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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 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.

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2021 get with the guidelines gold plus stroke award

Barrow Neurological Institute
350 West Thomas Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85013


Second Opinion:

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1-844-BNI-XFER (844-264-9337)

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 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.

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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 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.

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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.