MEET OUR FOUNDER: THOMAS B. FLYNN, M.D., EMERITUS
The NeuroMedical Center is one of the largest freestanding multidisciplinary neurological centers in the United States today thanks to the revolutionary thinking of Dr. Thomas B. Flynn. In the late 1960’s, the neurosurgeon recognized a need in the South for well-trained clinical teams to diagnose and treat disease and disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system. Dr. Flynn single-handedly laid the foundation for our Baton Rouge, Louisiana campus which continues to serve as the region’s premier destination for excellence in comprehensive neurological care.
IN THE FAMILY
Dr. Flynn was born into a family love and passion for medicine. His grandfather and great-grandfather were both general practitioners who treated patients all over Tennessee by horseback. Dr. Flynn continued this family tradition when he decided to become a neurosurgeon. Dr. Flynn graduated medical school at Tulane University, and within a few years, was the only board-certified neurosurgeon between Baton Rouge and Shreveport.
Immediately after opening up his first Baton Rouge practice in 1967, Dr. Flynn recognized a great need for other neurological specialists like himself to work as a team. Less than ten years after starting his own clinic, Dr. Flynn joined forces with three other neurological experts–neurosurgeon Dr. John Clifford, neurosurgeon Dr. Anthony Ioppolo and neurologist Dr. Sam Levert. In 1978, their formation of Baton Rouge Neurological and Neurosurgical Associates was met with heavy criticism. While many people in town didn’t see a need for a clinic dedicated solely to the neurosciences, it didn’t take long before Dr. Flynn proved all of his doubters wrong.
By 1986, Dr. Flynn and his partners were providing expert care for so many neurological patients, the practice outgrew its location The NeuroMedical Center. 15 years later, Dr. Flynn decided to build a permanent home for The NeuroMedical Center in an open field at the corner of Bluebonnet Boulevard and Perkins Rowe to allow more specialists like himself a bigger space to expand specialized care for the brain, spine and nervous system.
RISE TO FAME
The NeuroMedical Center that rises above Perkins Rowe today is arguably Dr. Flynn’s greatest accomplishment. In 2004, this comprehensive campus for the neurosciences opened its doors– the culmination of three years of construction and four decades of visionary thinking!
Today, The NeuroMedical Center boasts the region’s largest group of experts for the brain, spine and nervous system. Their collective expertise greatly benefits those who seek diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for neurological conditions and spinal complications. The building today houses The NeuroMedical Center Clinic, The Spine Hospital of Louisiana at The NeuroMedical Center and The NeuroMedical Center Rehabilitation Hospital.
While the size, look and makeup of his practice has changed over the years, Dr. Flynn’s founding principle of offering an unmatched level of care in the neurosciences has never wavered.
Dr. Flynn and his contributions to the neurosciences and South Louisiana are legendary. While he retired from medical practice in 2008, he remains an integral part of The NeuroMedical Center operations and his philosophy of providing the highest level of patient care has, and always will, impact NMC culture.