Richard N.W. Wohns, MD, JD, MBA

Richard N.W. Wohns, MD, JD, MBA

Founder, President & Board Certified Neurosurgeon


NeoSpine, Puget Sound Region, Washington
Founder, Managing Member & Practicing Neurosurgeon, 1983-present

Founded neurosurgery practice, built three offices, outpatient surgery center, MRI scan facility, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery program, manage 47 employees.

Symbion, Inc., Nashville, TN 
Special Consultant for Spine Surgery, 

Development of de novo outpatient spine surgery centers and integration of outpatient spine surgery into existent multi-specialty surgery centers.

NeoSpine, LLC, Nashville, TN 
Founder, 2001 
Chairman of the Board, 2001-2008

Authored business plan for outpatient spine surgery center company, founded company, raised $20 million venture capital, designed and built national network of outpatient spine surgery centers.

South Sound Gamma Knife, Tacoma, WA
Business and Clinical Development, 2005-2008

Organization of partnership amongst neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, and St. Joseph Hospital for development of Gamma Knife center at St. Joseph Hospital.

Neurosurgical Consultants of Washington, Seattle, WA 
Vice President, 1997-2002

Organized and co-founded neurosurgical clinic without walls involving twelve neurosurgeons throughout Puget Sound Region.

St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
Medical Director, Neuro Unit, 1990-1992

Responsible for clinical oversight of neurosurgical intensive care unit.

CARE, Tanzania, Africa 
Physician for Mt. Kilimanjaro climb, 1998

Responsible for medical care of climbers on fund-raising successful ascent of the Western Breach route of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

International Society of Mountain Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland 
Vice President, 1988-1991

ISMM’s goals are to bring together physicians, scientists and allied professionals interested in mountain medicine, to encourage research on all aspects of mountains, mountain peoples and mountaineers and to spread scientific and practical information about mountain medicine around the world.

Ultima Thule Everest Expedition, Tibet, China 
Medical Director and Climber, 1984

Medical research expedition with approach through Tibet and ascent of Northwest Buttress of Mt. Everest. Helped fund expedition with grants from U.S. Army and Dreyfus Foundation. Research included a double-blind controlled randomized study of Dilantin prophylaxis of acute mountain sickness, the first evaluation of visual evoked potentials at high altitude, study of high altitude retinal hemorrhages, and measurements of pulmonary plethysmography. We successfully climbed 800 feet from the summit on the classic Mallory-Irvine route.


Seattle University, School of Law, Seattle, WA
J.D., May 2011

University of Washington, School of Business, Seattle, WA
MBA, received June 1997

University of Washington, Department of Neurological Surgery, Seattle, WA
Surgery Intern, 1977-1978
Neurosurgery Resident, 1978-1982
Chief Resident and Acting Instructor in Neurological Surgery, 1982-1983

National Hospital, Queen Square, London, England
Post-Graduate Fellow in Neuroradiology, 1980

Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
M.D., received June 1977

Harvard College, Cambridge, MA
A.B., received June 1973
Honors: Magna Cum Laude


American Board of Neurological Surgery, Board Certified: 1986

Washington State Medical License, 1978

Illinois State Medical License, 2005


Associate Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington


American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Society of Lateral Access Surgeons (SOLAS)

Washington State Association of Neurological Surgeons

Western Neurosurgical Society

North American Spine Society

American College of Surgeons (FACS)

American Medical Association

Washington State Medical Association

American Alpine Club

Himalayan Club

Explorers Club

International Society for Mountain Medicine

American Health Lawyers Association

Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Society (Founding Member)


angelMD, Chief Medical Officer
2015 - present

Brain Injury Alliance of Washington, Director
2015 – present

Aqueduct Neurosciences, Director
2013 - present

South Sound Neurosurgery Research & Education Institute, Director
2009 - present

U.S. Radiosurgery, Board of Directors
2008 - 2011

Archus Orthopedics, Data Safety Monitoring Board 
2006 - 2009

Ranier Technology Ltd., Scientific Advisory Board 
2006 - present

NeoSpine, LLC, Chairman, Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board
2001 - 2008

Seattle Conservatory of Music
1997 - 2003

Commencement Bay Rowing Club
1997 - 2002

SeaMed, Inc., Board of Directors 
1999 – 2001


Surgical Neurology International
2014 – present

European Spine Journal
2014 – present

World Neurosurgery
2014 – present


Western Neurosurgical Society
President, 2013-2014
Vice President, 2011-2012

Ethics Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
Committee member, 2010-2013

Assessment of questionable practices and review of substandard practices. In advisory capacity, committee has broad sweep of responsibility, and may make recommendations to the AANS Board of Directors. In review capacity, committee reviews cases or issues presented to it.

