Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD

Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
42 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Santa Monica, CA. He is 42 years old and has been practicing for 9 years.Read his story

The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles - Westside

2811 Wilshire Blvd Ste 840

Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Accepted insurance

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Medicare

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Intervertebral Disc Disease
very high
more than 90% of peers
Degenerative Disc Disease
very high
more than 88% of peers
Spine Disorders
very high
more than 88% of peers

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Dr. Gantwerker's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Gantwerker "Brian R. Gantwerker, MD, FAANS specializes in the treatment of degenerative and traumatic diseases of the spine through minimally invasive techniques, spinal cord and brain injury, and brain tumors through traditional surgery or Gamma Knife Radiosugery. He also treats many patients for concussion and its after-effects and educates on prevention. Dr. Gantwerker is committed to providing newly advanced techniques for the treatment of brain and spine diseases. He is proficient in both minimally-invasive and complex brain and spinal surgeries. He is diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Gantwerker is a Chicago native who attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned his pre-medical education and graduated magna cum laude with honors, majoring in psychology. Dr. Gantwerker received his medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago where he focused on peripheral nerve regeneration research. He completed his neurosurgical residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland and studied spinal cord regeneration with stem cells at Case Western School of Medicine. He completed a dedicated Gamma Knife rotation during his residency. Dr. Gantwerker completed his complex spine fellowship at the world-renowned Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona in 2009. Dr. Gantwerker has authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, appeared on television and radio interviews, and has instructed undergraduate, medical students, and residents in various neurosurgical topics and neuroanatomy. Dr. Gantwerker is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Golden Key honor societies, and a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Society (SMISS), the National Association of Spine Specialists (NASS), and California Association of Neurological Surgeons (CANS), where he is serving on the nomination committee. He volunteers his time at various causes, such as the Jewish Vocational Service Scholarship Committee Alumni Co-Chair, and at KCRW for the biennial membership drive. He is also involved as a volunteer at Palisades Charter High School for the Varsity Football Team. "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Gantwerker "We are committed to providing individualized, patient-centered care. Dr. Gantwerker is an expert in minimally-invasive spine surgery, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, brain tumor, and trigeminal neurlagia surgeries. Our experienced staff will guide you from your first appointment. Dr. Gantwerker will answer all your questions, explain your procedure in detail, and have a carefully though-out plan of care for you and your loved ones. He will help you explore all the options for your treatment."


  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • 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
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord and Brain Disorders
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Paracentesis
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Surgery
  • Stereotactic Neurosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial

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 Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1997
  • Rush Medical College Of Rush University
    Medical School | Graduated 2001
  • Case Western Reserve
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2002
  • Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2008
  • Barrow Neurological Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2009

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
  • Transthoracic Resection of Schwannomas, July 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Farsi
  • French

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Gantwerker's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Gantwerker to family and friends
based on 19 total reviews (5 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (19)

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  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Gantwerker's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

in North Hills, CA |
Topnotch. Period. Phenomenal bedside manner, he is a very caring man. Besides that, he is at the top of his game and an outstanding surgeon. I cannot recommend him enough after my neck/neuropathy surgery.
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Los Angeles, CA |
Dr. Gantwerker is a good physician but his secretary (blonde, older woman) is extremely rude and condescending. Rolls her eyes when asked a question. Very unprofessional
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Los Angeles, CA |
The kindest, most compassionate and experienced surgeon that I found. Highly recommend!
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in Torrance, CA |
I have been in pain with a spinal cyst, stenosis, arthritis, etc for two years. I tried everything to avoid surgery. I was finally told if I did not have surgery I could have severe damage. Dr Gantwerker was the 6th neurosurgeon I had consulted. Thank heaven for finding him. He is kind,...more
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in Chatsworth, CA |
Absolutely the most incredible doctor I've ever had. He save my life!
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