100 Hospitals With Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs - Part 2

The Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha).
The Nebraska Medical Center has 627 acute-care beds and is the largest healthcare facility in the state. The academic medical center also includes an award-winning neurosurgery program that features six staffed neurosurgeons and specializations in neuro stimulation, trigeminal neuralgia and more. Nebraska Medical Center's Spine Center treats more than a dozen common conditions and also covers some of the most complex spinal disorders within the Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri region.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York City). When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was treated for a blood clot that formed after a fall-induced concussion, she was admitted to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and treated by its neuro physicians. U.S. News & World Report ranked NewYork-Presbyterian's neurosurgery program as one of the top five in the nation this year. NewYork-Presbyterian neurological surgeon Philip M. Meyers, MD, is the president-elect of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery.

North Shore University Hospital (Manhasset, N.Y.). The Cushing Neuroscience Institute of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System hosts a 16-bed neurosurgical ICU. North Shore's neurosurgery department averages 30 endoscopic pituitary and skull base surgeries each year. The neurosurgery program was rated as one of the nation's top 50 by U.S. News & World Report in its 2012-13 rankings.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago). Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine's neurosurgery department was rated the highest in Illinois and number 11 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report. Its functional neurosurgery program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital treats movement disorders, epilepsy, degenerative conditions, neurological injuries and psychiatric disorders. Northwestern Memorial also includes highly regarded programs for spinal injury, deformity and neuro-oncology.

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Forsyth Medical Center's Stroke & Neurosciences Institute specializes in back and spine care, and this year, the 921-bed hospital received accolades for its neurosurgical procedures. CareChex ranked Forsyth, which is part of Novant Health, among the top 50 hospitals in the nation in both spinal surgery and spinal fusion quality. Donald V. Heck, MD, a physician at Forsyth, is the treasurer of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery.

Ochsner Medical Center (New Orleans). Ochsner Medical Center employs four full-time neurosurgeons who, along with affiliated neurosurgeons, perform upward of 1,000 surgeries annually. The department specializes in both adult and pediatric neurosurgery, as well as surgical programs for spinal trauma and deformity. Ochsner ranked 15th in the country for its neurosurgery quality, according to CareChex, and among the top 50 hospitals in the country for the specialty by U.S. News & World Report in its most recent rankings.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Columbus). The Comprehensive Spine Center at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, which is considered to be a high-performing neurosurgery hospital and the best within the Columbus, Ohio, region, treats spinal conditions spanning from the cervical to lumbar spine, and needs ranging from pain management to spinal surgery and rehabilitation. OSU Wexner's Cranial Base center excels in minimally invasive endoscopic-endonasal approach procedures.

Owensboro (Ky.) Medical Health System Hospital. Owensboro Medical Health System features a 30-bed neuroscience unit that features advanced diagnostic and minimally invasive technology, including intra-operative ultrasound, balloon kyphoplasty and image-guided neurosurgery. CareChex ranked Owensboro 40th for neurosurgery and within the top 200 hospitals for spinal surgery in the country. HealthGrades recognized Owensboro for its neurosurgery and stroke care excellence through its partnership with the University of Louisville Medical Center.

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (Hershey, Pa.). Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's Spine Center is home to the orthopedic spine surgeon who performed neck surgery on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in 2011. Seven of the hospital's neurosurgeons were named "Best Doctors in America," and CareChex ranked both the hospital's spinal and neurological surgery programs within the top 200 nationwide in its most recent rankings.

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center (Portland, Ore.). Providence St. Vincent Medical Center's Brain and Spine Institute is home to one of only 20 intraoperative MRI suites worldwide, which allow MRI equipment to be moved to the patient multiple times during surgery without sending the patient into a traditional MRI machine. The institute offers telestroke services to 19 hospitals in Oregon and Washington and is engaged in clinical research to treat neurological and spinal conditions, including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and ALS. CareChex ranked its spinal surgery program 30th in the country.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles).U.S. News & World Report has listed Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center among the top 10 neurosurgery programs in the nation for 20 consecutive years, with subspecialties including brain and pituitary tumors, traumatic brain injury, stroke and movement disorders. Its neuroscience and stroke unit hosts 26 beds and 11 additional acute, inpatient rehabilitation beds. Ronald Reagan UCLA's spinal surgery program was also rated 108th by CareChex.

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Named the 25th best neurosurgery program in the U.S. by CareChex and number 17 by U.S. News & World Report, Rush University Medical Center evaluates more people with memory and cognitive problems, such as Alzheimer's disease, annually than any other federally funded research institution. Its host of neurosurgical subspecialties includes neuro-ophthalmology, deep brain stimulation to treat symptoms such as Parkinson's tremors and minimally invasive treatments for carotid artery disease. Rush's Spine and Back Center is one of the nation's leaders in degenerative disease treatment and spinal cord trauma and infection surgery.   

