Dr. Nicholas Theodore

Specialty: Neurosurgery

Subspecialty: Neurological Trauma Surgery, Complex Spinal Surgery, Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Residencies and Fellowships:
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington DC
Internship: National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland,
Bethesda Naval Hospital
Fellowship: Barrow Neurological Institute

Chief, Spinal Surgery, Barrow Neurosurgical Institute, Medical Director, Neurological Trauma Program, Barrow Neurological Institute Associate Director, Neurosurgery Residency Program, Barrow Neurological Institute



Miracle Micah

Saddle Up 

A Thank You Card 

When Time is of the Essence 

Spinal Cord Research 

En Gourd! 

Tyler Burton 

Michael Kerzie 

Back in the Swing 

Boy suffers internal decapitation
A native of San Diego, California, Nicholas Theodore went to medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he had an interest in both emergency medicine and neurology, until he did a rotation on the neurosurgery service. At that point, he says, “I realized that nothing else would make me happy.”

After completing his internship at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Dr. Theodore served as a Senior General Medical Officer with the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan.

Dr. Theodore was influenced to become a spinal surgeon while hearing Dr. Volker Sonntag, a BNA founder and senior partner, speak at a meeting in Washington, D.C. According to Theodore, “I knew then that I wanted to work with him.”

He came to BNA for, according to him, “its unparalleled reputation in the neurosciences. When you ask neurosurgeons and neurologists where they would go with a neurosurgical problem, Barrow is always on their short list.”

The main focus of Dr. Theodore is on complex spinal disorders and spinal cord injury. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has made over 100 technical presentations. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Mayfield Award and the Tasker Award from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Recently, he was one of the senior investigators in a multi-center study testing a new medication for spinal cord injury. In addition, Dr. Theodore recently received a highly prestigious NIH RO-1 grant to study spinal injuries and novel approaches to spinal surgery. Less than 10% of these grants are funded nationally.

Dr. Theodore is proud to have been selected "Teacher of the Year" by the residents of Barrow Neurological Institute in 2007. Recently he was selected as the winner in the Surgeon category for the Inaugural Healthcare Leadership Award by AZ Business magazine. Dr. Theodore was honored for his commitment to his patients, his community and to the residents he teaches.

According to Dr. Theodore, the “patient and family must be treated as a whole...not just focusing on the disease process, but helping the person to heal in a global sense.” He takes time with his patients and is a favorite of the children of patients he has helped.

Most spare time is spent with his family, including his two young sons. He travels, hikes and plays volleyball to help relieve the stress. Dr. Theodore states that he is “most proud of my family and the never-ending support and love that they generate. This is what helps me achieve a balance and keep a sharp focus on the job at hand.”
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