Shepherd Center Doctors & Medical Staff

  • David F. Apple, Jr., M.D.

    Medical Director Emeritus at Shepherd Center

    David F. Apple, Jr., M.D., served as medical director of Shepherd Center since the hospital's inception in 1975 until 2005, and now holds the position of medical director emeritus. Read More

  • Nazia Bandukwala, D.O.

    Consulting Urologist at Shepherd Center

    Nazia Bandukwala, D.O., is a consulting physician in Shepherd Center’s Urology Clinic. She is board certified in urology and received her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Read More

  • Angela Beninga, D.O.

    Staff Physiatrist at Shepherd Center

    Angela Beninga, D.O., joined Shepherd Center in 2013. She came to Shepherd from the University of Cincinnati’s Drake Center, where she served as director of spinal cord injury medicine and as an assistant professor since 2010. Read More

  • ChiChi Berhane, M.D., MBA

    Medical Director, Reconstructive Surgery at Shepherd Center

    ChiChi Berhane, M.D., MBA, is a plastic surgeon who joined the medical staff of Shepherd Center in August 2013. He specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Read More

  • Gerald S. Bilsky, M.D.

    Staff Physiatrist at Shepherd Center
    Spinal Cord Injury Services

    Gerald Bilsky, M.D., is a staff physiatrist for Shepherd Center's Spinal Cord Injury Program. Dr. Bilsky graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1984. He completed his post-graduate residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester in 1989. Read More

  • Brock K. Bowman, M.D.

    Associate Medical Director, at Shepherd Center
    Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Program

    Brock Bowman, M.D., is the associate medical director of Shepherd Center and medical director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at Shepherd Center. Read More

  • Guy Buckle, M.D., MPH

    Director of Neuroimaging Research at Shepherd Center

    Guy Buckle, M.D., MPH, joined the Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute at Shepherd Center as the director of neuroimaging research in 2014. He comes to Shepherd Center following nearly 20 years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Read More

  • Luther Burse, M.D.

    Consulting Doctor of Gastroenterology at Shepherd Center

    Luther Burse, M.D., of Consultative Gastroenterology of Atlanta is a consulting physician on the Shepherd Center medical team. He is dual-board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. Read More

  • Wes Chay, M.D.

    Physician, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit

    Wes Chay, M.D., joined Shepherd Center in 2017 and leads two interdisciplinary teams in the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit. Dr. Chay came to Shepherd from MossRehab in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, where he served as the clinical director of the Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Program in the Department of Physical Medicine at Rehabilitation. Read More

  • Anna Choo Elmers, M.D.

    Staff Physiatrist at Shepherd Center
    Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Services

    Anna Choo Elmers, M.D., J.D., first worked at Shepherd Center as an Emory University resident in 2006. She officially joined as a staff physiatrist in July 2009 in the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Programs. Read More

  • Jesse Couk, M.D.

    Infectious Diseases Consulting Physician

    Dr. Couk joined Shepherd Center in 2016 as an infectious diseases consulting physician. Read More

  • Andrew Cullen Dennison, M.D.

    Medical Director, Acquired Brain Injury Program
    Staff Physiatrist at Shepherd Center
    Brain Injury Services

    Andrew Dennison, M.D., joined Shepherd Center’s medical staff in July 2011 as a staff physiatrist treating brain injury and stroke patients. He received his bachelor’s degree from Emory University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is now the Medical Director of the Acquired Brain Injury Unit. Read More

  • David N. DeRuyter, M.D.

    Associate Medical Director, Critical Care Services at Shepherd Center

    David DeRuyter, M.D., is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has been in private practice with Atlanta Pulmonary Associates since 1992. Read More

  • Keith Dockery, M.D.

    Medical Director, Otorhinolaryngology

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  • Payal Fadia, M.D.

    Medical Director, Post-Acute Brain Injury Services at Shepherd Center

    Dr. Payal Fadia joined Shepherd Center as a physiatrist in Shepherd’s Acquired Brain Injury and Neurospecialty units in 2008. Read More

  • Bryce T. Gillespie, M.D.

    Consulting Doctor, Orthopedic Surgery at Shepherd Center

    Bryce T. Gillespie, M.D., sees patients in Shepherd Center’s Upper Extremity Clinic. He is a medical staff member of the Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia, PC, in Atlanta. Read More

  • Russell Gore, M.D.

    Medical Director, Vestibular Neurology at Shepherd Center
    Medical Director, SHARE Military Initiative
    Director, Complex Concussion Clinic

    Russell Gore, M.D., is the medical director of vestibular neurology and joined the medical staff of Shepherd Center in December 2015. He is also the medical director of Shepherd Center's SHARE Military Initiative and the director of the Complex Concussion Clinic. Read More

  • Gary R. Gropper, M.D.

