Southeast Brain & Spine Surgery Surgeons

Marc S. Goldman, MD

Dr. Marc Goldman is a native of Columbus, Georgia. He attended Hardaway High School where he graduated Class Valedictorian and he received the city wide Page One Award for Music. He attended North Texas State University where he studied as a jazz music major and he then returned to the University of Georgia graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree. He pursued his medical education at Emory University School of Medicine where he received his medical degree in 1988. After completing a medical mission in Maua, Kenya, Dr. Goldman began his General Surgery Internship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He completed his residency training in Neurosurgery and a Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in 1994. Dr. Goldman then became Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Surgeon –in-Charge of Spine Surgery at Brown University School of Medicine/Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. He returned home in the spring of 1995 to establish this neurosurgery practice.

Dr. Goldman as authored many published scientific research articles. He serves as Faculty and Clinical Professor at the Martin Army Community Hospital, Clinical Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia – Southwest Campus, and the Columbus Regional Family Practice Residency program.

Dr. Goldman is American Board Certified in Neurological Surgery and he maintains continued medical education training above and beyond board requirements. He performs surgery and hospital admissions at Midtown Medical Center, Northside Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital and outpatient surgery at The Surgery Center. He treats almost all surgical disorders of the brain and spine and has a special interest in Functional Neurosurgery. Dr. Goldman is the only neurosurgeon in the region that treats advanced Parkinson’s disease and Essential Tremor with an implantable device known as a Deep Brain Stimulator or often called DBS. Additionally, Dr. Goldman is a member of the Trauma Team at Columbus Regional Midtown Hospital and is committed to providing around the clock emergency neurosurgical care to this community and region.

Dr. Goldman is a devoted family man. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three children. His hobbies include tennis, running, boating, water sports as well as traveling, fine dining and music.

Michael W. Gorum, MD

Dr. Michael Gorum was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1960. His family settled in north Alabama a few years later, he attended public school in Arab, Alabama graduating in 1978. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in chemistry and sociology from Birmingham-Southern College, and a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. While attending medical school, he was honored with membership in the Tinsley Harrison Medical Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor society.

Subsequent to his formal education he interned at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, first in internal medicine, then in general surgery. In January of 1998 he began neurosurgical training, completing this course in 1993, after serving a year as Chief Neurosurgical Resident.

To fulfill an educational training obligation, Dr. Gorum was assigned as a staff neurosurgeon at Wilford Hall Medical Center, located on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Aside from gaining a rudimentary knowledge of Spanish during this tour, he served as Assistant Chairman, then Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, as well as Chief Neurosurgical consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General. He also served in numerous committee roles, including ethics committee, trauma committee, and graduate education selection committee. During this time Dr Gorum was instrumental in the startup of the Radiosurgery Service at Wilford Hall, and was an integral part of the Skull Base Surgery Team.

After several years on Active Duty, Dr Gorum and his family looked to return to the deep south, near home and family. Columbus, Georgia was a good fit, he established his practice and in 1997. During his tenure in Columbus he has remained active in the community, and continued his commitment to quality medical care. His leadership was instrumental in establishing the Clinical Advisory Group at the Medical Center. That organization has overseen the development of numerous quality initiatives at Columbus’ largest hospital. He has also served as Chief of the Medical Staff, Chairman of the Credentials committee, and on numerous other committees. Among his professional memberships are the AMA, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the Muscogee County Medical Society. Dr. Gorum is a member of the Columbus Regional Health Board of Directors, Chairman of the Columbus Regional Hospital Authority.  He also serves as Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery for the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, and Clinical Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia – Southwest Campus.  He also participates as a mentor with Mercer University Physician Assistant Program

Dr Gorum has spoken on numerous topics concerning neurosurgery and quality management in health care. He has also published articles in both areas.

He is married to the former Tammy Tirey, whom he met during his training days in Birmingham. Tammy and the doctor has 2 young adult children and 1 dog. They enjoy the time they can spend with family, and are especially fond of the outdoors. He has completed several marathons, enjoys distance running and biking, and every second he can spend with his children. Dr. Gorum is a certified, instrument radio commercial pilot and has always had a love of flying.  He enjoys spending time in Montana and enjoys snow sports, fly fishing, hiking, and cross fit exercise.

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Nicholas Hempeck, DO

Dr. Nicholas Hempeck was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1978. He attended the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee for his undergraduate studies, and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 2002. Dr. Hempeck worked for the Neuroscience Research Department at the Medical College of Wisconsin for five years on research pertaining to spinal cord injury. Following his time in medical research, he studied medicine at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine where he earned his D.O. in 2011. He stayed in Chicago for his Neurological Surgery residency at Cook County Hospital. Dr. Hempeck graduated after serving as chief resident for two years in 2017. He is currently board eligible in Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Hempeck is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. His surgical interests lie in brain and spine tumor resection, degenerative spine disease, radiculopathy, spinal stenosis, brain and spine trauma, and neurological critical care. He is experienced in spinal fusion and stabilization techniques.

When time permits Dr. Hempeck enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies include golf, following motor sport, and swimming. He also enjoys trying new cuisines, restaurants, and traveling.

Meet Our Mid-Level Providers

Physician Assistants (PA’s) or Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are highly qualified health professionals who are prepared, through a demanding academic and clinical curriculum, to provide health care services with physician supervision. They gather and evaluate medical data and participate in the process of clinical decision making. Our mid-levels will also take vitals, perform physical exams, order appropriate laboratory and radiological tests, assist in surgery or in complex diagnostic procedures, participate in patient rounds, Emergency Dept., hospital consults, and diagnostic as well as therapeutic services. As a knowledgeable and skilled member of the neurosurgical health care team, the mid-level improves the patient’s access to health care and enhances the physician’s effectiveness by extending and complementing their capabilities in the delivery of health.

Joseph William Clemmons

PA-C

Bill Clemmons is a highly trained and skilled physician assistant in the surgical treatment of the spine. Bill attended Wichita State University’s Physician Assistant Program, Wichita, Kansas and was an Honor Graduate. Bill has work experience for nineteen years as a surgical physician assistant for disorders of the spine. Prior to his physician assistant training, Bill was in the U.S. Army and served as an Instructor/Shooter for the Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, GA. He is certified by the National Commission of Physician Assistants.

Juliet Walker

MMS, PA-C

Juliet Walker attended the University of California San Diego and earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Development prior to attending Stanford University’s PA program in Palo Alto, California. She earned a Masters in Medical Science from Saint Francis University located in Loretto, PA. She practiced in a large Orthopedic Specialty Group in San Diego prior to relocating to Columbus to work in neurosurgery. She is certified with the National Commission of Physician Assistants.

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