Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD

Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
43 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Brian Gantwerker, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Santa Monica, CA and has been practicing for 9 years. He specializes in neurosurgery.Read his story

The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles - Westside

2811 Wilshire Blvd Ste 840

Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Insurance Accepted

  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Medicare

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Top Care Areas

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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."

1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

51  Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • 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 and Brain Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • 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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25  Procedures

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
    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
20 total reviews (6 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (20)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Gantwerker'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 (6)

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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I am sorry you had a bad experience at our office. Everyday, we strive to go above and beyond for our patients as we know what it's like to be a patient. The team we have in the office is one of the most compassionate, skilled and knowledgeable. We always allow patients to take as much time as they. I am always available to speak patients, so I am disappointed that you chose this forum to post an anonymous complaint. I am available at the office or at halina@craniospinalcenter.com.

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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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Thank you so much for the kind email. It's experiences like yours that make our day!

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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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I'm so sorry you didn't have a good experience with our office. We strive for top notch care for all our patients. Please feel free to contact me directly at halina@craniospinalcenter.com if I can be of any help.

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The kindest, most compassionate and experienced surgeon that I found. Highly recommend!
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We appreciate feedback from our patients. Thank you for taking the time to post this!

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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,...more
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Hi Debbie. We are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience and are doing so well! we love hearing stories like yours!

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