Neurosurgeon in Chattanooga, Tennessee (TN)

Richard L. Kern MD



  • Chattanooga Neurosurgery & Spine
    1010 East Third St, Suite 202
    Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37403 - United States
    Phone: (423) 265-2233

About Our Practice

Dr. R. Lee Kern Jr. is a Neurosurgeon with the Chattanooga Neurosurgery & Spine clinic, located in Chattanooga, TN.

Chattanooga Neurosurgery & Spine: The CNS philosophy is to perform the smallest intervention possible that has a good likelihood of improving a patient’s current condition. Most of the time this consists of non-surgical treatment. CNS clinic has formulated an excellent program of physical therapy, medical management, and localized injections.

When surgery is indicated, we make a focused effort to perform the smallest surgery possible. We utilize minimally invasive techniques and the newest technologies to preserve a patient's range of motion and activity level. We are committed to getting our patients back to their optimal quality of life. Extensive fusions and spinal screw instrumentation are performed only when necessary for a handful of cases.

CNS Minimally Invasive Techniques Available:
Minimally invasive lumbar discectomy through a 20mm incision
Artificial cervical disc as an alternative to fusion
Artificial lumbar disc as an alternative to fusion
Minimally invasive lumbar fusion through two 1” incisions
Kyphoplasty for minimally invasive treatment of spinal fractures
Commitment to minimizing spinal fusions
Comprehensive non-operative program
Stereotactic radiosurgery for treatment of certain spine conditions
X-stop interspinous distraction device

  • Neurosurgeon
  • Board Certified
Area of Focus
  • Degenerative Spine
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Trauma
  • Tumor / Infection
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Hospital Affiliations
  • Erlanger Medical Center
  • Memorial Hospital
  • Parkridge Medical Center
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