Dr. Paul Montalbano, MD

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Dr. Paul Montalbano, MD


Neurosurgery | Male

Neuroscience Associates 6140 W Curtisian Ave Ste 400, Boise, ID 83704 Get Directions
(208) 367-3500

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Dr. Montalbano specializes in Neurosurgery and practices in Boise, ID. He practices at 2 locations.

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Dr. Montalbano's Performance
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  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Reviews (44)
in Marsing, ID |
I have been a patient of Dr. Montalbano for almost 14 years. He is highly skilled and trusted by my family and I. His efforts to provide continued follow-up service have provided peace of mind.
in Boise, Idaho |
Developed spinal stenosis in my 50's. Lumbar injections and a Laser Spine Institute procedure didn't help. I was on crutches and in pain. Dr. Montalbano recommended and performed L3/L4/L5 fusion. The pain disappeared! 5 years later and I continue to have have NO PAIN. Do know: recovery and therapy take several months. But if you need fusion, I highly recommend Dr. Paul J. Montalbano. He's a engaging, friendly man and an absolutely brilliant surgeon. Thank you Dr. Montalbano, you saved my life!
in Middleton, ID |
Dr. Montalbano is an amazing dr. He takes the time to listen and answer every question you have. He is very professional and helps ease your nerves. I was very scared for the emergency surgery I had to have but his comforting words and information on what was going to happen and what to expect was phonomanol! I never want another surgery but if I had to have one. My trust is in him! Thank you Dr. Montalbano for everything you've done for me!
He is the worst Dr I have ever seen in my life. He performed the wrong kind of surgery that should of been performed with my issue and had to have another back surgery due to his mistake. He don't care nothing about you or the pain you are in and will just let you suffer.
in Boise, ID |
Very good chance, I already have talked to a couple of friends.
in Meridian, ID |
The slushy snow was my bane, Dr Montalbano was my rescue! I have had no pain since the surgery. Everyone at the office is empathetic and professional. Dr Montalbano is a superior surgeon and I highly recommend him for your neurological surgical needs. Thanx, Doc!
in Boise, ID |
When I was informed that I needed back surgery I was scared and very apprehensive. Dr. Montalbano took the time to explain to me what needed to be done and why, how the procedure would be performed and what my recovery would involve. He answered every question I had and I had many! My surgery was very successful thanks to his expertise. I can't thank Dr. Montalbano and his staff enough for all they have done for me.
in Eagle, ID |
Dr Montalbano is an excellent surgeon and physician. He is friendly and answers all my questions. He is to the point but always respectful and kind. I had ACDF surgery done by him and he is also treating my degenerative facet joints in my neck/lower back from osteoarthritis. He doesn't just jump to surgery, he tries all the non-surgical options first. His staff is friendly. Preston is to the point but very efficient, respectful and he solves problems quickly. I highly recommend Dr Montalbano!
Star, ID |
Dr. Montalbano went to battle with my insurance company for a year to get my surgery approved. Due to his determination to help me I was able to have surgery that has literally given me back my life.
in Star, ID |
I was suffering from lower back pain and severe sciatica for about 10 months before seeing Dr. Montalbano. He ordered an MRI & several lower back X-Rays prior to my 1st appt. As a result he discussed the cause & solution. I found him professional, knowledgeable, witty & direct. He clarified in detail the process & told me to contact his office if I had any further questions or concerns. I left with a comfortable feeling & respect for Dr. & his staff. My spinal surgery is a "huge success"!
in Boise, ID |
I truly enjoyed the service I received, from the staff, nurses and Dr. Montalbano. he was personal with asking about how my family was plus concerned on how I was doing. A year after my surgery he asked where my grand children were, they always can to my appointment with me, and he always talked to each one of them:) I really owe him big time, not only am I walk without pain and holding my Grand kids, I am skiing belly button deep powder. Thank you Dr. Paul Montalbano:)
nampa, id |
Dr. Montalbano is an excellent surgeon with a great way of explaining everything! He is patient, listens and answers questions, and really tries to makes certain the patient is informed. He really cares about the welfare of his patients and goes out of his way to make people feel comfortable. He performed a cervical fusion and I recovered very quickly thanks to his skill. His office staff is available to answer questions and even help with insurance concerns. I highly recommend this office!
in Parma, ID. |
