Dr. Kristen Riley, MD

NeurosurgeryFemaleAge 48

Dr. Riley
Accepting new patients
510 20th St S Fl 10 Birmingham, AL 35233

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Dr. Kristen Riley, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Riley has more experience with Pediatric Neurosurgery, Cranial Neurosurgery, and Nervous System Neoplasms than other specialists in her area. She is affiliated with UAB Hospital. She is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Riley to book an appointment.

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Dr. Riley is affiliated with UAB Hospital Birmingham, a highly rated hospital.

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Riley

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Riley treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Riley treats other conditions, please contact the office at (205) 996-2461.

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Pediatric neurosurgeons perform surgical procedures to treat diseases and conditions of the brain and spinal cord in children and teenagers under age 18.Compare with other Pediatric Neurosurgery specialists.

Dr. Riley is experienced in the area of Pediatric Neurosurgery. See the graph below to learn more about her experience.

Based on claims data for 6 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Riley
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Chiari's Deformity
Hydrocephalus
Chiari Malformation Type 1
Reconstruction for Craniosynos
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Cranial Neurosurgery

Cranial neurosurgeons perform surgical procedures that involve opening or passing through the skull to treat conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system.Compare with other Cranial Neurosurgery specialists.

Dr. Riley is experienced in the area of Cranial Neurosurgery. See the graph below to learn more about her experience.

Based on claims data for 11 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Riley
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Brain Surgery
Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Nervous System Neoplasms

Oncologists diagnose and treat tumors, both malignant and benign, in or near the brain and spinal cord.Compare with other Nervous System Neoplasms specialists.

Dr. Riley is experienced in the area of Nervous System Neoplasms. See the graph below to learn more about her experience.

Based on claims data for 11 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Riley
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Pituitary Tumor
Meningiomas
Craniopharyngioma
Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Neurocritical Care Disorders

Neurocritical care specialists diagnose and treat severe and life-threatening neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain tumor, and traumatic brain injuryCompare with other Neurocritical Care Disorders specialists.

Dr. Riley is experienced in the area of Neurocritical Care Disorders. See the graph below to learn more about her experience.

Based on claims data for 16 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Riley
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Traumatic Brain Injury
Hydrocephalus
Cranial Trauma
Subdural Hemorrhage
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency
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Dr. Riley's conditions and procedures:

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Extradural Hemorrhage
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pituitary Gland Cancer
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotaxis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization

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Dr. Riley accepts the following insurance:

Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Dental Blue 100/200/300
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO

Dr. Riley's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Riley

4.3

Based on 12 ratings

5 Stars
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(10)
4 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
16.666666666666668%
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What went well
  • Appointment scheduling (10)
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (9)
  • Explained conditions well (9)
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed (2)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (2)
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (2)
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Unsympathetic and Uncaring. Assumes all of her surgical patients are drug seeking, addicts. It wasn't my choice to have epilepsy. I should have passed on the surgery. I wanted to be seizure free but no one explained how painful the surgery would be and Dr. Riley didn't tell me that she "doesn't try to control pain after surgery care". Imagine having someone cut into your skull, remove part of it and part of your brain, glue your skull back on and then staple it. What's left of your brain swells and headaches for weeks afterwards. There was very little to no pain control. She acted as if she didn't believe I was in pain and then begun to act as if I was a drug seeking patient. If I had known how she felt about no pain control prior to surgery I wouldn't have had it. I'm done with UAB and their doctors. Opiod crisis is not patients fault and what she did was cruel and unnecessary. Oath to do no harm should apply to pain and suffering as well.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Dr Kristen Riley MD was excellent with my son Tyler when he had cranioplasty surgery. She tried her best to respect his wishes during his surgery and recovery. She did an excellent job explaining every thing up front before the surgery also. I was very impressed with her!!!
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Biography

Dr. Kristen Riley, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Riley has more experience with Pediatric Neurosurgery, Cranial Neurosurgery,...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

2004
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2004
UAB Hospital
Residency Hospital
1999
UAB Hospital
Internship Hospital

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Dr. Kristen Riley, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Riley frequently treats Pediatric Neurosurgery, Cranial Neurosurgery, and Nervous System Neoplasms. See all practice areas where Dr. Riley specializes.

Where is Dr. Kristen Riley, MD's office located?

Dr. Riley's office is located at 510 20th St S Fl 10, Birmingham, AL 35233. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Practice

510 20th St S Fl 10 Birmingham, AL 35233
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Surgical Dermatology Kirklin Clinic2000 6th Ave S Birmingham, AL 35233
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Affiliated Hospitals

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UAB Hospital

Birmingham, AL

80% Patient Experience Rating, 11% higher than the national average

11 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018)