Dr. Kruse was born and raised in New York, NY. Always loving his native city, he opted to attend St. John’s University for undergraduate. Growing up he was interested in sports and staying in shape, but it wasn’t until college that he developed an interest in medicine. Upon graduating with his Bachelors degree, Dr. Kruse decided to leave New York to attend the University of Connecticut where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree (DMD).
From U Conn, Dr. Kruse went on to the Louisiana State University School of Medicine where he earned his Doctor of Medicine. At LSU, he interned and served as a resident in Maxillofacial Surgery at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. From 1993 to 1999 Dr. Kruse served first as an intern in General Surgery, and then as a resident in Neurosurgery in the L.S.U. Department of Neurosurgery, serving as Chief Resident 1998 to 1999.
Dr. Jack Kruse understands that in order to live pain free, one must take his or her health seriously at every level. His extensive medical training combined with his passion for wellness and nutrition has led to Dr. Kruse’s position as CEO of Optimized Life, a health and wellness company to help people avoid the common healthcare burdens that come with age. This includes hormone optimization, nutrition expertise, supplementation both pharmaceutical and OTC, uses of new anti aging medications like TA-65, as well as exercise physiology and exercise optimization for health and longevity. Dr. Kruse is also a member of the Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG).
Dr. Kruse now resides in Hermitage, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville, where he heads the staff of Nashville Neurosurgery, treating chronic pain, neck pain and back pain.
- American Medical Association
- American Association of Neurologic Surgeons
- American Dental Association
- Congress of Neurologic Surgeons
- Joint Section Neurotrauma and Critical Care
- Joint Section Spine and Nerve
- Nashville Academy of Medicine
- North American Spine Society
- Orleans Parish Medical Society
- Southern Medical Association
- Tennessee Medical Association
Awards and Distinctions:
- 1982 Scharf Foundation Scholar
- 1983 Scharf Foundation Scholar
- 1985 Psy Chi Honor Society
- 1986 Psy Chi Honor Society
- 1998 Winner of the Neurosurgery Resident Article of the Year: Journal of Craniomaxilofacial
- Trauma1999 Winner of the Best Resident Paper of the Year: Journal of Craniomaxilofacial Trauma
- Anatomic Cadaveric CAT Scan Analysis of the Human C2 Pedicle, Presented at the C.N.S., Seattle, 1998
- Skull Base Trauma, Retrospective Clinical Studies, Five Year Review, 1998
- Lumbar Interbody Fusion With Titanium Cages: Our Five-Year Followup Review, 1998
- Kruse, J., “Implantology and Education, How Can we Protect Ourselves?”, Journal of the American Student Dental Association, Vol. 9, 1989-1990, pgs.11-12
- Kruse, J., Awashti, D., et al, “Ossification of the Ligamentum Flavum as a Cause of Myelopathy”, Nerve Center, Vol. 2, No.3, 1997
- Kruse, J., Awashti, D., “Skull Base Trauma: Neurosurgical Perspective”, Journal of Craniomaxillofacial Trauma, June, 1998. Winner of Resident Article of the Year for 1998. Also, Selected Article of Year, January, 1999
- Kruse, J., Awashti, D., Rengacharry, S., et al, AANS Neurosurgical Operative Color Atlas, Vol. 7, Chapter: “Transcallosal Approach to the Third Ventricle”, 1998, pgs. 227-234
- Kruse, J., Connolly, E., “Case Report: An Annular Hematoma Causing an S1 Radiculopathy”, Nerve Center, Vol. III, No. 1, Spring, 1998. Submitted to Journal of Spinal Disorders, 1999.
- Kruse, J., Awashti, D., Albea, J., “Morphological Characteristics of the C2 Pedicle”, Submitted for Publication, 1999. Presented at the C.N.S. 1998 in Seattle, Washington.
- Kruse, J., Awashti, D., “Case Report: An Unusual Outcome in a Carotid Cavernous Fistula”, Submitted to Nerve Center, 1999.
- Leclercq, T., Kruse, J., “Lumbar Interbody Fusion With Titanium Cages – A Five-Year Followup Report”, Submitted to the European Journal of Spine, 1999. Presented at the 2nd Combined Meeting of the ESS and ESDS at Eurospine, 1998, in Insbruck, Austria.
- Kruse, J., Awashti, D., “Ossification of the Ligamentum Flavum as a Cause of Myelopathy in North America: A Report of Three Cases”. Accepted 05/31/1999 for publication in the Journal of Spinal Disorders, 1999.