Kaveh Khajavi, MD, FACS, FAANS

Minimally Invasive & Complex Spine Surgery

Dr. Kaveh Khajavi is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in complex and minimally invasive spinal surgery. A recognized leader in minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery and sports neurosurgery, Dr. Khajavi has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters in the fields of spinal and brain disorders, and remains active in clinical research and teaching.

Dr. Khajavi is the Neurosurgical Consultant for the
Atlanta Falcons, Major league Rugby, the Georgia
Swarm, and Georgia State University Athletics.
Additionally, he serves on the advisory boards of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia, the Georgia Concussion Coalition, and Kids & Pros. Dr. Khajavi utilizes the most advanced techniques and treatments, and personalizes the care of each patient. He is extremely conservative, believing that surgery should only be used as a last resort.

Tariq Javed, MD

Tariq Javed, M.D. obtained his medical degree from the Birmingham University School of Medicine, Birmingham, England. He completed house office jobs at Birmingham Accident Hospital and Leicester University Hospital in England. He completed his written examination for Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. After internship at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore he completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Javed completed a fellowship in cranial base and microsurgery with Professor Peter Janetta and Professor Laligam Sekhar at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Javed is board certified in Neurological Surgery and is a Fellow of American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and International College of Surgeons. His area of expertise includes complex cranial base surgery, microvascular decompression, pain management and minimally invasive cranial and spinal surgery.

Dr. Javed has been in practice since 1991 and has been named Atlanta Magazine Top Doctor for the last 16 years.

Steven Spitz, MD

Steven Spitz, M.D. is a board certified internationally known neurosurgeon providing leading edge minimally disruptive surgeries to treat disorders of the spine and brain. He received his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He then completed his Surgical Internship and Neurosurgical Residency training at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. During his neurosurgical training, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University where he helped develop a spine trauma model for the Department of Defense. He then went on to complete a complex spine fellowship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Spitz then returned to Georgetown University Hospital to serve as an Associate Professor before returning home to Atlanta to join Southeastern Neurosurgical Specialists.

Dr. Spitz is recognized in the field of minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. He has authored numerous scholarly publications and book chapters. Dr. Spitz has given lectures and presentations teaching various surgical techniques both nationally and internationally. He has also been the recipient of multiple awards for both teaching and compassionate patient care.

“I believe healthcare decisions should be a collaborative effort with the patient. I’m not here to tell a patient what do, but to make a plan with him or her making sure to provide all the necessary information needed to make an informed decision.”

Savannah Brazis, NP-C

Savannah Brazis NP-C is a Nurse Practitioner, who works closely with Dr. Steven Spitz to provide exceptional patient care to their patients.
Savannah graduated from Samford University in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduation she moved to Atlanta where she accepted a position at Northside Hospital Atlanta on the Neurology/Neurovascular Intermediate Unit. She remained in her position at Northside Hospital Atlanta as she pursued her Master’s Degree, completing her Master of Science in Nursing- Family Nurse Practitioner at Chamberlain University in March of 2021.

Savannah is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and has been licensed by the Georgia Composite State Board. She is a part of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia.

Savannah is committed to providing effective, compassionate, holistic patient care. She is honored to be a part of Southeastern Neurosurgical Specialists.

Jim Robinson, MD, FAANS

Cranial Microsurgery, Gamma Knife &
Endoscopic Cranial Surgery

Dr. Jim Robinson is a board-certified and nationally recognized neurosurgeon who specializes in treating conditions of the brain and skull base. Dr. Robinson utilizes the most advanced treatments, and takes a minimally-invasive approach, with particular expertise in Cranial Microsurgery, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, and Endoscopic Cranial Surgery. He develops personalized treatment plans based on the unique needs of each patient, and makes patients an active participant in their care, guiding them through options to help them choose the most appropriate procedures. Renowned for his exceptional surgical outcomes, when surgery is needed, Dr. Robinson’s patients are more than threefold safer than the national average.

In addition to providing patient care, Dr. Robinson has authored and published multiple textbook chapters and journal articles, has served as the Principle Investigator for several successful clinical trials, and has presented his research findings at some of the most esteemed symposiums. He has held numerous leadership roles, serving as Chief of Neurosurgery and Chairman of Neurosciences Department at Piedmont Hospital before bringing his expertise to Northside Hospital.

Kumar Vasudevan, MD

Brain and Spine Surgery Specializing in Neurosurgical Oncology

Dr. Kuman Vasudevan, MD is a fellowship-trained, board-eligible neurosurgeon who treats a wide variety of brain and spinal conditions. His interest in neurosurgery began when he was a child after his grandmother’s neurosurgeon stuck with him as the surgeon shepherded his family through the entire process of diagnosis to surgery to recovery. Dr. Vasudevan strives to treat his own patients and their families in the same manner, and to be the “home base” for his patients, their families, and their doctors when it comes to brain and spinal care.

Dr. Vasudevan holds to three pillars when treating his patients: honesty, collaboration and diligence. He believes he is a doctor first and a surgeon seccond, meaning that he considers all diagnoses and treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical, and decides what is appropriate for each patient. He also knows that each patient has unique family and social circumstances that must be navigated and considered when developing a treatment plan. He strives to be open to input from his patients, whose beliefs, ambitions, and priorities about their care help to achieve the best possible outcome.

Dr. Vasudevan has advanced training and a special interest in the treatment of brain and spinal tumors. He offers comprehensive treatment of brain tumors including gliomas/glioblastoma; metastatic tumors; and skull base tumors such as meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, and pituitary tumors. This includes endoscopy, minimally invasive surgical methods and radiosurgery (“no-incision surgery”) for the treatment of brain tumors, facial pain and other conditions.