Meet 13 of Dallas’ best neurosurgeons


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D Magazine’s 2018 Best Doctors list includes 13 members of our Department of Neurological Surgery.

Thirteen members of UT Southwestern’s Department of Neurological Surgery were honored with inclusion in D Magazine’s Best Doctors list for 2018 – an impressive distinction and a testament to the expert care we deliver for patients every day. The annual list showcases outstanding doctors in the area as nominated by fellow physicians.

Our doctors perform over 2,200 complex surgeries each year, including procedures for conditions so rare or complicated that doctors at other health care organizations will trust only us for their patients’ care. 

Many doctors, one goal: Complete patient care

The 13 UT Southwestern neurosurgeons on this year’s Best Doctors list, as well as our fellow doctors, nurses, and support staff members, work together every day with a single purpose: provide the best possible treatment to everyone who walks through our doors. Our patients depend on us to push the limits of neurosurgical care to create safe and effective solutions for problems of the brain and spine. Our 13 Best Doctors can confer with each other as well as more than 4,000 specialists in the Southwestern Health Resources network rapidly to create those solutions.

The honorees are:

Carlos Bagley, M.D.

Associate Professor and Interim Chair of Neurological Surgery; Director of our Neurological Surgery Spine Program; leader of the UT Southwestern Spine CenterLearn more. 

Samuel Barnett, M.D.

Professor of Neurological Surgery; board certified in neurological surgery and an expert in endoscopic minimally invasive surgery, conventional open-brain surgery, and radiosurgery with both the Gamma Knife and CyberKnife. Learn more.

Hunt Batjer, M.D.

The Lois C.A. and Darwin E. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery and Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery; an internationally recognized cerebrovascular surgeon who conducts research into ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

Christopher J. Madden, M.D.

Associate Vice President and Clinical Executive Director of Neurosciences, Professor of Neurological Surgery; focuses on the treatment of neurosurgical disorders, pituitary and nervous system disorders, and brain tumors. Learn more.

Bruce Mickey, M.D.

Vice Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery and Director of UT Southwestern’s Annette Strauss Center for Neuro-Oncology; specializes in the surgical management of benign and malignant intracranial tumors, epilepsy surgery, and radiosurgery with both the Gamma Knife and CyberKnife.

Kevin Morrill, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery, Co-Director of the Clinical Center for Spine Care, and Director of the Spine Fellow Program; specializes in spinal surgery, with a particular expertise in the surgical treatment of spinal tumors. Learn more. 

Toral Patel, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery; specializes in brain tumor surgery and using brain-mapping strategies to remove tumors from critical regions, such as areas that control language and movement. Learn more.

Angela Price, M.D.

Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery; leads the Children’s Health surgical epilepsy service and is a member of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program team.

Dale Swift, M.D.

Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery; attending neurosurgeon at Children’s Health and Parkland Hospital, as well as Director of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship Program at Children’s Health. Learn more.

Babu G. Welch, M.D.

Vice Chair and holder of the Duke Samson Chair in Neurological Surgery, professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology, Medical Director of the Neurosurgery Ambulatory Clinic, Co-Director of the Rogers Comprehensive Stroke Center, Director of the Paul M. Bass Center for Neurosurgical Innovation, and Director of the Clark-Samson Bioskills Laboratory; treats patients with conditions that affect blood vessels in the neck and brain using surgical, endovascular and radiosurgical techniques. Learn more.

Bradley Weprin, M.D.

Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery; Children’s Health’s Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Director of Neuro-Oncology; the only pediatric neurosurgeon in the region trained in stereotactic radiosurgery treating brain tumors in children. Learn more.

Jonathan White, M.D.

Holder of Birsner Family Professorship in Neurological Surgery and Associate Professor in Radiology departments; specializes in treating aneurysms, strokes, and mini-strokes. Learn more.

Tony Whitworth, M.D.

Director of Neurosurgery at Parkland Hospital, a Level 1 trauma center; Professor of both Neurological Surgery and Radiation Oncology; specializes in minimally invasive techniques used to treat brain and spinal cord disorders.

“Our doctors perform over 2,200 complex surgeries each year. Our cases include conditions that range from the rare to the routine. We are proud to say that we routinely receive referrals from doctors in every other health care organization. That doctors trust us with their patients and family is a great honor.”

– Babu G. Welch, M.D.

Outstanding subspecialty care

We offer an array of advanced programs under the Department of Neurological Surgery, including the following areas:

  • Brain tumors: Our Annette G. Strauss Center for Neuro-Oncology provides treatments for both benign and malignant brain and spinal cord tumors, and our researchers constantly explore new treatment options.
  • Cerebrovascular care: As part of the O’Donnell Brain Institute and Rogers Comprehensive Stroke Center, our program has been the major referral center for cerebrovascular disease for the last 40 years. Patients throughout Texas and the five-state area with the most complex cases are referred to us for care, including people with strokes and malformations of the brain’s blood vessels.
  • Neurocritical care: This specialty brings together neurologists, neurosurgeons, and critical care specialists to treat the most complex and life-threatening neurological conditions.
  • Neurotrauma: Patients receive immediate care after suffering severe injuries to the head, spine, or spinal cord.
  • Spine: Our team cares for patients with challenging spinal conditions, such as spinal tumors and fractures, spinal deformities, and degenerative diseases.
  • Stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, and epilepsy surgery: Our stereotactic and functional neurosurgery program sees more patients than any other program in Dallas, and our Epilepsy Center is the busiest in Texas for surgical procedures. 

To find out whether you or a loved one might benefit from neurosurgical care, call 214-645-8300 or request an appointment online.