After 11 years at Laser Spine Institute, Dr. Stefan Prada joins Physician Partners of America

Orthopedic laser spine surgeon Stefan Prada, MD, will begin practicing at Tampa-based Physician Partners of America's Merritt Island (Fla.) Outpatient Surgery Center April 1. 

What you should know:

1. Dr. Prada previously worked at Tampa, Fla.-based Laser Spine Institute, which shuttered all locations March 1. While at LSI, Dr. Prada treated more than 9,000 patients.

2. Dr. Prada will perform minimally invasive laser spine procedures at Merritt Island Outpatient Surgery Center. The facility features a 9,060-square-foot ASC and more than 4,600 square feet of medical offices.

3. PPOA held a job fair for LSI employees March 6. Laser Spine Institute employed around 1,000 people at its four locations, including more than 500 in Tampa.

4. PPOA made at least 10 job offers during the career fair in Tampa, according to a LinkedIn post. PPOA has also helped 180 former LSI patients so far. In Arizona, where LSI also treated patients, spine surgeon Issada Thongtrangan, MD, is welcoming patients affected by the practice's closure.

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