The UAB Department of Neurosurgery serves a pivotal and critical role in support of comprehensive patient care provided by the UAB Health System. Our highly trained neurosurgeons in every sub-specialty field form the foundation of diagnostic and treatment services available to patients throughout the country.
Appointments / Referrals
A physician’s referral is required to see a neurosurgeon at UAB. The physician can be your family doctor, a primary care physician (PCP), or another neurosurgeon, neurologist, or other specialist who recommended that you see a UAB neurosurgeon. A UAB neurosurgeon will review your case, determine if there is a need for additional studies, and suggest a time frame for your appointment.
Physicians who want to refer a patient, or current patients who want to schedule a return appointment may call the physician’s office.
What to Bring or Send Prior to Your First Visit
Once you have been given an appointment to come to one of our clinics, it will be our pleasure to provide you with the best consultation possible. However, in order for us to do this, we must have all pertinent information about your medical history. In general, the following items are extremely important to help us render an opinion about your case:
- Hospitalization records pertinent to your condition
- Test results regarding your condition
- Films or digital copies (CDs) of all tests performed in relationship to your condition, including CT scans, MRI scans, angiograms, EKG, EEG, and ultrasounds
- Your referring physician’s outpatient medical records
Please make every effort to keep your scheduled appointment. If you are unable to do so, it may result in a delay in our ability to see you. If you need to cancel an appointment, please call as soon as you know you are unable to keep the appointment so we can reschedule, if necessary. Cancellations can be made by calling the appropriate physician’s office.
After Hours and Emergencies
If you need to reach a physician after hours, please call UAB Paging at (205) 934-3411 and ask for the neurosurgery resident on-call. If this is a true medical emergency, please dial 911 for immediate assistance.
Some insurance providers may require a referral or pre-certification before seeing a specialist. Please be sure to have your referring physician send any required pre-approvals at the time of referral for insurance and billing purposes. If you are unsure of what your insurance company requires, please contact them in advance of your appointment and they should be able to answer your questions. Your co-pay is expected at the time of your visit; however, our financial counselors are available to discuss any problems or special circumstances. Our financial counselors may be reached Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (205) 801-9910. If your visit is being covered by Workers’ Compensation, please provide that information prior to your appointment.