Dr. Chad Abernathey, MD


Neurosurgery | Male

Dr. Chad Abernathey, MD

Dr. Chad Abernathey, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Cedar Rapids, IA. He is 60 years old and has been practicing for 34 years. Dr. Abernathey is affiliated with Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids.

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Dr. Abernathey's Performance
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  • Answers Questions
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  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
in Ottumwa Iowa |
I went to Dr. Abernathy in 2014 for L4 andL5 surgery. I did great! I recently injured that area again. I'm on my way to get another consultation today 5-07-2017. Will need surgery again I'm sure. This is the Dr. I want to do it.
Iowa City, IA |
Dr Abernathey exhibits a high level of competence however he doesn't ask many questions, and you have to pry to get information from him. I trust his analysis but really wish he wouldn't have moved on so quickly without conversing more thoroughly.
in Bellevue, Ia |
He did a good surgery but I should of been told to rest more...I was injured very easily after 3 weeks and the surgery was a bust ...been suffering ever since. Patients really need rest and to stay put. I was simply injured terribly by someone grabbing my hand and twisting my back. It totally reversed everything the doctor did. I was heartbroken. Would of liked him to tell me more the dangers of surgery too.
Birmingham, AL |
All I can say is that I have never been to a more worthless so called Dr. in all my life !
in Pella, IA |
I have had 2 surgery's preformed by Dr. Chad Abernathy, both were complete successes, he has an excellent bedside manner and I can live very pain free today because of his expertise, both of my surgeries were disc/spine issues, both issues had disabled me, I will ever be grateful to him and the entire staff of Cedar Rapids Mercy.
in Rock Island, IL |
Exceptional surgeon in every regard. He has extensive experience in neck surgery. I had two herniated disks -c5/c6 and c6/c7 - resulting in excruciating arm pain. Another surgeon recomended fusion. Got second opinion from dr abernathey who recomended replacing c6/c/7. Surgery was a complete success. Immediate and full relief following surgery. There are no other surgeons in Iowan that have the level of experience he has which is critical to successful treatment.
in Cedar Rapids, Iowa |
Dr A is one of the most personable, warm, and funny doctors I'very every met. He has excellent credentials. He went to great lengths to explain every aspect of of my care to me and my husband. He's performed surgery on me 3 times. One day surgeries. Excellent results. I would recommend him highly to anyone needing spinal care.
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Dr. Abernathey's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Iowa not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke


  • Medical School
    R J & Lucille Carver Coll Med Univ Of Ia

    Graduated in 1983

  • Residency Hospital
    Mayo Clinic-Rochester

    Completed in 1989

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Neuroplasty
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities