Spine surgeon Dr. Robert L. Masson, M.D., is an internationally recognized neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery and sports spine medicine. As the founder of the Masson Spine Institute, he serves as Medical Director of the Orlando Health Health Central Central Hospital JCAHO accredited Spine Center of Excellence in West Orlando.
Dr. Masson performs surgery at the Masson Spine Institute (MSI) Outpatient Surgery Centers of Excellence in both Orlando, Florida and Park City, Utah, where patients and surgeons travel from all over the world for advanced micro-surgical spine surgery strategies, solutions, techniques, and training.
Dr. Masson, himself a spinal reconstruction patient and lifelong adventurer, is a passionate advocate for prevention, wellness, fitness and ultimately extreme recovery in the face of spinal injury. He is committed to using the a comprehensive multi-modality approach to help his patients achieve return to spine health following their spinal treatment. His goal is to relentlessly strive for optimization strategies to improve patient outcome and functionality, even in the face of previously disabling spinal conditions and he is committed to delivering strategies for return to high performance activity after a spine health crisis.
Dr. Masson has performed over 13,000 microsurgical spine procedures in his career and several thousand microsurgical minimally invasive lumbar spinal reconstructions and revisions. He is amongst the most experienced artificial cervical spine surgeons in North America having over 2000 patients treated with cervical arthroplasty. His practice is dedicated to complex spinal disorders and 100% of his practice uses microsurgical and minimally invasive techniques.
Dr. Masson received his medical degree in biomedical engineering with honors from the University of Florida. He stayed in Gainesville for Neurological Surgery Residency, finishing in 1995 with special training in Microneurosurgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. He credits his training and inspiration in microsurgery to Dr. Albert Rhoton, the ‘father’ of modern microneurosurgery.
After starting his practice in 1995, he began applying brain microsurgery techniques to spinal surgery with total commitment to less traumatic spine surgery solutions. The ultimate product was the creation of a unique symphony of surgical techniques the world of minimally invasive spine surgery had not yet seen. The advances he made enabled the creation of spinal implants, retractors, templates, delivery devices, techniques, and technology and ultimately, the iMAS Procedure, a surgical symphony which he invented.
Dr. Masson’s iMAS technique—which is short for ‘intervertebral micro access surgery”—is used in lumbosacral spinal reconstruction and he has been responsible for the education, product development, and research for iMAS Technology products and techniques. He has served as one of several Chairmen, globally, of surgeon training and certification for in the use of the artificial disc, Prodisc, and is a Principal Investigator in the 2020 Prodisc C two level FDA clinical study.
He has trained several hundred surgeons in minimally invasive spine surgery, microsurgical lumbar and cervical spine reconstruction and artificial cervical disc surgery and is credited with having the least invasive spine reconstruction technique in the world.
His practice is world renowned for its functionally restoring treatment goals in the face of spinal disorders. Dr. Masson has treated a variety of amateur, recreational, professional athletes, and Olympians representing players from the NFL, NBA, MLB, Indycar, IMSA, ATP, PGA/LPGA tours, US Soccer, UFC, US Boxing, U.S. Ski team, US Cycling and Wakeboarding teams, and is an expert consultant at Spine Health as it relates to sports and the fitness industry at large.
He has given keynote addresses for many spine industry meetings on the modern approach to spine health disorders, technology and innovation.
Robert Masson is the proud father of five, and has been married for 30 years. His family celebrates athletics and adventure sports. Dr. Masson, an accomplished prototype racer, finished second place, along with his first born, Professional racer Kyle Masson in the 2019 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona with Performance Tech Motorsports. His family loves skiing, mountain biking, scuba diving, motorsports, tennis, golf and the great outdoors.
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