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More DBS surgeries have been performed at Barrow than any other facility nationwide, with patients coming from 19 states and two other countries. Neurosurgeon Dr. Francisco Ponce recently performed his 500th DBS surgery. Learn more about how this procedure is changing the lives of people with movement disorders.
Just 5 years since Barrow pledged a powerful commitment to deep brain stimulation, a neurosurgeon at Barrow has become the nation’s leader in the procedure.
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That's a wrap! Thanks to everyone who has helped us bring adapted water sports to people with disabilities for 20 years.
Barrow has wrapped up its 20th year of Day on the Lake, an adapted water sports program for people with physical and neurological disabilities.
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"My goal is to create new treatments for stroke and develop effective ways to provide timely diagnoses and treatments for Valley stroke patients.”

Learn more about Dr. Michael Waters, the new director of our Stroke Program and Neurovascular Division.
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We surveyed Arizona teens to see what they know about concussions. Here are some of the key findings:
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The Olympics may be over, but the Paralympic Games kick off Sept. 7 in Rio! We're fortunate to have 3-time Paralympic Medalist Scott Hogsett serving as a mentor to Barrow patients with spinal cord injuries. See the full story here!
Scott Hogsett’s determination is something he tries to instill in others with spinal cord injuries through the Barrow Connector Peer Mentorship Program.
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What is the safest and most effective way to prevent strokes in people with asymptomatic carotid artery disease? That's the question the CREST-2 trial was designed to answer. Learn more about the trial and who is eligible to participate.
Barrow is participating in a trial comparing surgery with intensive medical management for preventing strokes in people with asymptomatic carotid stenosis.
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The Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Barrow held social and team-building events throughout the summer at no cost to patients and their families.Learn more about these programs and how they're helping people with craniofacial differences build friendships and self esteem.
While Barrow's Cleft and Craniofacial Center provides surgical, dental, and orthodontic treatment, it aims to have a much larger impact on patients' lives.
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We spoke to a couple Phoenix area high school students about their experiences in the Scientific Enrichment Program for Students.We're fortunate to have these bright individuals assisting with the research in our laboratories! Read the full story and watch the interviews here:
Barrow Neurological Institute started the Scientific Enrichment Program for Students (SEPS) in 1990 to bring high school students into the laboratories.
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What do teenagers know about concussions? We conducted a statewide survey to find out. Barrow Concussion Expert Dr. Javier Cárdenas will announce the findings of the survey and unveil a new concussion education partnership with Arizona State University Athletes on Friday, Aug. 26. We'll be live streaming the press conference on our Facebook page. Tune in at 10:30 a.m. PDT!
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Barrow Neurological Institute is featured in an Associated Press story about brain trauma in domestic violence victims. The Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center created a program that provides free treatment to homeless domestic violence survivors and recently published a study in the Journal of Neurotrauma looking at this underserved population. Read the AP story here.
CHICAGO (AP) — There are no bomb blasts or collisions with burly linemen in Susan Contreras' past. Her headaches, memory loss and bouts of confused thinking were a mystery until doctors suggested a probable cause: domestic…
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How many concussions are too many? When should an athlete who has a concussion history retire from contact sports? Barrow Concussion Expert Dr. Javier Cárdenas discussed the factors that go into recommending retirement for an athlete.
Barrow Neurologist Dr. Javier Cárdenas explains the factors that go into recommending retirement for an athlete who has had multiple concussions
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Jared Williams
2 weeks ago
Terrible patient care. Horrible office staff. The resident we met with for our first visit had to patient skill. Did not listen to our concerns or symptoms was only interested in the one sentence written on the referral. Couldn't schedule an appointment at that time had to call in later when there appointments were "open". We get here for our appointment after waiting now for 4 months only to be told that the appointment was canceled on the same day it was made. No help given bo cate shown. Only thing they could do was make another appointment for 2 months later. DO NOT COME HERE GET A REFERRAL SOMEWHERE ELSE. We have 4 or 5 other specialists waiting on these results. We never have to wait this long to see any other specialist, but everyone has to wait for this god complex doc and his little minions.
