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.

R. Tushar Jha, MD, MS, FAANS

Minimally Invasive Brain & Spine Surgery, Complex Cranial Surgery

Dr. R. Tushar Jha is a board-certified neurosurgeon with fellowship training in complex cranial and skull base neurosurgery. He provides minimally invasive and endoscopic surgical approaches to treat conditions of the brain and spine.

Dr. Jha understands that conditions requiring a neurosurgical consult are often daunting. His goal is to comfort his patients, instill confidence within them and guide them toward the most individualized surgical or non-surgical treatment plan.

Joining Southeastern Neurosurgical Specialists is a homecoming of sorts for Dr. Jha, who completed his undergraduate studies at Emory University. His wife also grew up in Metro Atlanta. They are both excited to return and raise their family here.

Dr. Jha is an avid sports fan. He and his wife enjoy attending comedy shows and live music, exploring local parks and playgrounds with their daughters, trying new restaurants and traveling.

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Master of Science, Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
  • Residency, Neurosurgery, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
  • Fellowship, Complex Cranial Neurosurgery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Certifications and Affiliations

  • Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgeons
  • Member, North American Skull Base Society
  • Member, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Member, Congress of Neurological Surgery
  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Member, American Medical Association

Special Interests

  • Skull base and pituitary tumors
  • Primary and metastatic brain tumors
  • Degenerative spine conditions
  • Spine tumors
  • Trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm
  • Chiari malformations
  • Cranial and spine trauma
  • Vascular malformations
  • Cerebral aneurysms

Nancy Canter Weiner, MD

Neuro-Ophthalmologist

Nancy Canter Weiner, MD. After completing her neurology residency at Harvard Medical School and her fellowship, she began a neuro-ophthalmology practice in Atlanta, GA.

She has spent her career in private practice, exclusively in neuro-ophthalmology as a solo practitioner. While Dr. Weiner recognizes neuro-ophthalmology is almost exclusively a specialty limited to academia or perhaps combined with another subspecialty, she has been very fortunate to be able to focus exclusively on adult and pediatric neuro-ophthalmology patients her entire career. She treats patients from here in Georgia and nearby states, both adult and pediatric, with problems including malignant and benign brain tumors, demyelinating disease (MS, NMO, MOG), pseudotumor cerebri, myasthenia, cerebrovascular disease, diplopia, traumatic brain injury, optic neuropathy, cranial neuropathies, etc.

In 2022 Dr. Weiner merged her practice with Southeastern Neurosurgical Specialists and she continues to grow.