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Laser Spine Institute Story

In every life, there comes a turning point, a time when you can choose to look the other way or choose to do something about it and make a difference. For three doctors in Tampa, that turning point came in 2005, when they could no longer look away from the patients they saw suffering from debilitating neck and back pain. So with just one operating room and nine employees, those three doctors — James St. Louis, Glenn Hamburg and Michael Perry — started Laser Spine Institute.

Today, that one operating room has become 25, those nine employees are more than 980 and that one facility in Tampa has grown to seven, state-of-the-art facilities throughout the country. To date, Laser Spine Institute has transformed more than 50,000 lives with its minimally invasive spine procedures. And as we continue to grow, we remain committed to our deeply personal cause of helping as many patients as possible.

Our journey isn’t over. It’s actually just beginning. With caring eyes and open hearts, we choose to look toward those who are searching for a solution to their neck or back pain. Knowing that looking away was never who we were anyway.

Our journey at a glance:

March 16, 2005 – Laser Spine Institute officially opens in Tampa, Florida, with three doctors, one operating room and nine employees.

March 23, 2005 – Carl Karnes has surgery, becoming Laser Spine Institute’s first patient. To this day, Carl has relief from his pain and is enjoying life.

January 2006 – Our Tampa facility grows from four to six operating rooms and from 50 employees to 100.

January 2008 – Laser Spine Institute Tampa grows from six to eight operating rooms. That same month, we open a new surgery center in Scottsdale, Arizona, to serve our patients in the Southwest.

November 11, 2009 – Laser Spine Institute expands to Philadelphia to serve our patients in the Northeast.

June 2011 – We open a new Laser Spine Institute surgery center in Oklahoma City.

January 2012 – Laser Spine Institute performs more than 400 surgeries per month with the help of over 450 employees. We continue to be a national leader in spine care.

April 10, 2012 – Laser Spine Institute performs our first minimally invasive stabilization surgery.

June 8, 2012 – Laser Spine Institute performs our first RegenaDISC® procedure.

August 14, 2012 – Laser Spine Institute is awarded the prestigious AAAHC three-year accreditation.

January 7, 2014 – Laser Spine Institute partners with American Chiropractic Association.

December 11, 2014 – A new corporate headquarters, boasting 176,000 square feet with an ambulatory surgery center, breaks ground in Tampa, Florida. That same month, Laser Spine Institute opens a surgery center in Cleveland.

January 12, 2015 – We open Laser Spine Institute St. Louis.

February 5, 2015 – We open Laser Spine Institute Cincinnati.

Early 2016 – Laser Spine Institute’s new corporate headquarters is slated to open in Tampa.

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