Robert Talac is the founder of Advanced Spine Institute. He may not be your typical spine surgeon. He is personable, interactive, and enjoys spending a considerable amount of time getting to know you. Most patients come to see him with back or neck problems that significantly affect their quality of life. Therefore, the first thing he wants to achieve is to understand how are these problems affecting your life. He focuses not only on alleviating the pain, but also on restoring function and performance. The ultimate goal is to relieve your pain through restoration of function and performance.
Dr. Talac is a renowned spine surgeon. He earned his medical degree from the Medical School of Masaryk University
in Brno. He has completed General Surgery training as well as fellowship training in surgical oncology in Europe. He also earned his PhD in Biophysics from Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. He also has a Diploma in Minimally Invasive Surgery from University of Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France. In 1999, he relocated to the United States. He was offered a clinician/scientist position at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He spent 4 years at the Mayo Clinic where he not only learned and perfected cutting-‐edge strategies that promote healing and recovery, but urther internalized the most important lesson in practicing medicine – “the needs of the patient come first”. He has also completed training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of California, San Diego, CA and fellowship training in spine surgery at the Center for Spine Health, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.
Dr. Talac is dedicated to clinical research advancing patient care. He has been the lead author of more than 50 research publication and presentations. He is a contributor to several spine surgery textbooks. He is a recipient of Patient Choice Award (2011 and 2012) and Most Compassionate Doctor Award 2012. Patients’ Choice recognition reflects the difference doctors make in the lives of their patients. The honor is bestowed on physicians who have
received near perfect scores, as voted by their patients. In fact, of the nation’s 830,000 active doctors, only 5% were accorded this honor by their patients in 2012. The International Association of Orthopedic Surgeons recognized Dr. Talac as a Top Orthopedic Spine Surgeon.