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Our Team

The Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery Program includes a multidisciplinary team of physicians, clinicians, and support staff that work together to achieve excellent patient care, outcomes, and experience. Below are two leaders of the program who you will interact with along with other team members that round out our comprehensive program.

Melvin Field, MD, Neurological Surgery
Surgical Director of the Neuroscience Institute at Florida Hospital Orlando

Dr. Field is the physician champion of the Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery (MIBS) Program and oversees the decisions made for each patient coming through the program as well as patient outcomes and quality measures. He completed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Florida where he was a Florida Academic Scholar, graduated with highest honors.  He completed his internship in general surgery and residency in neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  While there, Dr. Field pursued his interests in minimally invasive neurosurgery taking active roles in the lab and the clinical Gamma Knife and Skull Base Programs. In 2003, Dr. Field brought endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery to Florida and has been performing MIBS procedures at Florida Hospital Orlando since.  Having evaluated over 1,000 patients for MIBS procedures, Dr. Field is a recognized leader in the field.  Dr. Field’s current areas of clinical interest include endoscopic and minimally invasive cranial neurosurgery, Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery, and the surgical management of neurovascular compression syndromes (including Trigeminal Neuralgia and Hemifacial Spasm).  Dr. Field lectures and teaches both nationally and internationally on multiple aspects of minimally invasive brain surgery. He believes the best outcomes when dealing with complex problems of the brain occur when specialists from multiple disciplines come together with their tools and experience to form a multidisciplinary approach using the best technologies and skills to treat a single problem.  This is the basis from which the Florida Hospital MIBS Program was created.

Brandi Ligon, RN, BSN, CNRN
Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery Nursing Coordinator

Brandi Ligon is the Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery Nursing Coordinator and handles the coordination of all the patients that come through the program. She received her Associates of Science in Nursing from Daytona State College and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences.  Brandi is a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse through the American Association of Neuroscience Nursing.  Brandi has worked in the field of Neuroscience Nursing for nine years and in the medical field for over twenty five years.  Brandi’s experience as a staff registered nurse, preceptor, mentor and physician practice manager/consultant has prepared her for her current position at Florida Hospital Orlando.  As the Nursing coordinator, Brandi educates staff and patients and leads the neuroscience team toward exceptional patient care for the Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery Program.

Physicians

Neurological Surgery

Christopher Baker, MD
Donald Behrmann, MD, PhD
David Rosen, MD
Phillip St. Louis, MD

Endovascular Neurosurgery and Interventional Neuroradiology

Michael Bellew, MD
Frank Hellinger, MD, PhD

Otolaryngology

Henry Ho, MD
Jeffrey Lehman, MD
Brian Spector, MD

Radiation Oncology

Raul Chopra, MD
Kelly LaFave, MD
Michael Montejo, MD
Eric Saunders, MD
Robert Sollaccio, MD
Michael Sombeck, MD

Endocrinology

Wendy Huhn, MD
Jose Mandry, MD
Rita Rahbany, MD
Andrew Scoma, MD

Neuro-Otolarynology

Aftab Patni, MD

Neuro-Ophthalmology

Thomas Steedle, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Eric Trumble, MD

Neuropsychology

Michael Westerveld, MD

Concierge
The concierge team at Florida Hospital Orlando is staffed by professionals that are here to serve you.  Our Mission is to make your hospital stay as comfortable as possible. We know that hospitalization can create anxiety, stress and interrupts normal daily routines for patients and their loved ones.  Our goal is to help enhance the patient experience by providing everything from travel arrangements to upgraded amenities and services.  Please contact the nursing coordinator for a complete list of concierge services and prices.

To schedule an appointment with one of our physicians or to learn more, call (407) 303-7944 or Contact Us online.