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Palmetto Health Neurosurgery Associates

3 Richland Medical Park Dr., Suite 310
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 803-434-8323
Fax: 803-434-8326

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

About Our Practice
Palmetto Health Neurosurgery Associates represents the future of advanced neurosurgical care. With access to the latest medical technology, our neurosurgical team uses its collective expertise to make a positive impact on patients experiencing disorders or injuries of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves.

Each of our physicians is a member of the faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and, in addition to patient care, provides the primary teaching responsibilities for surgical residents and medical students. 

High-Level Trauma and Emergency Care
Our neurosurgeons are the sole team privileged to provide around-the-clock coverage for adult and pediatric neurosurgical emergencies at Palmetto Health Richland's Level I Emergency Department.

Adult Neurosurgery
We routinely care for a wide range of adult neurosurgical problems, including treatment of brain tumors, pituitary tumors, cerebral aneurysms and vascular malformations, spinal tumors, and degenerative and developmental disorders of the spine and craniovertebral junction. Our neurosurgeons also offer special expertise in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and cancer pain.

Pediatric Neurosurgery
With the only fellowship-trained pediatric neurosurgeon in the greater Columbia area, Stanley O. Skarli, MD, our group offers expertise in childhood brain tumors and complex developmental disorders. The pediatric and neonatal intensive care units of Palmetto Health Richland allow us to address the unique needs of children.


Neurosurgical Team

Burke H Dial

Burke H. Dial, MD, FACSis the medical director for Palmetto Health Gamma Knife Center. He received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed his residencies at Montreal Neurological Hospital and Institute, Montreal Children’s Hospital and the Institute of Neurology at the University of London. He is a diplomat at the American Board of Neurosurgery since 1983. Dr. Dial completed Principals and Practices of Gamma Knife Surgery at the Cromwell Hospital, Gamma Knife Centre in London and has been performing Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at the Gamma Knife Center since 1999.

Stanley O. Skarli

Stanley O. Skarli, MD, FAANS, FACS, FAAPearned his medical degree from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine in Tulsa, Okla., and completed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Systems, Baltimore. He completed his fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Primary Children’s Medical Center, University of Utah, in Salt Lake City. Dr. Skarli is board certified in both neurological surgery and pediatric neurological surgery. In addition to practicing for more than 20 years, Dr. Skarli has served as a clinical assistant professor with Michigan State University and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine-Tulsa. His interests include neuroendoscopy, spinal instrumentation, endoscopic craniosynostosis surgery, craniovertebral junction anomalies and selective dorsal rhizotomy for patients with cerebral palsy.

Seth S Molloy, DO, MSc

Seth S. Molloy, DO, MSc, received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine and master’s in biomedical science from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Missouri. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Illinois, followed by a neurosurgical spine fellowship at the University of Miami. His interests include general neurosurgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of complex spinal conditions including adult scoliosis, tumors and trauma.

C. Philip Toussaint, MD C. Philip Toussaint, MDreceived his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Following a general surgery internship, he completed a six-year neurosurgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. While there, he received additional training in complex spine surgery. He also completed a fellowship in peripheral nerve surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Toussaint is a Major in the Army Reserves and has served in the military since 2004. His interests include the surgical management of spine and peripheral nerve disorders, which include degenerative spine disease, spine trauma, thoracic outlet syndrome, nerve entrapment syndromes (carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, common peroneal tarsal tunnel), nerve injury and tumors of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves.

Appointments
We see all patients on an appointment basis. For appointments, call 803-434-8323 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

On the day of your appointment, please bring the completed paperwork that was mailed to you in advance of your appointment, picture identification (such as a driver's license), and all pertinent insurance information, including a pre-authorization form or number (if your insurance carrier requires it). Please provide 24 hours notice if cancelling an appointment. Due to allergies, please do not wear perfume or cologne.

Fees and Insurance
We accept most insurance plans. If you have a question about our fees or your bill, please call our Physician Practice Billing department at 803-296-7306 and we will assist you. Payment is due when services are rendered. For your convenience we accept cash, checks and credit cards. It is your responsibility to fully understand your coverage benefits and to verify that we are listed as approved providers prior to scheduling an appointment with us.

After Hours Care
Care is provided for our patients at night, on weekends and on holidays. Please call our main telephone number, 803-434-8323 and our answering service will contact the physician on call. We are not able refill or prescribe pain medications after hours, on weekends, or holidays.

Telephone Consultation
You may call our office with any questions concerning your health care. Telephone consultations regarding medications, treatments or test results are ordinarily handled by our nursing staff. If our clinical staff can't assist you, they will relay information or questions to the appropriate physician. Your call will be returned at the earliest possible opportunity. It is not our policy to prescribe medications over the telephone.

Services
Neurosurgeons are more than just brain surgeons. These medical specialists are trained to help patients with head and spine trauma; cerebrovascular disorders, such as aneurysms of the brain and clogged arteries in the neck that can lead to stroke; chronic low back pain; birth defects; brain and spinal tumors; and abnormalities of the peripheral (face, arms, legs, hands and feet) nerves.

Disorders of the brain, spine and nerves commonly treated by neurosurgeons include:

Carotid Artery Disease
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cervical Spine Disorders
Chronic Pain
Craniosynostosis
Epilepsy
Head Injury
Herniated Disc
Hydrocephalus
Intracranial Aneurysm
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Meningomyelocele
Parkinson's Disease
Spina Bifida
Spinal Cord Injury
Stroke (Brain Attack)
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Tumors

Commonly Treated Diseases and Disorders:

Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs)
Brain Tumors
Carotid Endarterectomy and Stenosis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Central Cord Syndrome
Cerebral Aneurysm
Cervical Spine
Concussion
Craniosynostosis and Craniofacial Disorders
Dandy-Walker Syndrome
Gamma Knife (aka Stereotactic Radiosurgery)
Herniated Disc
Hydrocephalus
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Parkinson's Disease
Spasticity
Spina Bifida
Spinal Cord Injury
Stroke
Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome
The Pituitary Gland and Pituitary Tumors
Traumatic Brain Injury
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Vagus Nerve Stimulation

For more information about these conditions, visit the American Association of Neurological Surgeons