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Julius Fernandez M.D. Obituary
Julius Fernandez, MD

Memphis, TN

Julius Fernandez, MD, passed away on February 22, 2017, at the young age of 44. He is survived by his loving wife, Jody; three children, Jack, Sophie and Paige; parents, Julio and Evelyn Fernandez of Great Falls, Virginia; brother, Dr. Joss Fernandez and his wife Kristen and their children Sienna and Archer of Columbia, Missouri; sister, Greisys De Baez of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and grandmother, Altagracia Peña of Miami, Florida.

For over a decade, Dr Fernandez was a renowned neurosurgeon at Semmes-Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute in Memphis, TN, saving and improving the lives of thousands of patients from the Mid-South and around the world.

Julius was born on February 11, 1973, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., enjoying martial arts and music. He achieved black belts in both Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do, as well as becoming a young accomplished violinist. As a high school senior, he became the youngest American Society of Clinical Pathology certified phlebotomist in the history of Fairfax Hospital.

Dr. Fernandez earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Virginia, majoring in both chemistry and biology. He continued his education, graduating from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

Dr. Fernandez first moved to Memphis in 1999 as a surgery intern at the University of Tennessee. He completed his neurosurgery residency in 2004 and went on to perform clinical fellowships at Louisiana State University in complex peripheral nerve surgery and Washington University in St. Louis in spinal deformities. He returned to Memphis and became Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee and Chief of Neurosurgery at Regional One. In his practice he specialized in complex spinal deformities becoming recognized by his peers as the areas prominent scoliosis surgeon. Dr. Fernandez had a passion for the medical residents and fellows he trained, as well as for his patients. He was genuinely loved by both those he trained and his patients.

Julius received numerous awards in the field of neurological sciences for his teaching and research and was a published author in medical textbooks and peer-reviewed journals; as well as a recognized inventor of medical devices and surgical techniques.

His hobbies included farming, flying, and traveling. He enjoyed raising honeybees, Belted Galloway cattle, Paso Fino horses and other animals on Tufton Spring Farm, which he proudly designed and built. Julius enjoyed spending quality time on the farm with his children. He was an experienced pilot with both airplanes and helicopters. Julius and Jody frequently traveled together internationally exploring his passion for art, architecture, and antiques.

All those who met Julius would have noted the breadth of knowledge and passion for living life to the fullest which he did everyday.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm, Saturday, February 25, 2017, in the chapel of Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN.

In lieu of flowers, Julius requested memorials be made to the Semmes-Murphey Foundation or to The Art Garden at the Binghampton Development Corporation.

Services entrusted to:

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Published in The Commercial Appeal from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2017
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