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Welcome to TN Brain and Spine

Thank you for visiting TN Brain and Spine, the neurosurgical practice of board-certified neurosurgeons Joel E. Norman, MD and Barrett W. Brown, MD. It’s our mission to be leading provider of neurosurgical care in East Tennessee, and bring advanced technologies and the latest treatments so you can always get excellent care. We treat disorders of  the brain, spine and peripheral nerves. 

This facility complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Click here to learn more.

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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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For Sally, celebrating 45 years of marriage turned out to be an adventure, thanks to minimally invasive spine surgery. Click here to read her story.

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