Dr. Spann's Blog: Rise to Your Utmost Potential

USA Swimming’s “Navy Seals Hardcore Moment”

Recently, friend and Olympic medalist Mel Stewart produced a video for USA Swimming’s new series, Navy Seals Hardcore Moment about my son Scott and his difficult journey after a near debilitating knee injury. To watch the video click the following: …

The Integration of Western Medicine and Alternative Medical Modalities

I am what I call a Western trained physician.  I have been schooled via excellent American universities, medical schools, residency programs and fellowships and have worked hard to stay at the leading edge of the latest medical treatments in my …

Life with a Capital L

Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi, the psychologist who teaches the concept of Flow that I spoke of in my last post, says that Flow defines…“how to live life as a work of art, rather than as a chaotic response to external events…” Since …

Get in the Flow

Every athlete probably has their own rituals and ways of preparing before an event or game. As a young swimmer I was no different. I noticed early on a need, before a race, to find a quiet place away from …

Amazing Advancements in Technology Serve Spinal Cord Injury Patients

It is truly amazing what can happen when innovations in technology meet health care. Watching this video on Ted.com I was so moved by the spinal cord injury patient who stands to walk for the first time in 19 years. …

Swimmers Giving Back

Ran into my dear friend Rowdy Gaines recently at a celebration for University of Texas alums who have swam on the National Team. Rowdy is not only an amazing athlete, but an incredible human being. If you’re not already aware …

Embryonic Versus Autologous Stem Cells

A video explaining my opinion on the question, “Why not embryonic stem cells?”

Stem Cells: The Future of Medicine

Part 1: Types of Stem Cells Stem Cells. Just say the words and debate follows. I realize that the use of “stem cells” is a hot topic in the news and in politics; what I find deeply disturbing is that …

A Long and Winding Road: Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury

Today an article came out about my spinal cord injury accident and subsequent recovery in the Austin newspaper, The Statesman, written by Pamela LeBlanc. I conducted an interview with Pam before the article, of course, sharing with her details of …

Radio Rounds Interview: Spine Surgeon to Spinal Cord Injury Survivor

I was recently honored to do an interview On Radio Rounds, a medical talk show produced by students at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Follow the below link to listen! Radio Rounds: Spine Surgeon to Spinal Cord …