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Published on September 01, 2018

Dr. Reintjes Jr. Joins Meritas Health Neurosurgery

Reintjes - father and son

Steve L. Reintjes Sr. (left) and his son, Stephen L. Reintjes Jr., MD,
began working together at Meritas Health Neurosurgery in August.

Stephen L. Reintjes Jr., MD, has joined Meritas Health Neurosurgery. He provides all aspects of neurosurgical care, including surgery for brain and spinal cord tumors, epilepsy, facial nerve pain and spinal deformities. He also has expertise in stereotactic radiosurgery and using minimally invasive approaches to treat spinal diseases and injuries.

A talented neurosurgeon, Dr. Reintjes Jr. is the son of practice founder Steve L. Reintjes Sr., MD. “His excellent training will expand Meritas Health Neurosurgery’s spectrum of neurosurgical care,” Dr. Reintjes Sr. said. “He is broadly trained in intracranial and complex spine surgeries. The addition of his expertise will help us meet the ever-growing need to manage these cases. Along with Kristopher T. Kimmell, MD, we look forward to continuing to serve our community with excellent patient care.”

Guiding Principle

Dr. Reintjes Jr. appreciates how his father has built the practice. “My father has a great reputation for being a good listener and compassionate surgeon,”
Dr. Reintjes Jr. said. “Much of that respect is the result of his guiding principle that every patient is treated in the same professional manner.”

Dr. Reintjes Jr.’s interest in neurosurgery is steeped in the same compassion he witnessed in his father. “We see patients who are in a time of crisis or great need,” Dr. Reintjes Jr. said. “What I find rewarding is that I can take them from that time, through an operation, and get them back home in better condition.”

Education and Research

Dr. Reintjes Jr. earned his medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. During his seven-year neurosurgery residency at the University of South Florida School of Medicine, he completed a one-year neurosurgery fellowship in epilepsy at the college and a one-year neurosurgery fellowship at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute.

His awards include being named the 2018 John Thompson Most Outstanding Resident. His research focuses on minimally invasive spine surgery, including lateral retroperitoneal interbody fusions; epilepsy surgery; vagus nerve stimulation; healthcare utilization and the socioeconomics of neurosurgery. He was the lead author of four book chapters and co-authored seven journal articles, which appeared in publications such as the Journal of Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery Spine and World Neurology. He also has presented more than 30 lectures and oral and poster presentations.