Dr. Mark Oppenlander is a board certified neurosurgeon. He served as clinical associate professor at the University of Michigan Departments of Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery before accepting a position at Barrow Brain and Spine in Phoenix, Arizona. He specializes in complex spinal operations, including spinal deformity, scoliosis, spinal tumors, thoracic disc disease, craniovertebral junction surgery, robotics in neurosurgery, and more. Dr. Oppenlander earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and completed residency training program in Neurological Surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI). He also spent time at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where he obtained fellowship training in Complex Spine Surgery. In addition, Dr. Oppenlander was awarded the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Overseas Training Sponsorship, providing opportunity to travel to London, England for further fellowship training in Complex Spine Surgery and Spinal Oncology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Queen Square.
Dr. Oppenlander has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts, and participated in conferences at the state, national, and international level with multiple invited presentations. He is the editor of the text book “Neurosurgical Care of Athletes” and is an Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant for the National Football League (NFL). Additionally, he serves as faculty for the AANS Coding and Reimbursement Committee. Dr. Oppenlander is an active member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the North American Spine Society (NASS), the AANS/CNS joint section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, as well as a candidate member of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS). For the Spine Section, he is a member of the Scientific Program Committee and the Executive Committee, and serves as the Vice Chair of the Payor Response Committee.