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Healthcare Shea Medical Center. CareChex ranked Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center 51st in spinal surgery this year, and its sister facility, Osborn Medical Center, was rated among the top 60 for neurosurgery quality. The health system conducts neurologic research related to new surgical, drug and device treatments for skull, spine, brain and nervous system disorders. Several of the department's neurosurgeons were trained by Barrow Neurosurgical Associates, which is part of the award-winning Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

Scripps Green Hospital (La Jolla, Calif.). Scripps Green Hospital's spinal surgery program features advanced techniques such as kyphoplasty, laminectomy and spinal fusion. CareChex recognizes Scripps Green Hospital's spinal program as one of the top 100 in the nation. The hospital also offers neurosurgical procedures including gamma knife treatments for brain tumors, hydrocephalus treatments, vagus nerve stimulators for epileptic patients and pallidotomies for Parkinson's-related tremors.

Shands at the University of Florida (Gainesville). The neurosurgery department of Shands at the University of Florida features four labs for stereotactic radiosurgery, surgical research and training, neural stem cell treatments and epilepsy neurophysiology. UF&Shands is considered a center of excellence in the treatment of Parkinson's and other neurologic movement disorders, and U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital 37th in the nation for adult neurosurgery and 49th for pediatric neurosurgery.

St. Alexius Medical Center (Bismarck, N.D.). The Neurosurgery and Spine Center at St. Alexius features three neurosurgeons specializing in spine, cranial and peripheral nerve surgical treatments for issues like trauma, tumors and degenerative diseases. Both its neurosurgery and spinal surgery programs fell within the top 150 nationwide by CareChex, ranked 33rd and 142nd, respectively.

St. David's Medical Center (Austin, Texas). The NeuroTexas Institute at St. David's HealthCare offers award-winning minimally invasive procedures to treat conditions ranging from spinal stenosis to cerebral aneurysms. The professional home to seven neurosurgeons, HealthGrades awarded the institute five stars for neurosurgery and stroke treatment for the past two years, placing it in the top 5 percent of such programs nationwide and third-best in Texas for neurosurgery. CareChex also ranked St. David's in the top 200 spinal surgery programs.

St. Elizabeth Edgewood (Ky.). A member of St. Elizabeth Healthcare system, St. Elizabeth Edgewood offers neuro-oncology and spinal surgery centers. It specializes in metastatic cancers of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system, and treats complications arising from such cancers such as hydrocephalus, thromboembolism and paraneoplastic syndromes. Its spine center boasts three neurosurgeons and offers services along the spine care continuum, from radiology and pain management to orthopedic surgery.

St. Francis Hospital (Roslyn, N.Y.). Ranked 36th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the neurosurgery department contained within St. Francis Hospital is at the forefront of neurosurgical practice and innovation. Led by Chief of Neurosurgery Richard Johnson, MD, the department performs minimally invasive spinal surgery to treat infection, injury and degenerative conditions of the spine and nervous system.

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center (Phoenix). The Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center clocks in at 13th in the nation for neurosurgery programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. The institute says its residency program in neurosurgery is the largest and most sought-after in the world. Its wide pallet of neurosurgical and spine treatments spans the full spectrum of disorders and ailments from skull to spine to neuroimmunological maladies.

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital (Houston). St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital hosts a 42-bed neurological acute-care unit and 20-bed neurological intensive care unit in its NeuroScience Center, ranked 35th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital's Neurovascular Center combines specialists from multiple specialties to design and coordinate treatment for a range of neurovascular disorders.

St. Luke's Hospital (New Bedford, Mass.). St. Luke Hospital's Brain & Spine Center treats neurological and spinal conditions ranging from headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome, to peripheral neuropathy and vertebral compression fractures. St. Luke's falls under the umbrella of the Southcoast Hospital Group, whose neurosurgery program was ranked 86th in the country by CareChex.

St. Vincent Healthcare (Billings, Mont.). St. Vincent Healthcare, part of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, offers comprehensive cerebral and cervical neurosurgery procedures. The hospital also offers full stroke services. CareChex ranked St. Vincent's neurosurgery program 53rd and also placed the hospital within the top 150 for spinal surgery.

St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital. St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital's Neuroscience Unit has dedicated neurosurgical operating rooms and intensive care units. The Spine Center, ranked number one in Indiana by HealthGrades for spinal surgery, performed the world's first artificial lumbar disc replacement and the country's first artificial cervical disc replacement. U.S. News and World Report ranked its neurosurgery program 44th in the nation in its most recent rankings.

