Mark J. Downey, MD & Alex Cotter, MD
10 Old Montgomery Hwy #200. Homewood, AL 35209
Appointments & Referrals: (205) 271-6511
Dr. Alex Cotter uses his background in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Pain Medicine to provide comprehensive non-surgical treatment for a variety of spinal conditions. Specializing in interventional spine, he offers fluoroscopic spinal injection procedures to relieve spine-related pain and restore patients’ normal activities and function.
Dr. Cotter is a native of Mobile, Alabama. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his medical degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. After completing his transition year at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, he returned to UAB for his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where he served as chief resident. After residency he culminated his training with an ACGME accredited fellowship in Pain Medicine at UAB. Dr. Cotter is proficient in cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and major joint injections using fluoroscopy and ultrasound.
Dr. Cotter strives to improve patients' quality of life and return them to healthy, active living through the use of comprehensive, conservative spine care. As part of his fellowship training, Dr. Cotter is proficient in the use of neuro-modulation for pain relief for cervical and lumbar pain. In 2020, Dr. Cotter joined SpineGroup Alabama in the practice’s mission to become Alabama's first Spine Center of Excellence.
Dr. Cotter and his wife Jacqueline live in Birmingham. He spends his leisure time traveling, hiking, camping and grilling out. He and Jacqueline especially enjoy exploring the country’s beautiful national parks. Dr. Cotter has even been known to pick up his trumpet for a Mardi Gras parade in Mobile.
Over the past 10 years, Dr. Mark Downey at Spine Group Alabama has been the preferred back pain specialist for patients from across Birmingham, Homewood, Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Hunstville and Montgomery. Those with back pain or neck pain often struggle to find a back doctor or spine center that can provide a second opinion for spine surgery and offer nonsurgical treatment for back pain, neck pain, scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and pain symptoms related to a herniated disc. Spine Group Alabama is a Birmingham-based spine center that provides spinal injections, with access to specialists in spine therapy, minimally invasive spine surgery and artificial disc replacement. Spine Group Alabama is the only spine center in the State of Alabama to be included in a national listing of spine centers of excellence by SpineCenterNetwork.com. To be included, a spine center must meet various credentialing criteria, including a non-surgical emphasis and philosophy of care; access to advanced capabilities in minimally invasive spine surgery and artificial disc replacement for motion preservation; and an investment in patient education. This includes providing symptom charts and a Home Remedy Book as a community service for back and neck pain sufferers in Alabama region. The spine center has an internal C-arm and injection suite that enables back and neck pain patients to have a pain-relieving spinal injection and go home within an hour. The spine center includes the expertise of Dr. Mark Downey and Dr. Alex Cotter, physical medicine specialists who have performed thousands of spinal procedures to help patients recover from back and neck pain and get back to activity. Spine Group Alabama maintains one of the busiest spine practices and is proficient in cervical, thoracic and lumbar injections and kyphoplasty.