M. Hytham Rifai, MD, FAANS

Dr. Rifai is the founder of Neurological & Spinal Surgery (NSS). Under his stewardship, NSS has grown while serving the residents of Northwest Indiana for more than three decades. Dr. Rifai is constantly researching new technologies and treatments for patients suffering from neurological, brain and spinal disorders. He was one of the first neurosurgeons in the region to offer minimally-invasive microscopic spinal surgery, vascular neurosurgery, and stereotactic radiosurgery using Gamma Knife ® modality. Dr. Rifai completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. His specializations include minimally invasive microscopic spine surgery, brain tumor and neurosurgical conditions.

Dr. Rifai also serves as a Diplomate for the American Board of Neurological Surgery and as an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago while maintaining an academic affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine. Professional memberships include the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), American Association of Neurological Surgery (AANS), and American Back Society.

Dr. Hayder Hameed JafferHayder Jaffer, MD

Dr. Jaffer has more than 15 years of experience in neurosurgery and spine surgery and is fellowship trained in pediatric neurosurgery, Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders (hydrocephalus) and Cancer nano medicine. Dr. Jaffer joined Neurological & Spinal Surgery from Cleveland Clinic, one of the country’s oldest and most respected hospital systems and ranked number 2 on US News and World Report’s annual Hospital Honor Roll for the past two years.

In neurosurgery, his primary areas of interest include brain tumors, pituitary tumors, spina bifida, neuralgia and all types of hydrocephalus. Dr. Jaffer is also experienced in stereotactic radiosurgery using the Gamma Knife, management of movement disorders via baclofen pump implantation, treatment of medically resistant seizures via vagal nerve stimulation, and management of deep brain stimulation. In spine surgery, Dr. Jaffer is experienced in management of cervical and lumbar spine conditions including spine fusion procedures,  artificial disc implantation, Kyphoplasty and treatment of tumors, fractures and herniated discs.

Dr. Jaffer completed his fellowship training at Cleveland Clinic. He is licensed by the Medical Boards of Ohio and Indiana. Dr. Jaffer also earned Innovation Awards from Cleveland Clinic in 2013 and 2015 recognizing his work in the development of a new drug delivery system for use in treating brain and spinal cord trauma. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurological & Orthopaedic Surgeons (AANOS) and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

Charles Chuman, MD

Dr. Chuman is a neurosurgeon in Crown Point and Merrillville, Indiana and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Methodist Hospitals, Franciscan Health Hammond and Crown Point, St. Mary Medical Center and Pinnacle Hospitals. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine with a Residency and Fellowship at the University of Washington Medical Center. Dr. Chuman is board certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgery and has practiced in Northwest Indiana for 30 years.