Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Our Physicians

Spine Center Directors

Rajesh K. Bindal, M.D.

Surgical Director, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Spine Center
Medical Director, Neurosciences Program, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

Specialty: Neurosurgery
College: Northwestern University - B.A. in Economics
Medical School: Northwestern University Medical School - M.D.
Residency: Indiana University Medical Center - Residency in Neurological Surgery
Board Certified: American Board of Neurological Surgery
Special Interests/Expertise: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Complex Cervical Spine (neck) Surgery
Professional Activity: Dr. Rajesh Bindal is Medical Director of the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Spine Center, President of the Fort Bend Medical Society 2010 and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Bindal has a special interest in advanced neurosurgical techniques, especially in spinal surgery. He has pioneered development of new surgical techniques such as minimally invasive spine surgery. He is one of the most experienced surgeons in minimally invasive spine surgery in Texas. He also specializes in complex cervical spine surgery. He has published journals on advanced techniques in minimally invasive spine surgery and cervical spine surgery.

"We have a conservative treatment philosophy at the Texas Spine and Neurosurgery Center and try to avoid surgery whenever possible. When surgery is required, we provide our patients with the latest and most effective treatments available anywhere." - Rajesh K. Bindal, M.D.

Jeffrey Jackson, M.D.

Medical Director, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Spine Center
Chief Quality Officer, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

*Not accepting new patients

Specialty: Neurology
College: Rice University - B.A.
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine - M.D.
Internship: Baylor College of Medicine - Internal Medicine Internship
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine - Adult Neurology Residency
Board Certified: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Special Interests/Expertise: Peripheral Neurology, Spine Disorders, Peripheral Neuropathy, Neuropathis, Neurodegenerative Disorders and Balance Disorders
Professional Activity: American Academy of Neurology, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Harris County Medical Society, Fort Bend County Medical Society, Chief of Medical Staff - Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

"I strive to find the source of your problem and treat the cause, not just the symptom."
- Jeffrey Jackson, M.D.

 

Neurologists

Irfan Lalani, M.D.

Specialty: Neurology and Pain Medicine
Medical School: The Aga Kahn University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan - M.B., B.S. 1999
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas - Neurology Residency and Chief Resident 2006
Fellowship: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Pain Medicine Fellowship - Department of Anesthesiology, Section of Pain Medicine 2007
Board Certified: Yes, American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) - Board Certified in Neurology and Pain Medicine

"I have an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system. I work with my patients to evaluate and formulate comprehensive diagnostic and treatment plans. My goal is to improve the quality of life for my patients." - Ifran Lalani, M.D.

Eddie L. Patton Jr., M.D.

Specialty: Neurology
College: Xavier University 1999, Bachelor of Science in Biology; Alabama State University 2001, Master of Science in Biology
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine 2005
Internship: Internal Medicine, St. John Hospital and Medical Center 2006
Residency: Residency, Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine 2009
Fellowship: Neuromuscular Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine 2011
Special Interests/Expertise: Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease, Headaches/Migraines, Movement Disorders/Parkinson's Disease, Muscle and Nerve Biopsies, Muscle Disorders, Neuromuscular Junction Disorders including Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy/Carpal Tunnel Syndrome/Peripheral Nerve Disorders, Stroke, Motor Neuron Diseases including ALS
Professional Activity: American Academy of Neurology, Houston Medical Forum, Texas Medical Association, Texas Neurological Society

"My mission is to provide quality and compassionate neurological care to my patients. I strive to establish trust and good communication with patients and their families regarding care and treatment. I am committed to ensuring that I keep my patients at the forefront of advances in neurological treatments and technology." - Eddie L. Patton Jr., M.D.

Amitabh Shukla, M.D.

