In 1954, Dr. Robert Allen Clark, Jr., the first neurosurgeon outside of the Atlanta area to become Board Certified, established a neurosurgical practice on First Street in downtown Macon. The office grew steadily over the decades with the addition of more surgeons and officially became named Georgia Neurosurgical Institute (GNI) in 1990. It is now located in the Professional Building of Atrium Health Navicent, on the 8th floor. This move enabled GNI to create a fully accredited state-of-the-art surgery center where minimally invasive procedures can be performed, allowing patients to forgo hospital stays. Being attached to Atrium Health Navicent also means that GNI physicians are only minutes away from the only Level One Trauma Center in this area of the state.
Georgia Neurosurgical Institute exists to provide neurosurgical care to patients of all social conditions, treating complicated problems involving the brain, spine, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. We endeavor to encourage quality care, medical research, innovation, and education on a local, national, and international basis.
After medical school, neurosurgeons are required to complete a minimum of a seven-year residency with a dedicated focus on the brain, spine, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves which make them the most highly–trained specialists to treat conditions of the nervous system. Additionally, GNI neurosurgeons are Board certified members of state, national and international medical organizations such as the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the World Federation of Neurological Societies (WFNS)
Our Commitment to Technology, Research & Education
Best known for pioneering technology, the physicians at GNI currently hold 56 patents for medical devices and research. We were the first in central Georgia to perform traditional lumbar fusions and the first to do minimally invasive (MIS) lumbar fusions. Using precision, the latest medical technology, and advanced techniques – some of which we pioneered ourselves; GNI neurosurgeons strive to lessen pain, reduce risk, and decrease recovery time. Additionally, our surgeons endeavor to improve healthcare worldwide by conducting research and sharing what they learn with others. They train other neurosurgeons worldwide, including those in underdeveloped countries where medical care is often scant or unavailable. Our experience and training are second to none.