Board of Directors


President – Jay Howington, MD
Dr. Jay Howington is a board certified neurosurgeon with fellowship training in endovascular neurosurgery at Neurological & Spine Institute of Savannah. He grew up in Augusta and, after completing his undergraduate work at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Howington returned home to attend the Medical College of Georgia. After graduating from medical school, he completed an internship in general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Dr. Howington gained his neurosurgical clinical experience at Charity Hospital, Children’s Hospital, as well as the Ochsner Clinic as part of his neurosurgical residency at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. While at the Ochsner Clinic, he spent an elective year focusing on vascular and endovascular neurosurgery. After serving as Chief Resident at Charity Hospital, Dr. Howington moved to Buffalo, New York for a two-year fellowship in endovascular neurosurgery under Dr. Nick Hopkins. He moved to Savannah in 2004 and now calls it his home.



President-Elect – William Boydston, MD
Dr. William Boydston received his undergraduate degree in 1975 from The University of Georgia graduating with honors and a degree in Bachelor of Sciences Zoology. He received his M.D. in 1985 from the Medical College of Georgia, and then completed postdoctoral training at The University of Tennessee from 1985-1991. He completed his fellowship, in Pediatric Neurosurgery, at Scottish Rite Childrens Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Boydston has been serving as the Attending Neurosurgeon at Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center, Northside Hospital and Eglestons Childrens Hospital. He also serves as a Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University.



Secretary/Treasurer – John Cowan, MD
Dr. John Cowan received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College in North Carolina and continued onto medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.. He graduated medical school in 2001 and furthered his education at the University of Michigan Hospital with an internship in General Surgery and completed his residency in Neurosurgery. Dr. Cowan has been practicing at Harbin Clinic since 2008.



Immediate Past President - Karl D. Schultz, Jr. (MD, FACS)
Dr. Karl D. Schultz, Kip, Jr., Md, F.A.C.S., served as the Chief Medical Advisor of Amendia, Inc. Dr. Schultz is a partner at Specialty Clinics of Georgia PC. Dr. Schultz spent one year aboard the USS Canopus home ported in Kings Bay, GA serving as a general medical officer before returning to Emory University to complete a six-year neurosurgical residency. From Atlanta GA, Dr. Schultz traveled to San Diego, California where he served as staff neurosurgeon at Naval Hospital San Diego treating a broad range of pediatric and adult neurosurgical conditions. Dr. Schultz began his private practice in 2003 in Gainesville GA. He treats a broad range of intracranial and spinal conditions, his main interest remains in complex spinal reconstruction and minimally invasive spinal technology. As a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, Dr. Schultz is board certified in Neurological Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He maintains active membership in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), and the North American Spine Society (NASS). Dr. Schultz maintains a strong interest particularly in the development of spinal implants and technologies that advance the practice of the minimally invasive spine surgeon. Dr. Schultz has been an advocate and clinical researcher for recent technologies that allow for biological reconstruction of vertebral compression fractures (e.g OptimeshÒ). From 2004 to 2008, he has spoken throughout the US and in Europe regarding his early experience with this novel technology. Dr. Schultz received his BA degree in Chemistry from Washington and Jefferson College. Dr. Schultz pursued his MD degree at Emory University School of Medicine under a scholarship grant from the US Navy.



Program Chair - Kevin Ammar, MD
Kevin Ammar is a board certified, fellowship-trained neurosurgeon who specializes in complex spine and minimally invasive spinal procedures. After completion of his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia, he pursued his medical education at the University of Florida where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He then pursued his neurosurgical residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he served as Chief Resident and met his wife, Kathryn. Following residency, he and Kathryn moved to Los Angeles where he completed a dual neurosurgical / orthopedic fellowship in complex spinal procedures at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. This included training in complex spinal procedures such as spinal deformity and scoliosis, as well as the latest minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Ammar specializes in spine and has an interest in complex spine, spinal deformity, spinal tumors, and minimally invasive spine surgery. During his fellowship he helped to pioneer the application of minimally invasive, percutaneous surgical techniques to degenerative scoliosis. He performs thoracic discectomy for spinal cord decompression through a minimally invasive, lateral approach. He has completed special training to gain certification in arthroplasty (the placement of an artificial disc) within the cervical and lumbar spine. His publications have appeared in the periodicals “The Journal of Neurosurgery” and “Neurosurgery.”. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Southern Neurosurgical Society, and the Georgia Neurosurgical Society. Dr. Ammar is dedicated to utilizing his comprehensive knowledge of contemporary neurosurgical spinal techniques to help patients with spine problems achieve optimal outcomes.

In addition to his interest in spine, Dr. Ammar enjoys general neurosurgery, including peripheral nerve surgery.

His practice is based at the Neurological & Spine Institute’s office in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Ammar also practices at our satellite office in Statesboro, Georgia.



Marketing/Development Chair
Frank Lin, MD

‎Dr. Franklin Lin is a practicing physician with the Wellstar Medical Group in Marietta, Georgia. Dr. Lin's primary interests are in complex disorders of the spine and neurological trauma. He also has special interests in sports-related injuries and currently oversees the management of head and spinal injuries for regional high school systems and universities. Dr. Lin attended college at Duke University and graduated with a BSE in Biomedical Engineering and Economics. Dr. Lin attended medical school at the University of Florida and completed his residency training at Emory University.



Director - Area One (term 2) 2018 - 2021 Sandea Greene-Harris, MD
Director - Area One (term 1) 2017 - 2020 Daniel Refai, MD
Director - Area Two (term 1) 2018 - 2021 Scott Rahimi, MD
Director - Area Three (term 1) 2017 - 2020 Kevin Ammar, MD


Committee of the State Neurosurgical Societies - William Boydston, MD
Committee of the State Neurosurgical Societies - Hugh Smisson, MD