About Our Director

This is a man on a mission: to better the lives of those faced with spine and spinal cord problems.

Even before he was named director of the Institute, T. Glenn Pait, M.D., was a familiar figure on the UAMS campus. Many Arkansans have come to know him as the dynamic narrator and host of Here’s to Your Health, a weekday health information public-radio program broadcast by many stations in Arkansas.

His peers know him as a dedicated neurosurgeon who, among other accomplishments, has developed an innovative method of stabilizing the head and neck (known as the “inside-outside” technique), to help those who have life-threatening problems as a result of an accident or illness.

Medical students known his as an award-winning teacher (he has earned four Red Sash awards, which the senior class of the UAMS College of Medicine presents to an outstanding teacher).

Professor of neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery, Pait joined the faculty of the UAMS College of Medicine in 1994. He practices at UAMS Medical Center and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Along with historical research, he has focused on research initiatives involving spine anatomy, biomechanics, instrumentation, imaging of spine implants and the development of spine implants.

He was also included on the Arkansas Times’ Best Doctors, which lists the best doctors in Arkansas. He was also named one of the best doctors in America by CNN/Time for 2001.

The idea for the Institute grew out of conversations between Pait and Jack Stephens, who developed a close professional and personal relationship. The two recently co-authored the book Golf Forever, which focuses on ways to play golf and stay healthy.

Pait holds certification with the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the North American Spine Society and many other professional organizations related to neurosurgery and spinal surgery.

He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Florida, with honors; earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.; and completed a neurological surgery residency at George Washington University Medical Center.