Dr. Hugo Benalcazar, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 50
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Dr. Hugo Benalcazar, MD
Dr. Hugo Benalcazar, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Bel Air, MD. He is 50 years old and has been practicing for 24 years. Dr. Benalcazar is affiliated with UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

206 S Hays St

Bel Air, MD 21014

Contact Information

(410) 900-1900

Dr. Hugo Benalcazar, MD

Dr. Hugo Benalcazar, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Delaware
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

I often remind my patients that even though I am a surgeon, I am also a patient. I understand full well when any patient is apprehensive about a needed surgery because I as a patient would (and have) felt the same way. My care philosophy is based on the simple idea that the care I offer my patient is the same I would want offered to my family member or to myself. In general, the smaller the operation that can be used to solve the problem, the better.
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Dr. Benalcazar's Experience

Dr. Benalcazar's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Neurosurgery
  • Board certified in Neurosurgery
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Back Disorders
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Diseases
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Nerve Injuries
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Endoscopic
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrovascular Surgery
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Complex Spinal Instrumentation Procedure
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniotomy
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Endoscopic Hand Surgery
  • Endoscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Procedure
  • Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Block
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Neck Pain Procedure
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Percutaneous Disc Decompression
  • Percutaneous Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Decompression
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spine Surgery


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Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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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 Maryland Bc
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Med College Of Wisconsin
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
  • Northwestern University Med School
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Northwestern University Med School
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2000
  • University Of California @ Los Angeles School Of Med
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1994

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Benalcazar has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Benalcazar's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Benalcazar to family and friends
based on 38 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Benalcazar'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 (7)
in Hanover, PA |
I am 4 years post op from a neck fusion by Dr. B & couldn't be more pleased. He is an excellent surgeon. From beginning to end , he and his staff went above & beyond to ensure that I had a good outcome. I highly recommend him.
in Bel Air MD |
We had NO idea which Neurosurgeon to use when my son needed back surgery immediately. He is a complicated medical case and Dr.B. was suggested. Initially I was certain that I must get someone at JHH to evaluate and perform whatever procedure was needed. Iwe found the Dr B. Handles difficult cases so we checked his stats and decided to use him. We found him to be knowledgeable,professional, and caring with none of the arrogance many surgeons have. His P.A. Charles And Team are THE BEST. Thank you
Parkville, MD |
I had an ACDF in March, 2017 with Dr. Benalcazar. Throughout the whole process, from the initial consultation to my follow-up care, I couldn't have been in more caring and skilled hands. He changed my life! He took away my pain. He was able to answer all my questions and reassure me about the surgery when I was scared, so I went into it with confidence. I highly recommend him and his caring staff.
Port Deposit, MD |
Dr. Benalcazar diagnosed my problem with my SI joints immediately and he and his staff have been amazing in helping me with this problem. They have also went above and beyond dealing with my insurance company. I would highly recommend Dr. Benalcazar to anyone suffering the same problem.
in Bel Air, MD |
My experience with Dr. Benalcazar has been exceptional. I received the best care from everyone in the office through all the attending personnel during my surgeries. My results were exactly as promised and no hidden surprises. I will not hesitate to recommend Dr. Benalcazar to anyone experiencing neck or back pain. I have been especially pleased with the time he spent with me during consultations.
Bel Air, MD |
I was diagnosed with SI joint dysfunction by Dr. Benalcazar. He wanted to perform the fusion surgery. I declined. 6 months later the pain was unbearable to I went to him again. Again he recommended the fusion surgery. Insurance declined it. That made me wonder. So I got a second opinion. The second doctor did a full body exam, and took x-rays - things Dr. Benalcazar never did. The x-ray showed my SI joints completely in tact with no degeneration. Please explore your options before surgery!!!!!
in Wrightsville, PA |
Dr. Hugo Benalcazar was an angel sent from Heaven. He not only saved my daughter's life once; but twice. She was born with a condition called Hydrocephalus. She required a shunt at 2 1/2 months old; in order to relieve the pressure on her brain, due to the blockage. At 10 years of age, she developed headaches. He immediately ordered the appropriate testing (CT Scan and a Shunt Series). Shunt needed to be replaced. Again, saved her life x2. Forever grateful.
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Dr. Benalcazar accepts 15 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Choice Advantage
    Blue Choice Network POS
    Blue Preferred PPO
    CareFirst Maryland POS
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Delaware
    Coventry Health Care of Delaware PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Benalcazar has admitting privileges

UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center
500 Upper Chesapeake Dr
Bel Air, MD 21014
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