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The UF Health Spine Center at Halifax Health offers a range of minimally invasive solutions to back, neck and spine pain. Get back to doing what you love.



Relief From Back, Neck & Spine Pain

Our compassionate neurosurgeons are able to assess your spine, expedite imaging and provide pain relief solutions, all in one convenient location. Benefit from a continuum of care that will rehabilitate you and alleviate your pain long term.

While other places may offer temporary relief, here we provide every patient access to all the specialists they need for minimally invasive spine surgery, such as experts in neurosurgery, spine imaging, spine rehabilitation, pain management, and anesthesiology.

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UF Health Spine Center

Halifax Health

Halifax Health has collaborated with University of Florida Health to bring advanced, spine care to Volusia, Flagler and Brevard counties. Board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians from UF Health lead the program and are located at the main campus of Halifax Health in Daytona Beach.

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Procedures Offered

Interventional Spine Surgeries

We offer minimally invasive procedures and special imaging technology.

  • Microdiscectomies
  • Minimally invasive laminectomies
  • Spinal fusions
  • Spine fracture surgery
  • Surgical treatment of spine tumors
  • Congenital and acquired cervico-occipital junction abnormalities
  • Cervical discectomy, laminectomy and fusion procedures
  • Lumbar and cervical artificial disc placement
  • Cervical spine surgery
  • Decompression pars defect
  • Discectomy
  • Facetectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Lumbar spine surgery
  • Resection of osteophytes
  • Spinal decompression surgery
  • Spinal hardware removal
  • Thoracic spine surgery
  • Syringomyelia

Peripheral Nerve Treatments

We treat more than 100 different injuries, diseases, and conditions.

  • Stereotactic Microsurgery for Cerebral AVMs and Aneurysms
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery for AVMs
  • Revascularization of the Blood Supply
  • Skull lesions
  • Brain tumor biopsy and resection
  • Intracranial hemorrhages
  • Ventriculoperitoneal shunt for hydrocephalus
  • Pituitary transphenoidal tumor resection
  • Sub-occipital decompression for Chiari Malformation
  • Cranial vault reconstruction
  • Carotid Endarterectomy

Cranial Vault Procedures

Your child will receive care from an interdisciplinary team of experts.

  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Ulnar nerve decompression
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Peripheral nerve tumors

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Meet Your Spine Specialists

Patrick Khan MD

Patrick Han, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Han graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1997. He then went on to complete his neurosurgical residency at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Han continued his studies, completing fellowships in cerebrovascular neurosurgery, endovascular neurosurgery and complex spine surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute. Currently, Dr. Han is the medical director of UF Health Neurosurgery at Halifax Health.

Rohit Khanna MD

Rohit Khanna, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon ​

Dr. Khanna is a board-certified neurosurgeon. He specializes in minimally invasive cervical and lumbar spine surgery. He obtained his medical degree from The Ohio State University and Neurosurgical training at Henry Ford Health with a Fellowship at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Khanna has authored many publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is also a prolific inventor with patents in innovative spinal and cranial surgery procedures.

Jason Blatt MD

Jason Blatt, MD

Board-Certified Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Dr. Blatt is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he was a National Merit Scholar and graduated magna cum laude. He then completed his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received the Harold C. Pillsbury Student Research Award. After receiving his MD, he remained at UNC to complete his internship and residency, both in Neurological Surgery. Dr. Blatt’s clinical interests include all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, with special focus on brain tumors, epilepsy, minimally-invasive and transnasal (through-the-nose) brain surgery, and congenital spinal disorders.

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Paul Krafft, MD

Board-Eligible Neurosurgeon

Dr. Krafft received his medical degree from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He completed a postdoctoral neuroscience fellowship at Loma Linda University in California, where he studied and taught the involvement of peripheral immune cells in neuronal injury progression after ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Dr. Krafft completed a residency in neurosurgery and an enfolded fellowship in complex spine surgery at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. There, he received the department’s teaching award for his contributions in resident education.

Ian Tafel MD

Ian Tafel, MD

Board-Eligible Neurosurgeon

Dr. Tafel received his undergraduate degree in psychology, magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh. He received his medical degree from Geisinger Commonwealth School in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in neurological surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Boston Children’s Hospital Harvard Program where he worked on nerve regeneration and the fabrication of advanced materials for medical applications at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Tafel completed his fellowship in complex spine for surgery at the University of Miami.

Mark Bender MD

Mark Bender, MD

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist

Dr. Bender earned his medical degree at University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Fla., where he was valedictorian and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Orlando Health in Orlando, Fla., and his fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Prior to his medical training, he received a doctorate in chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Daytona Beach, Fla. With a successful business practice in South Florida, Dr. Bender witnessed people suffer from pain that he was not able to treat as a chiropractor. Wanting to affect people on a deeper level, he spent the intervening years training to become an expert in minimally invasive spine care.

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UF Health Spine Center at Halifax Health provides a state-of-the-art facility with expert spine doctors who offer patients leading-edge treatment options for spinal deformities, injuries and degenerative conditions.

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