Walter Jermakowicz, MD, PHD

Walter Jermakowicz, MD, PHD

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Areas of Interest/Expertise
Minimally-invasive Spine Surgery
Herniated Discs
Spinal Stenosis
Low-back Pain
Neck Pain
Brain Tumors
Subdural Hematomas
Carpal Tunnel
Ulnar Neuropathy
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Diabetic Neuropathy
Compression Fractures
Spine Trauma
Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Spinal Fusions
Chiari Malformation
Spinal Injections
Pain Pumps
Vagal Nerve Stimulation
Spine Braces



Dr. Walter Jermakowicz is a general neurosurgeon with special interests in the treatment of spine, pain, and movement disorders. He is pleased to be relocating to the Upper Cumberland area and providing care to the communities of Cookeville and Crossville, Tennessee, at Tier 1 Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Institute.


Dr. Jermakowicz received his medical degree, as well as a doctor of philosophy in neuroscience, from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2012. He completed his residency in neurological surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the largest academic spine practice in North America.


He also completed a fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. During his fellowship, he worked as attending neurosurgeon at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, focusing on treating disorders of the spine in veterans.


Dr. Jermakowicz is trained in both open and minimally invasive spine surgery, and his focus in functional neurosurgery allows him to offer novel treatments for back pain not in the repertoire of a typical spine surgeon, including spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal drug delivery pumps.


His pain practice includes the treatment of trigeminal and occipital neuralgias, and his movement disorders practice entails deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia.


Dr. Jermakowicz’s ongoing research interests include the use of brain stem DBS for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury.