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The Barrow Difference

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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.

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 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 2019 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.


Barrow Neurological Institute
350 West Thomas Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85013


Second Opinion:

Barrow Transfer Center:
1-844-BNI-XFER (844-264-9337)

Designated Centers of Excellence


ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence

Alzheimer’s Disease & Cognitive Disorders:

Lewy Body Dementia Association Center of Excellence

Cavernous Malformation:

Angioma Alliance Center of Excellence

Cleft & Craniofacial:

American Cleft Palate Association Approved Team for Cleft & Craniofacial


National Association of Epilepsy Centers – Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Huntington’s Disease:

Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence

Multiple Sclerosis:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Center for Comprehensive Care

Muscular Dystrophy:

Muscular Dystrophy Association Care Center


Ekso Bionics Center of Excellence

Parkinson’s Disease:

Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence


American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Target Stroke Honor Role Elite Plus Award and 2019 Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Departments, Centers & Programs, and Research

Barrow Second Opinion

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

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm or Other Cerebrovascular Disorder
  • Brain Tumor
  • Parkinson’s Disease, Essential Tremor, or Dystonia
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorder
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Spinal Tumor or Other Condition

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. 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.