Neurosurgical Associates PC
800 St. Vincent's Drive Suite 700
Birmingham, AL 35205

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Neurosurgical Associates Physician Assistants Birmingham AL

We are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment. Our staff is trained and skilled, and we strive to provide efficient and individualized service to each patient. Each member of our treatment team has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care.

Ron Philley, PA-C

Ron Philley PA-C assists our Physicians and works closely with Dr. Clark and Dr. Menendez when developing your plan of care. Graduated Hoover 1996, University of Louisiana Monroe 2001 BS in Radiologic Technology, University of South Alabama 2004 Masters in Health Science, PA Studies. Since 2004 worked in Neuro/Spine Surgery. Accolades include all-conference academic, indoor/outdoor track and cross country; Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the year 2000. Wife, 3 kids.

Ben Thompson PA-C

Ben Thompson PA-C assists our Physicians and works closely with Dr. Harsh and Dr. Erwood developing your plan of care. He graduated from Troy University in 2012 with a BS in Athletic Training and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019 with a Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Hobbies include playing golf and staying active. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs.


What is a physician assistant?

A physician assistant practices medicine under the direction of a physician.

What is the working relationship between a physician and a physician assistant?

The relationship between a supervising physician and a physician assistant is established through mutual trust and respect. This relationship assists in providing our patient population access to healthcare and a treatment plan while still under the guidance of the physician. The physician assistant is a representative of the physician, treating the patient in the style and manner developed and directed by the supervising physician. The physician and PA practice as members of a medical team.

What does a physician assistant do?

Physician Assistants take medical histories, examine and treat patients, make diagnoses, order diagnostic test (i.e., MRI and CT) prescribe, medications, assist in surgery, counsel patients and perform minor procedures. A PA exercises considerable autonomy in diagnosing and treating patients, but the supervising physician and state law determine the scope of a PA’s practice. PAs practice in a wide variety of specialties and settings.