Southeast Georgia Health System Welcomes Timothy Owens, MD to Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Neurosurgery

Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to welcome Timothy R. Owens, MD, a board-certified neurosurgeon, to Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Neurosurgery and to the Brunswick Campus medical staff.

As a neurosurgeon, Owens treats disorders of the brain and spine. “In the brain, I treat tumors, bleeds and trauma. In the spine, I treat spinal tumors and degenerative spine disease, but a large part of it is treating patients for pain or spinal cord compression,” he explains.

According to Owens, his approach to patient care is simple. “When I have a patient before me, I try to picture the advice I would give to my own family member and that is how I treat each of my patients,” he says.

What brings Owens satisfaction is being able to help people have a better quality of life. “The best part of my job is when the treatment I have provided has alleviated my patient’s pain, or a tumor I have removed hasn’t grown back, therefore extending their ability to enjoy life.”

Owens’ pathway to neurosurgery was a bit unusual. “I studied philosophy of the mind as an undergraduate which led to learning more about the brain,” says Owens. “Concurrently, I grew up working with tools with my father. When I put those two together, I chose neurosurgery when I decided to pursue medicine.”

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, Owens earned his master’s degree in biomedical science at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Then he received his doctorate at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Following that, he completed a neurosurgery residency at Duke University Medical Center as well as a fellowship in adult reconstructive spinal surgery.

Prior to joining the Health System, Owens worked for St. Vincent Spine and Brain Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. He has served on several committees throughout his career and has extensively researched and written several medical journal articles, abstracts and a book chapter.

In his free time, Owens enjoys spending time with his family and watching college football. An interesting fact about Owens is that he was an exchange student to Russia when he was in high school. “I taught English classes at the same school where famous Russian author, Anton Chekhov, went to school,” says Owens.

Owens’ services include surgical treatment for patients with spine problems, spinal cord injuries and disorders, and peripheral nerve and brain conditions. Appointments are available with a physician’s referral. For more information, call Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Neurosurgery at 912-466-5443 or visit