Javier Cárdenas, MD, is a neurologist and the director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center. He is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Cárdenas’ expertise involves concussion, post-concussion syndrome, spinal trauma, and traumatic brain injury. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology; the National Football League Head, Neck and Spine Committee; and the Arizona Governor’s Advisory Council on Spinal and Head Injuries.
Dr. Cárdenas received his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He completed a residency in pediatrics at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and trained in child neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute.
Dr. Cárdenas created the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center, which is the nation’s most comprehensive concussion prevention, treatment, and education program. He also created Barrow Brainbook, which Arizona high school students must complete to participate in school sports. It is the first mandated online concussion education and testing tool for student athletes in the country.
For more information or to request an appointment, please call (602) 406-4323.
Fax: (602) 406-6261
- Residency, Barrow Neurological Institute, Department of Neurology, Child Neurology, 2009
- Residency, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Children’s Health Center, Pediatrics, 2006
- MD, University of Arizona College of Medicine, 2004
- BA, Arizona State University, Special Education, 1999
- American Academy of Neurology
- Arizona Neurological Society
- National Football League Head, Neck and Spine Committee
- Arizona State Governor’s Advisory Council on Spinal and Head Injuries
- Phoenix Business Journal, Most Admired Leaders Award, 2014
- Arizona State University Young Alumni Award, 2014
- Arizona Public Health Association Health Education Award, 2012
- Housestaff Servant Leadership Award, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, 2009
- Arizona Neurological Society Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation, 2007
- M. Caroline Duncan Award, The Southern Pediatric Neurology Society 32nd Annual Meeting, 2007
- The Walt Vikram Troester Memorial Scholarship, for Exemplary Compassion in the Care of Neonates, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, 2006
- Outstanding Resident Teacher of the Year, The Children’s Health Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, 2006
- Pediatric Intern of the Year, The Children’s Health Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, 2005
- Exemplary Student Researcher, Translational Genomics Research Institute, 2003
- College of Education Dean’s List, Arizona State University, 1996-1999
- City of Tempe Kid Zone: Kid Zone Site of the Month, October, 1998
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s List, University of Arizona, 1994-1996
- Cardenas JF, Rho JM, Kirton A. Pediatric stroke. Childs Nerv Syst. Sep 2011;27(9):1375-1390.
- Ng YT, Hastriter EV, Cardenas JF, Khoury EM, Chapman KE. Intravenous levetiracetam in children with seizures: a prospective safety study. J Child Neurol. May 2010;25(5):551-555.
- Cardenas JF, Chapman K. Sydenham’s chorea as a presentation of Moyamoya disease. Semin Pediatr Neurol. Mar 2010;17(1):30-34.
- Cardenas JF, Amato RS. Compound heterozygous polymerase gamma gene mutation in a patient with Alpers disease. Semin Pediatr Neurol. Mar 2010;17(1):62-64.
- Chapman K, Cardenas JF. Hemimegalencephaly in a patient with a neurocutaneous syndrome. Semin Pediatr Neurol. Dec 2008;15(4):190-193.