A board-certified neurosurgical specialist, Dr. Townsend practices general neurosurgery and spine surgery. He is certified in endovascular treatments such as mechanical thrombectomy and aneurysm coiling for emergency stroke treatment. He is skilled in the full breadth of minimally invasive and open spinal techniques, including robotic procedures, and is especially interested in providing team-based, empathetic patient care.
Dr. Townsend graduated from Furman University in Greenville, SC, with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, then earned his medical degree at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, also in Greenville. He completed his seven-year Neurological Surgery residency and a one-year Neuroendovascular Surgery fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.
He is a member of the Southern Neurosurgical Society, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. In received the 2019 Neurocritical Care Research Award from the Wake Forest Department of NeuroCritical Care.
Dr. Townsend is an avid road and trail runner who loves hiking and watersports with his family. In addition, he describes himself as a “poor but enthusiastic golfer.”
The main office of GNS is located at 2142 W. Broad St., Building 100, Suite 200, Athens, with satellite offices in Lavonia, Greensboro and Monroe. As part of St. Mary’s Medical Group, GNS accepts most major insurance plans and Medicare. Most insurance plans require a referral from a primary care physician. You can make a new patient appointment by calling (706) 548-6881.