Dr. Luis Tumialan, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 48

Dr. Tumialan
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Barrow Brain and Spine

7301 E 2nd St Ste 106 Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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Dr. Luis Tumialan, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Scottsdale, AZ and has over 22 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Georgetown University School Of Medicine medical school in 1999. He is affiliated with HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Tumialan to book an appointment.

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After having been in a car accident and receiving multiple treatments for severe back pain that only gave me temporary relief, I sought a consultation with Dr. Tumialan. After examination and a diagnosis of Spondylolisthesis, Dr. Tumialan recommended a Minimal Invasive Lumbar Fusion which I had now 5 weeks ago. All through the pre-op process, he explained the procedures clearly. Even though I was pretty nervous the day of the surgery, Dr. Tumialan was right there reassuring me with confidence and a "Team Approach" that made the pre-op process flawless. Now that I have begun recovery, I can tell the pain is completely gone and I am able to live my life without back pain. The hourly back "popping" is no longer. Finally, I had just moved to Scottsdale from the NY area, and my initial instinct was to seek treatment back east, however, after the consultation and personal research, I knew Dr. Tumialan was going to be my surgeon. Many thanks to Dr. Tumialan and the staff at Barrow group.
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Robb Levin – Dec 19, 2020
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Dr. Tumialan is the most humble, caring considerate doctor with an amazing bedside manner of any doctor I’ve ever met. God totally blessed Dr. Tumialan with amazing mine and hands. He has done two surgeries on me the first one I was in so much pain I couldn’t sit, stand. Right after the surgery there was no pain. He doesn’t push for surgery only as a last resort.
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Gloria Miller – Jan 25, 2020
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I have been seen by Dr. Tumialan since May 2019, on the first visit he change my life for the better. He introduced me to intermittent fasting and the Keto diet to loose weight before he could operate on my L5-S1 8mmx10mm herniation, this was based off of a Oct 2018 MRI. By following his directions I losted the weight and had the surgery as the herniation had gotten bigger. He called me himself the next day. His staff called me over the next few weeks checking up on me. He has a wonderful bed side manner. He'll sit with you and discuss all of your questions. He will never make you feel rushed. He gave me hope that he would repair my spine after getting a work related injury in Sept of 2018. I have relief, I have my life and health back thanks to this blessing of a surgeon who "Cared" about me! His staff Liz and Coda are wonderful to work with and helped a great deal with working with my workers compensation insurance company.
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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M Hauser – Nov 23, 2019
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If I lived in NY or Maine, I would travel to Scottsdale for back surgery. One of the finest men you will meet in this or any other field. Caring, knowledgable, good at his work. Won't push unnecessary procedures.
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Overgaard, AZ – Feb 14, 2019
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There are not enough great words to express how amazing Dr Luis Tumialan is. I had a previous surgery in 2015 from a different surgeon that left me in constant daily pain. I had consultations with many surgeons who were unsure of what was causing my pain. Dr Tumialan was able to zero in on my problem on the first visit. His first option was not surgery however surgery became necessary. Dr Tumialan’s magic hands have changed my life. I never thought I would be pain-free again but I am.
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Nikki in Scottsdale , AZ – Jan 23, 2019
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I would give him and his staff 10 stars if possible. He is skilled and personable. If I knew I would feel this good post-op, I would have gone to him sooner instead of hobbling around in pain for years. All well. Better late than never! Thanks Dr T!
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Britt in Phoenix, AZ – Jan 16, 2019
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Dr. Tumialan team is amazing. I was living with pain for over 10 years and when my pain management provider said it was time to look and get evaluated by a surgeon. After meeting him, I was still scared but I felt I was in the best hands and now 3 months after back surgery I find myself better then I started. He is very caring and supportive with ecery step and staff is truly sweet and helpful.
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Dr. Tumialán is amazing and really cares about people and their pain. He saved me from terrible pain, just a dream come true!
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Jane Grimm in Scottsdale , AZ – Jan 09, 2019
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Incredible!!! Dr. Tumialan is a great Nuerosurgeon. Not very often are you meeting a surgeon that will be operating on you that same day, however in this circumstance it was vital. Dr. Tumialan has great bedside manner, though it was a very tense and scary situation he eased our mind with his knowledge and confidence and gave us the peace of mind that my husband would walk after surgery. It will be a long journey to recovery but we are on our way. Thank you!
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Miguel Mendez in Phoenix, AZ – Nov 28, 2018
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He spent time listening to my symptoms and did a thorough exam. He ordered a test that the Ortho spine docs didn't. He based his treatment on tests and my symptoms. Very kind and courteous Doctor.. He inspires confidence. My L5-S1 fusion has been an easy recovery. He really cares and wants to help. There is no need to fear if you are in his hands! Thank you Dr. T.
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Scottsdale, AZ – Aug 16, 2017
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I was in a motorcycle accident in July, 2016. Dr. Tumialan performed emergency neurosurgery to save my life. I am just now having surgery next week to attach my bone flap that had to be removed - almost 11 months without my left bone flap.. He has been very compassionate toward me and my family. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Scottsdale, AZ – Jun 07, 2017
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He's the best, most decent, honest, and straightforward human being you will ever encounter.
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Hollywood, FL – May 30, 2017
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I am a retired VP of Sales for a major spinal surgery device company, and have access to surgical competency information from Phoenix area nurses, PAs, and spinal device sales reps which is unavailable to the general public. After much research, I chose Dr. Tumialan to perform my L4-L5 microdiscetomy last week. Dr. Tumialan is perhaps the most caring, most competent spine surgeon that I have ever met. His skills in micro-spine surgery are unprecedented. Best spine surgeon in the valley!
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steve dill in Phoenix, AZ – May 15, 2017
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Beware! Charged $310 to review a MRI and then sent my wife to another Doctor for 2 epidural injections. $6,000 later and after more suffering, no improvement. This guy is only interested in his outlandish FEE. Billing indicated he could have charged $600 for the consultation. So, make sure your insurance will pay your "consultation" fee before you commit!
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John Virgona in Gilbert, AZ – Feb 09, 2017
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Caring personable doctor. Takes his time with you & family. Very skilled. Doctor & Office staff is tremendous & very responsive when you need help.
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Heather K. in Scottsdale, AZ – Dec 23, 2016
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DR. LUIS TUMIALAN IS THE MOST CARING DR. WE HAVE EVER MET. HE IS THE ONLY NEUROSURGEON I WILL EVER TRUST TO TOUCH ME!!! NO MATTER HOW BUSY HE IS, HE ALWAYS HAS TIME FOR HIS PATIENTS. I TRUST HIM WITH MY LIFE!!! JOEL D.
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Joel D. in Phoenix, AZ – May 07, 2016
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Very competent and explains procedures well. Has a great bedside manner I felt confident that what he was going to do was the correct procedure for me and I was not disappointed with the results. I suffered with sciatica for years and this procedure cured that.
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About Me

