Dr. Joel Norman, MD
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Dr. Joel Norman, MD


Neurosurgery | Male

TN Brain and Spine 1819 W Clinch Ave Ste 214 Knoxville, TN 37916 Get Directions


Dr. Joel Norman, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Knoxville, TN. He is 40 years old and has been practicing for 12 years. Dr. Norman is affiliated with Blount Memorial Hospital and Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.

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Patient Reviews (9)
in Clinton, TN |
I was dianoised with a softball size brain tumor in 2014 when I received my diagnosis needless to say I was VERY scared. I was referred to Dr. Norman by my family physician. When I went for my initial appointment he was very honest and very professional. My sister which is a critical care nurse went with me and my husband for my evaluation, she to was VERY impressed with his bedside manner and professionalism. I HIGHLY recomend this physician. With GOD & Dr. Norman I was in Great Hands!!!!!
in Knoxville, TN |
Dr. Norman was spot on with my lower back issues after examining my MRI. He knew that I need immediate relief and NOT 4 weeks of therapy to get me up and walking to function in my life again. He immediately suggested facet joint injections (L4-L5) for my lower back and the appointment was set up that week. This is my first time dealing with him and I would totally recommend anyone to seek his opinion. I am very happy to find him since Dr. Eugene Vargas has moved away from Knoxville.
in Knoxville, TN |
Only saw Dr. Norman one time and was very impressed with the advice given that I did not need surgery. Did not need to follow up, and was discharged right then. Would recommend him to family and friends.
in Clinton, TN |
I really, really like Dr. Norman. Granted he does not sugar coat things---if this is what you want go to someone else. If you want a doctor that will look you in the eye and answer you honestly and tell you the truth then go see him. He was great. I really got the feeling that he knows his stuff.
in Knoxville, TN |
Someone else nailed him perfectly.POMPOUS.I have been in healthcare for twenty years, and I have never dealt with a more arrogant individual. I wouldn't take my daughter or refer anyone to him EVER. he needs to review the functions of a PITUITARY GLAND, AND potential symptoms if one is PLUMP AS he put it, or if she has a pituitary adenoma. HE CLAIMS none of her symptomsare from pituitary enlargement.VandY and UVA BEGGED TO differ. He lacks bedside manner, and obviously KNOWLEDGE.
in Sevierville |
I went to Dr Norman for numbness in my left thumb.From the 1st minute he talked to me he showed that he was not interested in trying to help me. He operated on my left hand for carpal tunnel release on October 16, 2015. On that day after the numbness wore off my next two fingers to my numb thumb were also numb. He was not concerned that he had made me worse instead of better. Too this day (04-07-2016) my two fingers and thumb are still completely numb. Do not go to this Doctor if you need help
in Knoxville, TN |
Dr. Norman's expertise literally gave me my life back. I had a herniated disc in my neck and it had progressed to the point that I could barely walk and could only sleep sitting up. I had such pain that radiated to my left arm and hand. I found the whole experience to be professional from the staff in the office, to the operating room and hospital staff at Ft. Sanders Regional I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Norman.
in Knoxville, TN |
Dr. Norman is straight to the point. He will tell you how he feels about a certain procedure if it will/will not work for you. I had a spinal cord tumor and his bed side manner was very rough, but he know what he is talking about. I would rather have a Doctor who will tell me the truth than try to coat it in sugar. He is a supreme surgeon, and I would not pick anyone else to work on my spinal cord/back. Thank you and God Bless you Dr. Norman!
This doctor had one of the most pompous attitudes and lack of desirable bed side manner I have ever encountered.. Doctors such as this, give healthcare a bad name. He does however , have an excellent staff. Maybe after 7 more years of experience , he will learn how to interact with the human species and acquire better people skills.
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  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  No board certification on record with Healthgrades
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Conditions Treated

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


  • Medical School
    E Tn State Univ J H Quillen Coll Of Med

    Graduated in 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • Brain Surgery
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • CyberKnife®, Cranial (Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Cranial) incl. Gamma Knife and LINAC Photon Beam
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery