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Welcome to Barrow Neurological Institute




In just five decades, Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center has grown from a community neurological center to a worldwide leader in the neurosciences. Consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a superior center for the quality of its neurological and neurosurgical care, Barrow reaches milestones that impact not only its’ patients but also the way healthcare is practiced around the world. In its quest to unlock the mysteries of the brain, Barrow has done much to advance the neurosciences. Scientists have made groundbreaking discoveries in areas such as neurogenetics, neuroradiology and neurobiology, and neurosurgeons have pioneered techniques now used throughout the world – techniques that include hypothermic cardiac arrest, thoracoscopic spine surgery, craniofacial and skull base surgery. Barrow attracts patients, students and medical staff from more than 100 countries.

One of the strongest attributes of Barrow is the caliber and experience of our staff that specializes in the care of neuroscience patients. The physicians, nurses, specialists, and support staff who practice at our institution are among the brightest in the business. Barrow attracts talented professionals devoted to improving the quality of life for patients with complex neurological disorders.

To target the treatment of difficult neurological conditions, Barrow has created several specialized programs and centers. For example, Barrow is home to the leading hypothalamic hamartoma treatment and research center. Barrow is one of the few places where individuals can receive comprehensive treatment, including surgical intervention, stereotactic radiotherapy, endocrine and neuropsychological evaluations as well as seizure management, for this life-altering tumor and benefit from ongoing research. Barrow offers other team-approach programs for people with craniofacial abnormalities, skull base disorders such as acoustic neuromas as well as various other diseases. The Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center is composed of a team of practitioners who specialize in offering care to patients afflicted with this disease.

All of our subspecialty centers are staffed, full-time, by experts and specialists who focus on providing patients cutting-edge treatments coupled with compassionate care. Innovation is a way of life at Barrow. Led by Dr. Robert Spetzler, Medical Director at Barrow since 1986, the Institute continues to unlock the mysteries of the brain and spine through innovative clinical care, intensive postgraduate medical education, and pioneering research. Maintaining a healthy balance among clinical care, teaching, and research is a tradition that the organization has held sacrosanct since its founding.

The resulting synergies have produced some of the most amazing advances in the field. Barrow has become a leading neurological super subspecialty hospital and is well known around the globe. We also have acclaimed centers in more familiar neurological conditions such as stroke, brain tumors, epilepsy, spine disorders, and Parkinson’s and pituitary disease. Likewise, our capabilities and outcomes in research, rehabilitation, neuroimaging, and cerebrovascular and endovascular surgical techniques continue to advance. Our power-packed combination of talent, expertise, inquisitiveness, compassion, and technology integrates our vision of excellence with a problem-solving approach intended to ensure that patients receive the best patient care that we can provide.

Becoming a Patient/Making a Referral

Most patients are referred to Barrow by their referring physician. Physicians can reach Barrow directly by calling the ResourceLink Call Center at 1-877-264-4362 or by e-mailing When a patient is referred to one of our neurology or neurosurgery subspecialists, the patient’s pertinent medical history and radiological films typically are first sent to the team for review. If multiple specialties are involved in the treatment planning, as in the case of patients with complex skull base lesions, craniofacial disorders, or brain tumors, referred cases are reviewed at monthly case conferences. These conferences give the entire team of specialists an opportunity to recommend appropriate treatment plans based on the specific needs of each patient.

Some patients may decide to contact a physician directly to seek a second opinion or to find a specialist. In such cases, patients can dial 1 800 BARROW-1 (1 800 227-7691). The ResourceLink staff will recommend the appropriate specialist based on the patient's diagnosis. International patients will find St Joseph’s and Barrow a welcoming environment. Translators are available to help the medical teams understand a patient's' specific symptoms and conditions. Special arrangements can be made to provide patients and family with ethnic foods and culturally appropriate religious support as necessary.

The ResourceLink staff can connect patients who are coming to Barrow with the hospital’s concierge service. This service helps patients and their families with travel arrangements and hotel accommodations during their stay in Phoenix.

Getting Around

The Barrow neuroscience inpatient tower is located on 3rd Avenue, just north of Thomas road in Phoenix. It is about a 20-minute cab ride from Sky Harbor Airport and about a 30-minute drive from Scottsdale’s private airport. In the event of a prolonged visit, air-conditioned Valley Metro buses make it easy for patients and families to travel around town.

Most outpatient services, including the Barrow physician offices, are located in buildings adjacent to the patient Neuroscience Tower. Campus maps and directions to the most common locations on the hospital campus can be downloaded from the website Visitors can park in the 3rd Avenue Garage or the 6th Avenue Garage, both located just a block north of Thomas Road and an easy walking distance from most inpatient and outpatient services. Trolleys and wheelchairs are available to patients and visitors who need help moving about the hospital campus.

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Barrow Neurological Institute
350 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 406-3000