Saint Thomas West Hospital
4220 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205 

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Neurosurgeons at Ascension Saint Thomas in Nashville, Tennessee, are leaders in brain and spine surgery. Schedule a consultation today.

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Brain and spinal tumor care in Middle Tennessee

At Ascension Saint Thomas, we put you first. We understand that being told you have a brain or spinal tumor can be scary and stressful, and you are immediately full of questions.  Our brain and spine surgeons and care team take the time to get to know you, your life and health history. By knowing you better, we'll work with you to create a care plan that is right for you.

Neurosurgery patient at Ascension Saint Thomas
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Patients with a brain or spinal tumor may need radiation therapy, surgery, or both. The UNITY program provides patients more treatment options including minimally invasive procedures to remove a brain or spine tumor. 

NeuroBlate® laser therapy: 
For more precision, NeuroBlate(R) laser therapy is a minimally invasive procedure used to destroy abnormal cells while preserving healthy brain tissue. This therapy is associated with less pain, scarring, and a quicker recovery. 

Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology:
 At Ascension Saint Thomas West, our neurosurgical team uses iMRI during surgery for more accurate brain images and to see abnormal brain tissue. iMRI technology helps with the removal of the entire tumor. 

Radiation Oncology Program: 
We provide advanced radiation therapies for adult brain cancer. Our compassionate neuro-oncology care team uses 3D brain imaging to monitor you during radiation therapy and to help improve your recovery time.

If you have a brain or spinal tumor, contact our nurse navigator, who will answer your questions and guide you to the care team members that are right for you.

Personalized treatment options

Brigette Ford

Nurse Navigator

Brigette Ford

Adam Reig, MD

Neurosurgery, Brain and Spinal Tumors

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Adam Reig, MD
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Hematology, Oncology

Gregg Shepard, MD

Gregg Sherard, MD

Paul Rosenblatt, MD

Radiation Oncology, Brain Tumors

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Paul Rosenblatt, MD

Meet the neurosurgery specialists at Ascension Saint Thomas

Brain and spine care is critical care, and we're here for you. Having your care at Ascension Saint Thomas means you're backed by our multidisciplinary team of specialists who come together to deliver the care that's right for you.  

Our team of doctors, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists in the UNITY program meet regularly. We work together, so your care plan is customized for your needs. Our brain and spine surgeons and neurological specialists use technology to create a virtual operating room, where our entire team can view the brain and participate in surgery. This allows our team to work together in real-time and provides greater precision during surgery.

Jason Hubbard, MD

Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

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Jason Hubbard, MD

Steven Abram, MD

Neurosurgery, Brain and Spinal Tumors

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Steven Abram, MD

Ernest Wright, MD

Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

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Ernest Wright, MD
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Neurosurgery, Brain and Spinal Tumors, Endovascular Neurosurgery 

John Spooner, MD

John Spooner, MD
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Neuroradiology, Spinal Interventional Radiology

Jeffrey Williams, MD

Jeffrey Williams, MD
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Radiation Oncology

Thomas Hunter, MD

Thomas Hunter, MD
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Medical Oncology

Kent Shih, MD

Kent Shih, MD
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Michael Johnson, RN

Michael Johnson, RN

Neurosurgery, Image Guided Navigation

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Neuropathology

Peter F. Jelsma, FCAP

Peter Jelsma, FCAP

We care for a wide range of brain and spine conditions, including:

  • Acoustic Neuroma 
  • Astrocytoma 
  • AVM (arterial/venous malformation) 
  • Cavernous malformation 
  • Glioblastomas (GBM) 
  • Hemangioma 
  • Meningioma 
  • Metastatic lesions to brain/spine 
  • Oligodendroma 
  • Pituitary macro/micro-adenoma 
  • Rare brain and spine cancers 
  • Trigeminal neuralgia 

How to get a second opinion for brain and spinal tumors

Whether you’ve been told you have a brain or spinal tumor, or you need surgery, there’s a lot to think about. If you’re looking for a second opinion, brain and spine specialists at Ascension Saint Thomas are here for you.

We can help match you with the right brain and spine specialist.

Before your appointment, you should check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered or required.

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Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

Scott Parker, MD

Scott Parker, MD
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Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

Scott Parker, MD

Scott Parker, MD

Balancing care with caution

Compassionate care is safe care. At Ascension Saint Thomas, our commitment is to keep you and your family safe while you’re receiving care in our ERs, hospitals, doctor’s offices and outpatient centers. We have strict safety precautions in place--such as limiting visitors, staggering appointments, rearranging waiting rooms, making more online appointments available, treating patients who are ill at separate sites of care, and performing rigorous procedures to clean and disinfect. Don’t delay getting the care you need at this time. We are fully prepared for your safety when you're in our care.

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Our facilities are currently taking precautions to help keep patients and visitors safe, which may include conducting screenings, restricting visitors and practicing distancing for compassionate, safe care. We continuously monitor COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and adjust our safety practices and safeguards accordingly.

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Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

Richard Lebow, MD

Richard Lebow, MD

Refer a patient to a specialist

Your patients can expect compassionate, personalized care from the moment our specialists connect with them. Our specialists start by listening to fully understand their needs and to develop an individualized care plan. To make a doctor referral, please call 615-222-7864.