Charles L. Branch Jr, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

Doctor Rating

4.6 out of 5

224 Ratings

Charles L. Branch Jr, M.D.


Clinical Interests

Spinal Disorders, Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, Spine Fractures, Herniated Discs, Neurosurgery, Spinal Tumors, Gamma Knife, Stereotactic Procedures

Contact Information

Department: 336-716-4081

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Education & Training

  • B.A., Oklahoma Christian College, 1977
  • M.D., U Texas Sthwstn Med Sch-Dallas, 1981
  • Internship, Surgery, North Carolina Baptist Hospita, 1982
  • Residency, Neurological Surgery, North Carolina Baptist Hospita, 1987
  • Residency, Neurological Surgery, University of California-San F, 1987

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery


  • Am Academy Of Neurological Sur
  • North Carolina Spine Society
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • Am Assn Of Neurological Surgeo
  • Soc Of Minimally Invasive Surg
  • Soc Of Neurological Surgeons
  • Southern Neurosurgical Society
  • Western Nc Chpt Soc For Neuros
  • Am Medical Assn
  • Congress Of Neurological Surge

NPI Number

  • 1821078403
Charles L. Branch Jr, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.6 out of 5

224 Ratings

Charles L. Branch Jr, M.D.

Chair, Neurosurgery
Professor, Neurosurgery

Research Interests

Spinal Diseases; Facial Pain; Lumbar Vertebrae; Radiosurgery; Cobalt Radioisotopes
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Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-4083 | Department: 336-716-4081

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Recent Publications

Intrawound vancomycin decreases the risk of surgical site infection after posterior spine surgery-a multicenter analysis. Devin CJ, Chotai S, McGirt MJ, Vaccaro AR, Youssef JA, Orndorff DG, Arnold PM, Frempong-Boadu AK, Lieberman IH, Branch C, Hedayat HS, Liu A, Wang JC, Isaacs RE, Radcliff KE, Patt JC, Archer KR.. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015;():.

Novel placement of cortical bone trajectory screws in previously instrumented pedicles for adjacent-segment lumbar disease using CT image-guided navigation. Rodriguez A, Neal MT, Liu A, Somasundaram A, Hsu W, Branch CL Jr.. Neurosurg Focus. 2014;36(3):E9.

The subdural evacuation port system: outcomes from a single institution experience and predictors of success. Neal MT, Hsu W, Urban JE, Angelo NM, Sweasey TA, Branch CL Jr.. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2013;115(6):658-664.

Subdural drainage catheter with self contained mechanism. Branch CL Jr, Eickman JP, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee.. United States patent US 8,403,878. 2013 Mar 26. 2013;():.

Surgeons agree to disagree on surgical options for degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine. Lee JY, Hohl JB, Fedorka CJ, Devin C, Brodke DS, Branch CL Jr, Vaccaro AR.. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011;36(3):E203-E212.

Physican-directed [sic] (off-label) use of recombinant bone morphogenic protein-2: let us do it well![editorial]. Branch CL Jr.. Spine J. 2011;11(6):469-470.

Building bridges [2009 Presidential address]. Branch CL Jr.. Spine J. 2010;10(1):1-4.

Spinal fusion: posterior approaches. Stevens EA, Branch CL Jr. In: Phillips FM, Lauryssen C, eds. The lumbar intervertebral disc. New York: Thieme Medical Publishers;2010: 216-225.

A review of surgical intervention in the setting of traumatic central cord syndrome. Stevens EA, Marsh R, Wilson JA, Sweasey TA, Branch CL Jr, Powers AK.. Spine J. 2010;10(10):874-880.

The role of surgery in traumatic central cord syndrome. Stevens EA, Powers AK, Branch CL Jr.. Neurosurg Q. 2009;19(4):222-227.

Surgical head support adapter. Berry J, Branch C, Reynolds J, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee.. United States patent US 603,967. 2009 Nov 10. 2009;():.

Minimally invasive en bloc resection of a spinal hemangioblastoma [online case study]. Stevens EA, Strowd R, Branch CL Jr.. AANS Online Case Studies. 2008;():.

Determination of a clinical value for the repair half-time (T1/2) of the trigeminal nerve based on outcome data from gamma knife radiosurgery for facial pain. Stieber V, Robbins M, deGuzman A, Tatter S, Ekstrand K, McMullen K, Branch C, Shaw E, Bourland JD, Lovato J, Munley M, Ellis T, et al.. Radiat Res. 2007;168(2):143-148.

Neurosurgery and spine: a vital synergy--Chairperson address, 2007 Annual Meeting of Section of Disorders of Spine and Peripheral Nerves [editorial]. Branch CL.. J Neurosurg Spine. 2007;7(4):377-378.

Evidence-based medicine: raising the bar [editorial]. Glassman SD, Branch CL Jr.. Spine J. 2007;7(5):513-515.

Does dose rate affect efficacy? The outcomes of 256 gamma knife surgery procedures for trigeminal neuralgia and other types of facial pain as they relate to the half-life of cobalt. Balamucki CJ, Stieber VW, Ellis TL, Tatter SB, DeGuzman AF, McMullen KP, Lovato J, Shaw EG, Ekstrand KE, Bourland JD, Munley MT, Robbins M, Branch C.. J Neurosurg. 2006;105(5):730-735.

The lumbar degenerative disc: confusion, mechanics, management. Kim PK, Branch CL Jr.. Clin Neurosurg. 2006;53():18-25.

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Professor, Neurosurgery

Clinical Interests

Spinal Disorders, Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, Spine Fractures, Herniated Discs, Neurosurgery, Spinal Tumors, Gamma Knife, Stereotactic Procedures
Charles L. Branch Jr, M.D.

Charles L. Branch Jr, M.D.

Chair, Neurosurgery
Professor, Neurosurgery

Doctor Rating

4.6 out of 5

Charles L. Branch Jr, M.D.224 Ratings


Doctor Ratings

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*Dr. Branch & *Ms. Elaine were the kind of folks that made me feel like I mattered & never rushed me I wish all doctors were like this!




I would highly recommend Dr Branch (and have) to anyone I feel could benefit from his care


always confident and should be


Best Doctor that I have ever seen


Very good.


He removed a blood clot on my spine on Dec. 19, 2015. I tell everyone how great *Dr. Branch is.


I feel that Dr. Branch is the best! I was having severe back/spine pain 3 years ago and I sincerely believe that God sent me to him because of his surgical ability. I would and do highly recommend his services to anyone needing them. Elaine Repass, NP is also great. I feel comfortable contacting her with issues. She was a great comfort to me before and after my spine surgery and since then as needed. I feel that both of these individuals are very compassionate people.


*Dr. Branch is the most concern and best doctor I have ever had.


Excellent! Well pleased.


I don't think I've ever experienced such kindness from a doctor. He spent enough time with me and was very patient with all of my questions.


Dr. Branch was very confident and explained in detail what the surgery would entail. Could not have been a better experience for me.


*Dr. Branch talked in normal, everyday language not with medical terms that people couldn't understand.


I have already referred several people


they take very good care of me


*Dr. Branch is the best there is in his field. My dr. for 24 years.


Dr. Branch listened well, explained my condition and treatment options in a clear and understandable way. I was impressed that he took the time to look at my medical record before entering the exam room and already had an idea of my health issue so I did not have to explain from the very beginning.


Surgery is not a good experience. Dr. Branch and his team (particularly PA, Elaine Repass) are the best.


Very good.






Surgery was great but communication with questions was bad




Listens to what my needs and concerns are at the time


Knowledgeable and trusted his decisions


It was brief and slightly dismissive.

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