Stanford Neurological Spinal Disorders

The Stanford Neurological Spinal Disorders team provides comprehensive neurosurgical spine care to treat a wide range of spinal disorders in adults and children. Each year we treat thousands of patients with spinal disease and deformity. Our devoted multi-disciplinary team offers patients the highest level of expertise and latest technologies, and is comprised of experts in the fields of spinal reconstruction, spinal deformity, spinal tumors, minimally invasive surgery, radiosurgery, pain management, and psychiatry. Additionally, our surgeons and scientists collaborate on translational research projects, and are at the forefront of using innovative tools, such as robotics and virtual reality, to improve outcomes and achieve the best possible care for our patients. 

Our Team

Jon Park, MD, FRCSC
Saunders Family Professor

Anand Veeravagu, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Lawrence Shuer, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery

Thomas J. Wilson, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

John Ratliff, MD, FACS
Professor of Neurosurgery

Atman Desai, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Michel Kliot, MD
Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery

Corinna Zygourakis, MD
Assistant Professor


Did you know? In addition to providing care at Stanford, our team of experts also offers neurospine care across multiple locations, including at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and the Veteran's Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. 

Conditions and Treatments

At Stanford, our patients have access to treatments that can now be done with minimally invasive approaches, leading to faster recovery and less discomfort. 

Minimally Invasive and Robotic Spine Surgery

Stanford patients now have access to minimally-invasive spine surgery (MISS) treatments, pioneered at Stanford, for a variety of procedures, including fixing spinal deformities, treating traumatic fractures, and removing tumors. 

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Spinal Deformity and Scoliosis

Our surgeons provide surgical options to treat spinal deformity and scoliosis.

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Spinal Oncology and Tumors

Our Spinal Tumors Clinic offers you a large team of specialists with extensive experience in treating intramedullary tumors.

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Peripheral Nerve Surgery

We use the latest diagnostic techniques and surgical strategies to restore function and minimize pain for patients with peripheral nerve disorders. 

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Neurological Spine Disorders Clinic

The Stanford Neurological Spine Disorders Clinic provides comprehensive spine care and neurosurgery to treat spinal trauma, disease and deformity in adults and children.

Patient Story

Minimally-Invasive Robotic Neurospine Surgery: Terenia's Story

Decades after surviving a serious car crash, Terenia's symptoms became so debilitating she was in constant pain and could no longer work as an artist. Neurosurgeon Dr. Anand Veeravagu performed minimally-invasive robotic spine surgery and gave Terenia her life back. 

Taking Benzodiazepines Boosts Chances of Long-term Opioid Use

In a new study, Dr. John Ratliff finds that taking a common psychoactive medication along with opioids nearly triples the chance that a patient will become a long-term opioid user.


Stanford Neurospine Surgeons Predict Future of Spine Surgery

What will spine surgery be like in 2050? Several Stanford neurospine surgeons looked into a crystal ball and made predictions about the healthcare system, medical technology and patient experience of the future.


Lower Back or Leg Pain? Waiting Before Imaging Could Save Millions

A new Stanford study led by neurosurgeon Dr. John Ratliff has found that patients with lower back pain undergo imaging unnecessarily and it's costing us half a billion dollars annually.