Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD

Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
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Age 44
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Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Santa Monica, CA and has been practicing for 10 years. He graduated from Rush Medical College Of Rush University in 2001 and specializes in neurosurgery.Read his story

2811 Wilshire Blvd Ste 840

Santa Monica, CA 90403

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Insurance Accepted

  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Medicare

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Background Check

No malpractice claims found for California
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Dr. Gantwerker's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Low Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

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

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

Spine Deformities
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

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

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

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Cavernous Malformation of Spine
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Lordosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Occult Spinal Dysraphism
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
  • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Split Spinal Cord Malformation
Pathological Spine Fracture
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Gantwerker treats Pathological Spine Fracture more than 91% of his peers

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

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Osteoporotic Spine Fractures

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
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • 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
  • Paracentesis
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • 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 Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spine Surgery
  • 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

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
2009
2008
2002
2001
1997

Languages

  • Farsi
  • French
  • English

Awards

Media & Publications

  • Transthoracic Resection of Schwannomas, July 2011

Dr. Gantwerker's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Gantwerker

4.6

Based on 21 reviews

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
4.761904761904762%
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1 Star
4.761904761904762%
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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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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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Absolutely the most incredible doctor I've ever had. He save my life!
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    • Fri: 9:00am - 2:00pm
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    • Fri: 9:00am - 2:00pm
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