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Neurosurgery

The highly skilled neurosurgery team at St. Luke’s provides expertise in evaluating and treating people with neurological conditions, such as arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), brain and spinal cord tumors, cerebral and spine aneurysms, Chiari malformation, stroke, and trigeminal neuralgia. Our expertise in cranial and spinal surgery, as well as deep brain stimulation (DBS), allows you to stay close to home for these complex procedures.

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Providers

  • Neurosurgery

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  • Neurosurgery

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    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • Neurosurgery

    Biography

    Edward Duckworth, MD, MS, FAANS is an intracranial-focused neurosurgeon, specializing in the treatment of complex cranial disorders. He has expertise in treating many conditions, including cerebrovascular disease and the surgical treatment of stroke; brain tumors, including pituitary tumors; acoustic neuroma; skull base tumors; Chiari malformation; epilepsy; moyamoya; trigeminal neuralgia; arteriovenous malformations, cavernoma; and carotid artery disease. He is the director of St. Luke's Cranial Neurosurgery Program.

    Dr. Duckworth holds the distinction of being "dual-fellowship trained," having completed fellowship training in cerebrovascular and cranial base surgery at Northwestern University and in endovascular neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology at Semmes-Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. This training allows him to offer the safest and most effective treatments for cerebrovascular conditions, whether that is open surgery or an endovascular technique.

    While working at the Baylor College of Medicine, he held the rank of associate professor and served as the director of cerebrovascular and cranial base neurosurgery.

    Dr. Duckworth is a member of the American Association for Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has published over 50 peer reviewed papers and given more than 40 oral presentations on neurosurgery.

    SURGICAL SPECIALTIES

    • Neurosurgery
    • Cerebrovascular neurosurgery
    • Endovascular neurosurgery
    • Endovascular surgical neuroradiology
    • Neurological skull base surgery

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  • Neurosurgery

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    Michael Hajjar, MD specializes in reconstructive spine surgery, degenerative spinal conditions, treatment of spinal tumors, cerebrovascular disorders, brain tumors, peripheral nerve surgery, and spine and cranial trauma.

    Dr. Hajjar completed his bachelor's degree at Boston University.


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  • Neurosurgery

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    Gregory S. Harrison, MD, FAANS specializes in complex spine surgery, brain tumor surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and general neurosurgery. Before moving to Boise, he practiced in both the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and Pocatello, ID.

    Dr. Harrison earned his bachelor's degree at Yale University and completed his medical degree at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. After his neurosurgery residency at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Dr. Harrison performed his fellowship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia, with a focus on brain tumors and skull base surgery.

    SURGICAL SPECIALTIES

    • Brain surgery
    • Spine surgery
    • Discectomy
    • Laminectomy
    • Cervical and lumbar fusion
    • Corpectomy

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  • Neurosurgery

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    Timothy Johans, MD areas of expertise include cervical and lumbar spine surgeries, movement disorders, peripheral nerve disorders, brain tumors, and deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease and essential tremor.

    Dr. Johans is a member of the American Association of Neurosurgeons, Congress of Neurosurgical Surgeons, American Pain Society, and International Association for the Study of Pain. He earned bachelor's degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed his internship at the University of Kansas-Kansas City School of Medicine. He performed his general surgery and neurosurgery residencies and his neurosurgery fellowship at Oregon Health Sciences University.

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  • Neurosurgery

    Biography

    SURGICAL SPECIALTIES

    • Brain surgery – adult and pediatric
    • Spine surgery
    • Discectomy
    • Laminectomy
    • Cervical and lumbar fusion
    • Corpectomy

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  • Neurosurgery

    Biography

    Kenneth M. Little, MD, FAANS is the director of St. Luke's Clinic – Northwest Neurosurgery Associates and the regional director of spine surgery at St. Luke's Boise. His areas of expertise include complex spinal surgery, minimally invasive spinal surgery, brain tumor surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, reconstructive spine surgery, and general neurosurgery. He also specializes in treatment of spinal tumors, cerebrovascular disorders, and degenerative spinal conditions. 

    Dr. Little earned his bachelor's degree in neuroscience from the University of California at Los Angeles where he received the Athletic and Academic Achievement Award. He earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University where he received the Neurobiology Research Award for his work in neuroplasticity. While completing his neurosurgery training at Duke University, Dr. Little pursued a wide variety of clinical and academic interests. He authored several research papers and book chapters and received the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Resident Award for his basic science work in epilepsy.

    Dr. Little also leads quality initiatives at St. Luke’s Health System across the continuum of care including a multidisciplinary outpatient spine clinic. Dr. Little is a member of St. Luke’s Research Advisory Committee and has a particular interest in comparative effectiveness research and novel analytics through mathematical modeling. 

    SURGICAL SPECIALTIES  

    • Brain surgery
    • Spine surgery
    • Discectomy
    • Laminectomy
    • Cervical and lumbar fusion
    • Corpectomy

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  • Neurosurgery

    Biography

    Richard Lochhead, MD performs complex and minimally invasive spinal surgery, as well as cranial and skull-based neurosurgery. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and Neurosurgical Review.

    Dr. Lochhead earned his bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Brigham Young University. He performed his internship in general surgery at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix and his fellowship in skull base surgery at the International Neuroscience Institute in Hannover, Germany. He completed his residency in neurological surgery and fellowship in complex spinal surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute/St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix.

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  • Neurosurgery

    Biography

    Thomas Manning, MD, PhD specializes in spine surgery. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, and a member of both the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

    Dr. Manning earned his bachelor's degree at the United States Naval Academy.

    Learn more about Dr. Manning at idahospinesurgeon.com.

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  • Neurosurgery

    Biography

    Derek Martinez, MD, MS specializes in the treatment of a wide array of complex brain, spine, and peripheral nerve conditions. He has expertise in surgery for brain and spine tumors, complex spine care, radiosurgery, cerebral hemorrhages, and general neurosurgery. He also performs surgery for neuromodulation and the treatment of movement disorders and epilepsy.

    Dr. Martinez is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.

    Prior to his medical education, Dr. Martinez earned a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a master's degree in neuroscience from Brigham Young University.

    Surgical specialties:

    • Deep brain stimulation (DBS)
    • Epilepsy surgery
    • Stereotactic neurosurgery
    • Brain and pituitary tumors
    • Spine tumors
    • Complex spine surgery
    • Peripheral nerve surgery

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  • Neurosurgery

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    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • Neurosurgery

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      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

Procedures & Treatments

  • When conservative treatment isn’t helping, surgery may be an option for resolving your back or spine problems.

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  • Spine Pre-Operative Class: Boise

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    Everything you need to know about your upcoming spine surgery and recovery.

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    Everything you need to know about your upcoming spine surgery and recovery.