St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center (Little Rock, Ark.). The Arkansas Neuroscience Institute at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center is directed by neurosurgeon Ali Krisht, MD, who is the chief editor of medical journal Contemporary Neurosurgery. He is highly specialized in vascular microsurgical procedures and the acute treatment of strokes. St. Vincent holds the number eight spot for best spinal surgery program and the 24th spot for neurosurgery quality from CareChex.

Stanford Hospital and Clinics (Palo Alto, Calif.). The Stanford Brain Tumor Center touts the latest chemotherapy and immunotherapy protocols and a premier radiosurgery program. Stanford is the original site where John Adler, MD, developed the CyberKnife and where it was first used on a patient in 1994. To date, the center has treated 5,500 patients via CyberKnife. U.S. News & World Report recognized Stanford's neurosurgery program as 31st in the nation.

Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital. Tampa General Hospital's neurosurgery department is home to a Level 4 epilepsy center. Additionally, its spine surgeons perform minimally invasive treatments for vertebrae fractures and spinal disorders, such as percutaneous vertebroplasty. Tampa General's neurosurgical department ranks 47th in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report's most recent rankings.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, the flagship facility of Texas Health Resources, offers Joint Commission-accredited stroke care, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, specialized spine care and intraoperational MRI imaging. CareChex ranks Texas Health Presbyterian's neurosurgery program 18th in the country and placed the hospital within the top 200 for spinal surgery.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia). The Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley, a collaboration between Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, is listed as one of 14 Model Spinal Cord Injury Centers by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, with a far-below-average mortality rate of 5 percent for acute spinal trauma patients. Independence Blue Cross recognized the hospital for spine surgery excellence. The Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience was also designated by U.S. News & World Report as a high-performing program and boasts some of the highest neurological patient volumes in the Philadelphia region.

UCSF Medical Center. The highest-volume brain tumor program in the country belongs to UCSF Medical Center. Its adult neurosurgery program is sixth in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report, and its pediatric neurosurgery program was ranked 36th. Approximately 1,000 clinical trials in neurological and neurosurgical research are currently under way at the hospital.

University Hospitals Case Medical Center (Cleveland). The Case Medical Center features 15 centers of excellence under its neurosciences umbrella. Surgeons of the Spinal Neurosurgery Center at UH Neurological Institute treat spinal conditions ranging from arthritis to spinal stenosis, and its Neurocritical Care Center treats patients in its Reinberger Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit with innovative treatments, such as induced hypothermia to help protect brain cells from dying.

University of California San Diego Medical Center. Across its affiliated hospitals, the University of California San Diego includes 31 neurosurgeons, some of them residents-in-training. The hospital's subspecialties include brain aneurysm, peripheral nerve, trigeminal neuralgia and pediatric neurosurgery. CareChex ranked UC San Diego's neurosurgery program 67th in the country this year, as well.

University of Chicago Medical Center. The Section of Neurosurgery at the University of Chicago is ranked 37th in the country, according to the 2012-13 rankings from U.S. News & World Report. University of Chicago is home to 11 neurosurgeons with subspecialties in neuro-oncology, craniofacial and congenital anomalies, and pediatric neurosurgery. Eight physicians are dedicated to University of Chicago's neurovascular surgery team alone.

University of Kansas Hospital (Lawrence). The University of Kansas Hospital's Center for Advanced Brain & Neurological Care is a Level 4 epilepsy center and home to the neurosurgery program U.S. News & World Report's ranked 22nd in the country this year. Neurosurgical subspecialties at University of Kansas Hospital include pediatric neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and a host of spinal surgery treatments performed at the hospital's Marc A. Asher, MD, Comprehensive Spine Center.

University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital (Lexington). The Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, part of the UK HealthCare network, brings together leading neurosurgeons to deliver neuro-oncological and stroke care to the region. UK Chandler Hospital's UK Gamma Knife Center is the only facility in the state to offer the surgical procedure. U.S. News & World Report also recognized UK as a regional leader for neurosurgery in its 2012-13 rankings.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City). Ranked 24th in the country for both adult and pediatric neurosurgery, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics' Department of Neurosurgery was also designated best in the state by U.S. News & World Report this year. The UI Department of Neurosurgery treats spinal trauma, peripheral nerve conditions and degenerative conditions of the spine and nervous system.

University of Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore). The Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine offers specialized treatments, including thrombolytic therapy, experimental chemotherapy, intrathecal baclofen pump treatment for spasticity and various spine surgery procedures. Physicians within the hospital's neurosurgery program perform more than 1,600 adult and pediatric surgeries each year and provide expert neurotrauma care at its Shock Trauma Center. U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Maryland Medical Center 48th nationwide for neurosurgery excellence in 2012-13.

University of Michigan Medical Center (Ann Arbor). Neurosurgeons at the University of Michigan Medical Center are actively engaged in research dealing with gene therapies, brain conditioning to lessen brain injury and innovative neuro-oncology studies to better understand, treat and prevent cancer of the nervous system. As part of a program called Project Shunt, department members have traveled to Guatemala to perform neurosurgical treatments for neural tube defects each year since 1997. U.S. News & World Report ranked the adult neurosurgery program 30th in the country and 21st in pediatric neurosurgery this past year.

