Dr. Caple A. Spence, MD

Dr. Caple A. Spence is a Neurosurgeon who is an expert in Brain, Spine and Peripheral Nerve surgery. He specializes in the evaluation, management and treatment of surgical neurologic conditions including but not limited to brain tumors, cerebrovascular disease, spinal fractures, rheumatoid arthritis, trigeminal neuralgia, degenerative disc disease, spinal osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, disc herniation, ankylosing spondylitis, tumors of the skull base and the pituitary gland, tumors of the spinal cord and the vertebrae, spinal deformity, adult scoliosis, failed back syndrome and infectious diseases of the brain and spine.

Dr. Spence received his undergraduate degree in 1991 from New York University, the largest private university in the United States. He went on to obtain his medical degree in 1995 from Mount Sinai School of Medicine where he developed his love of neurosurgery while learning from neurosurgical giants such as Leonard Malis, Kalmon Post and Chandra Sen. He then completed an Internship in General Surgery at George Washington University Medical Center. There he continued his 6 year neurosurgical training where he gained expertise in cranial and spinal microneurosurgery. Dr. Spence then completed a fellowship in Complex Reconstructive Spinal Surgery at the University of South Florida at Tampa General. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery following his fellowship. Dr. Spence was Co-founder and Co Director of the Iowa Spine and Brain Institute where he help form a multidisciplinary team to treat neurosurgical diseases. During his term there, ISBI became the most comprehensive center for the treatment of disease of the brain and spine in northeast Iowa. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

For over 18 years, Dr. Spence has been active in medical education in a variety of capacities. His writings and scholarly activity has been published in books and peer reviewed journals. He has presented research at numerous scientific meetings and has given lectures widely. Dr. Spence is an Advisory editor to The Spine Journal. As a faculty member for the AANS Goodman Oral Board Preparation: Neurosurgery Review by Case Management course, he helps to prepare neurosurgeons for achieving board certification. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of multiple professional medical societies. These include:

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
  • Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of AANS/CNS
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • The North American Spine Society