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MEET & GREET: VSI’s Newest Physician, Dr. Colin Haines

September 2, 2016

Our roving reporter was able to catch up with Virginia Spine Institute’s newest member of the medical team, Dr. Colin Haines, M.D. He’s had a full week of on-boarding with our ‘spiney’s including Hollywood-themed fanfare and even custom-made cookies to look like him!  Please join us in welcoming him to our award-winning practice!

Roving Reporter: When you were five, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? 

Dr. Haines: I remember watching the World Cup when I was younger and thinking that I wanted to be a professional soccer player. And then reality set in…

Roving Reporter: What are you most looking forward to now that you are officially a ‘spiney’ {aka VSI team member}?

Dr. Haines: I’m looking forward to working in a world-class spine care system.

Roving Reporter: What was the most memorable experience during your education and/or fellowship training to become a physician?

Dr. Haines: The first time that I held an instrument to operate on a real patient. The concept of the profound impact that I could have on someone’s life as a surgeon really hit me at that moment.

Roving Reporter: If you had an unexpected hour of free time and could do anything, what would it be?

Dr. Haines: Play with my newborn daughter!

Roving Reporter: Share with us your favorite quote or motto. 

Dr. Haines: “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” ~Winston Churchill

Roving Reporter: Do you have a special hidden talent?

Dr. Haines: My fantasy football skills

Roving Reporter: If you could meet any three people {real or fictitious, from any time period, dead or alive} who would you choose?

Dr. Haines: George Washington, Leonardo DaVinci, and Lebron James

Roving Reporter: What is your ‘breakfast of champions’?

Dr. Haines: Strawberry and banana smoothie {yum!}

Roving Reporter: What flavor ice cream would you be?

Dr. Haines: Cookies and Cream — my go-to flavor!

Roving Reporter: What is your favorite TV show and/or movie?

Dr. Haines: House of Cards and Gladiator

Roving Reporter: Which three words describe you best?

Dr. Haines: Determined, caring, and funny

Roving Reporter: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Dr. Haines: To never accept the status quo. Always work to improve yourself.


Dr. Colin Haines is a board certified spine surgeon and the Director of Research at Virginia Spine Institute. Dr. Haines performed the world’s first combined endoscopic and robot-guided spine surgery. His patient success has earned him a national feature on The Today Show and WebMD, and Top Doctor recognition in consecutive years. Learn more about Dr. Haines.

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