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    Ruth Bristol, MD

    Pediatric Neurosurgeon (602) 406-3560

    Ruth Bristol, MD, is a pediatric neurosurgeon in the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. She is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery.

    Dr. Bristol performs all areas of pediatric neurosurgery, including craniofacial disorders, spinal developmental abnormalities, hypothalamic hamartoma and other brain tumors, spinal tumors, trauma, and hydrocephalus. She is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the Society of University Neurosurgeons.

    Dr. Bristol earned her medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed her neurosurgery residency at Barrow Neurological Institute and a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

    Dr. Bristol’s research interests include craniosynostosis, cerebrovascular abnormalities, and brain tumors.

    To request an appointment at the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center, please call (602) 406-3560.

    Insurance Accepted
    Education & Training
    • Fellowship, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Pediatric Neurosurgery, 2007-2008
    • Residency, Barrow Neurological Institute, Neurosurgery, 2001-2007
    • Internship, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, General Surgery, 2000-2001
    • MD, Tulane University, School of Medicine, 2000
    • BS, Colby College, 1996
    Professional Memberships
    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    • American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    • Society of University Neurosurgeons
    Honors and Awards
    • Top Doctors, Phoenix Magazine, 2018
    • Top Doctors, Phoenix Magazine, 2017
    Selected Publications
    1. Kalb S, Perez-Orribo L, Mahan M, Theodore N, Nakaji P, Bristol RE. Evaluation of operative procedures for symptomatic outcome after decompression surgery for Chiari type I malformation. J Clin Neurosci. Sep 2012;19(9):1268-1272.
    2. Horn EM, Feiz-Erfan I, Bristol RE, Lekovic GP, Goslar PW, Smith KA, Nakaji P, Spetzler RF. Treatment options for third ventricular colloid cysts: comparison of open microsurgical versus endoscopic resection. Neurosurgery. Apr 2007;60(4):613-618; discussion 618-620.
    3. Bristol RE, Theodore N, Rekate HL. Segmental spinal dysgenesis: report of four cases and proposed management strategy.Childs Nerv Syst. Mar 2007;23(3):359-364.
    4. Bristol RE, Albuquerque FC, McDougall C, Spetzler RF. Arachnoid cysts: spontaneous resolution distinct from traumatic rupture. Case report. Neurosurg Focus. 2007;22(2):E2.
    5. Bristol RE, Coons SW, Rekate HL, Spetzler RF. Invasive intracerebral schwannoma mimicking meningioma in a child. Childs Nerv Syst. Nov 2006;22(11):1483-1486.
    6. Bristol RE, Albuquerque FC, Spetzler RF, Rekate HL, McDougall CG, Zabramski JM. Surgical management of arteriovenous malformations in children. J Neurosurg. Aug 2006;105(2 Suppl):88-93.
    7. Gonzalez LF, Bristol RE, Porter RW, Spetzler RF. De novo presentation of an arteriovenous malformation. Case report and review of the literature. J Neurosurg. Apr 2005;102(4):726-729.
    8. Bristol R, Henn JS, Dickman CA. Pars screw fixation of a hangman’s fracture: technical case report. Neurosurgery. Jan 2005;56(1 Suppl):E204; discussion E204.

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