Kamal R. Woods, MD, MBA, FAANS

Neurosurgeon located in Miamisburg, OH


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About Vertrae®

Board-certified neurosurgeon and neurological spine surgeon Kamal Woods, MD, MBA, FAANS, is co-founder of Vertrae® in Dayton, Ohio. As a renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Woods is proud to provide personalized care, just for you.

Dr. Woods earned his medical doctorate (MD) from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California. Upon graduating, he completed his internship in general surgery and residency in neurological surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He then pursued his minimally invasive and complex spine fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He recently completed his Master of Business Administration at Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business in Baltimore, Maryland.

Prior to establishing Vertrae®, Dr. Woods worked in academic neurosurgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he taught medical students and residents. He moved with his wife and kids to Dayton, Ohio, to embrace the role of Network Medical Director of Neuroscience for a network of hospitals. Dr. Woods holds hospital appointments at several hospitals in the Great Dayton region. However, he is now an independent private practice neurosurgeon. He is a member of the Ohio State Medical Association, Ohio State Neurosurgical Society, North American Spine Society, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and California Medical Association.

As Dr. Woods recalls, it all started one Sunday afternoon in the fall of 2015 while chatting with his wife on an open terrace in Temecula Wine Country, Southern California. The weather was perfect! Beautiful vineyards provided the backdrop. Everyone was smiling and relaxed. Could we learn something from this experience that would inspire the way we deliver health care? It became their obsession to understand what experiences and emotions their patients really wanted and they promised to work as hard as they could to deliver such an experience. The concept behind Vertrae® was born: To create an immersive, personalized experience for every patient, unlike anything they had ever felt before. Vertrae® is the realization of that dream!

At Vertrae®, Dr. Woods is very patient-centered and strives to provide the best treatment options for his patients. He offers back surgery, disc replacement, robotic surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery for conditions like spinal stenosis, sciatica, and pinched nerves.

He is currently accepting patients and offers virtual appointments to enhance care, with 24/7 availability on demand. Schedule a visit by calling the office or booking online today.



Dr. Woods performs pioneering neck surgery

Patient Travis Wells from Middletown, Ohio shares his story

American Heart Association (AHA) Dayton Heart Ball 2020

This fun short film was played just before Dr. Woods addressed the audience at the American Heart Association (AHA) annual ball


For Worker's Compensation and Personal Injury Patients, Vertrae® offers a Complimentary MRI Review. For Further Information, please contact our office.

Contact Us



1. Patients come first

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Nothing is too much for our patients. It is our honor to care for you.

2. The guest experience is important to us

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Patients are guests, not clients. Our goal is to create an immerse experience filled with warmth

3. Health care should be personalized

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Every guest is unique and special. The care we offer should be customized to suit each guest.


4. Technology may be used to enhance care

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Our world is increasingly digital. "Vertrae" is a combination of virtual and vertebrae (spine).

5. Spine surgery is not for everyone

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There are many ways to treat neck and back pain. Surgery should be the last option.

6. Do less to get better results

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Even when surgery is needed, minimally invasive spine surgery provides a faster road to recovery.


Accepted Insurances

For your convenience, Vertrae accepts most major insurance plans. Click on “View full list of companies” to see a list of commonly accepted insurances. This list is not entirely inclusive of all the plans we accept. For specific insurance plan inquiries, please contact the office .

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
United Healthcare
Worker's Compensation


Notable Awards


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  • Sep 2020 America’s Most Honored Doctors: Awarded by the American Registry to the “top 1% of America’s doctors”s
  • Aug 2018 America’s Most Honored Professionals Award: Each year The American Registry recognizes the “Best of the Best”- the CEOs, doctors, attorneys, wealth managers, brokers, entrepreneurs, contractors and individuals from just about every industry and profession
  • Apr 2016 Pinnacle Professional Recognized by Continental Who’s Who as Pinnacle Professional in healthcare
  • Sept 2015 Expert Network Distinguished Doctor: The Expert Network is an invitation only service for distinguished professionals
  • Sept 2014 “Top Doctor" Award Inland Empire Magazine
  • Oct 2014 Vitals Patients’ Choice Award: Of the nation’s 870,000 active doctors, only 5% were accorded this honor by their patients in 2014
  • Aug 2014 Vitals Top 10 Doctor Award: Of the nation’s 870,000 active doctors, the top 1% were selected to receive this honor by their patients

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Words from our patients

  • Google

    "Very knowledgeable and honest when it came to my special circumstances. He explained and answered any questions I had. I would highly recommend him and his staff!"

    Leslie D.
  • Google

    "Dr. Woods and his team are true professionals. I wish I would have met them sooner. I can't thank you enough Dr. Woods!"

    Jeff B.
  • Google

    "I recently had an outpatient surgery performed by Dr. Woods and I have been pain free since! I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to be pain free!"

    Mark S.
  • Google

    "Great job on my back surgery! Pain is gone and I feel wonderful. Dr. Woods and his staff were a true blessing to me and my family throughout the entire process."

    Jeffrey M.
  • Google

    "I highly recommend Dr. Kamal Woods! He is knowledgeable, professional, and very skilled."

    Ms W.
  • Google

    "He is a kind man who took the time to answer all my questions. Dr. Woods is the greatest!"

    Rick K.
  • Google

    "Dr. Woods and his entire staff made me feel at ease, very nice, and could answer all of my questions. Thank you Dr. Woods and your staff."

    Brenda R.
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Woods did an amazing job, even with my bad osteoporosis. I highly recommend him!"

    Willow C.


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