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News Room: St. Elizabeth Spine Center Names Medical Director

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Florence, KY - Dr. Raj Kakarlapudi has been named medical director of the St. Elizabeth Spine Center in Florence. The Spine Center offers patients a full continuum of care and the expertise of every type of specialist involved in spine care all in one convenient location.

Dr. Kakarlapudi joined Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers in 2010. Prior to that, he completed an orthopaedic surgical residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the department of orthopaedic surgery. He also completed a spine fellowship at Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital (OrthoIndy Spine).

The St. Elizabeth Spine Center is a one-stop shop of spine excellence featuring both inpatient and outpatient treatment, along with all the necessary diagnostics needed to treat spine issues. Patients benefit from both the convenience of a single location and the collaboration of the many different types of physicians involved in their care.

The center has 15 of the largest private rooms in the St. Elizabeth Healthcare system. It features four exam rooms, pre- and post-operative areas, two procedure rooms and a full array of the latest imaging technology for the diagnosis and treatment of spine issues.

“Since the opening of our Spine Center in Florence, Dr. Kakarlapudi has provided a tremendous amount of expertise to help patients with back pain and spinal issues,” says Chris Carle, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, St. Elizabeth Florence. “Medical experts from specialties such as neurosurgery, orthopaedics, interventional radiology, anesthesia, neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation work closely with Dr. Kakarlapudi to deliver comprehensive care to each patient.”

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