Michael Bohl, MD
- Adult and Pediatric Scoliosis
- Adult and Pediatric Degenerative Spinal Disorders
- Adult and Pediatric Spinal Malformations
- Adult and Pediatric Spinal Fusion
- Adult and Pediatric Spinal Trauma
- Adult and Pediatric Spinal Tumors
As a board-certified neurosurgeon at Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates, Michael Bohl, MD, provides adult and pediatric neurosurgical care. His clinical special interests include treating adult and pediatric scoliosis, degenerative spinal disorders, spinal malformations, spinal fusion, spinal tumors and spinal trauma.
Dr. Bohl has a diverse educational background, including completing an orthopedic spinal deformity fellowship at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA, attending residency at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ and graduating medical school at University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, MI.
Dr. Bohl is also a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. He served two combat deployments to Iraq and was involved in humanitarian aid missions in East Africa in the early 2000s. While he was not considering medical school at the time, the impact of those experiences led him to return to East Africa after leaving the Marine Corp to work as a nurse's aid. Soon after, Dr. Bohl realized he wanted to become a neurosurgeon to make a lasting impact, improving the lives of adults and children.
When asked about Dr. Bohl’s philosophy of care, he says,
“Every patient has a story to tell, and every patient has a unique set of expectations, priorities, hopes, and fears over their spine condition. Giving people time and space to tell their story, and to help them work through those hopes and fears is critically important to helping them achieve their best quality of life. I strive with all of my patients to take as much time as people need to tell their story and voice their concerns about the challenges they are facing. This better enables me as a surgeon to partner with people in coming up with the best treatment plans for them.”
Dr. Bohl is also one of the only physicians in the area who manages scoliosis in adults and children. He uses a conservative approach, knowing that surgery is not always needed. Through watchful waiting and bracing, Dr. Bohl works alongside his patients and their families to develop a customized plan over time to manage their diagnosis to achieve an optimal outcome.
“Scoliosis is a relatively common condition that affects an estimated 2-3 percent of the population. There are many different kinds of scoliosis that can present at varying ages, but the most common type of scoliosis typically occurs in early adolescence during periods of rapid skeletal growth.”
“The performance of adult spinal deformity surgery has significantly changed over recent decades. Advancements in our surgical techniques, anesthesia protocols, spinal fixation technologies, and perioperative care have resulted in major improvements in patient outcomes.” says Dr. Bohl.
The safest and most effective way to correct most spinal deformities continues to be through an open surgical approach. Shorter recovery times are becoming increasingly common thanks to advancements made in surgical techniques, anesthesia protocols, spinal fixation technologies, and perioperative care strategies. These advancements have resulted in shorter operating times, better spinal curve corrections, less blood loss, and quicker overall recoveries.
Dr. Bohl is married and has three children. He and his family enjoy living in the Carolinas and outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and exploring local parks! Outside of caring for patients, Dr. Bohl’s hobbies include woodworking, running, and spending time with his family.
Orthopedic Spinal Deformity, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
U.S. Marine Corps, Veteran of Two Combat Deployments
Affiliations & Memberships
- Scoliosis Research Society - Candidate Fellow
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons - Active Fellow
- Congress of Neurological Surgeons - Active Member
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