Specialty: Neurology
Medical School: B.J. Medical College - M.D.
Internship: B.J. Medical College - Internal Medicine Internship
Residency: University of Vermont - Neurology Residency
Fellowship: University of Vermont - Neuromuscular and EMG Fellowship
Board Certified: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, EMG, Vascular Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Special Interests/Expertise: Back and Neck pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke/TIA, Myasthenia Gravis, Parkinson's Disease, Seizure Disorders, Sleep Disorders
Professional Activity: Stroke Director - Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Chief, Neurology Service Line - Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, President Elect - Fort Bend Medical Society, Director, Neurology - McGregor Medical Association 1992-2000, Consultant Neurologist - Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

I have over 22 years of experience providing compassionate and comprehensive care as well as specialized, evidence based treatment for adult neurological conditions and diseases. I treat all my patients with Excellence, Care, Compassion, Respect and Integrity." - Amitabh Shukla, M.D.

Larry Tran, M.D.

Specialty: Neurology
College: Baylor University 2003, Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience & Biology
Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 2007
Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 2008
Residency: Residency, Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine 2011
Fellowship: Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 2012
Board Certified: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Special Interests/Expertise: Neuropathy/Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Peripheral Nerve Disorders, Motor Neuron Diseases Including ALS, Neuromuscular Junction Disorders Including Myasthenia Gravis, Epilepsy/Seizures, Stroke, Headaches/Migraines
Professional Activity: American Academy of Neurology, Texas Neurological Society

"My mission is the service of my patients through the complexity that is the field of neurology while delivering quality care in a patient oriented environment. I strive to achieve open communication with my patients in an effort to work as a team to develop treatment plans, all the while keeping them updated on the latest advances in treatment and care." - Larry Tran, M.D.

 

Surgeons

Anthony J. Muffoletto, M.D.

Specialty: Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Medical School: The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas - M.D.
Internship: University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, Maryland - General Surgery
Residency: University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, Maryland - Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
Fellowship: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas - Spine Surgery Fellowship
Board Certified: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Special Interests/Expertise: Back & Neck Pain, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Degenerative Disc Disease, Fractures of the Spine, Herniated Disc, Kyphoplasty, Cervical & Lumbar Fusion, Cervical & Lumbar Laminectomy, Sciatica, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylosis, Adult Scoliosis and Revision Surgery
Professional Activity: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, University of Texas Medical Branch Clinical Assistant Professor, Texas Medical Association, Harris County Medical Society

"I strive to provide passionate, personalized care using state-of-the-art technology and surgical techniques." - Anthony J. Muffoletto, M.D.

John Park, M.D.

Specialty: Neurosurgery
College: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: UCLA School of Medicine - M.D.
Residency: Neurological Surgery, Cleveland Clinic
Fellowship: Complex Spine Surgery, Cleveland Clinic & New England Baptist Hospital
Fellowship: Brain Tumor, Brain Tumor Institute at Cleveland Clinic
Fellowship: Cerebrovascular & Skull Based Surgery, Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle
Board Certified: American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Special Interests/Expertise: Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Surgery, Brain Related Disorders, Tumors, Chiari Malformations, Trigeminal Neuralgia and Hydrocephalus, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery and Treatment of Skull Based Pathology.

Vincent Yat-Chung Wang, M.D.

Specialty: Neurosurgery
College: University of Houston 1995, Bachelor of Science in Biology; University or Texas-Dallas 2002, Masters in Business; Baylor College of Medicine 2004, Doctorate in Developmental Biology
Medical School: UCLA School of Medicine - M.D.
Internship: Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
Residency: Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
Board Eligible: American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Special Interests/Expertise: Degenerative spine disease, spinal deformity, minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal trauma

"I see myself as a partner for the patients in the treatment of their spine issues. My role is to provide the patients with information to help them make informed decision, and to offer them the best surgical care I can provide" - Vincent Yat-Chung Wang, M.D.

Jeffrey B. Wood, M.D.

