Below is a list of the top and leading Neurosurgeons in Phoenix. To help you find the best neurosurgeon located near you in Phoenix, our team at Kev’s Best put together our own list based on this rating points list.
The top rated Neurosurgeons in Phoenix are:
- Byron H. Willis – Arizona Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists
- Bernard R. Bendok – Mayo Clinic
- Mohamed Abdulhamid – Royal Spine Surgery
- Peter Nakaji – Barrow Neurological Institute
- Abhishiek Sharma – Cushing Neurosurgery and Spine Center
Arizona Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists
Byron H. Willis, MD, FAANS is the founder and president of Arizona Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists. He has been practicing neurosurgery in Phoenix since 2002.
Dr. Willis is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and serves on the teaching staff at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix where he has served as chair of the surgery Committee and chairman of the department of neurosurgery.
Dr. Willis has clinical interest in complex spinal disorders and spinal biomechanics, having completed cadaveric spinal biomechanical studies and written book chapters on the subject. He has a particular academic interest in the application of engineering principles to the surgical treatment of the spine. Dr. Willis has pioneered the use of intra-operative CT image guidance for spinal instrumentation at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix doing well over 300 navigated spine cases and continuously working to expand the use of this technology in spine surgery.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in New York City and a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He completed his medical degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo graduating summa cum laude. Dr. Willis completed his neurosurgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation with special training in complex spinal disorders studying under Dr. Edward Benzel. Dr. Willis completed further specialized training in intracranial tumors and open cerebrovascular disorders during a 1-year fellowship at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, England.
Dr. Willis is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is licensed by the Arizona medical board. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is on the medical staff and Banner University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner Thunderbird Hospital Peoria.
Anterior Temporal Lobectomy; Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery; Intraoperative Stereotaxis and Tractography; Keyhole Craniotomy; Lesionectomy for Epilepsy; Microsurgical Tumor Resection; Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery; Stereotactic Radiosurgery; Transphenoidal Microsurgery; Carpal Tunnel Release; Mircovascular Decompression; Spinal Cord Stimulation; Carotid Stenosis; Endovascular Aneurysm Coiling; Endovascular Embolization; Microsurgical Aneurysm Clipping; Intracranial Stenosis; Intracranial Hemorrhage; Venous Sinus Stenosis; Image-Guided Spine Surgery; Laminectomy Microdiscectomy; Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery; Spinal Fusion
“Very clean office and helpful knowledgeable staff” – John Morris
“Dr. David Wilson, who went to Columbia Med and Barrows for Neurosurgery is the guy in the valley if you have serious spine problems. Fixed Humpty Dumpty by putting me back together again. Still at it now.” – Gene McKenna
Bernard R. Bendok, M.D., and his research team is focused on innovations that can improve surgical safety and outcomes and enhance quality of life for people who have neurovascular diseases or strokes. The focus of Dr. Bendok’s laboratory is on innovation of surgical methods and devices, clinical trials, mathematical modeling of neurovascular diseases, and patient-specific simulation.
Carotid stent procedure; Endarterectomy; Microvascular surgery; Minimally invasive surgery; Stereotactic radiosurgery
“Dr. and Hospital are fantastic!! Dr. gave me a new lease on life, I was almost a quadriplegic and after his surgery on me , I am walking , maybe even dancing soon. He is a fantastic neuro surgeon with a wonderful bedside manner. I am so thankful to him and his staff and his staff” – Sandy Hubka
“Dr. Bendok is a brilliant and kind man. He not only saved my life but went above and beyond as my doctor. He’s the best of the best!” – Mollie Neal
Royal Spine Surgery
Mohamed M. Abdulhamid, MD., FAANS, is a graduate of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. His residency training in neurosurgery was at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. He, then, pursued and completed his fellowship training in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida.
Spine Surgery, Invasive Spine Surgery, Degenerative Spine Conditions, Trauma, Tumor, Infection and Revision, GPS Spine Navigation Technology
“Dr Abdulhamid was very informative and made me feel very confident with him proceeding with my very successful surgery!” – Bob Sieb
“Dr. Abdulhamid is an excellent surgeon. He went above and beyond to ensure my surgery was successful. He was conservative in recommending surgery, but in the end surgery was necessary and successful. I was up and about the next day.” – Kim F
Barrow Neurological Institute
Peter Nakaji, MD, is a general practice neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of complicated diseases of the brain and spine. His vascular practice includes the treatment of aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, carotid artery disease, and brain and spinal tumors. He also maintains an active interest in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and Chiari malformation, among other conditions.
Dr. Nakaji completed his residency at the University of California – San Diego. He received additional fellowship training in endoscopic neurosurgery at the Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery in Sydney, Australia, under the direction of Dr. Charles Teo. He completed a second fellowship in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix under Robert Spetzler, MD, before joining the staff as an attending neurosurgeon.
Dr. Nakaji advocates an approach to neurosurgery that is both balanced and aggressive. He is a strong proponent of the minimally invasive surgical philosophy, meaning that his surgical incisions are often smaller, less traumatic, and allow faster recovery. His practice style is collaborative, and he strongly believes that incorporation of patients, their families, and the medical staff as members of his team offers patients the best possible outcome and satisfaction.
Aneurysms and Blood Vessel Disorders; Arnold Chiari Malformation; Brain Tumors; Endoscopic Cranial Surgery; Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH); Skull Base Surgery; Vascular Malformations of the Spinal Cord
“15 years ago he saved my life! I have Moyamoya Disease and he did wonders with my brain bypass 3 times!” – Sandra Espinoza
“Can’t say enough about Barrow’s! They truly care about their patients! Dr. Joseph Zabramski saved my life years ago. He clipped my brain aneurysm! It started to bleed then stopped. If it wasn’t for him and his staff I wouldn’t be here!” – Rita Lowden
Cushing Neurosurgery and Spine Center
Abhishiek Sharma said Medicine is, first and foremost, about trust: trust in the patient-doctor relationship, trust in the healthcare system and trust in the hands and mind of the surgeon to help the patient make the right decision. His pursuit of a Neurosurgical career has been one of dedication, perseverance and commitment. Growing up in an Engineering household, most tasks were about calculation, precision and execution. For the longest time, he was convinced that he was destined to be an Electrical Engineer. Perhaps, he has become an electrical engineer on a biological scale; after all, the functioning of neuronal pathways is not all that different than that of an electrical circuit. It is that same attention to precision and details that has shaped my career as a Neurosurgeon thus far.
He believes that the most important part of healing is the patient-physician relationship. It is a partnership in which both individuals are equally responsible for the outcome. He encourages all his patients to learn about their ailments, potential treatments and outcomes and then they, as a team, decide which avenue to pursue. Your contributions outside the operating room are just as important to him as his surgical skills in the operating room. Their biggest strength in this journey is their relationship and, together, they can trust, heal and care.
Spine, Neuro-Oncology, Pain, Epilepsy, Peripheral Nerve, Neuro-Trauma
“Dr. Sharma was very thorough in his explanation of the surgery needed to reduce or eliminate the symptoms happening because of my disc degeneration. The operation went very well and recovery so far has been as expected. I would recommend his services to anyone that might need them. Overall a positive experience.” – Brent Chaffin
“I think Dr. Sharma is an exceptional Neuro surgeon. I have recommended him to three of my coworkers. Dr. Sharma ROCKS!” – Jerome Hawkins
Jeanie Burford is a reporter for Kev’s Best. After graduating from UCLA, Amy got an internship at a local radio station and worked as a beat reporter and producer. Jeanie has also worked as a columnist for The Brookings Register. Amy covers economy and community events for Kev’s Best.