New CEO Appointed for Barrow Brain and Spine

May 20, 2015 | Posted In: Newsroom, Press Releases

Kinna_John 150515_v1Barrow Brain and Spine, the largest physician-owned neurological and spine practice in Arizona, has appointed John Kinna as Chief Executive Officer.

“Kinna brings strong leadership skills and the experience and knowledge necessary to help us achieve success,” said Robert Spetzler, MD, president of Barrow Brain and Spine. “He will help us aim to position ourselves as the world-class model for excellence in neurosurgery and advanced spine care through our commitment to sound and innovative medical practice, a profound dedication to our patients, and our affiliation with Barrow Neurological Institute,” he continued.

Kinna, a seasoned healthcare leader with more than 27 years of experience in medical group practice leadership and management of multi-specialty groups for free-standing and integrated healthcare delivery systems, offers a unique perspective and relatable approach to internal and external stakeholders alike.

“I am excited, humbled and honored to be a part of the Barrow Brain and Spine team and bring my experience to the competitive Arizona market,” said Kinna. “The reputation of this remarkable group of world-renown surgeons will allow us to change more lives by further expanding the awareness of their tremendous skill, revolutionary techniques and technologies, as well as their deeply compassionate approach to patient care.”

Before joining Barrow Brain and Spine , Kinna was the Director of Provider and Institutional Provider Programs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana. He also served as the Director of the St. Vincent Physician Network, a 165 physician multi-specialty group in Billings, MT, and the Vice President of Physicians Services with the Providence, St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, WA. Spetzler explains that Kinna has a unique understanding of the communities BNA serves on a local, national and global level.

“Bringing John to our specialty practice was the best choice we have made at Barrow,” said Nicholas Theodore, MD, neurosurgeon at Barrow Brain and Spine. “While the board considered several good candidates during our nationwide search, John demonstrated the talent, experience, and personable approach we believe it needed to accomplish our mission. He was the clear choice for CEO.”

Kinna is a member of the Medical Group Management Association as well as the Arizona Medical Group Management Association.  He has served as the President and Past President of the Montana MGMA.  John grew up in Fairfield, MT, and attended Montana State University in Bozeman earning a degree in Physical Education/Health Management as well as earning a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Kennedy-Western University. John is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time with his family.


About Barrow Brain and Spine 

Barrow Brain and Spine is a physician-owned specialty practice focused in the areas of neurosurgery and advanced spine care. The practice encompasses 27 neurosurgeons, three physiatrists and performs more than 8,000 surgeries each year. This globally-recognized group directs the Neurosurgery Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., and serves more than 40,000 patients per year.


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