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Gary R. Gropper, M.D.


Dr. Gary R. Gropper is a board certified neurosurgeon who has practiced neurosurgery in Atlanta since 1986. He serves as an Attending Neurosurgeon at the Shepherd Center as well as Piedmont Hospital Atlanta.

Dr. Gropper received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in 1974, with a major in molecular biology, and a minor in general biology. Following two years as a researcher with the Department of Neurology at Vanderbilt, he earned his MD at the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine in 1978. After a general surgery residency, he completed a neurosurgical residency at the University of Tennessee, Department of Neurosurgery in 1985.

Since moving to Atlanta in 1986, Dr. Gropper has been a recognized leader in the neurosurgical community. He served as the Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience at Piedmont Hospital from 2002 until 2005. He has also served as a neurosurgical consultant for the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves, and is currently a Team Doctor and Medical Director for Woodward Academy.

Dr. Gropper’s special areas of interest include:

  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Surgery including Coflex Interlaminar Stabilization
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Cervical Disc Disease and Spondylosis

Dr. Gropper is a member of a number of professional associations including, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Georgia Neurosurgical Society and the North American Spine Society. He is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

In addition to his outstanding reputation as a neurosurgeon, Dr. Gropper is noted in the community for spreading joy and encouraging others to “pay it forward”, with his annual Christmas and Hanukkah yard display of inflatable characters. He is committed to our community and supports Our House Shelter for homeless families with newborns in Atlanta.

Dr. Gropper and his wife, Vickie, are proud parents of four children.

Dr. Gropper is a surgeon associate of the Atlanta Spine Alliance.

Honors & awards

Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience at Piedmont Hospital

Neurosurgical consultant to Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves

Team doctor for Woodward Academy


  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Surgery

    • X-Stop Interspinous Process Decompression
    • Baxano i- O Flex System Utilization

  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Cervical Disc Disease and Spondylosis


University of Tennessee, College of Medicine – M.D.

Vanderbilt University – Major in Molecular Biology, minor in biology

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