Dr. Andrew Little, MD

Dr. Andrew Little, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
44 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Andrew Little, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Phoenix, AZ. He is 44 years old and has been practicing for 14 years.

Barrow Brain and Spine

2910 N 3rd Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85013
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Accepted insurance

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • UnitedHealthCare

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very high
more than 95% of peers
Low Back Pain
very high
more than 94% of peers
Spine Deformities
very high
more than 93% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Little "At BNA, we put our patients first.  We are committed to treating our patients with compassion and to providing innovative and sound medical options for the treatment of our patient's neurological conditions.  As a patient of BNA, your health and well-being are important to us.  The neurosurgeons, physiatrists, hospital staff, neurological institute, and other members of our multidisciplinary team work together with one goal in mind - helping you get well."


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  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acromegaly
  • Adult Brain Tumor
  • Aneurysm
  • Astrocytoma
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Metastasis
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cavernous Malformation Brain
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chordoma
  • Colloid Cyst
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Glioblastoma
  • Glioma
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Malignant Glioma
  • Meningiomas
  • Metastatic Tumors (Brain)
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Disease
  • Pituitary Gland Cancer
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Prolactinoma
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniotomy
  • Craniotomy for Brain Tumor
  • CyberKnife®, Cranial (Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Cranial) incl. Gamma Knife and LINAC Photon Beam
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Endoscopic Microvascular Decompression
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Radiosurgery - CyberKnife® and Gamma Knife
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis
  • Transphenoidal Surgery
  • XLIF® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) Procedure


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Background Check

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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.


  • Yale University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1995
  • University Of California, Irvine, College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2003
  • Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2004
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2010
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed
  • Prince Of Wales Private Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2010

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
  • Long-term pain response and quality of life in patients with trigeminal neuralgia treated with Gamma Knife radiosurgery,
  • The anterior skull base nasal inventory (ASK Nasal Inventory): a clinical tool for evaluating rhinological outcomes following surgery for pituitary and cranial base lesions.,
  • Endoscopic endonasal transmaxillary approach and endoscopic sublabial transmaxillary approach: surgical decision making and implications of the nasolacrimal duct.,
  • Prophylactic antibiotics trends for pituitary lesions,
  • Barrow Surgeon Restores Patient's Sight,

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dignity Health - Chandler Regional Medical Center

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award

Hospital Quality Award

Dr. Little is on the medical staff at our top-rated hospital.

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Dr. Little's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Little to family and friends
based on 68 total reviews (14 with comments)
Dr. Little's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (14)
Not as good as described, and I am Still in pain ! His nurse practitioner has no bedside manner at all, she is rude ! His administrative set stuff is the worst in the profession !
in Gilbert, AZ |
Dr. Little was a very caring and warm doctor. He helped me through my surgery and diagnosis of a brain tumor. God bless him and his entire staff for being so comforting.
in gilbert, az |
I saw Dr. Little in March of last year for pain in my lower back. After several x-rays and my exam he found I had a pinched nerve in my neck and also because I fell on some rocks, L3 through L5 were pinched . He did the first surgery on my neck in May 2016 and my lower back in June 2016. Since then I have no pain and he gave me my life back to do things I always did before. Thank you to Dr. Little and his entire team. Diane Bickers, Gilbert, Az.
in Phoenix, AZ |
Dr. Little performed a disectomy and fusion surgery on my C3-C6 vertebrae for compression of my spinal cord and nerves. He spent time patiently listening to me and answering the many questions I had before deciding that surgery was the best choice for me. My surgery was four months ago. I no longer have sharp shooting pains down my arms and legs. My neck spasms are gone. Dr. Little is a brilliant neurosurgeon and a doctor truly committed to healing his patients' health and quality of life.
in Phoenix, AZ |
I had cervical surgery, C3-C7 fusing. I am now eight weeks out of surgery and I can't believe how easy and pain free the experience has been. Dr Little and his Nurse Practitioner, Deborah Shepherd, have been wonderful from the very first visit. The explanations and choices (to have surgery or not) have been so clear while at the same time, done with the patient in mind. The Barrow Institute keeps everything organized, as well. I could not give a higher recommendation for this pair of professio
in Los Angeles CA |
Dr. Little did surgery on my 74 yr old mom's neck in an emergency situation. We were from out of town and came in through the emergency room at St. Joeseph's so we were given a doctor. The God's were truly with us that day when we were assigned Dr. Little. I immediately trusted him. He is confident, caring, gets to the point, is thorough in his explanations, and does not throw around a big ego. On top of that the man is brilliant. Do not look any further. He truly is the best!
in Scottsdale, AZ |
After talking with hi, I felt very confident that his knowledge and experience would lead to a successful surgery.
in Glendale, Az |
Dr. Little is a very caring doctor and takes the time to explain the condition, treatment options, benefits and expected outcomes. He truly cares about the patient and family members. He is an exceptional surgeon and would highly recommend.
in Scottsdale, Arizona |
Dr. Little has a very good bedside manner. He takes the time to carefully explain everything. This includes what caused the issue, the available treatments, the pros and the cons of those treatments in order for a good decision to be made. He does not abandon you in the treatment selection process but instead guides you to a decision that suites your individual lifestyle. He also carefully explains the recovery process and what to expect as far as limitations. His staff is all top notch as well.
in Phoenix, AZ |
Very pleased with my back surgery, two weeks after surgery and no more pain going down my legs , thank you so much .
in Buckeye, Arizona |
Everyone is very professional yet compassionate at the office. I had heard many good things about Dr Little before surgery. He is amazing at what he has accomplished for my healthcare. I am forever thankful.
in Gallup, NM |
Dr. Little, the Barrow Brain & Spine, Dignity Health & all of the staff were the best. They all treated me with great compassion & were consummate professionals in their fields. Dr. Little was like no doctor I have every seen before. He was quite knowledgeable in my condition & answered all of my questions with no reservations. The neuro ICU nurses were dedicated to their care & compassion for me during recovery. I could not have wished for a better experience. I applaud Dr. Little & BNI.
in Phoenix, AZ |
Gifted, and miracle worker with hands from God!
in Phoenix, AZ |
Dr. Little is a God sent gifted neurosurgeon. He had a difficult spine to perform a miracle. Pain was paralyzing truthfully. An 8+ hour surgery, 14 inch scar, 5 fusions, a cage and rod inserted, and 10 yrs of scar tissue removed, having lost 7 inches height, coping with massive doses of opiates, didn't trust doctors, given high dose of chemo toxin TAXOL, following successful surgery, picked an Oncologist,reputed as money hungry and inferior. Walking next morning,wo pain! A GREAT NEUROSUGERGEON!
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Dr. Little accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • UnitedHealthCare
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