Specialty: Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas - Medical Science Training Program
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas - M.D.
Internship: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas - General Surgery Internship
Internship: The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania - General Surgery Internship
Residency: The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania - Orthopaedic Residency
Fellowship: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Aurora, Colorado - Spine Surgery Fellowship
Board Certified: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Special Interests/Expertise: Back & Neck Pain, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Herniated Disc, Pinched Nerve, Cervical & Lumbar Fusion, Disc Surgery, Disc Replacement Surgery, Kyphoplasty, Nerve Decompression Surgery, Tumor Surgery, Scoliosis and Revision Surgery
Professional Activity: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Texas Orthopaedic Association, Guest Lecturer - Physician Assistant Program, Baylor College of Medicine, Medical Director for the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Residency at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

"I strive to provide caring, quality, and compassionate medical care of the spine. I explore all treatment options with my patients, including conservative and surgical options." - Jeffrey B. Wood, M.D.

 

Pain Management

Benoy Benny, M.D.

Specialty: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Pain Medicine
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine/University of Texas - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Board Certified: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Special Interests/Expertise: Interventional Spine Care, Minimally Invasive Spinal Procedures, Diagnostic Spinal Injections, Therapeutic Spinal Injections and Rehabilitative Therapies
Professional Activity: Fellowship Director, Interventional Spine and Sports - Baylor College of Medicine, North American Spine Society - Instructor of Spinal Workshop, Interventional Spine Intervention Society - Standards Committee

"My goal is to find the source of your symptoms and to treat them in the least invasive way."
- Benoy Benny, M.D.

Mark Brown, M.D.

Specialty: Pain Medicine
College: St. Mary’s University, Bachelor of Arts
Medical School: University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
Internship: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston - Surgery
Residency: Scott and White Memorial Hospital, Texas A&M College of Medicine - Anesthesia
Fellowship: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston - Anesthesia Research and Shrine Burn Institute
Board Certified: American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Special Interests/Expertise: Interventional management of pain; Acute and chronic pain, degenerative disc disease and disc displacement, sciatica
Professional Activity: American Society of Anesthesiologists, Texas Society of Anesthesiologists, Texas Medical Association, Harris County Medical Society, Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

"Pain is subjective and affects people differently. My goal for each patient is to find the source of their pain and develop a treatment plan that improves their functionality." - Mark Brown, M.D.

Marvin Chang, M.D.

Specialty: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
College: Houston Baptist University
Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas- M.D.
Internship: University of Texas Health Science Center - Internal Medicine Internship
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center - Pain Management
Board Certified: American Board of Medical Subspecialties including Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.
Special Interests/Expertise: Pain Medicine, Cardiovascular, Transplant and Pediatric Anesthesiology. Advanced Interventional Approaches, Diagnostic and Therapeutic End Points.

"I rely on a wide variety of techniques to provide symptom management in all chronic pain states including physical therapy and rehabilitation modalities as well as medication management." - Marvin Chang, M.D.

Abraham Thomas, M.D.

Specialty: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
College: University of Houston, Bachelor of Science
Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
Internship: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston - Internal Medicine Internship
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston - Anesthesia
Fellowship: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston - Pain Medicine
Board Certified: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
 

Cheryl White, M.D.

Specialty: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
College: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston - M.D.
Internship: The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston
Residency: The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston - Anesthesiology Residency
Fellowship: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas - Pain Management Fellowship
Board Certified: American Board of Anesthesiology - Pain Medicine
Special Interests/Expertise: Spinal stenosis, Degenerative Conditions, Failed Spinal Surgery Syndrome, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Neuropathic Pain and Nerve Entrapment Conditions, Herniated Discs, Spinal Stimulator Implantation, Facet Join Pain, Joint Pain
Professional Activity: Texas Pain Society, International Spine Intervention Society, American Society of Interventional Pain Specialists, Texas Medical Society, Harris County Medical Society, American Society of Regional Anesthesiology

"I strive to employ a multidisciplinary approach to complex conditions including diagnostic evaluation, and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures." - Cheryl White, M.D.