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Tami Williams
2 weeks ago
Horrible. I went because I had a few doctors ask me to go to a neurologist. Usually they didn't send to Barrow but they are supposed to be 'the best'. My first visit the doctor refused to listen to my symptoms and just offered medication that actually interacted with Meds I was already on, which he didn't know because he didn't read my chart or the information I had filled out in the office. My 2nd visit I was informed that I cancelled my appointment. I drove an hour to get here, had someone else pick up my kids, and many other things. Plus, I would know if I cancelled an appointment. I had already waited longer than I was supposed to for this appointment. We are people with Neurological problems, it's not nice to mess with people's minds.
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Response from the owner - a week ago
Hello Tami. We are sorry to hear that you had a frustrating experience when being seen at one of our clinics. Can you please email us at with more information about your visit? Best, Barrow Web Team
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David J Lucero
2 months ago
I daughter has a weak blood vessel in the left side of the brain she keep having black outs and seizers they keep trying to do sent her home want to do radiation but won't do it right away we are here now at the hospital said we need to to talk to the lead Nero doctor but he's not here today but appearently it not a emergency.
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Saeed Hatefi
3 months ago
This was the worst doctor visit experience in my life. NO ONE RETURN YOUR CALLS ! My doctor ordered a lab work, which was done on the same day of my visit and results were sent to her . Two weeks after my lab work and NO ONE contacted me back to discuss the results with me. Called the front desk twice and left messages for my doctor, she never returned my calls. I had to obtain a copy of my lab work and take it to another doctor to find out what is wrong with me . I have been trying to contact their billing office regarding my ridicules bill and have been put on hold for over 20 minutes and unable to talk to a person . This was the absolute worst doctor visit I have ever experienced.
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Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Hello Saeed- We are sorry to hear that you had a frustrating experience with one of our physicians or clinics. We have forwarded your remarks to our management team.
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Robert Lee
a month ago
My wife had GBM (brain cancer) I had taken her to MD Anderson every 6 weeks for 2.5 years before my wife and I moved to Phoenix and we decided to try Barrow. It was hard getting her on the plane and by the time Dr. Ashby was seeing her she was in the later horrible stages. Dr. Ashby was willing to give it a try, she continued my wife treatment until finally, I had decided enough was enough. Thank you for your efforts Dr. Ashby, I should have sent you a note sooner. But, when you lose someone you really were crazy about, its always just happened, time does not pass. So, maybe its not too late to say thank you.
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Nancy Rubino
a month ago
I have been waiting a month for the doctor to look at my medical records and xrays. I am in so much pain that I can't walk. I know they are busy, but this is ridiculous! I don't even know if Dr. Porter will take my case so it could be a month of wasted time and pain, then I may have to start over again with another doctor. I have never had to wait this long in my life!
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Alan Robinson
a month ago
Dr. Kris Smith and Dr. Lynn Ashby, Thank you for theawesome job getting after my tumor. After 10 years of survival, It's a "no brainer" who I would recommend to anyone who has the misfortune of needing to shop for a surgeon with a steady hand. Thank you Barrows!
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RuthKolb Smith
3 months ago
Person I talked to yesterday was not helpful or positive. Clearly disinterested in his job and . acted as though I was bothering him when I tried to get information on making an appointment. Said at least 2 - 3 months IF they could make appointment. Suspect attitude comes from those managing Barrow and filters down through the physicians and nurses and lower level staff. Now rethinking whether I really want treatment in a place with such a pervasive negative attitude.
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Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Hello Ruth- We are sorry to hear that you had a negative experience when trying to make an appointment. Can you please contact us at We'd like to hear more about this incident so we can work on improving our services. Thank you, Barrow Web Team