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M. Adam Kremer, MD

M. Adam Kremer, MD is a board certified neurological surgeon at the Brain + Spine Center. He evaluates patients to determine whether surgery would be right for them or whether other treatment options might work even better.

“I want the patient and their family informed and involved. I get very excited about educating patients and their family so that we can decide together what’s the best plan,” communicates Dr. Kremer.

Dr. Kremer graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with honors. While there he performed research with the Department of Anaesthesiology, evaluating the effects of nicotine on the development of children; with the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, evaluating cystic fibrosis; and with the Department of Chemistry, publishing in the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy. He volunteered at the VA Medical Center in Nashville.

He attended Vanderbilt University Medical School and continued his interests in research, studying the genetics of liver regeneration under Dr. William E. Russell. He worked at the Mental Health Cooperative under Dr. Roy Q. Sanders, providing emergency psychiatric care to adults and children. Dr. Kremer was involved in researching the neurobiology of antidepressant medications under Dr. Richard C. Shelton. He completed neurosurgery residency at Vanderbilt University under Dr. George S. Allen. His research involved working with Neol B. Tulipan to develop an animal model for Chiari malformation.

Dr. Kremer’s training included performing complex spinal surgery and brain surgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center, as well as at St. Thomas Hospital treating patients with routine degenerative and painful spinal conditions. Since January 2004, Dr. Kremer has treated more than 3,000 patients with spinal problems, including pinched nerves, disk ruptures, bone spurs, fractures, cysts, and tumors.

Dr. Kremer says, “I treat patients with compassion. I encourage patients to actively participate in their medical care. I believe patient education is extremely important for a positive surgical outcome. When patients are well informed, participate in treatment decisions, and communicate openly with their doctor, they help make their care as effective as possible. I think that patients generally like that I speak my mind. I’m open. I’m down to earth. I sit and speak with patients and look my patients in the eyes. I’m thorough and complete. I just get so excited about helping people.”

He is a member of the American Medical Association, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS), CNS Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), and the American Medical Association (AMA). He also is active with the Wheelchair Tennis Association, Ms. Wheelchair Pageant Association and Hospice of North Ottawa Community.

The Kremer family includes his wife, Amy and their three children, Addison, Annabelle and Amelia. When Dr. Kremer is not at the office or giving various community talks on neurosurgery related topics or lectures to clinical staff on the latest neurosurgy techniques and care, he enjoys boating, fishing, spending time with his family, bow hunting, geocaching, camping, reading and tennis.

Dr. Kremer has written publications for the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine and the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy.

Dr. Kremer’s area of expertise, research and experience include:

  • Concussion injuries in athletics
  • Proper treatment of Vertebral compression fractures
  • Minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery

When asked why Dr. Kremer wanted to be a physician of neurosurgery he expressed, ”As a physician, I wanted to intervene in people’s lives to make a real difference, to help not only with their physical health but with their overall well being. As a neurosurgeon, I am able to see an immediate difference in the care that I provide. I also felt that neurosurgery would be a very challenging specialty, which attracted me. It requires a physician to be very precise. There is very little margin for error. There is a tremendous challenge in not only learning the art of neurosurgery but also in constantly perfecting it. I relish the challenge and the high stakes involved, having to make the difficult decisions, dealing daily with life and death issues, and interacting with very sick patients of all ages. For me, this felt like the best specialty to make a profound impact on a person’s life and overall health.”

“The decision not to operate is more difficult to make than the decision to operate. Patients come to me with an expectation that I can take their pain away. In all honesty, sometimes we can’t make a patient pain free. I don’t make this decision to operate, or not offer a patient surgery, lightly. It’s a very complicated decision. Sometimes the easiest decision is to do surgery. The more difficult decision is knowing when NOT to do surgery.”