    Consulting Neurologist at Shepherd Center

    Gary R. Gropper, M.D., is a consulting neurosurgeon at Shepherd Center. He earned his medical degree from The University of Tennessee and completed his neurosurgical residency at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 1985. Read More

  • Thomas Guffin, MD

    Consulting Physician

    Thomas Guffin, M.D., of Buckhead ENT is a consulting physician at Shepherd Center. Dr. Guffin attended Emory University, where he received his medical degree, and completed his internship in general surgery at same university. Read More

  • Kaveh Khajavi, M.D.

    Medical Director of Neurosurgical Services at Shepherd Center

    Kaveh Khajavi, M.D., is the medical director of neurosurgical services at Shepherd Center. He also sees patients at Georgia Spine & Neurosurgery Center, a practice he founded in 2002. Read More

  • Donald Peck Leslie, M.D.

    Medical Director, Shepherd Center

    Donald Peck Leslie, M.D., is the medical director of Shepherd Center. Before this appointment, he served for 10 years as associate medical director of Shepherd Center and medical director for Brain Injury Services. Read More

  • John Lin, M.D.

    Staff Physiatrist at Shepherd Center
    Spinal Cord Injury Program

    John Lin, M.D., is a staff physiatrist in the Spinal Cord Injury Program at Shepherd Center and director of the SCI residency program. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury medicine and internal medicine. Read More

  • Sherrill Loring, M.D.

    Neurologist
    Shepherd Center MS Institute

    Sherrill Loring, M.D., is a neurologist at the Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Institute at Shepherd Center. Read More

  • Douglas Murray, M.D.

    Orthopedic Surgeon at Shepherd Center

    Douglas Murray, M.D., is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a specialty in shoulder and elbow reconstruction and arthroscopy, general orthopaedic surgery and fractures. Read More

  • Herndon Murray, M.D.

    Medical Director of Orthopedics at Shepherd Center

    Herndon Murray, M.D., is the medical director of orthopaedics at Shepherd Center and an orthopaedic consultant. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Read More

  • J. Tobias Musser, M.D.

    Staff Physiatrist
    Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute

    J. Tobias Musser, M.D., completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Emory University Hospital, including eight months of training at Shepherd Center. He sees patients in the Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute. Read More

  • Tommy L. Owens, D.D.S.

    Consulting Dentist at Shepherd Center

    Tommy L. Owens, D.D.S., is a dental consultant on the medical staff at Shepherd Center. Raised in Newnan, Ga., Dr. Owens was a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. Read More

  • Allan Peljovich, M.D., M.P.H.

    Orthopedic Surgeon at Shepherd Center

    Allan Peljovich, M.D., MPH, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a specialty in hand and upper-extremity surgery. Read More

  • Nathan Pursifull, MD

    Consulting Urologist

    Nathan Pursifull, M.D., of Piedmont Physicians Group is a consulting urologist at Shepherd Center. He is board certified in urology and received his medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in 2006. Read More

  • Gary C. Richter, M.D.

    Consulting Gastroenterologist at Shepherd Center

    Gary C. Richter, M.D., of Consultative Gastroenterology of Atlanta is a consulting physician on the Shepherd Center medical team. Read More

  • Matthew Sand, M.D.

    Consulting Urologist at Shepherd Center

    Matthew Sand, M.D., is a consulting urologist in Shepherd Center’s Urology Clinic. He earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine where he graduated with Honors. He completed his surgical internship and residency in urology at New York University Medical Center. Read More

  • Erik Shaw, D.O.

    Medical Director
    Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute

    Erik Shaw, D.O., is an interventional pain management specialist and medical director of the Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute. Dr. Shaw is double board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine. Read More

  • Rhonda Taubin, M.D.

    Staff Physiatrist
    Outpatient Services

    Rhonda Taubin, M.D., is a staff physiatrist in the Shepherd Center Outpatient Multispecialty Clinic. She is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine and attended Sophie Newcomb of Tulane University, where she graduated summa cum laude. Read More

  • Ben W. Thrower, M.D.

    Medical Director
    Multiple Sclerosis Institute at Shepherd

    Ben Thrower, M.D., is the medical director of the MS Institute at Shepherd Center. He previously served as the medical director of the Holy Family Multiple Sclerosis Institute in Spokane, Wash. Read More

  • John Tumeh, MD

    Consulting Psychiatrist

    John Tumeh, M.D., of Foundation Psychiatry, P.C., is a consulting psychiatrist at Shepherd Center. Dr. Tumeh graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2009 and completed a residency at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Read More

  • Ford Vox, M.D.

    Staff Physiatrist
    Brain Injury Services

    Ford Vox, M.D., is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician with additional subspecialty board certification in brain injury medicine. He joined Shepherd Center’s medical staff in 2012 as a staff physiatrist in the Brain Injury Program. Read More

  • Andrew Zadoff, M.D.

    Medical Director
    Respiratory and Critical Care Services

    Andrew Zadoff, M.D., is medical director of respiratory and critical care services at Shepherd Center. He attended Emory University and is a graduate of the University of Florida. Read More