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About Barrow Neurological Institute


Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is an internationally renowned medical center that offers care for people from throughout the world with brain and spine diseases, disorders, and injuries. Michael T. Lawton, MD, one of the world’s leading neurosurgeons, is the president and CEO of the institute, which performs more neurosurgical procedures annually than anywhere in the United States. U.S. News & World Report routinely lists St. Joseph’s as one of the best hospitals in the nation for neurological and neurosurgical care.

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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More than 8,000 admissions annually
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More than 5,000 neurosurgeries

Neuroscience Research:

The neuroscience researchers at Barrow are dedicated to investigating and discovering new and powerful therapies for clinical use.

Medical Education:

Post-Graduate Training

Barrow’s Neuroscience Publications department processes thousands of pages of complex neuroscience material that results in hundreds of academic publications each year.


Barrow actively participates 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. More than 460 clinical trials are currently underway throughout the hospital.

As more clinical discoveries are made, the research conducted at Barrow is becoming more specialized. For example, 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.

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 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 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.