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    Matthias Linke, DO

    Matthias Linke, DO, is the director of spinal cord injury rehabilitation at Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He specializes in acute and chronic rehabilitation resulting from spinal cord injury, tumors, trauma, infection, fractures, deformities and degeneration; including myelopathy, central cord syndrome, spinal stenosis, Guillain Barre Syndrome, syringomyelia, spina bifida, neuropathy, foot drop, paralysis, quadriplegia, and paraplegia.

    Dr. Linke’s expertise includes spinal cord injury rehabilitation and the management of acute neuro-rehabilitation and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. He is a member of the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Spinal Injury Association, and the International Spinal Cord Society.

    Dr. Linke received his medical degree from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale. He completed his internship and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California. He completed a fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

    Dr. Linke’s research interests in spinal cord injury include pressure injury prevention, wheelchair repairs, functional mobility devices, blood pressure regulation, adaptive recreational sports, nerve transfers, tendon transfers, and neurostimulation.

    For more information or to request an appointment, please call (602) 406-6304.

    Robert F. Spetzler, MD

    Robert Spetzler, MD, is a world-renowned neurosurgeon who specializes in cerebrovascular disease and skull base tumors. He has been involved in pioneering the technique of hypothermia and cardiac arrest for the treatment of difficult brain lesions. He has been honored many times by professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. In 1994, Dr. Spetzler was chosen to be the Honored Guest of Congress of Neurological Surgeons. At age 49, he was the youngest recipient of this prestigious honor.

    Dr. Spetzler was born in Stierhoefstetten, Germany, and moved to the United States at the age of 11. He received his B.S. from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and his doctorate of medicine from Northwestern Medical School in Chicago. His postgraduate training was completed at Wesley Memorial Hospital–Northwestern in Chicago. He completed a residency in neurosurgery at the University of California – San Francisco. He received board certification in September 1979 from the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

    In 1983 Dr. Spetzler left his position as associate professor of neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland to assume a position as chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. He served as president and CEO of Barrow from 1986 to 2017. He is also emeritus chair of neurosurgery at the Phoenix campus of The University of Arizona College of Medicine.

    Dr. Spetzler has published more than 300 articles and 180 book chapters in the neuroscience literature. He has co-edited a number of neurosurgical textbooks, including the Color Atlas of Microneurosurgery.

    Dr. Spetzler is no longer seeing patients. Please call (602) 406-3181 to request an appointment with Dr. Michael Lawton.

    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.