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  • 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 president and CEO 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.


    Centers and Programs

    Neuroscience Research

    The neuroscience researchers at Barrow are dedicated to investigating and discovering new and powerful therapies for clinical use.

    • Neuroimaging
    • Neurobiology
    • Neuroradiology
    • Neurosurgery
    • Translational Research
    • Brain Tumor
    • Neuromodulation
    • Neurodegenerative Disease


    • Admissions: More than 8,000
    • Neurosurgeries: More than 5,000


    Medical Education — Post-Graduate Training

    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.

    Community Outreach

    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:

    • 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.

    Pediatric Services

    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 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.

    A journey Barrow Through the Years

    Take a virtual tour of the major achievements, events, and milestones since our founding in 1962.

    About Barrow Neurological Institute
    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier 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.