Spine Animations

Spine Animations

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Poor posture can damage the spine and its associated muscles and ligaments. A hunched stance places abnormal stress on muscles and ligaments, causes backache and fatigue, and can even cause the spine to become fixed in an abnormal position.

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Richard C. Holgate, M.D.

richard_holgateDr. Holgate is an affiliated physician with the Southeastern Spine Institute (SSI) in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. A radiologist extraordinaire, he grew up in Ontario, Canada, where he began his extensive education. Later, he worked for more than 20 years as an Assistant Radiologist at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London. He now lives in Isle of Palms with his wife and two children.

Education and Background

After earning his undergraduate degree as well as his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto, Dr. Holgate completed his internship at the New Mount Sinai Hospital, also in Toronto. He finally left Toronto and embarked on a journey to complete no fewer than five residency programs:

  1. Resident in Medicine at the Queens Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii
  2. Resident in Neurology at the New Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
  3. Resident in Radiology at the New Mount Sinai Hospital
  4. Resident in Radiology at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
  5. Resident in Radiology at the Toronto General Hospital

Dr. Holgate then completed a Special Fellowship in Neuroradiology at the Department of Neurology of the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, thanks to the Ontario Department of Health Training Bursary.


Canada’s system of licensure and certification is a bit different from that of the United States. Dr. Holgate received his Licenciate of the Medical Council of Canada (M.D.) and later earned a Diploma of Medical Radiology (Diagnosis). He was board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and became a Fellow of that organization.

A lecturer in radiology at the University of Toronto, he became an Assistant Professor of Radiology there. He then moved to South Carolina, where he became Associate Professor of Radiology for the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). To complete his transition, he completed the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX) program.

Associations and Committees

Dr. Holgate is a member of the following professional associations:

  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Neuroradiology (Senior Member)
  • Charleston Academy of Neurosciences
  • Charleston County Medical Society
  • Clinical Magnetic Resonance Society
  • Radiological Society of North America
  • South Carolina Spine Society
  • Southeastern Neuroradiological Society
  • Southern Medical Association

In addition, Dr. Holgate has served on a number of committees for such organizations as the Toronto General Hospital and the American Society of Neuroradiology. He has performed research in the past for several committees and has given his time and energy generously to each task.

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