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Dr. Critides served in the United States Navy for 20 years. After serving as a battalion surgeon with the United States Marines, he was selected for training as a neurosurgeon. He then served the remainder of his career in the Navy as a neurosurgeon, including tours at National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and Wounded Warrior Regiment in Quantico, Virginia. While assigned to National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, he was called to treat U.S. servicemen and women injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. He deployed as the spine surgeon on the USNS Comfort, the forward deployed mobile Naval Hospital Ship, where he provided care for victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010. In his spare time, Dr. Critides stays active with cross fit and running. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Maricarmen, and their four children.

About Dr. Critides

Dr. Critides has professional interests in neurologic trauma surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, motion preserving spine surgery, complex and deformity spine and neurooncology. He is an Advanced Trauma Life Support provider, instructor and State Faculty; having been State Faculty for ATLS for over 10 years.   He believes in working closely with other members of the Trauma Team to provide comprehensive neurotrauma care.  He is experienced in minimally invasive spine surgery and motion preserving techniques like percutaneous vertebral augmentation and cervical arthroplasty (disk replacement). He started and lead a Neurosurgical Tumor Board at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola from 2014-2017,  serving as the Medical Director of the Gamma Knife Program.  He is committed to patient welfare, balancing conservative treatment with optimizing surgical outcomes. Although some conditions may need immediate treatment, Dr. Critides is committed to doing what is in the patient’s interest. Doing “the right thing” with regards to cancer requires working closely with Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology to rapidly establish a diagnosis and coordinating a treatment strategy, and then moving expeditiously to the best treatment available, whether that is chemotherapy, radiotherapy and/or surgery.

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