• Offices in
  • Atlanta
  • Bethlehem
  • Areas of Practice:
  • Neurological Surgery (Brain & Spine)

Dr. Robert E Ayer

About Robert E. Ayer, M.D.

Robert Ayer, MD, FAANS, is a board-certified neurosurgeon and partner at Polaris Spine and Neurosurgery Center, which serves the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Dr. Ayer attended Boston University for both his undergraduate and medical degrees, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Loma Linda University Medical Center, in southern California, is where Dr. Ayer completed his neurosurgical residency training. During his time at Loma Linda, he contributed to the publication of over 20 peer reviewed articles in neuroscience, and the University nominated him to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

As part of his training, Dr. Ayer completed a complex and minimally invasive spinal surgery fellowship the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle, Washington. Prior to moving to Atlanta, Dr. Ayer was junior faculty at the University of California Irvine Medical Center (UC Irvine).

Dr. Ayer has practiced in the Atlanta area for several years prior to joining Polaris Spine and Neurosurgery Center. During his time in Atlanta, he has developed an excellent reputation for bedside manner as well as technical skill.

Doctor Info

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate: Boston University
  • Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Loma Linda University
  • Fellowship – Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine: Swedish Neuroscience Institute
  • Fellowship – Skull Base Neurosurgery: University of California, Irvine

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified by The American Board of Neurological Surgery

Honors & Awards

  • GA Top Docs (2020 – Present)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society – Loma Linda University
  • Awarded for Excellence in Basic Science Research – Loma Linda University
  • Recognition for Exceptional Patient Care – Loma Linda University


  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Motion Preservation Spinal Surgery
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Kyphoplasty
Atlanta Location
Phone: 404-334-2753
Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Bethlehem Location
Phone: 678-250-0880
Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Dr. Robert E. Ayer is an excellent doctor. I had two back surgeries for back pain, the first one was done by another doctor in another town who did damage. The second one was done by Dr. Ayers partner who is in another state. He corrected the wrongs the first doctor did. After about 6 mos. I was still having back pain. The first time I saw Dr. Ayer he diagnosed my back pain as Si joint which is many times diagnosed as back pain. 2 weeks ago Dr. Ayer did SI Fusion and I am PAIN Free.

Shirley B.

On Nov. 2nd of 2026 I was operated on for spinal stenosis by Dr. Ayer. My decision was prompted by a couple of years of treating the crippling symptoms that continued to get worse. I did therapy then pain shots then deciding who I would trust to open up my back to end my pain. When I awoke in recovery I was not in pain but still filled with pain killer. I was released the next day at about noon and was able to walk. I soon switched to Tylenol. Today, no pain at all and am walking easily.

Russ B.

The Staff was so professional, proficient and the wait was short. Dr Ayer is personable, well informed about patients needs. He saved my husband last year when he sustained a TBI and a brain bleed do to a ladder fall in our home.

Susan S.

Dr. Ayers gave me something no one else could. I’m not done yet, but I’m getting my life back. After a decade of increasingly debilitating pain, he was the only one who said, “I can fix that”. And I think he did 😊 On top of that, he’s a great guy.. really fun to chat with!

Georgia C.

Dr. Ayer, is an AMAZING doctor. He takes the time to listen to his patients . I had spinal fusion surgery in 2018, if anyone I know ever needs a neurologist/neurosurgeon, Dr. Ayer is who I will recommend.

Michelle P.