Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD

Neurosurgery •  Male • Age 45
  
Dr. Gantwerker
Accepting new patients

The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles - SF Valley

16633 Ventura Blvd Ste 802 Encino, CA 91436

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(818) 518-1719

Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Encino, CA and has over 19 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Gantwerker has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Rush Medical College Of Rush University medical school in 2001. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Marina Del Rey Hospital and Providence Saint John's Health Center. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Gantwerker to book an appointment.


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Dr. Gantwerker accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
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Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
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Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
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Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
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Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
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Medicare
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Background Check

No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Practice Areas

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine specialists.

Typically treats 66% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 20 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Low Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Gantwerker treats Low Back Pain more than 97% of their peers

Dr. Gantwerker treats this condition more than 97% of their peers

Spine Deformities
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Gantwerker treats Spine Deformities more than 92% of their peers

Dr. Gantwerker treats this condition more than 92% of their peers

Spine Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Gantwerker treats Spine Disorders more than 91% of their peers

Dr. Gantwerker treats this condition more than 91% of their peers

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Dr. Gantwerker's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord and Brain Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotactic Neurosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease

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Dr. Gantwerker's Reviews

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4.6

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Dr. Gantwerker assisted during my spinal fusion surgery in September of 2017. He visited me after surgery and was kind and reassuring. I highly recommend this doctor and the surgery has improved my quality of life immeasurably. However, beware the rude, uncaring office staff. Briana was dismissive and disrespectful. The “office manager” Helena was equally rude.
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In my 48 years of seeing doctors, I have never had a more unprofessional experience. The office staff is rude and misleading and the follow up is horrendous. I would not recommend this doctor to anyone.
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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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Renee in North Hills, CA – May 10, 2017
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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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The kindest, most compassionate and experienced surgeon that I found. Highly recommend!
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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, explains well and experienced. I am 4 weeks today from deflating the cyst and placing a Colfax device at L4 5. I have been walking up to two miles since day 2 of the surgery. Getting my life back.
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Debbie in Torrance, CA – Oct 14, 2016
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Absolutely the most incredible doctor I've ever had. He save my life!
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About Me

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...

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

2009
BARROW NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Fellowship Hospital
2008
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency Hospital
2002
Case Western Reserve
Internship Hospital
2001
Rush Medical College Of Rush University
Medical School
1997
University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • Farsi
  • French
  • English

Awards

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  • Transthoracic Resection of Schwannomas, July 2011

Locations

The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles - SF Valley

The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles - SF Valley16633 Ventura Blvd Ste 802 Encino, CA 91436
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    • Mon: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 9:00am - 2:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles - Westside

The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles - Westside2811 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90403
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    • Mon: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 9:00am - 2:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Marina Del Rey Hospital

Marina Del Rey, CA

69% Patient experience rating, Equal to the national average

Providence Saint John's Health Center

Santa Monica, CA

75% Patient experience rating, 6% higher than the national average

Providence Tarzana Medical Center

Tarzana, CA

66% Patient experience rating, 3% lower than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019)
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)