Our staff of Board Certified doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners possess extraordinary knowledge in back and neck pain conditions. MBSP is a leading authority on pain management and minimally invasive surgical treatment of brain and spine conditions. We are looking forward to meeting you, listening to how you feel about your unique situation, and stopping the pain.

Our extensive experience brings you peace of mind; our expertise and skill bring you relief of pain.

It’s who we are.

Dr. Sullivan - MBSP
BRIAN J. SULLIVAN, M.D.

Neurosurgeon

Board Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgery
Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, George Washington University Medical Center

Training:

  • Medical Degree (M.D.), Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Neurosurgery Residency, George Washington University Medical Center
  • M.B.A., The George Washington University School of Business
  • M.S., Physiology and Doctor of Medicine, Georgetown University
  • B.S., Dickinson College

Specialty:

  • Outpatient/Same Day Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization
  • Cervical Disc Replacement (Arthroplasty)
  • General Neurosurgery (including brain and spine tumors)

“The first question is: ‘How can we put you at ease?’ What guides me is asking what I would do if you were a member of my family. I want to be able to sleep at night with my decisions.This practice was founded on integrity and exceptional surgical skills, and although it’s an exciting time to be a spine surgeon with so many replacement and biological solutions available, I am always looking for options that help me avoid the operating room. I really believe there is a dedication at MBSP unlike anywhere else; we’re a family and a growing hospital system.”

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Dr. Sullivan - MBSP
BRIAN J. SULLIVAN, M.D.

Neurosurgeon

Board Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgery
Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, George Washington University Medical Center

“The first question is: ‘How can we put you at ease?’ What guides me is asking what I would do if you were a member of my family. I want to be able to sleep at night with my decisions.This practice was founded on integrity and exceptional surgical skills, and although it’s an exciting time to be a spine surgeon with so many replacement and biological solutions available, I am always looking for options that help me avoid the operating room. I really believe there is a dedication at MBSP unlike anywhere else; we’re a family and a growing hospital system.”

View Dr. Sullivan's introduction

Training:

  • Medical Degree (M.D.), Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Neurosurgery Residency, George Washington University Medical Center
  • M.B.A., The George Washington University School of Business
  • M.S., Physiology and Doctor of Medicine, Georgetown University
  • B.S., Dickinson College

Specialty:

  • Outpatient/Same Day Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization
  • Cervical Disc Replacement (Arthroplasty)
  • General Neurosurgery (including brain and spine tumors)
Dr. Burke - MBSP
TIMOTHY G. BURKE, M.D.

Neurosurgeon

Board Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgery
Director of Neurosurgery, Anne Arundel Medical Center
Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, George Washington University Medical Center

Training:

  • Medical Degree (M.D.), George Washington University
  • Neurosurgery Residency, The George Washington University Medical Center
  • Surgery Internship, George Washington University Medical Center
  • Chapman University

Specialties:

“At MBSP we involve you, our patient, and your family right from the start. Even with non-invasive surgery for neck and back pain, recovery takes a team effort. The MBSP team has a very real sense of community where we help each other at every level. Healing patients and seeing them regain their quality of life is very rewarding for all of us. It is what counts.”

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Dr. Burke - MBSP
TIMOTHY G. BURKE, M.D.

Neurosurgeon

Board Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgery
Director of Neurosurgery, Anne Arundel Medical Center
Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, George Washington University Medical Center

“At MBSP we involve you, our patient, and your family right from the start. Even with non-invasive surgery for neck and back pain, recovery takes a team effort. The MBSP team has a very real sense of community where we help each other at every level. Healing patients and seeing them regain their quality of life is very rewarding for all of us. It is what counts.”

View Dr. Burke's Introduction

Training:

  • Medical Degree (M.D.), George Washington University
  • Neurosurgery Residency, The George Washington University Medical Center
  • Surgery Internship, George Washington University Medical Center
  • Chapman University

Specialties:

Dr Dix - MBSP
GARY A. DIX, M.D.

Neurosurgeon

Board Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgery
Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, George Washington University Medical Center

Training:

  • Medical Degree (M.D.), University of Stellenbosch
  • Neurosurgery Residency, University of Calgary
  • M.B.A., The George Washington University School of Business
  • Surgery Fellowship, Foothills Hospital
  • Internship, Baragwaneth Hospital

Specialties:

“Innovation around spine treatment and ways to preserve motion without surgery is at an all-time high. MBSP is committed to sending patients to physical therapy and pain management as a first recourse. My MBSP colleagues are the most dedicated and professional group of healthcare givers I have ever worked with. Together we deliver excellent judgment, compassionate care, and outstanding results. We truly are specialists in peace of mind and relief of pain."

