Our faculty is subspecialty trained in all areas of neurosurgery and aims to provide high-quality care to every patient. Click below to learn more about our clinical programs.

Brain Tumor

Surgery and radiosurgery are common treatments for the diagnosis of brain tumors, pituitary tumors, and skull-base tumors. UAB practices a collaborative approach where a team of UAB surgeons, neurologists, oncologists and radiation-oncologists works together to provide patients highly specialized care, customized to their condition.

We offer advanced techniques such as intraoperative, precision image-guided navigation systems and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional brain mapping, radiosurgery, minimally invasive neurosurgery, and awake intraoperative functional mapping.

As part of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Neuro-Oncology Program, our team is actively seeking to improve treatment options for brain tumor patients through research and clinical trials.

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Spinal Disorders

UAB Neurosurgery provides contemporary, comprehensive, sophisticated surgical care and treatment plans for a wide-range of spinal cord and spinal column disorders via a team of world-renowned specialists. UAB spinal neurosurgeons work with a team of experts from interventional neuroradiology, critical care, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, and neuro-trauma to provide definitive, personalized surgical care. We treat patients with spinal cord injuries, spinal cord and spinal column trauma, spinal deformations and fractures, degenerative spinal conditions, and spinal nerve root compression (tumor, disc, herniation, stenosis).

Our neurosurgical spinal team is committed to providing quality outcomes for our spine surgery patients. We follow patients and their results through participation in the national Quality Outcomes Database. We have consistently delivered leading outcome scores for the spine surgery patients we treat.

In addition to our main location at The Kirklin Clinic, UAB Neurosurgery offers care for spinal disorders at:

Our spinal neurosurgeons, led by Mark N. Hadley, MD, work to advance the field of spinal surgery via evidence-based medicine. Our faculty have published several clinical guidelines with the support of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. These world-recognized guidelines were formed from validated clinical outcome science studies and clinical trials.

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Neurovascular Disorders

The neurovascular surgery program at UAB focuses on multidisciplinary management of complex central nervous system vascular conditions including arteriovenous malformations, cavernous angiomas, aneurysms, as well as carotid and intracerebral stenosis. UAB neurovascular surgeons work with specialists from interventional neuroradiology, neurology, physical rehabilitation, speech therapy, stereotactic radiation, and skilled nursing care to coordinate treatment strategies for patients with neurovascular disease or acute brain injury.

As part of Alabama’s 1st Comprehensive Stroke Center, the UAB neurovascular surgeons are available 24/7 to help deliver the most current stroke treatment possible.

The UAB neurovascular program actively conducts clinical trials aimed at improving treatments for neurovascular disorders.

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Functional Neurosurgery and Movement Disorders

The functional neurosurgery program at UAB focuses on surgical therapy for movement disorders, including Parkinson's Disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. Our neurosurgeons work in coordination with specialists from the Department of Neurology to develop individual treatment strategies patients. Surgical procedures are followed by life-long relationships that optimize therapy, which improves quality of life for patients.

UAB neurosurgeons are at the forefront of cutting edge neuromodulation techniques including deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s Disease patients. UAB neurosurgeons also specialize in the surgical treatment of pain, including trigeminal neuralgia.

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Epilepsy

UAB neurosurgeons participate in the multi-disciplinary UAB Epilepsy Center to provide patients with access to the most modern and advanced tools to fight epilepsy. The UAB Epilepsy Center has achieved designation from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level IV Center, the highest designation available.

For some forms of epilepsy, surgery is the optimal treatment for reducing or eliminating seizures. At UAB, physicians use state-of-the-art imaging techniques to identify patients who may benefit the most from surgery and increase the likelihood of seizure-free outcomes.

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Pediatric Neurosurgery

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Top left to right: Brandon Rocque, M.D., and James Johnston, Jr., M.D.; Bottom left to right: Curtis Rozzelle, M.D., Fellow Zachary Wright, M.D., Jeffrey Blount, M.D.

The pediatric neurosurgery team at the Children's of Alabama is one of the largest and busiest pediatric neurosurgical services in North America. All aspects of pediatric care are performed at Children's of Alabama.

We are comprised of the only fellowship trained pediatric neurosurgeons in the state of Alabama, as well as the only neurosurgeons recognized by the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to our patients and families through clinical and surgical expertise, compassion, understanding and education.

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General Neurosurgery

In addition to the niche specialty services offered by UAB Neurosurgery, the department is also committed to providing a full spectrum of general neurosurgical services as the foundation of our program. Our surgeons treat a variety of conditions including traumatic brain injury and intracranial bleeds, and help manage congenital and acquired hydrocephalus. The department uses the most up-to-date endoscopic and minimally invasive treatment options. UAB is also a leader in Chiari malformation diagnosis, management and surgical treatment. UAB neurosurgeons provide multidisciplinary care for all general neurosurgical conditions, working with specialists from the trauma surgery team, physical medicine and rehabilitation team and neurology team.

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