Neurosurgery

Now available: same day/week appointments for urgent and emergent neurosurgical conditions and evaluation. Call 502-588-2160 for an appointment. 

The human nervous system is the crown jewel of evolution. Essential to the writing of every symphony, the running of every marathon and the vision of every technological advance in history, the brain and spinal cord literally make us think and act as human beings.

Injury, tumor, stroke or simply the natural aging process can affect your brain or spinal column. These conditions can cause limitations in your movement, speech, thought processes and memory and require treatment of both the underlying condition and the ongoing physical effects.

The team at the UofL Physicians - Neurosurgery includes neurosurgeons who specialize in the surgical treatment of the brain and spine and physical medicine/rehab doctors who enhance and restore functional abilities after an illness or injury. We are committed to a holistic approach towards diagnosis, treatment and lifelong follow-up care.

Louisville Neurosurgery

The team at the UofL Physicians - Neurosurgery includes neurosurgeons who specialize in the surgical treatment of the brain and spine. Our neurosurgeons have fellowship training in areas such as cerebrovascular disease, brain and spine tumors, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury and peripheral nerve disorders. We specialize in minimally invasive surgery, which means smaller incisions, less pain and shorter recovery time for our patients. We provide world-class surgical expertise in a warm, caring environment.

Physical Medicine & Rehab

Our physical medicine and rehab doctors, or physiatrists, enhance and restore functional abilities after an illness or injury. We are committed to a holistic approach towards diagnosis, treatment and lifelong follow-up care.

 

Find Neurosurgeons in Louisville by viewing the Our Physicians tab.

 

The neurosurgeons at UofL Physicians - Neurosurgery treat conditions such as:

Neurosurgery Dr. Haring NautaCerebrovascular disease

  • Aneurysms
  • AVMs
  • Spinal AVMs
  • Cavernous carotid fistulas
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Stroke

Brain and spine tumors

  • Pituitary tumor

  • Glioblastoma

  • Astrocytoma

  • Meningioma

  • Metastatic disease

  • Colloid cysts

  • Craniopharyngioma

Spine conditions

  • Disc herniation and degenerative disc disease

  • Back and leg pain

  • Scoliosis

  • Lumbar and cervical spinal stenosis

  • Spondylolisthesis

  • Vertebral Compression Fractures

Parkinson's Disease and Movement DisordersMovement and functional neurological disorders

Trauma

As the only neurosurgeons practicing at the Region’s Level 1 Trauma Center, our surgeons are experts in the care of critically injured patients with:

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Spinal cord injury

  • Traumatic peripheral nerve conditions

  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

  • Subdural and epidural hematoma

  • Hemorrhage

  • Spine fractures

Peripheral Nerve Disorder

  • Carpal and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

  • Traumatic peripheral nerve

  • Brachial plexus

 

Congenital brain and spine disorders

  • Chiari malformation

  • Spinal dysraphism

  • Cervical and thoracic syrinx

  • Hydrocephalus 

For more information, visit the Center for Advanced Neurosurgery.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Our physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, also known as physiatrists, are the primary rehab physicians for the Frazier Rehabilitation and Neuroscience Center and provide therapy for patients with:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Musculoskeletal pain such as low back pain and fibromyalgia
  • Sports injury
  • Amputation

For more information, visit UofL Physicians - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

UofL Physicians - Neurosurgery is committed to leading edge treatments for our patients.  We use the latest equipment and proven techniques including:

  • Brain tumor resection
  • Brain tumor biopsy
  • Laser ablation for tumors and seizures
  • Spine tumor resection
  • Spinal deformity correction
  • Spine surgery including minimally invasive spine techniques
  • Stereotactic guidance for craniotomy and spine surgery
  • Cardiopulmonary bypass for aneurysms
  • Temporal lobectomy for epilepsy
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pain pumps
  • Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty for vertebral compression fracture
  • Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery for tumors of the skull base

 

"Everyone with whom I was in contact was very professional, knowledgeable, seemed serious about doing a good job."

"These doctors eased my pain that I have been putting up with for years. Thank you!"

 

"Each person I encountered at Frazier has been extremely kind and always treated me with a very positive attitude."

 

"The entire staff was extremely professional, friendly, and courteous.  They made for a very pleasant experience."

 

"Nurse Kim is an excellent Nurse Practitioner. She is a very caring person. She always tries to answer any questions I may have.

 

"I can't tell you how much it meant to get a fast, efficient and helpful group of people to work with regarding my needs/issues. Thank you so much."


"Dr. Altstadt and his team were amazing. My experience was so much better than other providers in the Louisville area. Every single person I interacted with made me feel important and I genuinely felt like they cared for me and my pain.  I’m relieved they focused on fixing the source of my pain, and not medicating me to mask the pain."