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Dr Dix - MBSP
GARY A. DIX, M.D.

Neurosurgeon

Board Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgery
Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, George Washington University Medical Center

“Innovation around spine treatment and ways to preserve motion without surgery is at an all-time high. MBSP is committed to sending patients to physical therapy and pain management as a first recourse. My MBSP colleagues are the most dedicated and professional group of healthcare givers I have ever worked with. Together we deliver excellent judgment, compassionate care, and outstanding results. We truly are specialists in peace of mind and relief of pain."

View Dr. Dix's Introduction

Training:

  • Medical Degree (M.D.), University of Stellenbosch
  • Neurosurgery Residency, University of Calgary
  • M.B.A., The George Washington University School of Business
  • Surgery Fellowship, Foothills Hospital
  • Internship, Baragwaneth Hospital

Specialties:

Dr. Sharma - MBSP
TUSHAR SHARMA, M.D.

Pain Management

Double Board Certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology

Training:

  • Medical Degree (M.D.), University of Texas
  • Pain Management Fellowship, University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Anesthesiology Residency, University of Texas
  • B.A., Duke University

Specialties:

  • Pain Management & Anesthesiology
  • Conservative Treatment Expert
  • Musculoskeletal and Spine Disorders
  • Non-Surgical Spine Specialist

“MBSP stands out by offering a 360 degree patient-centered approach. First, we listen to you. Then, we combine our expertise in healing neck and back pain to address your unique challenges. We want to stop your pain and restore you to function.

Other centers put the diagnosis first; we put our patients first.”

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Dr. Sharma - MBSP
TUSHAR SHARMA, M.D.

Pain Management

Double Board Certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology

“MBSP stands out by offering a 360 degree patient-centered approach. First, we listen to you. Then, we combine our expertise in healing neck and back pain to address your unique challenges. We want to stop your pain and restore you to function.

Other centers put the diagnosis first; we put our patients first.”

View Dr. Sharma's Introduction

Training:

  • Medical Degree (M.D.), University of Texas
  • Pain Management Fellowship, University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Anesthesiology Residency, University of Texas
  • B.A., Duke University

Specialties:

  • Pain Management & Anesthesiology
  • Conservative Treatment Expert
  • Musculoskeletal and Spine Disorders
  • Non-Surgical Spine Specialist
Romania Baig M.D.
ROMANA BAIG, M.D.

Pain Management

Double Board Certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology

Training:

  • Medical Degree (M.D.), University of Maryland
  • Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Anesthesiology Residency, University of Texas - Houston
  • B.S., Bucknell University

Specialties:

  • Pain Management
  • Anesthesiology
  • Non-Surgical Spine Specialist

“Helping my patients stop suffering and start enjoying life is one of my favorite jobs here at MBSP. My focus is personalized care to each patient. I'm the expert in conservative care options, patients come to me when they want to get better without surgery."

Romania Baig M.D.
ROMANA BAIG, M.D.

Pain Management

Double Board Certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology

“Helping my patients stop suffering and start enjoying life is one of my favorite jobs here at MBSP. My focus is personalized care to each patient. I'm the expert in conservative care options, patients come to me when they want to get better without surgery."

Training:

  • Medical Degree (M.D.), University of Maryland
  • Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Anesthesiology Residency, University of Texas - Houston
  • B.S., Bucknell University

Specialties:

  • Pain Management
  • Anesthesiology
  • Non-Surgical Spine Specialist
Carol Jerosimich - MBSP
CAROL JEROSIMICH, PA-C

Carol completed her Physician Assistant training at Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia. She spent eight years as a neurosurgical PA at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore. She also earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland. Carol has over 20 years of neurosurgical experience.

Carol Jerosimich - MBSP
CAROL JEROSIMICH, PA-C

Carol completed her Physician Assistant training at Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia. She spent eight years as a neurosurgical PA at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore. She also earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland. Carol has over 20 years of neurosurgical experience.

