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Third Neurosurgeon Joins FirstHealth Neurosurgery Team

| Date Posted: 6/21/2016

PINEHURST – When Michael D. Fromke, M.D., joins FirstHealth Neurosurgery later this summer, he will continue a professional relationship with a neurosurgical colleague that began in Dayton, Ohio, more than a year ago.


Dr. Fromke met Cynthia Z. Africk, M.D., when both were associated with Dayton’s Clinical Neurosciences institute. Dr. Africk left for Pinehurst a few months afterward, but thought of Dr. Fromke when a recent retirement created an opening at FirstHealth Neurosurgery.


“I had developed a very smooth professional relationship with Dr. Africk (in Ohio),” Dr. Fromke says, “and I feel comfortable that she is practicing that brand of neurosurgery in Pinehurst. That means a lot to me, and everything about Pinehurst met the criteria I was looking for.”


Dr. Fromke will become the third board certified neurosurgeon on the Pinehurst Neurosurgery team, joining Dennis M. Campbell, M.D., and Dr. Africk. The practice specializes in the treatment of diseases and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and spinal column and peripheral nerves within all parts of the body.


“We are very pleased to have Dr. Fromke join our neurosurgical program,” says John F. Krahnert Jr., M.D., chief medical officer of FirstHealth of the Carolinas. “His experience, skills and areas of interest work well with those of Drs. Africk and Campbell and will further complement the already high-quality level of care we offer to our neurosurgical patients.”


Dr. Fromke earned his B.S. degree in chemistry from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and his M.D., with high honors, from the University of Tennessee-College of Medicine in Memphis. He completed an internship in the Department of Surgery and his residency, as chief administrative resident, in the Department of Neurosurgery from the University of Tennessee-College of Medicine.


After practicing in a private neurosurgical clinic in Knoxville, Tennessee, Dr. Fromke moved to Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists, Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine, and then to his current position with Premier Health Specialists, The Clinical Neurosciences Institute.


A former president of the Tennessee Neurosurgical Society, he is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.


His professional interests include general neurosurgery, complex spine surgeries and stroke treatment.


Dr. Fromke and his wife, Robbie, have a blended family consisting of four adult children and two younger children, both students at the University of Tennessee. His two brothers are practicing radiologists in Charlotte, where their father also makes his home. The family connection was another reason for the Fromkes’ interest in North Carolina as was Robbie Fromke’s interest in horses and Pinehurst’s location in Sandhills Horse Country.


“I think the Pinehurst community meets our Southern roots and demeanor,” says Dr. Fromke. “It has good chemistry to it. It has a good feel.”


The specialists at FirstHealth Neurosurgery, which is located at 10 Aviemore Drive in Pinehurst, treat a variety of diagnoses, including cervical and lumbar disc disease, spinal stenosis, brain tumors, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy and spinal fractures. For more information, call (910) 715-8700 or (855) 535-8700 toll-free or visit

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