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Roger H. Frankel, M.D.

Neurosurgeon

Roger H. Frankel M.D., FAANS is a board certified neurosurgeon and is President of Atlanta Brain and Spine Care. Since 1999, Dr. Frankel has cared for neurosurgical patients from throughout the Southeast and beyond, at his Atlanta practice. He is an expert in diagnosis and treatment of degenerative and injury-related spinal disorders. He has taken part in clinical research trials as well as publishing articles in peer reviewed journals. Advanced technical training to maintain cutting edge surgical skills is standard for him. However, his academic and research accomplishments are only a part of what makes Dr. Frankel a renowned surgeon. His patients describe him as compassionate and no-nonsense. They depend on his consistent approach to developing the right action plan and achieving the best outcome based on their individual needs. As a result of this, they know that they will be led to the best treatment option for their specific situation. Dr. Frankel emphasizes patient education and a thorough explanation of all treatment options in a way that everybody can understand.

Dr. Frankel received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA graduating cum laude in Biology. He attended medical school at New York University School of Medicine in New York City. He received an M.D. with Honors in Pathology after completing novel research on brain tumor genetics and defending a research thesis. Neurosurgical training was completed at Emory University here in Atlanta from 1992 to 1999. He has researched and published findings on brain tumors, pituitary disorders and surgical treatment of AVMs.

Dr. Frankel has been a pioneer in clinical research on the spinal implants at Piedmont Hospital and has been involved at the Shepherd Center in clinical research for treatments for spinal cord injury. He has studied the use of dynamic stabilization devices within the spine and has been involved in utilization of disc replacement technologies and minimally invasive spinal techniques. He is a big believer in using minimal incisions and minimizing muscular trauma to offer better surgical solutions for his patients. He also offers surgery in an ambulatory surgical setting for those patients who are medically appropriate. As a result, the techniques and surgical options that he offers eliminate the need for patients to travel to other cities for minimally invasive or laser surgery.

Dr. Frankel offers his expertise in the treatment of the following disorders with either minimally invasive or standard procedures as appropriate:

  • Disc herniations-cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine
  • Spinal stenosis-cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine
  • Spondylolisthesis-cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine
  • Degenerative disc disease-cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine
  • Tumors of the spine including of spinal cord, spinal nerve and bony origin
  • Trauma of the cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine including reconstructive surgery for fractures

Dr. Frankel is highly respected by his peers as evidenced by his election as President of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society from 2016-2017. He currently serves as the Medical Director of the Piedmont Hospital Spine Center Quality Program. He has served as both Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience and President of the Section of Neurosurgery at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. From 2011 through 2015 he served as Medical Director of Neurosurgical Services at the Shepherd Center, a U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital for the rehabilitation of patients suffering from catastrophic spinal cord and brain injuries.

In addition, Dr. Frankel has held multiple other hospital leadership positions and has received many honors. He has been listed in America’s Top Doctors, and U.S. News & World Report Best Doctors since 2011. He has been named as an Atlanta Magazine Best Doctor every year since 2011.

Dr. Frankel is an active member of several distinguished societies and organizations including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Georgia Neurosurgical Society, the Medical Association of Georgia and the Medical Association of Atlanta.

He lives in Atlanta with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys cooking, exercise, exploring the city for interesting culinary experiences and spending time with his family.

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Honors & awards

Chairman of Medical Director of the Piedmont Spine Center

Chairman of Piedmont Hospital’s Department of Neuroscience

Piedmont Hospital’s Operating Room Governance Board

Stroke Committee at Piedmont Hospital

Medical Director of Neurosurgical Services at the Shepherd Center

America’s Top Doctors

U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Doctor”

Atlanta Magazine “Best Doctor” in 2011

American Federation of Clinical Research Medical Student Award 1992

New York University Chancellor’s Service Award for Programming 1990

Specialties

  • Dynamic Stabilization Devices
  • Disc Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Brain Tumors
  • Pituitary Disorders
  • Arteriovenous Malformation treatment

Education

Undergraduate:

1984-1988

Brandeis University – B.S. in Biology

Medical School:

1988-1992

New York University School of Medicine – M.D.

Postdoctoral:

1992-1993

Emory University School of Medicine; Atlanta, GA – Intern in General Surgery

1993-1998

Emory University School of Medicine; Atlanta, GA – Resident in Neurologic Surgery

1998-1999

Emory University School of Medicine; Atlanta, GA – Chief Resident in Neurologic Surgery

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