About Barrow Neurological Institute
Accept Challenges. Reject Norms.
Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona is an international leader in the treatment, research, and education of brain and spinal diseases, conditions, and injuries. Led by Barrow President and CEO Michael T. Lawton, MD, one of the world’s top neurosurgeons, the Institute performs more neurosurgical procedures annually than any other facility in the United States.
To advance the knowledge and practice of medicine in neuroscience through basic and clinical research, education of medical professionals, and innovation in clinical techniques and technology.
Accreditations & Recognitions
U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Barrow as a top center for neurology and neurosurgery in the country. We are the only hospital in the nation that is triple certified by The Joint Commission in Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Comprehensive Stroke. Barrow boasts a Level I trauma center, CARF-accredited neuro-rehabilitation programs, and more certified neuroscience registered nurses (CNRN) than any other hospital in the world.
A decades-long destination for neuroscience education, Barrow was ranked second in the nation for reputation in 2022 by Doximity for its neurosurgical residency program. Barrow has contributed to many breakthroughs in neuroscience and neurosurgery, including refining the cardiac standstill procedure, isolating the gene for the inherited form of cerebral cavernous malformations, and pioneering thoracoscopic spinal surgery. We are a leader in harnessing innovative technologies and procedures, such as minimally invasive spine surgery, microscopic techniques, and robotic spine surgery.
Departments, Centers & Programs, Education, and Research
Barrow is committed to clinical excellence, outreach, and support for patients and families affected by neurological conditions and diseases. It is home to the following specialty centers and programs:
- Acoustic Neuroma Program
- Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program
- Aneurysms and Cerebrovascular Program
- Brain Tumor & Oncology Program
- Ivy Brain Tumor Center
- Center for Transitional Neuro-Rehabilitation (CTN)
- Cleft and Craniofacial Center
- Concussion & Brain Injury Center
- Domestic Violence Traumatic
- Brain Injury Program
- Sports Medicine
- CyberKnife & Gamma Knife Center
- Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program
- Epilepsy Program
- Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
- Visual Monitoring Unit
- Electroencephalograpy (EEG)
- Facial Reanimation Program
- Gregory W. Fulton ALS and Neuromuscular Disease Center
- Hypothalamic Hamartoma Program
- HHT Program
- Lewis Headache Center
- Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center
- Lonnie and Muhammad Ali Legacy Care Program
- Multiple Sclerosis Program
- Neuro-Oncology Program
- Neuro-Ophthalmology Program
- Neuro-Otology Program
- Neuropsychology Program
- Neuro-Rehabilitation Center
- Inpatient Neuro-Rehabilitation Unit
- Outpatient Neuro-Rehabilitation Center
- Spinal Cord Injury Wellness Clinic
- Therapeutic Recreation and Adventures Program
- Neurotrauma Program
- Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Program
- Pituitary Center
- Neuroendocrinology Clinic
- Skull Base Program
- Spine Program
- Stroke Program
- Barrow Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit
- Stroke Prevention Clinic
Barrow Neurological Institute is one of only 25 sites in the nation to be a part of the Network for Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials (NeuroNEXT), which was created to improve access to clinical trials and facilitate faster answers to clinical questions. We are also home to the Ivy Brain Tumor Center, the largest Phase 0 clinical trials program in the world.
We participate in clinical and basic neuroscience research to further the prevention and treatment of brain, nerve, and spinal cord diseases and injuries. The program emphasizes translational medical research that can be applied directly from bench to bedside.
Patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical research studies to receive the latest therapeutic treatment for a broad range of neurological disorders.
As more clinical discoveries are made, the research we conduct is becoming more specialized. For example, our researchers are placing a heavy emphasis on genetics, helping to identify the specific genes for conditions such as epilepsy and brain tumors. Such research promises lead to improved diagnoses and treatments.
We conduct basic, translational, and clinical neuroscience research in the following areas:
- Cerebrovascular and Stroke
- Barrow Aneurysm and AVM Research Center
- Ivy Brain Tumor Center
- Neurodegenerative Disease
- Neuroimaging Innovation Center
- Neurosurgery Device and Spine Biomechanics
- Neurotrauma, Metabolism, and Systems Neuroscience
- Sonntag Spine Center
Barrow is home to some of the largest and most sought-after neurosurgery and neurology residency programs in the United States. We also offer a complete spectrum of fellowships in neurology, neuroradiology, and neurosurgery.
