Dr. Scott Spann
Specialty area: Spine, Sports Medicine
Education Info: Fellowship trained combined Ortho/Neuro clinical fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia. MD obtained at USC
Professional Info: AAOS, ABOS, NASS,
Personal Info: www.ScottSpannMD.co
Born and raised primarily in South Carolina to a Marine Corp family, Dr. Spann went off to high school in Jacksonville, Florida to pursue his goal of making the Olympic Swimming Team. From there, he started college on a scholarship at Auburn University. While there, Dr. Spann was named SEC Swimmer of the Year twice, was the Auburn Athlete of the Year, won three individual NCAA titles, and won swimming’s Kiputh Award as the Most Valuable National Swimmer. After his sophomore year he transferred to the
University of Texas following his coach, Eddie Reese, in 1978.
After the mandatory red shirt year, Dr. Spann led UT to its first finish in the top 10 in modern times with a 2nd place in NCAA team standings, and as captain his senior year led UT to its first National Championship. He also captured four NCAA titles while at UT in both individual and relay events.After college graduation, he married his college sweetheart, Beth, started their family in the ensuing years, and has three wonderful children in Austin, Alexi, and Scott Jr. All have attended UT also on swimming scholarships. Alexi and Scott Jr. were also Pan American medalists, making them the only father, daughter, son combination in history to do so.
From UT, he went to medical school at the University of South Carolina, where he was selected as president of the State Student Section of the American Medical Association.
Partnership and Orthopaedic Residency ensued at Ochsner Foundation in New Orleans. Concomitantly, he enlisted with the US Army Medical Corps and eventually retired with honorable discharge as a Major.
Upon completion of residency, a fellowship in spine surgery was performed while in Atlanta.
Knoxville, Tennessee was the first private practice for Dr. Spann, and by his third year he was elected
Chairman of Orthopaedics of the largest hospital system in east Tennessee.
He was then recruited by the world renowned Frank Noyes in Cincinnati to start the Spine Care Institute. Here he participated in some of the FDA trials to bring new spinal products to market upon which a great deal of all subsequent technology has been built.
After two years, Dr. Spann and his family decided to invest their remaining lives in Austin. He has been back here since 1997, is the founder of Westlake Orthopaedics and one of the initial founders of Westlake Hospital.
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Katharine Miller PA-C, Certified Physician Assistant
Mrs. Miller earned her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She earned her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Women’s Studies. During her Physician Assistant studies, Katharine was named to the Dean’s List at UTMB. She joined the Westlake Orthopaedics team in July 2013 and works with Dr. Scott Spann specializing in spine surgery.
Katharine is certified by the National Commission of Certification for Physician Assistants and is licensed by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Central Texas PA Society, and the Texas Association of Physician Assistants. Katharine continues to expand her knowledge base through regular conferences and Continued Medical Education.
Katharine grew up in Brenham, TX, and now lives here in Austin with her husband, Drew. She loves working out, cooking, horse-back riding, traveling, and her two Australian shepherds.