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About Barrow Neurological Institute

Accept Challenges. Reject Norms.
Push Boundaries.

Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center 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 is one of the busiest centers for neurology and neurosurgery in the United States. Each year, we treat more than 58,000 patients, and our neurosurgeons perform nearly 6,000 brain and spine surgeries. Because of our high volume, our physicians and clinicians are familiar with the rarest and most challenging conditions. It’s not uncommon for patients from around the globe to be treated here.

Our Mission

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.

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Accreditations & Recognitions

Newsweek ranks Barrow as one of the best specialty hospitals in the world for neurosurgery. In addition, U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Barrow as a top center for neuro-rehabilitation in the country. We are certified by The Joint Commission in 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. Highly regarded for neuroscience education for decades, Barrow is ranked by Doximity as second in the nation for its neurosurgery residency program and 45th for neurology.

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.

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Barrow Neurological Institute
2910 North 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85013


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Departments, Centers & Programs, Education, and Research

Barrow Second Opinion

Get a fast and secure second opinion from our renowned neurosurgeons for any of the following conditions:

  • Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma)
  • Cancer, Tumors, and Oncology, including:
    • Astrocytoma
    • Brain metastases
    • Chordoma
    • Colloid cyst
    • Gliomas and glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)
    • Meningioma
    • Metastatic spine cancer
    • Metastatic brain cancer
    • Rare brain tumors
    • Schwannoma
    • Spinal cord and spine tumors
  • Cerebrovascular disorders, including:
    • Arteriovenous malformations (AVM) of the brain and spinal cord
    • Brain aneurysms
    • Carotid artery disease
    • Cavernous malformations of the brain and spinal cord
    • Dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF)
    • Moyamoya Disease
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) lead placement for Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor**
  • Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT)
  • Hypothalamic hamartoma
  • Peripheral nerve disorders of the hand and arm, including:
    • Brachial plexus injury
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Disorders of the nerve root or plexus
    • Peripheral nerve injury
    • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Pituitary tumors and disorders, including
    • Acromegaly
    • Craniopharyngioma
    • Cushing’s disease
    • Gigantism
    • Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenomas
    • Pituitary Macroadenoma
    • Pituitary Microadenoma
    • Prolactinoma
    • Rathke Cleft Cyst
    • Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Tumor
  • Spinal disorders and procedures, including:
    • Chiari malformation
    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Herniated disc, including thoracic herniated disc
    • Lumbar spondylolisthesis
    • Scoliosis, spinal deformities
    • Spinal stenosis
    • Spinal trauma and injuries

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.

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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.

Visiting Barrow

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 the Department of Neurosurgery, a neuro-infusion suite, the Pre-Admission Testing Clinic, and the neuro-oncology, stroke, and neuro-endocrinology divisions of the Department of Neurology. In 2022 the Department of ENT and Skull Base Surgery and the ambulatory surgery center will move to the building.

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The Barrow Neuroplex, opened in 2020

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.

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Robert F. Spetzler Neuroscience Tower

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.

Our Campus

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.

Barrow Neurological Institute campus in 3D

Outreach, Affiliates, and Foundation

Community Outreach

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.

Pediatric Services

Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital has a joint pediatric partnership with Phoenix Children’s. 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.

Our History

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.

1962: A photo from the dedication ceremony for the Barrow Neurological Institute building.

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.