ECU Physicians and Eastern Neurosurgical & Spine Associates to Merge

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ECU Physicians and a private neurosurgery practice plan to merge and take steps toward developing the region’s first neuroscience institute at East Carolina University.

Eastern Neurosurgical and Spine Associates, a six-physician group established in 1968, is joining the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. Its physicians will become full-time clinical faculty of the new division of neurosurgery within the Department of Surgery at Brody. Through this appointment, they will also join ECU Physicians, the group practice of the medical school, and will continue to see patients at their practice site at the corner of Arlington Boulevard and Stantonsburg Road, according to an agreement signed earlier this month.

“A neuroscience institute, once developed, will enhance services for patients in the region and expand research into the neurosciences, leading to better therapies for neurological illnesses and injuries,” said Dr. Phyllis Horns, interim dean of the Brody School of Medicine and interim vice chancellor for health sciences at ECU.

While certain aspects require further planning, officials hope to complete the merger by July 1, the start of the next state fiscal year, pending final approvals.