The spinal surgery program in the UAB Department of Neurosurgery provides comprehensive evidence-based care for spinal disorders and injuries. A team of multiple specialty care physicians offers sophisticated surgical care and treatment plans for a wide-range of spinal disorders. UAB spine neurosurgeons work with a team of experts from interventional neuroradiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, and neurotrauma to provide elite care to each patient. Patients with spinal injuries, painful spinal conditions, or pain radiating from the back, neck, arms, or legs all receive premier care.

UAB Neurosurgery has now opened a clinic at Greystone, conveniently located on Hwy. 280. This clinic, led by Thomas A. Staner, M.D., offers triage and pre-operative evaluations for a wide range of spinal disorders, and appointments can usually be scheduled within one week.

The UAB Approach


UAB's neurosurgical spine surgeons perform an array of spinal operations, from the more straightforward to the intricate procedures, including stabilization and fusion procedures, short and long segment, from the cranio-cervical junction to the sacrum. We treat patients with trauma, cancer to the spinal elements, congenital spinal disorders, and complex deformities. Few neurosurgeons tackle the complicated features of patients with spinal cord tumors, patients with paralysis or impending paralysis from either a tumor in the spinal canal that compresses or crushes the spinal cord (intradural, extramedullary), or a neoplasm in the spinal cord, growing slowly within the spinal cord substance (intradural, intramedullary lesions). UAB neurosurgeons also offer minimally-invasive spinal surgery (MIS), if appropriate. MIS provides surgical therapy for an array of conditions, through smaller incisions, producing less post-operative pain and shorter stays in the hospital. Your neurosurgeon can discuss this option with you.

The UAB Spinal Surgery Team

Mark N. Hadley, MD

Patrick R. Pritchard, MD

M.R. Chambers, MD

Mamerhi O. Okor, MD

Thomas A. Staner, MD

UAB offers world-renowned specialists in the surgical care of patients with every type of spinal disorder. Our spine neurosurgeons are board-certified or board-eligible, and have completed fellowships in spinal surgery. UAB spinal surgeons are active in teaching other surgeons across the nation, though courses and meetings. They actively contribute to scientific advancement of spine surgery, and have written authoritative guidelines for spine care, in use nationwide.

Evidence-Based Medicine: Development of Clinical Guidelines 

Drs. Mark N. Hadley, Beverly C. Walters, and other faculty members including Mark Harrigan, and Curtis J. Rozzelle within the 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. Neurosurgery 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, 2002.



UAB spinal neurosurgeons all accept new patients. Referrals are made through your primary care physician (PCP), who will coordinate the transfer of medical records and imaging studies to your UAB spinal neurosurgeon. Our staff will work with you to schedule an appointment with your UAB spinal surgeon of choice in a timely manner. Contact Us