Mark N. Hadley, MD

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Dr. Mark N. Hadley was born in 1956 and was raised in Napa, California.  He was active in sports, scholastics, and student government through high school.  Dr. Hadley graduated from Stanford University in 1978 with a BA in Economics.  He was a four-year letterman in Varsity Track.  Thereafter, he began his medical education at Albany Medical College in upstate New York where he was profoundly influenced by A. John Popp, MD, Professor of Surgery and Neurosurgery.  Dr. Hadley received his MD degree in 1982.

Dr. Hadley completed his general surgery internship at the University of California under F. William Blaisdale.  He began his post-graduate neurosurgical training in 1983 at the Barrow Neurological institute in Phoenix, Arizona, under mentors Robert F. Spetzler, Volker K. H. Sonntag, Andrew G. Shetter, John R. Green, and others.  He completed his residency training with 42 cited publications and three regional and national resident prizes.  Upon graduation in 1988, Dr. Hadley served three years as a neurosurgeon in the United States Air Force.  In 1991 Dr. Hadley accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery under Richard B. Morawetz, MD, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993 and Professor in 1997.  He has been actively involved in medical student, Resident, and Fellow education at UAB and serves as the Director of the Residency Training Program, and the Director of the Neurosurgical Spinal Surgery Fellowship program.  He has served as the Medical Director of an active regional Think First Injury Prevention Program and has served as Team Physician to the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham athletic programs.  He is a dedicated teacher, instructor, and clinical scientist.  His main areas of clinical and scientific interest are disorders of the human spine and spinal cord.  He is licensed in the State of Alabama and is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (1992). He has recently been awarded a Department of Defense grant to study acute spinal cord injury treatment strategies.

Dr. Hadley has authored over 200 scientific articles and chapters in medical textbooks.  He has authored or edited several compilations in Neurological Surgery, including Self Assessment for Neurological Surgeons (SANS) VI for the AANS and CNS in 1997, multiple educational videotapes, Video Perspectives in Neurological Surgery, the comprehensive Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries published as a supplement to Neurosurgery in March 2002 and the Guidelines for the Performance of Fusion Procedures for Degenerative Disease of the Lumbar Spine published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in June 2005.  He and his colleagues have recently completed an update of the medical evidence-based compendium Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries published in Neurosurgery in March 2013.

Dr. Hadley serves editorial roles for Spine, Nutrition, and several foundations.  He serves on the Editorial Boards of Neurosurgery (1999 to present) and the Journal of Neurosurgery (2004 to present).  He has been a Visiting Professor at major universities throughout the United States and has received a variety of honors including the inaugural Frank H. Mayfield Award of the AANS/CNS Spine Section in 1984, the United States Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service in July 1991, and induction into the honorary medical society, Alpha Omega Alpha in 2004.  He was honored by his patients in 2005 and was awarded the Charles A. and Patsy W. Collat Endowed Professorship in Neurological Surgery.  He has been named by Castle and Connelly as a Best Doctor in America consecutively from 2001 through 2014. Since 2011 through 2014, Dr. Hadley has been recognized as a Neurosurgeon in the “Top 1% in Specialty in the United States” by US News and World Report based on quality outcomes following spinal surgeries.

Dr. Hadley has been active in organized Neurosurgery since his residency training.  He has served on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (1994-2004) and of the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves (1992-1999).  He has served as the Secretary of the CNS (1997-2000), as CNS Vice President (2001), President-Elect (2002) and as the President (2003).  He has served as a member of the AANS/CNS Washington Committee (2001-2003).  He currently is keenly involved in the Academy of Neurological Surgery and the Society of Neurological Surgeons.  He began a six-year term as a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery in May 2012.

Dr. Hadley has become a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the care and surgical treatment of patients with spinal cord tumors and spinal column pathology, including congenital anomalies, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, spinal reconstruction and fusion procedures of the entire spinal column, from the base of the skull through the sacrum.  He performs an average of 400 such procedures a year.  He sees patients on Mondays and Wednesday each week at the Kirklin Clinic.  Appointments and referrals can be made by calling 205-934-1439.

