Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 47

Neurosurgery

Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Santa Monica, CA and has over 21 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Rush Medical College Of Rush University medical school in 2001. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital and Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD

The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles - Westside

2811 Wilshire Blvd Ste 840 Santa Monica, CA 90403 ()
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Informative and helpful. Dr. Gantwerker is patient, courteous and knowledgeable. He takes time to answer questions without my feeling rushed. He LISTENS!! Office staff is efficient and courteous. Appointments are kept on schedule. I am happy he is my doctor.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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  • Explained conditions well
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Arlene Baker – Jun 24, 2021
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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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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
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Pamela Jones in CA – Jun 22, 2018
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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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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Feb 12, 2018
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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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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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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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
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Los Angeles, CA – Mar 02, 2017
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The kindest, most compassionate and experienced surgeon that I found. Highly recommend!
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  • 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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Los Angeles, CA – Feb 11, 2017
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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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  • 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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No results
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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!
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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Stacy in Chatsworth, CA – Dec 17, 2015
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Care Philosophy

We are committed to providing individualized, patient-centered care. Dr. Gantwerker is an expert in minimally-invasive spine surgery, Gamma Knife radiosurgery,...Read more

Biography

Brian R. Gantwerker, MD, FAANS specializes in the treatment of degenerative and traumatic diseases of the spine through minimally invasive techniques,...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

2008
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
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Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Persian

Awards

Media & Publications

  • Transthoracic Resection of Schwannomas, July 2011

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What are Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Gantwerker frequently treats Osteoarthritis of Spine, Myelopathy, and Low Back Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Gantwerker treats.

Where is Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD's office located?

Dr. Gantwerker's office is located at 2811 Wilshire Blvd Ste 840, Santa Monica, CA 90403. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Gantwerker's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Osteoarthritis of Spine
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Gantwerker treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Gantwerker treats this condition more than 90% of his peers

Myelopathy
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Gantwerker treats Myelopathy more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Gantwerker treats this condition more than 90% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Autoimmune Myelopathy
Low Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Gantwerker treats Low Back Pain more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Gantwerker treats this condition more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Gantwerker's conditions and procedures:

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • 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
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Dural Tear
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Epilepsy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • 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 Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotactic Neurosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain

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The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles - Westside

The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles - Westside2811 Wilshire Blvd Ste 840 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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