We boast a large and diverse faculty equipped to treat any and all diseases of the nervous system and with the expertise to teach the next generation of neuroscience professionals.
Barrow Second Opinion
Get a fast and secure second opinion from our renowned neurosurgeons for any of the following conditions:
- Acoustic neuromas
- Aneurysms, AVMs, cerebrovascular surgery, or carotid artery surgery
- Brain, spine, and spinal cord tumors
- Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Surgery
- Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)
- Metastatic brain tumors
- Moyamoya disease
- Nerve transfer, Peripheral nerve surgery, and peripheral nerve disorders
- Pituitary tumors
- Spine surgery, spinal disorders, and tumors of the spine and spinal cord
Barrow Second Opinion is vastly different from the second opinion programs offered at many other destination medical centers. Because most insurance plans don’t cover second opinions, we offer a flat, transparent, and affordable fee of $100 up front.
We also believe that, as a potential patient, you deserve to know which of our physicians is reviewing your records and providing your opinion. As part of this commitment, we provide you with a list of our participating neurosurgeons on the Barrow Second Opinion home page. We also include the name and office contact information for the neurosurgeon who reviews your case in the event you have additional questions or would like to schedule a formal consult.
Finally, and most importantly, we understand that neurological disorders and the prospect of having neurosurgery can make you anxious for answers to your questions. That is why we’re committed to providing you with answers—and peace of mind—just 7 to 10 business days after receipt of your medical records and imaging.
Barrow Neurological Institute is located on the Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center campus in Phoenix, Arizona. It is approximately 7 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, in a metropolitan area with many choices for food, lodging, and tourism.
Opened in 2021, the Barrow Neuroplex serves as a grand entry to our Institute and presently houses our Departments of ENT and Skull Base Surgery, a neuro-infusion suite, and the neuro-oncology, stroke, and neuro-endocrinology divisions of our Department of Neurology. In 2022 the Department of Neurosurgery, ambulatory surgery center, and neurosurgical pre-admission center will open.
The institute’s 430,300-square-foot, 176- bed Robert F. Spetzler Neuroscience Tower is the largest neuroscience center in the nation. It features 11 of the most advanced dedicated neurosurgical operating rooms in the world, a 64-bed designated Neuro-Intensive Care Unit, and a 32-bed state-of-the art neuro-telemetry unit.
All rooms in the neuroscience tower are private and spacious with ample room for an adult guest to stay overnight with the patient. Additionally, Barrow is home to 46 Inpatient Neuro-Rehabilitation beds.
Situated in vibrant midtown Phoenix, our campus conveniently locates all of your neurological care under one roof while placing you close to all of the amenities and entertainment options of the fastest growing city in the United States. Use the map below to find information about the locations of provider’s offices and clinics, parking, and administrative services.
Outreach, Affiliates, and Foundation
Because brain and spinal cord injuries are among the most devastating and preventable injuries, our mission includes an extensive community outreach program dedicated to education and prevention. Barrow programs reach thousands of children, adults, and medical professionals each year by sponsoring educational programs and support groups on a variety of topics.
Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital has a joint pediatric partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The combined program represents the second largest pediatric neuroscience program in the nation, based on patient volume.
Barrow Neurological Foundation
Barrow Neurological Foundation is a non-profit support foundation dedicated to raising funds for research, medical education and clinical programs at Barrow Neurological Institute. For information on how you can contribute to Barrow, visit the Barrow Foundation Website or call the Foundation office at (602) 406-3041. Gifts to Barrow Neurological Foundation are tax deductible as provided in 501(c)(3) of the Federal Tax Code.
The history of Barrow Neurological Institute is one of growth from our opening in 1962 as a small, regional specialty center for the neurosciences to one of the largest and most prestigious centers for neurology and neurosurgery in the world.
For nearly 60 years, we have expanded, along with Phoenix and the rest of the country, to meet the demand for novel and creative ways to treat, understand, and teach about the most wonderous, mysterious system of the human body and the conditions that afflict it.
We don’t know exactly what our next 60 years will bring, but we do know that our commitment to accept challenges, reject norms, and push boundaries in the dogged pursuit of providing the best care and cures for people living with neurological disease will never waver.