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Charles A. and Patsy W. Collat Endowed Professor of Neurosurgery

Area of Interest: Spine Disorders

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Dr. Mark N. Hadley has been a Neurosurgeon since 1988 and has been a Professor at UAB for 25 years. He specializes in the treatment of spinal column and spinal cord disorders. He has become known as a good and successful doctor and has been recognized as one of America’s Top Doctors since 2001 and among the “Top 1%” in his specialty in the United States since 2011.  He is busy in a number of areas in Neurosurgery at UAB and nationally: patient care, teaching, research, publishing, and leadership.

Dr. Hadley was born in 1956 and 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).

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 completed an update on the medical-evidence based compendium Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries published in Neurosurgery in March 2013. In addition to treating patients with spinal and spinal cord pathology, he studies these conditions as well. He is currently the awardee of two Department of Defense grants to study acute spinal cord injury treatment strategies.

Dr. Hadley serves on the Editorial Boards of Neurosurgery (1999 to present) and the Journal of Neurosurgery (2004 to 2016). 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.

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 [CNS] (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), and as the CNS President (2003). He has served as a member of the AANS/CNS Washington Committee (2001-2003). He is currently keenly involved in the Academy of Neurological Surgery (he serves as its President in 2016) and the Society of Neurological Surgeons. He began a six-year term as a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 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.

Featured Publications:

Erwood MS, Hadley MN, Gordon AS, Carroll WR, Agee BS, Walters BC. Recurrent laryngeal nerve injury following reoperative anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: a meta-analysis. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. March 25, 2016:1-7 [Epub ahead of print], PMID: 27015129

Foreman PM, Naftel RP, Moore TA II, Hadley MN. The lateral extracavitary approach to the thoracolumbar spine: A case series and systematic review. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. Dec 18, 2015:1-10 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26682602

Foreman PM, Griessenauer CJ, Chua M, Hadley MN, Harrigan MR. Corrective spinal surgery may be protective against stroke in patients with blunt traumatic vertebral artery occlusion. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, Published online July 17, 2015; DOI:10.317/2015.1.SPINE141174, PMID 26186525

Hurlbert RJ, Hadley MN, Walters BC, Aarabi B, Dhall SS, Gelb DE, Rozzelle CJ, Ryken TC, Theodore N. Pharmacological therapy for acute spinal cord injury. Neurosurgery, 2015 Mar; 76(3):Suppl 1:S71-83. PMID: 25692371

Foreman PM, Markert JM, Diethelm AG, Hadley MN. The history of neurosurgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Neurosurgery, 2014 Oct;75(4): 483-488. PMID 2493270

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

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

Raipal S, Tubbs RS, George T, Oakes WJ, Fuchs HE, Hadley MN, Iskandar BJ.  Tethered cord due to spina bifida occulta presenting in adulthood: a tricenter review of 61 patients.  J Neurosurg Spine, 6(3):210-215, 2007.

Vale FL, Bums J, Jackson AB, Hadley MN.  Combined Medical and Surgical Treatment Following Acute Spinal Cord Injury. Results of a Prospective Pilot Study to Assess the Merits of Aggressive Medical Resuscitation and Blood Pressure Management. J Neurosurg, 87: 239246, 1997.

Hadley MN, Reddy SV.  Smoking and the Human Vertebral Column A Review of the Impact of Cigarette Use on Vertebral Bone Metabolism and Spinal Fusion. Neurosurgery, 41 (1), 116124, 1997.

Bishop R, Moore KA, Hadley MN.  Anterior Cervical Interbody Fusion Using Autogenic and Allogenic Bone Graft Substrate: A Prospective Comparative Analysis. J Neurosurg 85:206210, 1996.

Cuffe M, Hadley MN, Herrerra T. Morawetz RB.   Dialysisassociated Spondylarthropathy: A Review of Ten Cases. J Neurosurg 80:17, 1994.

Evidence-Based Medicine: Development of Clinical Guidelines

Drs. Mark N. Hadley, Beverly C. Walters, and other faculty members within the UAB Department of Neurosurgery have published multiple compilations of medical evidence-based guidelines (Http://www.uab.edu/medicine/neurosurgery/research/cervical-and-spinal-cord-injury-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, Hurlbert RJ, Rozzelle CJ, Ryken TC, Theodore N.  Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries: Neurosurgery, 72:3(Supplement), 1-259, 2013. PMID 23417174

    •    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 2:636-740, 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.  Neurosurgery, (Supplement), S1 – S178, March 2002.