Regis W. Haid, Jr., MD, Spine Surgeon
Regis Haid is a Board Certified neurosurgeon with over twenty years of experience treating complex spinal problems. He co-developed the design of multiple surgical devices and techniques now utilized throughout the world. Included in the advances Dr. Haid has brought to spinal neurosurgery are:
Dr. Haid (who always prefers his colleagues to call him “Reg”) grew up in Memphis playing multiple sports as a young man. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1978 focusing on theology and philosophy. He was fortunate to be surrounded by excellent athletes on the Notre Dame rugby team , thus receiving several awards during his time there. He completed medical school at West Virginia University, where he served as President of his class, and was elected to the medical honorary society, Alpha Omega Alpha. After completing a dual fellowship in Orthopaedics and Spinal Neurosurgery at the University of Florida in 1989, Reg served in the U.S. Air Force for four years as a surgeon at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, directing the spinal program of the USAF . He was also invited to lecture and teach surgical techniques at military centers throughout the United States, including Walter Reed Army Hospital and Bethesda Naval Hospital.
In 1993 Dr. Haid joined the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University in Atlanta where he worked for over a decade training residents and neurosurgical fellows and developing innovative surgical techniques. He founded and was Director of the Emory Spinal Fellowship program, and attained status of Professor. In 2003, Dr. Haid and his partners established Atlanta Brain and Spine Care, whose offices are located on the campus of Piedmont Hospital. Their practice has received the prestigious Spinal Research Foundation Center of Excellence. Dr. Haid now serves as the Director of The Piedmont Spine Center as well as Director of Neuroscience for Piedmont Health Care System. He has been instrumental in the development of the hospital’s Spine Center and Brain Tumor Center.
Reg’s childhood fascination with the science and practical considerations of “fixing things” such as engines on his grandfather’s farm served Reg well as he began his study of medicine. So, too, did his commitment to athletics, team sports and fitness. The same strong work ethic and common sense approach to solving problems that were successful on the family farm, the rugby pitch and baseball diamond have equal value in the operating room and the clinic.
Reg’s dedication and compassion with his patients, his commitment to the education and training of neurosurgical residents and fellows, and his exceptional technical skills as a surgeon have earned Reg accolades throughout his career. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Award from the Joint Spine Section of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). He was the youngest physician ever to be invited to give the prestigious Schneider Lecture at the AANS national convention as well as the Penfield Lecture at the Canadian Congress of Neurologic Surgeons. He has also served as the Drake Lecturer at the University of Virginia and the Chairman of the Spine Section of the AANS and the CNS.
He has edited or written ten textbooks, over 150 peer reviewed papers, 60 book chapters and given more than 500 lectures throughout the world. He has been honored as a Visiting Professor at more than 25 institutions, including Mayo Clinic, University of Virginia, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, UCLA, Baylor, Cornell-Sloan Kettering, Cedar-Sinai, University of Chicago, and UAB, among others. He continues to direct courses and lecture throughout the world on the treatment of spinal disease.
He holds more than 14 patents, with several more patents applied for, all in the realm of spinal reconstruction techniques.
He has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, Journal of Spinal Disorders, Clinical Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery, Contemporary Neurosurgery, The Spine Journal, Journal of Neurosurgery:Spine, and the Journal of the Spinal Research Foundation.
He has been named among the “Best Doctor’s in America” since 1994, and further recognized by; Top Surgeons, Consumer’s Research of America; Best Doctors in Atlanta and several Who’s Who lists.
“I want to take care of my patients as if they were my family,” is Dr. Haid’s credo, and his entire professional life has been devoted to improving the lives of others through compassionate care and surgical excellence.
He currently resides in Atlanta. Dr. Haid with his wife Mary Ellen have the blessing of six children.