of outpatient spine surgery. Dr. Wohns was Vice President of Neurosurgical Consultants of Washington; Director on the Board and Vice President of Business Development for UltraImage, LLC; Director on the Board of SeaMed Corporation and U.S. Radiosurgery; Vice President of the Western Neurosurgical Society; Chairman of the Northwest Quadrant of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies; and President of the Washington State Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is President Elect of the Western Neurosurgical Society, and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of Ranier Technology, Ltd, and Thompson MIS. Dr. Wohns is a health policy consultant to Nuvasive, Inc, a consultant to LDR, and a medical-legal consultant. He serves on committees of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and is a member of many professional neurosurgical, medical, legal, and mountaineering societies. Dr. Wohns is a highly devoted martial arts master with a 4th degree black belt (Master Level) in Tae Kwon Do, and is an avid bicyclist, skier, and competitive tennis player.

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Yale University School of Medicine
medical school
University of Washington
University of Washington
masters in business administration
Seattle University School of Law
juris doctor degree
Harvard College
undergraduate, Magna Cum Laude - Biochemistry

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery
Surgery, Neurological

Clinical Interests

  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Accessory Nerve Disease
  • Accessory Nerve Injury
  • Acoustic Neurofibromatosis
  • Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy
  • Aneurysm
  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Arnold Chiari Malformation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Back Fracture
  • Back Pain
  • Back Surgery
  • Benign Neoplasm Of Brain
  • Biopsy Of Brain
  • Biopsy Of Skull
  • Brain Laceration
  • Burr Hole
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis
  • Cerebellar Anomaly
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebral Cyst
  • Cerebral Decompression
  • Cerebral Edema
  • Cerebral Hernia
  • Cervical Arthritis
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Spinal Fusion
  • Cervical Spinal Injury
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cns Lymphoma
  • Colloid Cyst
  • Compression Fracture
  • Congenital Cerebral Hernia
  • Cranial Nerve Diseases
  • Cranial Nerve Disorders
  • Cranial Nerve Injuries
  • Cranial Nerve Palsy
  • Cranial Nerve Repair
  • Cranial Puncture
  • Cranial Vault Malformations
  • Craniectomy
  • Craniocele
  • Craniotomy
  • Cranium Bifidum
  • Csf Shunt Removal
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Decompression Median Nerve At Elbow
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Disc Replacement
  • Diskectomy
  • Dorsal Column Stimulator
  • Dural Sinus Thrombosis
  • Electrical Sacral Stimulation
  • Encephalocele
  • Encephalocele Repair
  • Encephalomegaly
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Extradural Abscess
  • Facial Pain
  • Gamma Knife
  • Ganglioglioma
  • Ganglioneuroblastoma
  • Gliomatosis Cerebri
  • Gliosarcoma
  • Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
  • Head Reconstruction
  • Hemangiopericytoma
  • Herniation Syndrome
  • Hydrorhachis
  • Injury Of Optic Chiasm
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Intracranial Arterial Bypass
  • Intracranial Arterial Occlusion
  • Intracranial Hemangioma
  • Intracranial Hemorrhages
  • Intracranial Mass
  • Intraspinal Abscess
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphosis
  • Lesion Of Median Nerve
  • Lesion Of Popliteal Nerve
  • Lesion Of Posterior Tibial Nerve
  • Lesion Of Sciatic Nerve
  • Lipomyelomeningocele
  • Lobectomy Of Brain
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lower Back Injuries
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spinal Fusion
  • Meningocele
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Migraine Surgery
  • Migraine Treatment
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Myelopathy
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma
  • Needle Biopsy Of Brain
  • Needle Biopsy Of Cerebral Meninges
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Neurofibrosarcoma
  • Nonruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Open Biopsy Of Brain
  • Optic Nerve Decompression
  • Optic Nerve Surgery
  • Orbital Nerve Decompression
  • Parkinsons Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Peripheral Schwannoma
  • Periventricular Mass
  • Petrous Apex Tumor
  • Pituitary Adenoma
  • Post-Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Prolactinoma
  • Radiculopathy
  • Rathke's Cleft Cysts
  • Removal Acoustic Neuroma
  • Repair Of Brain
  • Ruptured Brain Aneurysm
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Scheurmanns Disease
  • Sciatica
  • Shevel Procedure
  • Skull Fracture
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Cord Diseases
  • Spinal Dural Graft
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instrumentation
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spine Stapling
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Spongioblastoma
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiotherapy
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subcaudate Tractotomy
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Surgery For Spasticity
  • Surgical Treatment Of Myelopathy
  • Syringobulbia
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Ulnar Nerve Surgery
  • Vascular Malformations Of The Brain
  • Vascular Malformations Of The Spine
  • Ventricular Shunt
  • Ventriculocisternostomy
  • Ventriculostomy
  • Vertebral Epiphysitis
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Visual Cortex Injury
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Professional Associations

American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Western Neurosurgical Society, Washington State Association of Neurological Surgery, AMA, WSMA
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  • English

Practice Locations

Richard N. Wohns practices at two locations

1519 3rd Street Southeast
Puyallup, WA 98372
901 Boren Avenue
Cabrini Medical Tower

Seattle, WA 98104
Affiliated Facilities
  • Swedish Cherry Hill
  • Swedish First Hill