Care Philosophy

At BNA, we put our patients first.  We are committed to treating our patients with compassion and to providing innovative and sound medical options...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

2008
Emory University
Residency Hospital
2000
Naval Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1999
Georgetown University School Of Medicine
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Awards

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Does Dr. Luis Tumialan, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Tumialan has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

What are Dr. Luis Tumialan, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Tumialan frequently treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), Low Back Pain, and Myelopathy. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Tumialan treats.

Where is Dr. Luis Tumialan, MD's office located?

Dr. Tumialan's office is located at 7301 E 2nd St Ste 106, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Luis Tumialan, MD speak?

Dr. Tumialan speaks Spanish, French, and English. View profile to see all.

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Dr. Tumialan's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Tumialan treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Tumialan treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
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Low Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Tumialan treats Low Back Pain more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Tumialan treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Myelopathy
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Tumialan treats Myelopathy more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Tumialan treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Autoimmune Myelopathy

Dr. Tumialan's conditions and procedures:

  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • 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
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epilepsy
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Dr. Tumialan accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Aetna PPO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
AZ Foundation Medical Care (AZFMC)
AZ Foundation Medical Care (AZFMC) EPO
AZ Foundation Medical Care (AZFMC) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna POS
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare

Locations

Barrow Brain and Spine

Scottsdale7301 E 2nd St Ste 106 Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center

Scottsdale, AZ

73% Patient Experience Rating, 4% higher than the national average

9 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)