Dr. Alois Zauner, MD

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Neurosurgery

Dr. Alois Zauner, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA and has over 34 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Zauner has extensive experience in Neurocritical Care Disorders. He graduated from University of Vienna in 1988. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Alois Zauner, MD

Stroke and Neurvascular Center of Central California

2403 Castillo St Ste 203 Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Dr Zauner also saved my life. After tripping on a concrete slab that markets seem to think they need, I fell and hit my head. After couple tests at local hospital was sent by ambulance to Santa Barbara for emergency surgery. Dr Louis Zauner removed a large hematoma on my brain and saved my life. I did not actually meet him until I went to have the stitches removed. I was told repeatedly that he was the best and I was fortunate that he was available. I feel this is true and blessed . I agree with all the previews above about how great he is. In order to do this surgery, it was necessary to shave off a strip of my hair on the right side of my head. (several inches wide) I have very long hair which had not been cut since beginning of the Covid epidemic. When first meeting him I remarked, I just wanted to see what man cut off my hair! then remarked I guess I should thank you for saving my life! He took all of that in stride then remarked, It was an emergency situation. Its OK
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Loretta Helton – Mar 29, 2022
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10yrs ago I suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. My family was called in to hospital to say goodbye. Call placed to Dr Zauner who agreed to try to save me. He did and I feel blessed to still have contact for follow ups. His bedside manner and info he shared was extremely comforting. The best in the West!
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  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Beverly Rowe – May 22, 2021
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I will be forever grateful that I ended up at Cottage Hospital with Dr. Zauner as my neurosurgeon. I was sent via ambulance to Santa Barbara from San Luis Obispo with a serious blocked carotid artery & several aneurisms...after 2 surgeries & 8 days in the hospital my result was pretty amazing. I could have lost my eyesight, speech, movement & so much more!! I have slight impairment but very little & with therapy,I will be totally normal. Dr. Zauner exuded confidence while remaining approachable & kind...I think he is THE BEST!!
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Diane Caldwell – Mar 13, 2021
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Dr. Zauner saved my husbands life. He is our Hero!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Long wait times
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Nona in Ojai, CA – Dec 31, 2019
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Doctor Zauner is knowledgeable, takes time to explain the procedure to the family, very patient and compassionate. After the procedure, he looks for the family to let know how everything went. I trusted him since the beginning without doubts. My husband is recovering very well. God bless you always doctor Zauner. You are amazing.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Aurora Constanza – Sep 06, 2019
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He saved my sons life! He is amazing!
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Shelene – Jul 06, 2019
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Absolutely the best neurosurgeon! He's saved my life 3 times now.
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Ginger in Ventura, CA – Jun 01, 2019
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For all your help for my reintegración to life. Thanks yo "GOD" and yo you Dr. For everything.
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Apr 14, 2019
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I’m a Veteran and the doctor and his staff are the best. Saved me from a stroke. His office is always full but he takes the time to answer any questions I might have. Thank you Dr. Zauner.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Ronald Costa in Santa Barbara , CA – Dec 05, 2018
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Brilliant, compassionate, and so knowledgeable. Saved my husbands life rom a major stroke. We are forever grateful to him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Benton in Oak park, ca – May 06, 2017
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Innovative, caring, professional, honest and the list goes on. Saved my life.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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George Maxson in Ventura – Apr 23, 2017
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Dr. Zauner and his staff were courteous and caring. My condition was thoroughly explained and when I asked for a delay before peforming a second procedure to see if a lifestyle change would make a difference, he was understanding. He's the goto guy for Neurosugery and Stroke care.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Alice Brooks in Paso Robles, CA – Apr 05, 2017
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Is simply the best Neurosurgeon this part of the world. Bar none, no one is better than him at what he does. How he only got 4 and 1/2 stars is a tragedy. if I can give him 10 stars I would. He saves lives plain and simple.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Frank in Ventura – Dec 23, 2016
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Excellent and very skilled surgeon - I trusted him with my indirect cranial by-pass, a 3 hour operation, and now, 3 weeks post-surgery, I am feeling great!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Jim Dreaver in Santa Barbara, CA – Nov 05, 2016
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I suffered a stroke in 2012 with a less than 10% statistical chance of survival. Not only did I survive, but at work they call me 2.0 - 'new and improved'. Dr. Zauner's care for me was outstanding, but the care he provided to my family was amazing. His quiet demeanor and focus exuded confidence and hope for those who waited and wanted for a wonderful outcome. I believe it's God who heals and I recognize that God works miracles through professionals like Dr. Zauner and his staff. Thank you!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Greggory Follett in Santa Maria, CA – May 18, 2016
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The staff there at this location is just piss poor always rude and making the patients feel as though they are bothering them. When all the patient is doing is following up since the staff forgot. Then making up lies to get said patient to just leave or quit calling. Staff should be courteous and compassionate nurse practitioner Corey and scheduler Jessica add to the stress of patients that go there. Which is dangerous to patients injury, they need more compassion and better training.
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
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Patient 0 in Santa Paula, CA – Apr 23, 2016
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Dr. Zauner is very competent with his brain surgery skills, but his staff lacks the personal and professionalism of patient after care. The Patient Care Coordinator, Jessica failed to complete the EDD claim for the patient's disability, while recuperating from surgery. When confronted,why this vital information was not reported to EDD, no answer was given, not even an apology to correct/amend the claim. Dr. Zauner should know and reprimand his staff for this total disregard to patient care.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Lucy A in Santa Maria, CA – Apr 19, 2016
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Guy's a stud! Professional, THOROUGH, intelligent, demanding and passionate in his knowledge. Thankful to have him!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Al Ferrer in Santa Ynez, Ca – Mar 27, 2016
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This amazing, kind, inspiring Neurosurgeon has been my savior on many of occasions and I literally owe everything to this man for saving my mother and mother- in- law when they were both just 43 years young. Dr. Zauner used his authority instead of waiting for approvals at the worst time, when my mother had a hemorrhagic stroke in 2010. Dr. Zauner was also my family's miracle worker when my mother-in-law had an acute ischemic stroke and required an emergency craniotomy. God Bless Dr. Zauner!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Val in Oxnard, CA – Feb 02, 2016
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I have been a patient of Dr. Zauners, for several years off and on. It all started in 2008 with my first brain hemorrhage. I am a nurse at Kaweah delta hospital. I was very fortunate to be sent to Dr. Zauner. I have since had 3 brain surgeries due to brain hemorrhage performed by Dr. Zauner. I recovered well with very little to no side effects. I would encourage anyone to go see him before anyone else! Thank you Dr. Zauner
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Amanda Pacillas (Ice) in Visalia, California – Jan 31, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Alois Zauner, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA and has over 34 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Zauner has extensive...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuroradiology

