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North Pinellas Business Briefs for Sunday, Aug. 11

Dr. Ashraf Ragab, a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, is the founder of the Spine Institute.

Dr. Ashraf Ragab, a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, is the founder of the Spine Institute.

Comprehensive Spine Institute has moved to a new office at 1988 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. in Clearwater.

Previously housed in the Bardmoor Outpatient Center in Largo, the institute's new 15,000-square-foot Clearwater office houses a five-member staff and will eventually include an on-site surgery center and offer physical therapy and sports medicine.

"The opening of the Comprehensive Spine Institute's new Clearwater office is an important step towards realizing our goals of providing a complete spine care experience and carefully upgrading and managing the reputation of the industry," said Dr. Ashraf Ragab, a fellowship-trained spine surgeon and board-certified orthopedic surgeon who founded the institute 21/2 years ago.

Ragab specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, fracture care, complex spinal disorders and traumatic and reconstructive spinal surgery.

He received his medical degree from Alexandria University School of Medicine in Egypt in 1987. Postgraduate training included a general surgery internship completed in 1994 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. That was followed by an orthopedic research fellowship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he performed basic science research for two years.

After finishing his residency training in orthopedic surgery, he completed a spine and scoliosis surgery fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2002.

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