Education and Practice Management Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Committee member, 2010-2013

Committee creates continuing medical educational programming driven by assessed needs of neurosurgical membership.

Bylaws Committee, 
Western Neurosurgical Society
Chairman, 2009-present

Oversight, interpretation, modification of corporate bylaws

Liability Committee, AANS
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Chairman, 2005-2008
Committee Member, 2002-2005, 2009-2011

Committee served as interface between American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the medical malpractice insurance company, The Doctors Company

Quality Improvement Workgroup Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Committee Member, 2005-2008

The QIW is tasked with promoting sound federal public policy that supports neurosurgeons and the patients they serve.

American Association of Neurological 
Surgeons Bulletin
Editorial Board, 2005-2008

Authored and edited articles related to socioeconomics of neurosurgery

Council of State Neurosurgical Societies
Chairman, Northwest Quadrant, 2005-2008
Washington State Delegate, 2002-2008

The CSNS is the socioeconomic, grassroots neurosurgical society that reports to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the Washington Committee.

Washington State Association of Neurological Surgeons, Seattle, WA
President, 2003-2005

Coordinated academic and socioeconomic activity for sixty neurosurgeons in Washington State

Medical-Legal Committee, CSNS
Committee Member, 2002-2008 
Committee Chairman, 2016-present

Research, report, and educate CSNS and AANS/CNS members on medico-legal issues affecting neurosurgical practice, including professional liability, informed consent, Medicare fraud and abuse regulation and enforcement, CPT coding/E&M documentation rules, antitrust laws, and other pertinent law or regulation.

Reimbursement Committee, CSNS
Committee Member, 2002-2005

Coordinate CSNS participation with the AANS/CNS Coding and Reimbursement Committee in CPT coding and reimbursement activities of the AANS and CNS, including CPT Editorial Board and Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) issues and actions. Disseminate current information to CSNS members on coding and reimbursement topics, controversies, and proposals. Develop a knowledgeable workgroup of CSNS committee members available to contribute time and expertise to CPT and RUC-related work projects.


Consultant to LDR Spine
2011 - present

Health Policy Consultant to Nuvasive, Inc.
2010 - present

Consultant to Orthofix for development of anterior cervical plate device and instrumentation system
2010 - present

Consultant to Thompson MIS, Inc. for development of minimally invasive surgery devices
2010 - present

Special consultant to Symbion, Inc. for development of outpatient spine surgery centers
2008 – present

Medical-legal forensic consultant and expert witness
1995 - present

Chief consultant, Ambulatory MicroNeurosurgery Consultants
1997 – 2001


4th Degree Black Belt: Tae Kwon Do, Cycling, Tennis, Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Mountaineering, Travel, Music


Rated one of 100 Best Spine Surgeons and Specialists in America, Joimax,
February 2011.

Rated one of 50 Best Spine Specialists in USA, Becker’s ASC Review,
February 2010.

Finalist for the 2010 Mark Reutlinger Scholarship for Excellence in Legal Writing.

One of top three “Outstanding Health Care Executives – Metropolitan Region,” Seattle Business Journal, March 2009.


Wohns, RNW, Glickman, M, and Kerstein, M.D.: Osteomyelitis Following Translumbar Aortography. Angiology 28:7, 1977.

Wohns, RNW: First Appendectomy Performed at High Altitude. Summit, August-September 1978.

Wohns, RNW: First Medical Glimpse into Regions Around Annapurna. Summit, October-November 1978.

Wohns, RNW, and Wyler, AR: Prophylactic Phenytoin in Severe Head Injuries. Journal of Neurosurgery 51:507-509, 1979.

Dunn, R, Howe, J, Wohns, RNW, and Kelly, WA: Spinal Epidural Metastases. Journal of Neurosurgery 52:47-51,1980.

Lohse, DC, Senter, HJ, Kauer, JS, and Wohns, RNW: Traumatic Paraplegia. Journal of Neurosurgery 52:335-345, 1980.

Wohns, RNW: High Altitude Cerebral Edema: A Pathophysiological Review. Critical Care Medicine 9:880-882, 1981.

