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    Department of Neurosurgery

    photo of phoenix neurosurgeon robert spetzler

    Robert F. Spetzler, MD
    J. N. Harber Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

    The faculty physicians in the Department of Neurosurgery at Barrow Neurological Institute operate in 11 neurosurgery-dedicated, technologically advanced operating theaters.  Neuroanesthesiology at Barrow complements neurosurgery by providing comfort, immobilization and sophisticated monitoring of the patient’s neurological functions. One such procedure is “cardiac standstill,” pioneered at Barrow to repair difficult aneurysms by lowering body temperature, stopping the heart and recirculating the blood during delicate operations.

    Barrow is proud of its reputation as a medical research facility and is home to some of the most sophisticated research programs outside of an academic setting in the Southwestern United States. Researchers in the Barrow Neurosurgery Research Center are devoted to learning more about the causes of and treatments for a wide range of disorders, such as stroke, aneurysms, spinal cord injury, and hydrocephalus. Our research has led to treatments that are being used around the world.  Within the Department are neurosurgeons who subspecialize in cerebrovascular and skull base, functional and stereotactic, pediatric, spine, tumor, and endovascular neurosurgery.

    Physicians, scientists and expert clinical staff come together with a commitment to developing new techniques for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of neurological illnesses and injuries.  The leadership of internationally respected physicians keeps Barrow at the forefront of neuroscience.  The compassionate expertise of its extensive staff of nurses, technologists, therapists and support personnel is evident in every aspect of care provided.

    Our department is chaired by Dr. Robert F. Spetzler.

    About Barrow

    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premiere destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.