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Welcome to TN Brain and Spine

Our phone number will change to (865) 331-2835 on Wednesday, October 26. Click here for important information about our answering service during the phone transition.

Welcome to the neurosurgical practice of Joel E. Norman, MD and Barrett W. Brown, MD.

Dr. Joel Norman and Dr. Barrett Brown are specially-trained in the treatment of surgical disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves. Their expertise includes intracranial microsurgery, endoscopic pituitary surgery and advanced minimally invasive techniques for spinal surgery.

This site may be used as a reference for the neurosurgical conditions we treat and the neurosurgical options available for treatment. For a complete listing of frequently asked questions about minimally invasive spine surgery, click here.

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At TN Brain and Spine we provide advanced technology and procedures for minimally invasive neurosurgery to treat disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves. No referral is required.

For a full listing of our services, please visit our services page.

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Advanced Technology and Procedures for Minimally-Invasive Neurosurgery

Learn about the advantages of minimally-invasive surgery.

TN Brain and Spine News


  • Spine Surgery Patient John Parris

    Barrett Brown, MD of TN Brain and Spine performs minimally invasive spine surgery for the relief of back pain...

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    Bill Kendall of Maryville, 68, is a retired railroad worker who has spent a fair amount of time on...

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  • Joel Norman, MD

    Joel Norman, MD, and Rebekah Swink, MD, don’t practice the same medical specialties, but they both have similar “home...

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    For more than a year, Donna Barron’s back hurt, the kind of pain that keeps you up at night....

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