November 3 – Dr. Douglas Won and Ray Washburne

On the November 3rd edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were:
Dr. Douglas Won – Founder/Director, Minimally Invasive SpineCARE & Star Medical Center and Ray Washburne – Chairman/CEO, Charter Holdings

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Dr. Douglas Won,Founder/Director, Minimally Invasive SpineCARE & Star Medical Center

Won new  compressDouglas Won, MD, FAAOS, is the founder and director of Minimally Invasive SpineCARE® and Star Medical Center. Headquartered in Irving, Minimally Invasive SpineCARE is a nationally acclaimed, fully comprehensive spine center for surgical and non-surgical procedures with 12 locations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Star Medical Center is a new surgical hospital in Plano, with highly trained, skilled specialists who are dedicated to providing exceptional patient services in a first class environment.

Dr. Won has more than 15 years of experience in medicine and more than a decade as a back specialist. Approximately 95% of his patients are treated non-surgically, but when surgery is necessary, Dr. Won employs the most non-invasive methods possible. He helped develop endoscopic laser spine surgery and was the first surgeon in Texas to perform it with a 3mm incision, the size of a small grain of rice. Such a small incision, performed with the right tools, generally results in less damage to the skin and muscles, less blood loss, less pain and a faster recovery time.

A pioneer in spine care, Dr. Won has invented several tools and techniques used by spine surgeons today. One of these inventions, the poly-axial pedicle screw assembly, enables surgeons who are performing spinal fusions to go between the muscles without tearing them. It was awarded a U.S. patent earlier this year.

Ray Washburne, Chairman/CEO, Charter Holdings

Ray W. Washburne is the Chairman/CEO of Charter Holdings, a private investment company based in Dallas that is primarily involved in the real estate and restaurant businesses.

He is co-founder and co-owner of M Crowd Restaurant Group, which owns the Mi Cocina and Taco Diner restaurant chains (Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Tulsa, Atlanta, and Washington DC).  He is also the managing partner of the Highland Park Village in Dallas, America’s first planned shopping center and one of the premier shopping centers in the United States.

A 1984 graduate of Southern Methodist University, Ray has previously served as an adjunct professor at the SMU Cox School of Business. Ongoing involvement and board memberships include the World Presidents’ Organization, Chief Executives Organization, Veritex Bank, The Real Estate Council, International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute, SMU O’Neil Center Advisory Board, and Baylor Health Care System Foundation.


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Dr. Douglas Won, Host Steve A Klein, Ray Washburne