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St. Luke's Brain Tumor Program

When it comes to brain tumor surgery, you want confidence that your surgeon is highly trained and highly experienced. Our community is fortunate to have a team of world-class cranial neurosurgeons serving our community and region, offering their depth of training and expertise, close to home.

The neurosurgeons of St. Luke's Brain Tumor program perform more than 100 brain surgeries per year, treating tumors in the adult brain and skull base, including gliomas, brain metastases, meningiomas, pituitary adenomas, and acoustic neuromas. We utilize leading-edge technology, such as augmented reality brain surgery, advanced intraoperative imaging, and state-of-the-art surgical microscopes. Our team is skilled in the full range of advanced techniques and the least invasive treatments possible, including:

  • Open surgical approaches (craniotomy)
  • Minimally invasive endoscopic surgery
  • Preoperative and intraoperative brain mapping
  • Microsurgery
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery 
  • Awake craniotomy
  • Skull base surgery
Our neurosurgeons collaborate closely with the team at St. Luke's Cancer Institute throughout a patient's care experience. We also lead a Central Nervous System Tumor Board attended by a multidisciplinary team including experts in medical oncology, radiation oncology, neuroradiology, pathology, genetics, and physical therapy/neurologic rehabilitation. Together, we discuss strategies to ensure your best outcome and a successful recovery.

Providers

  • 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; normal-pressure hydrocephalus (NPH); 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. He as also earned a subspecialty certification in neuroendovascular surgery from The Society of Neurological Surgeons Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST). This depth of expertise 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

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Neurosurgery

    Biography

    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

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • 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, artificial disc replacement, normal-pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), 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

    Availability

    Accepting new patients