Meet the Providers

rh-400Dr. Raymond Haroun

A native of Connecticut, Dr. Raymond Haroun completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital where he served as an Instructor of Neurological Surgery.

During his training, Dr. Haroun completed both a spine surgery and neuro-oncology fellowship. He has advanced training in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. He employs the latest techniques to ensure the most favorable outcomes for his patients. Dr. Haroun’s mission is to offer personalized treatments for you, considering all conservative and surgical options, in a caring and compassionate environment.

Dr. Haroun earned his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society for his academic achievements. Dr. Haroun is most proud of receiving the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for humanism in medicine, based on his delivery of kind and compassionate medical care. As a medical student, Dr. Haroun was awarded a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute scholarship for his research in gene regulation at The National Cancer Institute. This work has been published in the journal “Science.”

While earning his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in the city of New York, Dr. Haroun was elected to Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and served as its President. He was also elected to Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society.

Dr. Haroun is widely published, having authored over 30 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts.

Dr. Haroun’s clinical and research interests have included; complex spine surgery, brain and spine tumors, Chiari malformations, radiosurgery, spinal cord stimulation, and peripheral nerve entrapment.

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Madison Hawkes, PA-C

Madison Hawkes, PA-C, is a board-certified physician assistant and member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Madison graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She then earned her Master’s Degree in Science from the University of Maryland before going on to complete the Physician Assistant program in 2020.

Madison joins the Maryland Spine Specialists team because of her strong interest in neurosurgery and her desire to help patients solve their complex spine problems. She looks forward to meeting new patients in the office and assisting in the operating room.

Madison lives in Severna Park with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, and going to the beach.

Debra Gayk, PA-C

Debra Gayk is a board-certified Physician Assistant with Pi Alpha honors from Duke University, where she graduated in 2008 with a Masters in Health Sciences. Prior to her medical studies, she completed undergraduate degrees in piano performance, physics, and mathematics at Indiana University in 2001.

Her PA career began in emergency medicine, and she continued to grow in that specialty while working at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center after completing a PA residency there in 2011. She greatly enjoyed practicing as a PA cross-culturally while employed by England’s National Health Service during a stint with her family abroad, and she now teaches at George Washington University’s PA program in addition to her clinical work. Deb is thrilled to put her diverse skill set to use at Maryland Spine Specialists as part of the team’s dedication to the best possible outcomes in spinal treatment and surgery. She is particularly passionate about listening to patients!

Deb enjoys spending most of her free time with her husband and two daughters, experimenting with new recipes, and lots of travel when she’s able.



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Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD

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