About Barrow Neurological Institute
Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is an internationally renowned medical center that offers care for people from throughout the world with brain and spine diseases, disorders, and injuries. Michael Lawton, MD, one of the world’s leading neurosurgeons, is the director of the institute, which performs more neurosurgical procedures annually than anywhere in the United States. U.S. News & World Report routinely lists St. Joseph’s as one of the best hospitals in the nation for neurological and neurosurgical care.
To advance the knowledge and practice of medicine in neuroscience through basic and clinical research, education of medical professionals, and innovation in clinical techniques and technology.
- Clinical Neuropsychology
- Medical Education
- Community Outreach
Centers and Programs
- Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center
- Gregory W. Fulton ALS Center
- Concussion and Brain Injury Center
- Neuro-Rehabilitation Center
- Cleft and Craniofacial Center
- Brain Tumor Program
- Pituitary Tumor Program
- Aneurysm and Cerebrovascular Program
- Stroke Program
- Spine Program
- Epilepsy Program
- Neurotrauma Program
- Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Disorders Program
- Deep Brain Stimulation Program
The neuroscience researchers at Barrow are dedicated to investigating and discovering new and powerful therapies for clinical use.
- Translational Research
- Brain Tumor
- Neurodegenerative Disease
- Admissions: More than 8,000
- Neurosurgeries: More than 5,000
- Neurologists: 30
- Neurosurgeons: 26
- Neuro-anesthesiologists: 16
- Neuropathologists: 2
- Neuropsychologists: 15
- Neuroradiologists: 6
Medical Education — Post-Graduate Training
- Adult Neurology Residents: 28
- Child Neurology Residents: 6
- Neurology Fellows: 9
- Neuropsychology Residents: 4
- Neuroradiology Fellows: 9
- Neurosurgery Fellows: 4
- Neurosurgery Residents: 28
Barrow’s Neuroscience Publications department processes thousands of pages of complex neuroscience material that results in hundreds of academic publications each year.
Barrow actively participates in clinical and basic neuroscience research to further the prevention and treatment of brain, nerve, and spinal cord diseases and injuries. The program emphasizes translational medical research that can be applied directly from bench to bedside.
Patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical research studies to receive the latest therapeutic treatment for a broad range of neurological disorders. More than 460 clinical trials are currently underway throughout the hospital.
As more clinical discoveries are made, the research conducted at Barrow is becoming more specialized. For example, researchers are placing a heavy emphasis on genetics, helping to identify the specific genes for conditions such as epilepsy and brain tumors. Such research promises lead to improved diagnoses and treatments.
Because brain and spinal cord injuries are among the most devastating and preventable injuries, our mission includes an extensive community outreach program dedicated to education and prevention. Barrow programs reach thousands of children, adults, and medical professionals each year by sponsoring educational programs and support groups on a variety of topics. These include:
- Helmet Your Head, a safety program that focuses on the prevention of traumatic brain injuries.
- ThinkFirst Arizona, a comprehensive brain and spinal cord injury prevention program.
- The Stroke Prevention Program, which offers informative presentations and educational materials to increase awareness of the causes, signs and symptoms of stroke.
- The Scientific Enrichment Program for Students, which offers a variety of opportunities for high school students to participate in and learn about research.
- The Barrow Connection, which provides resources for people with cognitive and physical disabilities to help them live active lives.
- Fall Prevention Program, which offers an informative presentation designed to reduce the incidence of falls by increasing the knowledge and awareness of the causes and risk factors related to falls, especially in the older adult population.
Barrow at St. Joseph’s has a joint pediatric partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The combined program represents the second largest pediatric neuroscience program in the nation, based on patient volume.
Barrow Neurological Foundation
Barrow Neurological Foundation is a non-profit support foundation dedicated to raising funds for research, medical education and clinical programs at Barrow Neurological Institute. For information on how you can contribute to Barrow, visit www.SupportBarrow.org or call the Foundation office at (602) 406-3041. Gifts to Barrow Neurological Foundation are tax deductible as provided in 501(c)(3) of the Federal Tax Code.