|Specialties: Spinal disorders
Subspecialty: Degenerative spine disease, spine tumors and fractures.
Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgeons
Residencies and Fellowships:
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Neurosurgery internship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine
Neurosurgery residency at Tufts University School of Medicine, New England Medical Center
Vice Chair of Neurological Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute
Alumni Chair for Spinal Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute
Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Arizona, Vice Chairman, Barrow Neurosurgical Associates
Barrow icon retires in December after 31 years of service
|Born in West Prussia, Dr. Sonntag spent his toddler years in a West German refugee camp. He came to America in 1957 not knowing a word of English and learning to speak it by watching television. Working his way through medical school, he was in the first class to graduate from the University of Arizona Medical School in 1971.
For the past 30 years, he has performed surgery on thousands of patients and has made significant contributions to the understanding of spinal disorders. He has co-edited five major books, made more than 800 presentations around the world, and written more than 90 textbook chapters and 300 journal articles. He is consistently recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America. In 2002, Dr. Sonntag was named the Honored Guest of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the highest honor paid to a neurosurgeon by his peers.
His colleagues and friends are very proud of what Dr. Sonntag brings to the group. According to Dr. Spetzler, Chairman of BNA, “He always gives his best to his patients, his residents, fellows and his family. There is not a single false fiber in his body.”
When not at work, Dr. Sonntag can be found with his family or hiking the Grand Canyon, rim to rim. He would like to be remembered “as somebody who attempts to strike the perfect balance, with passion for work (especially research and the residency program), passion for family and passion for life.”