Gary P. Kaufman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Gary Kaufman is currently the co-medical director of The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia, and has been practicing since 1984. Dr. Kaufman is double board certified in pain medicine and neurological surgery (only a handful in the USA hold these credentials). He received his undergraduate degree from SUNY at Stony Brook, and his medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (half) and SUNY Buffalo (where he graduated and received his degree). Dr. Kaufman received his doctorate in medicine from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1978 after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from The State University of New York at Stony Brook. He completed a neurosurgery residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and after retiring from his neurosurgery practice, he completed an Interventional Pain Management fellowship at Georgia Pain Physicians, a division of Emory University Department of PM&R.
Dr. Kaufman has special expertise in the evaluation and treatment of pain originating in the spine. He has been evaluating and treating patients with back and neck problems for close to 30 years. Dr. Kaufman is one of a handful of specialists in the entire United States with board certification in both neurosurgery and pain medicine. Dr. Kaufman’s unique experience of having operated on several thousand spines when he was practicing operative neurosurgery, and subsequently having done many thousands of interventional pain procedures, allows him to quickly identify the source of a patient’s problem and formulate the most effective treatment plan individually tailored to each patient’s needs. Dr. Kaufman is one of a handful of spine specialists in the world, who can honestly say they know the spine both from the inside and the outside.
Why is he unique as a doctor? “I know the spine inside and out, having operated many times, including complex spine surgery.”
When he is not busy helping his patients at The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia, he enjoys pocket billiards, bike riding, skiing, and fishing.
Here are a few more fun facts about Dr. Kaufman:
- If he wasn’t a doctor, he would be a professional pool player.
- He lived in several locations including: Brooklyn, Stony Brook, Guadalajara, Bronx, Atlanta, and Seal Island.
- The most exciting place he visited was Botswana.
- He speaks Spanish and English.
- His favorite subject in school: Chemistry.
- His least favorite subject in school: English.
If you are looking for a pain management doctor, Dr. Kaufman is passionate about helping people and his patients, which is also why he became a doctor.
- Interventional Pain Management
- Board Certified in Pain Medicine
- Board Certified in Neurological Surgery
PAIN CENTER AFFILIATION
- The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia Brunswick and St. Marys
- Southeast Georgia Health System – Active Staff
- Bachelor of Science – SUNY at Stony Brook, New York – Biology
- Doctor of Medicine – SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, New York
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York – Surgery
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York-Neurosurgery
- Georgia Pain Physicians, Emory University PMR, Atlanta, Georgia – Interventional Pain Management
CERTIFICATION AND LICENSOR
- Georgia State Medical License: 1984 to present
- American Board of Neurological Surgery: 1987
- American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Subspecialty: Pain Medicine 2004. Re-certified in 2015
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY: 1978-1984
- Internship: Surgery: 1978-1979
- Residency: Neurosurgery: 1979-1984
- Georgia Pain Physicians, a division of Emory University Department of PM&R: 2003-2004
- Fellowship: Interventional Pain Management
- The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia – 2008 to present
- Brunswick Pain Clinic – 2004-2008
- Georgia Pain Physicians Marietta, GA 2003-2004
- Cobb Neurosurgical Associates Marietta, GA 1984-1993
- American Association of Pain Medicine
- Medical Association of Georgia
- Member of Congress of Neurological Surgeons
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons
- Fellow of American College of Surgeons
The specialists at The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia treat any disability resulting from disease or injury involving muscles, nerves and bones. The focus is not on one part of the body, but instead on the development of a comprehensive program for putting the pieces of a person’s life back together medically, socially, emotionally, and vocationally after injury or disease. Our medical providers manage issues that span the entire spectrum, from complicated multiple trauma to injury prevention for athletes.
Approaching pain as both a symptom and a diagnosis, The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia’s primary goal is to determine the underlying reason for why patients are in pain. A thorough history and physical examination are performed and the findings are combined with diagnostic testing to determine if there is a mechanical or anatomic abnormality present. Nervous system dysfunction is also evaluated. Once the evaluation is complete, a customized multidisciplinary treatment plan is started. If needed, interventional pain procedures are performed in their state of the art ambulatory surgery center conveniently located next to the Brunswick practice location. Our goal is to decrease pain and enhance performance without surgery.