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Washington University & Barnes-Jewish
Spine Center

Spinal Neurosurgeons

Wilson Zachary Ray, MD
Dr. Ray specializes in spinal oncology, spinal cord injury, metastatic spine disease, complex spinal reconstruction, degenerative cervical spine disease, rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral nerve tumors, brachial plexus injuries, peripheral nerve injuries, and nerve transfers for spinal cord injury. His research interests include strategies to improve nerve regeneration, the management of spinal cord injuries utilizing novel imaging modalities and surgical techniques to help predict functional recovery and provide patients with spinal cord injuries improved distal limb function.

Paul Santiago, MD
Dr. Santiago specializes in disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine with clinical interest in neurological surgery for spinal disorders resulting from degenerative disease; spondylosis; spondylolisthesis; spinal tumors; inflammatory spinal disease; ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spine); congenital spinal disorders; disorders of the craniocervical junction, and spinal cord injury. He has special training in spinal instrumentation and minimally invasive spinal surgery. 

Neill Wright, MD
Dr. Wright specializes in disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine with clinical interest in neurological surgery for spinal disorders resulting from degenerative disease; spondylosis; spondylolisthesis; spinal tumors; inflammatory spinal disease; ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spine); congenital spinal disorders; disorders of the craniocervical junction, and spinal cord injury. He has special training in spinal instrumentation, minimally invasive spinal surgery and thoracoscopic surgery. Dr. Wright is the developer of the C2 laminar fixation technique, now popular worldwide for the treatment of atlantoaxial instability. He is also one of the leading experts on the use of synthetic bone in cervical spine procedures.

Eric Leuthardt, MD
Dr. Leuthardt specializes in neuro-oncology, brain tumors, brain tumors requiring motor and speech mapping, surgical treatment of epilepsy, Gamma Knife and spine surgery. His research interests include neuroprosthetics – devices linked to the brain that may lead to cures for paralysis, allow patients to move artificial limbs or restore other neurological functions – and the use of brain mapping to develop advanced techniques to locate and preserve critical areas of brain function

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