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1 . resultDr. James Joel Kohut MD

Specializes in Neurosurgery

1661 Soquel Drive; Suite F
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 460-6042; (831) 476-8900

(rated an average of 3 in 3 ratings)

Dr. James Kohut's medical specialty is neurosurgery. He is affiliated with Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, Dominican Hospital, and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Kohut studied medicine at Albany Medical College. His medical residency was performed at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care. Dr. Kohut has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes CIGNA Plans, United Healthcare Plans, and Aetna POS, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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2 . resultGail Avrum Magid MD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

241 Fourth Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA

(rated 5 in 1 rating)

Dr. Gail Magid works as a neurosurgeon. Dr. Magid attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete Dr. Magid's residency at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, Dr. Magid speaks French.

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3 . resultCharles James Scibetta MD

Specializes in Neurosurgery

1661 Soquel Drive; Suite F
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 476-8900; (831) 460-6042

Dr. Charles Scibetta's specialty is neurosurgery. After attending the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school, Dr. Scibetta completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including CIGNA Plans, United Healthcare Plans, and Aetna POS. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, Dominican Hospital, and Sutter Medical Network. He has an open panel.

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4 . resultDr. Aloria Stephen Genest MD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

2870 El Rancho Drive
Scotts Valley, CA
(831) 438-7111

Dr. Aloria Genest is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Scotts Valley, CA. He attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Genest (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and French.

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5 . resultDr. Ciara Dorothy Harraher MD, MPH

Specializes in Neurosurgery

1595 Soquel Drive; Suite 360
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 475-5232

(rated 5 in 1 rating)

Dr. Ciara Harraher practices neurosurgery in Santa Cruz, CA and Palo Alto, CA. She is affiliated with Dominican Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Harraher is a graduate of King's College London School of Medicine and McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University.

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6 . resultDr. Ken Soderlund Sato MD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

849 Almar Avenue; Suite C #169
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 401-2313; (831) 426-7800

Dr. Ken Sato works as a neurosurgeon. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Sato attended Indiana University School of Medicine.

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What is Neurosurgery?

Neurosurgery is the highly skilled specialty devoted to the surgical treatment of issues affecting the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. It is similar to the specialty of neurology, which also treats disorders of the nervous system. Even though there is some overlap, neurosurgery focuses on the surgical treatment of nervous system disorders. However, not every neurosurgery job means surgery -- neurosurgeons may also provide a diagnosis, interpret imaging and test results, or provide non-surgical treatment, depending on the nature of the illness.

Neurosurgeons treat nervous system disorders such as:
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Brain or spine tumors
  • Blood clots in the brain
  • Hydroencephalitis
  • Aneurysms or stroke
  • Seizures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Carpal or cubital tunnel syndromes
  • Repair of severed nerves
  • Infections of the brain or spinal fluid

Because the nervous system is both so delicate and so complex, neurosurgery has one of the most rigorous and competitive medical education programs. After college and medical school, it is common for a neurosurgeon to require 7-10 additional years of intense training.

New discoveries in this field allow neurosurgeons to heal and accomplish more than ever before, and they are now able to treat many injuries and illnesses that were once fatal.

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