Second Annual Brain Aneurysm Symposium 2018

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Kentucky Science Center
  • 727 W. Main Street
  • Louisville, KY 40202

Up to 6% of the population may be living with an aneurysm at any time. In this course, experts in cerebrovascular care will provide updates in the latest treatment options for brain aneurysms and cover risk factors and indicators for treatment. Emergency medicine and primary care providers, neurologists, and patients and their families are invited.

Keynote Speaker: Adam Arthur, MD, MPH, University of Tennessee Semmes Murphey Clinic

Course Directors: Robert F. James, MD & Dale Ding, MD UofL

Agenda:

  • 9:45 a.m. – Unruptured brain aneurysms: To treat or not to treat? Dale Ding, MD Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, UofL
  • 10:45 a.m. – Tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs and aneurysms: A risky combination Kimberly Meyer, PhD ACNP-bc, Coordinator, Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery, AGACNP Program Coordinator, UofL School of Nursing
  • 12:15 p.m. – Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Its Late Effects Robert James, MD Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Chief of Vascular Neurosurgery, UofL
  • 1:30 p.m. – KEYNOTE: Cutting Edge Treatment Choices for Cerebral Aneurysms Adam Arthur, MD, MPH Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Tennessee Semmes Murphey Clinic, Memphis, Tenn.
  • 2:30 p.m. – A Patient’s Perspective of Aneurysms and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Candy Meece, Patient Louisville, KY

Special thanks for support: Medtronic, Microvention

Register at: http://bit.ly/aneurysm18

Contact: Lauren Ellis at 502-588-2578

  • This course is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Educations (ACCME). 4.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for Physicians
  • This course has been approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing for 5.4 continuing education credits through University of Louisville Hospital.

2018 Spine Symposium

  • Friday, September 21, 2018
  • 7 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Churchill Downs – Trophy Room
  • 700 Central Ave.
  • Louisville, KY 40208

Clinicians from across the United States will discuss best current practices and future treatment and rehabilitation directions for patients with neurological diseases. Hosted by the University of Louisville Department of Neurological Surgery for neurosurgeons, physiatrists, primary care physicians and all other health-care professionals interested in learning the latest treatments and care options for neurological spinal disease.

Course Director: Maxwell Boakye, MD, MPH, MBA, Professor, Department of Neurological SurgeryOle A., Mabel Wise & Wilma Wise Nelson Endowed Research ChairChief of Spinal Neurosurgery, University of Louisville

Agenda:

  • 7:00 a.m. – Registration, Breakfast and Introduction
  • 8:00 a.m. – Novel Insights into the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Langston Holly, MD, Professor and Co-vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, UCLA Medical Center
  • 8:45 a.m. – Non-surgical Management of Low Back Pain – Diagnosing Pain Generator and Decision Making Erica Bial, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Tufts University
  • 9:30 a.m. – Treatment of Degenerative Lumbar Disorders: The SPORT Trials, Decision-making and Outcomes, State of the Art Jon Lurie, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Orthopaedics, Professor of The Dartmouth Institute
  • 10:30 a.m. – Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery – Is it Better than Open? Michael Wang, MD, Professor and Chief of Neurosurgery, University of Miami Hospital
  • 11:15 a.m. – Minimally Invasive Surgery for Spinal Deformity – State of the Art Decision Making Praveen Mummaneni, MD, Joan O’Reilly Professor in Spinal Surgery, Vice Chair of Neurological Surgery, UCSF Medical Center
  • 11:45 a.m. – Future of Spine Practice, Improving Value and Patient Satisfaction – What are We Getting Wrong? Right? Regis Haid, MD, Neurosurgeon, Atlanta Brain and Spine Care
  • 12:15 p.m. – Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. – Adjournment

Register at: http://bit.ly/UofLSpine18

Contact: Lauren Ellis at 502-588-2578 

  • This course is accredited at 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for Physicians
  • This course is approved for 4.8 continuing education credits through University of Louisville Hospital for Nurses.

 

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

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Offices and Clinics

  • University of Louisville Hospital
    530 S. Jackson St
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-588-2160
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  • Frazier Rehab Institute Jewish Hospital
    220 Abraham Flexner Way
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-588-2160
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  • Frazier Rehab Institute Jewish Hospital (Neurosurgery)
    220 Abraham Flexner Way
    12th Floor
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-588-2160
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  • Ambulatory Care Building
    550 S. Jackson St.
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-588-2160
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  • Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital (Rehab Only)
    3104 Blackiston Blvd.
    New Albany, Indiana 47150
    812-941-6156
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Hospital Affiliations

  • University of Louisville Hospital
  • Jewish Hospital
  • Jewish Hospital Medical Centers
  • Norton Hospitals
  • Norton Children’s Hospital
  • Clark Memorial Hospital
  • Floyd Memorial Hospital
  • Baptist Hospital East
  • Robley Rex VA Medical Center
  • Kindred Hospital

Next Steps

For more information or to make an appointment,
call 502-588-6000