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Doctors performing neurosurgery

Specialties Overview

The UNM Department of Neurosurgery is the provider of choice for New Mexicans dealing with complex brain and spine disorders. Its faculty members are superbly trained board-certified specialists who deliver expert treatment for a broad range of neurological injuries and diseases.

The department’s comprehensive spine program sees patients at UNM Hospital and at the Yeung Endoscopic Spine Center at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center. The team treats traumatic spine and spinal cord injuries, malignancies and spine degeneration using both surgical and nonsurgical methods.

The neurosurgery service at UNM Hospital’s Level I trauma center provides state-of the-art care for acute traumatic brain injury, providing emergency surgery and neurocritical care.

The neurosurgical service also treats congenital and traumatic brain and spine disorders in children. These include congenital malformations of the brain and spine, hydrocephalus and epilepsy. Other specialties include treatment for primary malignancy, cavernous malformation, skull deformities Arnold Chiari malformation.

UNM neurosurgeons also care for patients of all ages with primary and metastatic brain tumors. Treatment options include surgery and Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

The UNM Stroke Care Center,  a comprehensive stroke center, treats all vascular disorders of the brain, including stroke, aneurysm, intracerebral hemorrhage, critical narrowing or blockage of blood vessels, vein blockages and related problems.

UNM neurosurgeons use a variety of methods to treat chronic pain, improve cognition and alleviate movement disorders, including Parkinson’s, essential tremor, spasticity and hemi facial spasm (microvascular decompression). They can also treat pain conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia and spinal pain.

The team also treats skull base tumors, which present special challenges because of their proximity to vital nerves and arteries. These conditions include tumors of the cranial nerves, chordoma, meningioma, pituitary adenoma, metastatic tumors, epidermoid tumors and craniophyngioma.