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Ruth Bristol, MD

Ruth Bristol, MD
Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Dr. Ruth Bristol came to Barrow Neurological Institute in 2001 as a neurosurgery resident. Originally from New Hampshire, she earned her medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans before completing her internship in general surgery at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. After completing a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, she returned to Barrow to specialize in neurosurgical procedures for children and adolescents. She is now Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Bristol specializes in all areas of pediatric neurosurgery, including tumors of the brain and spinal cord, spinal developmental anomalies like tethered cord and spina bifida, trauma, plagiocephaly, craniosynostosis, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, macro- and microcephaly, dermoid cysts, and muscle and nerve biopsies.


Education, Training, and Previous Positions

  • 2007-2008: Fellowship, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • 2001-2007: Residency, Barrow Neurological Institute, Neurological Surgery
  • 2000-2001: Internship, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, General Surgery
  • 1996-2000: MD, Tulane University
  • 1992-1996: BS, Colby College


Selected Professional Memberships and Appointments

  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons  


Selected Publications

  1. Kalb S, Perez-Orribo L, Mahan M, Theodore N, Nakaji P, Bristol RE. Evaluation of operative procedures for symptomatic outcome after decompression surgery for Chiari type I malformation. J Clin Neurosci. Sep 2012;19(9):1268-1272.

  2. Horn EM, Feiz-Erfan I, Bristol RE, Lekovic GP, Goslar PW, Smith KA, Nakaji P, Spetzler RF. Treatment options for third ventricular colloid cysts: comparison of open microsurgical versus endoscopic resection. Neurosurgery. Apr 2007;60(4):613-618; discussion 618-620.

  3. Bristol RE, Theodore N, Rekate HL. Segmental spinal dysgenesis: report of four cases and proposed management strategy. Childs Nerv Syst. Mar 2007;23(3):359-364.

  4. Bristol RE, Albuquerque FC, McDougall C, Spetzler RF. Arachnoid cysts: spontaneous resolution distinct from traumatic rupture. Case report. Neurosurg Focus. 2007;22(2):E2.

  5. Bristol RE, Coons SW, Rekate HL, Spetzler RF. Invasive intracerebral schwannoma mimicking meningioma in a child. Childs Nerv Syst. Nov 2006;22(11):1483-1486.

  6. Bristol RE, Albuquerque FC, Spetzler RF, Rekate HL, McDougall CG, Zabramski JM. Surgical management of arteriovenous malformations in children. J Neurosurg. Aug 2006;105(2 Suppl):88-93.

  7. Gonzalez LF, Bristol RE, Porter RW, Spetzler RF. De novo presentation of an arteriovenous malformation. Case report and review of the literature. J Neurosurg. Apr 2005;102(4):726-729.

  8. Bristol R, Henn JS, Dickman CA. Pars screw fixation of a hangman's fracture: technical case report. Neurosurgery. Jan 2005;56(1 Suppl):E204; discussion E204.


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