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Ammar Hawasli, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience 

Specialty Areas

Neurological Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Areas of Clinical Interest

General neurosurgery with a focus in spinal surgery.  Surgical treatment of disorders of the craniocervical junction, cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Expertise in degenerative spinal disease, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal tumors, metastatic cancer, inflammatory disorders, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, infections, spinal deformity, neurotrauma, spinal cord injury, minimally invasive spine surgery, complex spinal instrumentation and reconstruction, arthroplasty, and microsurgery for brain tumors and spinal cord tumors.

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Center for Advanced Medicine
Neuroscience Center

4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

Office Phone: 314-362-3577



Fellowship: Spinal Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri 2017
Residency: Neurological Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri 2016
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Neurosurgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri 2015
Medical Degree: University of Texas Southwester, Dallas, Texas 2009
PhD: Neuroscience, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas 2009

Areas of Research Interest

With advances in human systems neuroscience and functional magnetic resonance imaging, we are now able to map human brain networks and directly apply these networks to human disease and clinical practice. My functional spinal neurosurgery research laboratory aims to understand the physiological and pathophysiological relationships between the spine and brain. We study brain physiology and connectivity in spinal disorder patients leveraging expertise in both spinal neurosurgery and brain physiology and a network of high-level collaborators at Washington University School of Medicine.