Frank Hepfer - MBSP
FRANK HEPFER, PA-C

Frank earned is Bachelors of Science degree at Salisbury State University, completing his Physician Assistant training at Anne Arundel Community College in 2000. Bringing experience in Pain Management, Orthopedic and Neurosurgery, Frank joined the practice in January 2006. He specializes in  disorders of the Brain, Cervical, Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joints.
 

 

Frank Hepfer - MBSP
FRANK HEPFER, PA-C

Frank earned is Bachelors of Science degree at Salisbury State University, completing his Physician Assistant training at Anne Arundel Community College in 2000. Bringing experience in Pain Management, Orthopedic and Neurosurgery, Frank joined the practice in January 2006. He specializes in  disorders of the Brain, Cervical, Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joints.
 

 

Wendy Riekers - MBSP
WENDY RIEKERS, PA-C

Wendy has 20 years of surgical experience as a physician assistant in neurosurgery and vascular surgery. She holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore county. She earned her professional certificate in physician assistant studies from Essex community college. She earned her graduate degree in physician assistant studies from the university of Nebraska.  Wendy specializes in post operative patient education and care. 

Wendy Riekers - MBSP
WENDY RIEKERS, PA-C

Wendy has 20 years of surgical experience as a physician assistant in neurosurgery and vascular surgery. She holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore county. She earned her professional certificate in physician assistant studies from Essex community college. She earned her graduate degree in physician assistant studies from the university of Nebraska.  Wendy specializes in post operative patient education and care. 

Kerrie Sullivan, RN, MSN, CFNP
KERRIE SULLIVAN, RN, MSN, CFNP

Kerrie earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island; and her M.S.N., Family Nurse Practitioner degree from The Catholic University of America.

Kerrie Sullivan, RN, MSN, CFNP
KERRIE SULLIVAN, RN, MSN, CFNP

Kerrie earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island; and her M.S.N., Family Nurse Practitioner degree from The Catholic University of America.

Karen Scott - MBSP
KAREN SCOTT, PA-C

Karen Scott earned her Physician Assistant degree along with her Masters of Science in Health Science in 2003 from George Washington University School of Medicine.  She received her undergraduate degree from University of Vermont in 1998.  She started her career working in orthopedic surgery in northern Virginia.  In 2005 she moved back to Annapolis and has focused her career on Pain Management ever since.  She specializes in trigger point injections, joint injections and medication management. 

Karen Scott - MBSP
KAREN SCOTT, PA-C

Karen Scott earned her Physician Assistant degree along with her Masters of Science in Health Science in 2003 from George Washington University School of Medicine.  She received her undergraduate degree from University of Vermont in 1998.  She started her career working in orthopedic surgery in northern Virginia.  In 2005 she moved back to Annapolis and has focused her career on Pain Management ever since.  She specializes in trigger point injections, joint injections and medication management. 

Simi Okuboye, CRNP
SIMI OKUBOYE, CRNP

Simi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Florida A&M University and her Master’s degree in Nursing from Howard University. Recently, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a post Master’s degree certificate for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners.

Simi Okuboye, CRNP
SIMI OKUBOYE, CRNP

Simi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Florida A&M University and her Master’s degree in Nursing from Howard University. Recently, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a post Master’s degree certificate for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Ducker - MBSP
THOMAS B. DUCKER, M.D.

Founder (Retired), Maryland Brain and Spine; Partner Emeritus

Training:

  • Doctor of Medicine University of Virginia School of Medicine, Residency at University of Michigan

Specialties:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Bone Transplantation
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Injuries
  • Editor, Journal of Spinal Disorders
  • Professor of Neurosurgery at University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Hospital

I created Maryland Brain and Spine because I wanted patients to experience a sense of trust, expertise, strength and well-being when seeking medical care for brain and spine disorders. Medical care for these conditions can be quite complex, but treating a patient should come down to three things: top-notch experience, respect and compassion."

Dr. Ducker - MBSP
THOMAS B. DUCKER, M.D.

Founder (Retired), Maryland Brain and Spine; Partner Emeritus

I created Maryland Brain and Spine because I wanted patients to experience a sense of trust, expertise, strength and well-being when seeking medical care for brain and spine disorders. Medical care for these conditions can be quite complex, but treating a patient should come down to three things: top-notch experience, respect and compassion."

Training:

  • Doctor of Medicine University of Virginia School of Medicine, Residency at University of Michigan

Specialties:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Bone Transplantation
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Injuries
  • Editor, Journal of Spinal Disorders
  • Professor of Neurosurgery at University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Hospital