Dr. Alois Zauner, MD

Dr. Alois Zauner, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
55 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Alois Zauner, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Santa Barbara, CA. He is 55 years old and has been practicing for 29 years. Dr. Zauner is affiliated with St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, St. John's Regional Medical Center, Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Stroke and Neurovascular Center of Central Califor

2403 Castillo St Ste 203

Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Dr. Zauner's Experience

Dr. Zauner's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Neurosurgery
  • Board certified in Neurosurgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuroradiology

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Spine
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Injury
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Hemorrhage
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intracranial Atherosclerotic Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Moyamoya Disease
  • Myelopathy
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rasmussen's Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Brain Aneurysm Embolization
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Intracranial Vessel Angioplasty and Stenting
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Stenting, Intracranial Vessels
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Vienna
    Medical School | Graduated 1988
  • Medical College Of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Medical College Of Virginia Hospital-Virginia Commonwealth University
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Of California
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

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

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Zauner's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Zauner to family and friends
based on 36 total reviews (12 with comments)
Dr. Zauner's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (12)
in Oak park, ca |
Brilliant, compassionate, and so knowledgeable. Saved my husbands life rom a major stroke. We are forever grateful to him.
in Ventura |
Innovative, caring, professional, honest and the list goes on. Saved my life.
in Paso Robles, CA |
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.
in Ventura |
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.
in Santa Barbara, CA |
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!
in Santa Maria, CA |
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!
in Santa Paula, CA |
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.
in Santa Maria, CA |
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.
in Santa Ynez, Ca |
Guy's a stud! Professional, THOROUGH, intelligent, demanding and passionate in his knowledge. Thankful to have him!
in Oxnard, CA |
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!
in Visalia, California |
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
in Oxnard, CA |
He saved my life after a near fatal stroke. I only met him months later when he visited me in the recovery room after a heart procedure. After the stroke,I was in medically induced coma due to swelling and bleeding brain. The fact that he took his valuable time to pay me a visit so I could meet me is truly invaluable. God bless him.
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Dr. Zauner accepts 9 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
    Select Plus HMO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
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Hospitals where Dr. Zauner has admitting privileges

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center
215 W Janss Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
400 W Pueblo St
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital
2309 Antonio Ave
Camarillo, CA 93010
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St. John's Regional Medical Center
1600 N Rose Ave
Oxnard, CA 93030
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