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Medical Expert - Charles L. Branch, Jr., MD

Area of Expertise: Neurosurgery
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Charles L. Branch, Jr., MD

Professor of Neurological Surgery

A widely sought-after speaker at medical and surgical conferences, Branch pioneered the minimally invasive posterior interbody lumbar fusion technique (fusion of spine vertebrae), which he demonstrated in a live Internet broadcast in 2003. He is listed in both Best Doctors in America and America's Top Doctors, has contributed to several dozen books and journals, and is a former president of the North Carolina Neurosurgical Society.

Branch has been named to the 100 Best Spine Surgeons and Specialists in America list by Becker's Orthopedic & Spine's Annual Review. Physicians named to the list are selected for their leadership in prestigious spine organizations, their immense procedural and technological contributions to the field and other notable accomplishments pertaining to spine surgery.

Dr. Branch is a professor and chair of the department of neurological surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. His clinical specialties include spinal disorders, stenosis and spinal tumors, among others. In 2003, Dr. Branch co-founded the Brain Tumor Center of Excellence at Wake Forest to devote research to finding a cure for brain cancer. Four years later, he developed the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Research, which is dedicated to the treatment of serious spine injuries in children.

A former president of the North American Spine Society, Dr. Branch has extended his care beyond American borders on mission programs to Haiti, Nigeria and Guatemala, among other locations. 


acoustic tumors, brain tumors, spinal tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery (Gamma Knife), trigeminal neuralgia, spinal disorders, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, spine fractures, neurosurgery
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