Education

2003
University of California At Los Angeles
Fellowship Hospital
1995
Virginia Commonwealth University / Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine
Residency Hospital
1988
University of Vienna
Medical School

Media & Publications

  • Is vasospasm related to proliferative arteriopathy?, 1992
  • Recovery in hemiparkinsonian rats following intrastriatal implantation of activated leukocytes, 1992
  • Neuropeptide Y in the primate model of subarachnoid hemorrhage. J. Neurosurgery, 1992
  • The role of excitatory amino acids in severe brain trauma: Opportunities for therapy, 1995
  • Excitatory amino acid release after severe human head trauma: Effect of intracranial pressure and cerebral perfusion pressure changes., 1994
  • Stroke and Neurovascular Center of Central California,

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Dr. Zauner's office is located at 2403 Castillo St Ste 203, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Neurocritical Care Disorders

Neurocritical care specialists diagnose and treat severe and life-threatening neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain tumor, and traumatic brain injuryCompare with other Neurocritical Care Disorders specialists.

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Brain Aneurysm
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Dr. Zauner's conditions and procedures:

  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Carotid Artery Stent Placement
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Repair
  • Intracranial Vessel Angioplasty and Stenting
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Repair Intracranial Aneurysm
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Stenting, Intracranial Vessels
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization

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Stroke and Neurvascular Center of Central California

Stroke Neurovascular Center of Central California2403 Castillo St Ste 203 Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Zauner is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Santa Barbara, CA

86% Patients that would definitely recommend, 16% higher than the national average

9 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2022)

St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital

Camarillo, CA

2 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

St. John's Regional Medical Center

Oxnard, CA

66% Patients that would definitely recommend, 4% lower than the national average

17 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2022)