Fried, I, Mateer, C, Ojemann, G, Wohns, RNW, and Fedio, P: Organization of Visual Spatial Function in Human Cortex: Evidence of Electrical Stimulation. Brain 105:349-371, 1982.

Wohns, RNW, and Kerstein, MD: The Role of Dilantin in the Prevention of Pulmonary Edema Associated with Cerebral Hypoxia. Critical Care Medicine 10:433-436, 1982.

Wohns, RNW, Tamas, L, Pierce, K, and Howe, J: Use of Chlorpromazine as Treatment for Neurogenic Pulmonary Edema: Case Report. Critical Care Medicine 13:210-211, 1985.

Wohns, RNW, Colpitts, M, Clement, T, Karuza, A, Blackett, WB, Foutch, R, and Larson, E: Phenytoin and Acute Mountain Sickness on Mt. Everest. American Journal of Medicine 80:32-36, 1986.

Wohns, RNW: Transient Ischemic Attacks at High Altitude. Critical Care Medicine 14:517-518, 1986.

Clement, T, Wohns, RNW, Nichols R: Mt. Everest Expedition Researches Acute Mountain Sickness. Medical Electronics, April 1985.

Colpitts, M, Wohns, RNW, Colpitts, Y, Clement, T, Blackett, WB, Karuza, A: The Effect of High Altitude on Visual; Evoked Potentials in Humans on Mt. Everest. Neurosurgery 21:352-256, 1987.

Wohns, RNW, and Robinett, R: Day Surgery for Lumbar Microdiskectomy, Experience with 60 cases. Ambulatory Surgery 4:31-33, 1996.

Wohns, RNW, and Robinett, R: Outpatient Anterior Cervical Microdiskectomy: Experience with 106 cases. Ambulatory Surgery 7:35-37, 1999.

Wohns, RNW: Microeconomics of Microneurosurgery. Neurosurgery Quarterly 10(1):80-82, 1999.

Wohns, RNW: What is a “Fair Salary” for a Surgical Sub-specialist? Neurosurgery Focus, April, 2002.

Wohns, RNW: Outpatient Spinal Surgery, Chapter 2: Setting Up an Ambulatory Spinal Surgery Clinic; Chapter 3: The Business of Outpatient Spinal Surgery; editors: Perez-Cruet and Fessler, Quality Medical Publishing, Inc. 2002.

Wohns, RNW: Liability is Rooted in Elective Spine Cases. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Bulletin 14 (2), Summer 2005.

Wohns, RNW: Why Neurosurgeons Drop Craniotomy Privileges. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Bulletin 15 (1), Winter 2006.

Wohns, RNW: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Chapter 9: The Business of Outpatient Spine Surgery; editor: Perez-Cruet, Quality Medical Publishing, Inc., 2006.

Joseffer, S, Shin, P, and Wohns, RNW: 
Outpatient Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: Indications and Clinical Experience in a Consecutive Series of 390 Patients, Neurosurgery Quarterly 20(2): 107-110, 
June 2010.

Wohns, RNW: Corporate Practice of Medicine Doctrine and Direct Hospital Employment of Physicians, submitted for publication, 2010.

Wohns, RNW: Loss of Mental Competency: End of Life Issues Related to Advance Health Care Directives and Mental Health Advance Directives, submitted for publication, 2010.

Wohns, RNW: Safety and Cost-Effectiveness of Outpatient Cervical Disc Arthroplasty. Surgical Neurology International, 2010.

Wohns, RNW, Nakano, N, et al: Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion, Chapter 2: Establishing a Minimally Invasive Spine Center; editor: Perez-Cruet, Quality Medical Publishing, Inc., 2011.

Wohns, RNW: A Comparison of the Safety of Lumbar Fusions Performed as Outpatient (<25-Hour Discharge) or Inpatient (>24-Hour Discharge) Procedures, The Spine Journal 12(9) Suppl: S155-S156, September 2012.

Wohns, RNW: Demographics, Safety, and Cost: Inpatient vs. Outpatient Lumbar Fusion, submitted to Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques, 2014.

Wohns, RNW, Dyrda, L: An Anatomic Approach to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Chapter 10: Establishing an Ambulatory Spine Surgery Center; Editors: Perez-Cruet, Fessler, Khoo, and Wang, Quality Medical Publishing, Inc., 2016.