“Imagine going into the doctor in the morning to check in for spine surgery, and then going home that night and sleeping in your own bed. It seems totally unfathomable to have a serious spine surgery done as an outpatient procedure.”
The above lines are the opening to a podcast called “Paving the Way for the Future of Spine Surgery,” featuring Dr. Bray, our very own founder and CEO of DISC Sports & Spine Center.
In this very personal and informative podcast, Dr. Bray tells about how he came to be a surgeon, why he’s called “Dr. Fix-It” by RedBull athletes, and why he made just $1 his first year in business.
Dr. Bray is a natural-born storyteller, and this podcast is sprinkled with his recountings of how he started out practicing surgery using a microscope and how that led to his redesign of the Zeiss surgical microscope. He is most proud of the teaching fellowships he’s had, and of the surgery that became the basis for a Grey’s Anatomy episode.
If you’ve ever wanted to know how DISC was founded, how Dr. Bray became a spinal-focused neurosurgeon, and how he developed what he calls his “Zen and his focus,” take the time to listen to this podcast. You’ll learn a great deal about Dr. Bray and, more importantly, why DISC is such a special place for RedBull athletes and everyday people alike.
Dr. Bray’s vision of DISC brings together a group of physicians specializing in pain management to rehabilitation so that when a patient undergoes spine surgery, their doctors can encourage post-surgery lifestyle changes to prevent the issue from happening again. Because of this whole-patient, minimally invasive mentality, a patient can walk out 12 hours post-surgery, and their recovery will be faster and more effective than conventional surgeries.
Jessica Watts hosts the podcast “The C-Life,” a show all about how CEOs and entrepreneurs build successful businesses.
About the author
Robert S. Bray, Jr., M.D. Nicknamed “Dr. Fix-It” by The Red Bulletin, Robert S. Bray, Jr., M.D. makes an art of helping the world’s most elite athletes return to push the boundaries of performance. The neurological spine surgeon, recognized globally for his thorough diagnoses and pioneering minimally invasive approach, is quickly redefining sports medicine, one champion at a time. Dr. Bray founded the state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary DISC Sports & Spine Center (DISC) in 2006 located in Los Angeles, CA. Read more articles by Robert S. Bray, Jr., M.D..