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (Minneapolis). The University of Minnesota Medical Center's Department of Neurosurgery provides neurological care at its hospitals throughout the Twin Cities region and through its clinical practice, UM Physicians Neurosurgery. A leading research institution, the academic medical center is currently studying possibilities in deep brain stimulation and radiosurgery. U.S. News & World Report ranked the program 25th best in the nation for neurosurgery in its 2012-13 rankings.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's neurosciences department includes 10 clinical divisions, including cognitive disorders and women's neurology. UPMC is host to several neurological institutes, including the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, UPMC Stroke Institute and others devoted to Parkinson's, ALS and complex spine and neurosurgical conditions. U.S. News & World Report ranked the program seventh-best in the nation for 2012-13.

University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center. The neurosurgery residency program at the University of Rochester Medical Center ranks among the top 10 when it comes to National Institutes of Health funding. A team of physicians make up the Integrated Spine Care comprehensive program offered at URMC, and they perform procedures such as cervical laminectomy and all kinds of thoracic spine surgeries, with an emphasis on minimally invasive surgery. The system clocks in at 46th for adult neurosurgery and 44th for pediatric neurosurgery, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2012-13 rankings.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas). The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Neurosurgery Department includes 17 neurosurgical adult subspecialists in cerebrovascular, spine, skull base, functional and trauma procedures, with five more neurosurgeons at its Children's Medical Center of Dallas. Its cerebrovascular program treats the most complex cases in the five-state area, and its Epilepsy Center performs the most surgeries of any epilepsy center in Texas. U.S. News & World Report rated UT Southwestern's neurosurgical care 43rd overall in its most recent rankings.

University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle). The Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center is a major contributor to clinical research in the field and one of the largest funding recipients from the National Institutes for Health. The institution is actively engaged in studying concussion treatments for veterans, computer-assisted brain function recovery after injury and treatments for tumors and aneurysms. U.S. News & World Report placed UW Medical Center's neurosurgery program 16th in the country.

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (Madison). There are 12 neurosurgeons at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and the hospital's neurosurgery program ranks 40th in the nation, according in U.S. News & World Report. Daniel Resnick, MD, an associate professor of neurosurgery at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, was elected in October 2012 as president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (Provo). Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, part of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, employs three neurosurgeons to deliver neurological and spinal surgical care, ranked 69th and 214th in the nation, respectively, by CareChex. The hospital features a neurological trauma and intensive care unit. U.S. News & World Report named the hospital the best in northern Utah for spine and neurosurgical procedures.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.). Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Department of Neurological Surgery offers seven subspecialties, such as vascular, peripheral nerve and pediatric neurosurgery, and its Spine Center features five neurosurgeons on faculty. The Vanderbilt Brain Institute joins multidisciplinary experts together to research neuroscience and innovative treatments. U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanderbilt's neurosurgery program 33rd for adults and 41st for pediatric neurosurgery in its most recent rankings.

Via Christi Hospital (Wichita, Kan.). The Neurocritical Care Unit at Via Christi Hospital's 20-bed neurosurgery department utilizes video EEG monitoring for epilepsy and includes four negative-pressure ventilation rooms. Neurosurgeon Bassem El-Babbout, MD, heads the pediatric neurosurgery program to treat disorders including cerebral palsy, epilepsy and Tourette syndrome. HealthGrades placed Via Christi among the top 5 percent of hospitals for neurosurgery and stroke care in 2012, and CareChex ranked it 13th for neurosurgery and 100th for spinal surgery.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has 11 neurosurgeons between its adult and pediatric neurology and spine subspecialties, which range from comprehensive epilepsy care, neuro-oncology and stroke care. Wake Forest Baptist's specialty centers include the ALS Center and Movement Disorders Center. U.S. News & World Report ranked its neurosurgical services as 42nd in the nation.

Wesley Medical Center (Wichita, Kan.). Neurosurgeons and spine specialists at Wesley Medical Center perform neurosurgical treatments for common conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, as well as surgical treatments for disorders of the spine. CareChex ranked Wesley's neurosurgery program among the top 100 in the nation.

Yale-New Haven (N.H.) Hospital. Yale-New Haven Hospital offers stereostatic radiosurgery treatments and Gamma Knife therapy in its surgical neuro-oncology and neurovascular programs. The hospital is currently engaged in research sponsored by the National Institutes for Health, including studies on the development of advanced MRI and imaging techniques for use in neurological surgery and treatment, as well as primate studies analyzing outcomes of injections into the striatum, which are slotted for a phase I clinical trial in the near future.

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