Publications

Featured Publications:

Foreman PM, Markert JM, Diethelm AG, Hadley MN. The History of Neurosurgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Neurosurgery, 75(4): (In press) October 2014.

Griessenauer CJ, Bauer DF, Moore TA 2nd, Pritchard PR, Hadley MN. Surgical manifestations of thoracic arachnoid pathology: series of 28 cases. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. (Epub ahead of print 2013 Nov 8.) 2014 Jan 20(1) PMID 24206032

Hadley MN, Walters BC, Aarabi B, Dhall SS, Gelb DE, Hurlbert RJ, Rozzelle CJ, Ryken TC, Theodore N. Chapter 4, Clinical Assessment Following Acute Cervical Spinal Cord Injury. In: Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries: Neurosurgery, 72:3(Supplement), 40-53, 2013. PMID 23417178

Hadley MN, Walters BC, Aarabi B, Dhall SS, Gelb DE, Hurlbert RJ, Rozzelle CJ, Ryken TC, Theodore N. Chapter 8, Pharmacological Therapy for Acute Spinal Cord Injury. In: Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries: Neurosurgery, 72:3(Supplement), 93-105, 2013.PMID 23417182

Hadley MN, Walters BC, Aarabi B, Dhall SS, Gelb DE, Hurlbert RJ, Rozzelle CJ, Ryken TC, Theodore N. Chapter 17, Management of Acute Traumatic Central Cord Syndrome (ATCCS). In: Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries: Neurosurgery, 72:3(Supplement), 195-204, 2013. PMID 23417191

Hadley MN, Walters BC, Aarabi B, Dhall SS, Gelb DE, Hurlbert RJ, Rozzelle CJ, Ryken TC, Theodore N. Chapter 20, Management of Vertebral Artery Injuries Following Non-penetrating Cervical Trauma. In: Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries: Neurosurgery, 72:3(Supplement), 234-243, 2013. PMID 23417194

Walters BC, Hadley MN. Guidelines for GM-1 treatment in acute spinal cord injury: In reply. Neurosurgery. 2013 Aug; 73(2):E384-386. PMID 23624417

Miller JH, Zywicke HA, Fleming JB, Griessenauer CJ, Whisenhunt TR, Okor MO, Harrigan MR, Pritchard PR, Hadley MN. Neurosurgical injuries resulting from the 2011 tornados in Alabama: the experience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. Journal of Neurosurgery, 2013 Jun 118(6):1356-1362. Epub 2013 Apr 23. PMID 23611044

Hadley MN. (Editorial) No increased risk?. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. 2013 Feb 18(2):122-124, discussion 124-125. Epub 2012 Dec 11. PMID 23231360.

Hadley MN. (Editorial ) Metastatic spinal cord tumors. J Neurosurg Spine, 11(1):53-55, 2009.

Evidence-Based Medicine:  Development of Clinical Guidelines

Drs. Mark N. Hadley, Beverly C. Walters, and other faculty members within the UAB Division of Neurosurgery have published multiple compilations of medical evidence-based guidelines for neurosurgical disorders.  The guidelines were developed with the support of the joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Hadley MN, Walters, BC, Aarabi B, Dhall SS, Gelb DE, Harrigan MR, Hurlbert RJ, Rozzelle CJ, Ryken TC, Theodore N.  Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries, 2013 Revision.  Neurosurg, 72:3(Supplement), 1-259, 2013

Resnick DK, Choudheri TF, Dailey AT, Groff MW, Khoo L, Matz PG, Mummaneni P, Watters WC III, Wang J, Walters BC, Hadley MN.  Guidelines for the Performance of Fusion Procedures for Degenerative Disease of the Lumbar Spine.  J Neurosurg: Spine 2:636-759, 2005.

Hadley MN, Walters BC, Grabb, PA, Oyesiku NM, Przybylski, GJ, Resnick DK, Ryken TC.  Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries.  Neurosurg, (Supplement), S1 – S178, March 2002.