Meet the NEOSS Team
Our board-certified/eligible surgeons and expert physicians take a team approach to spinal care.
We treat the full range of spinal disorders from cervical (neck) problems to issues
affecting both the thoracic (middle back) and lumbar spine (lower back). Together, our
team works with each patient to provide an individualized treatment plan consisting of
the latest in diagnostic services, excellent non-surgical care of spinal problems all
while offering the newest spine surgery techniques. The aim is for a rapid recovery
personalized to your unique patient care needs.
Dr. Carkner joined NEOSS in 2005 and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Tufts University School
of Medicine. His clinical interests include cervical and lumbar degenerative conditions including the application of
minimally invasive surgical technique when appropriate.
Dr. Hwang joins New England Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery after serving as Medical Director of the Kish
Health Spine Center and spine surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute in Illinois. He has authored over 25
peer-reviewed journal articles, publications and presentations.
Dr. Parazin is a former Chief of Spine Surgery at New England Baptist Hospital. He has been a member of the
NEBH medical staff since 1998 and is currently a staff spine surgeon. He specializes in complex surgery of
the neck and back, including revision surgery and cases involving adult scoliosis and deformity.
In addition to assisting Dr. Parazin & Dr. Carkner during surgery, Rob also evaluates patients in the clinic.
His special interests include diagnosis and management of spinal stenosis and other arthritic conditions of the spine.
Melissa A. Stone, PA-C
Melissa Stone joined NEOSS in 2017. She completed her undergraduate training at Washington University in 2011 and graduate training at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences where she earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in May 2014.