I had a bulging disc that Dr. Montalbano had to repair. He started out caring for me on a conservative bases, exercise, PT, and anti-inflammatory medication, but that was clearly not enough, I ended up with surgery to correct my problem. I know I was in good hands between himself, his staff at the office, and his staff at the hospital, I could not have asked for more. He listened to what I had to say every visit, he was compassionate, and did an awesome job on the repair of my disc. Thank You
Boise, ID |
Dr Montalbano has performed two fusions for me, cervical and lumbar. He did an excellent job. I would highly recommend him for any neurosurgical care.
in Boise, ID |
There isn't a better neurosurgeon anywhere than Dr. Montalbano. I have found him to be excellent. I have first-hand experience seeing where he has corrected issues created by other surgeons and has done so in a most professional manner. I feel he is a gifted surgeon and I'm lucky to have him in this capacity since 2001. I trust him completely and will recommend him with no reservations.
Boise, Idaho |
Dr. Montalbano is a great surgeon. He gets you up on your feet fast. He makes good decisions and does an excellent job. I would highly recommend him to family and friends!
in Mccall, ID |
Knowledgeable, skilled surgeon. He took really good care of me and seemed genuinely concerned with my care and recovery.
in Eagle, ID |
Dr. Montalbano succeeded where my previous doctor failed. What he did to my back, is appreciated more than one can imagine. Dr. Montalbano and his team are all Five Stars.
in Boise, ID |
Dr. Montalbano did excellent work. I entered his office only to find out he had already scheduled me for surgery the next morning from looking at my MRI sent to him by my primary care physician. I was scared and he was able to calm me. It has been almost 12 weeks I have full range of motion in my arm that had zero going in. He is caring and compassionate.
in Eagle, ID |
My experience involves a recent open surgery; fusing L3, L4, L5. The procedure was done at the Treasure Valley Hospital. Dr. Montalbano was extremely thorough, taking time to answer all my questions; before and after surgery. His staff is professional and efficient. All appointments were on-time. This is my fifth back surgery in 15 years. This is the first time I felt relief as soon as the anesthesia wore off. His skill as a surgeon is remarkable. Can't say enough about how pleased I am!
in Boise, ID |
Very good experience, pre- and post-surgery.
in Boise, ID |
Dr. Montalbano has been taking care of me for over 10 years, and I have received nothing but the best of care. I would and have recommended him to anybody that is in need of the best neurological surgeon to be had. His staff is top notch as well, very professional and compassionate as well.
in Boise, ID |
Dr. Montalbano was the second neurosurgeon we consulted when my daughter suffered a brain bleed with unknown cause. We are so glad we chose him! Dr. Montalbano is conservative and thorough with his approach to determining a course of action. He has a good bedside manner and explains complex medical conditions in layman's terms. I give him 5 stars!
in Middleton, ID |
Our daughter had spinal fusion surgery by Dr. Montalbano, which improved her quality of life 100%, followed by my L2-L3 surgery 4 weeks after that. Our surgeries went without a hitch. Dr. Montalbano is brilliant, a perfectionist, takes the time to fully inform and answer questions. My wife works for St. Luke's and before our daughter's and my surgery, she checked with several nurses and physicians who recommended Dr. Montalbano hands down! We were/are in excellent care with Dr. Montalban
in Ithaca, NY |
Dr. Montalbano's back surgery restored my mobility completely and banished all pain. He was clear in his explanations, efficient at every point, and several years of follow-ups show that his work has held up without any problems.
in Boise, ID |
You could say the man saved my lifestyle. It was hard for me to even brush my teeth without pain in my back. Had my surgery done over Christmas break and I was back teaching school the 4th of January. It has been 7 years and I am still going strong!
in Garden City, ID |
Beware! All I can say is read the reviews about him under the Ratemds website. There are several very honest reviews there that will explain why you may want to find a different Doctor than him.
in Boise, ID |
Dr. MONTALBANO was highly recommended to me for my neck/spine surgery by two individuals. I am very glad they directed me to him. He is a knowledgeable, skilled and experienced surgeon.
in Boise, ID |
if you want the best, the person who other Doctors go to, then this is the person to see
in Nampa, ID |
Perhaps one of the most caring Doctors I have ever met. His concern for me as a patient was extra ordinary. Even more astounding was his concern for my wife. He answered every question and informed us of all of the risks and possibilities of the surgery. He made sure that I was aware of everything that was taking place in my behalf. A great physician and a better person.
in Meridian, ID |
He did stenosis surgery on me in early 2009 and I was in tremendous pain as soon as the surgery was over. I stayed in 24/7 pain for 5 years and was wheelchair pound. I went back several times asking Montalbano for his help but he would not help me. He keep referring me to a pain specialist. I finally found a surgeon in 2015 that said he could help me. He removed all of Dr Montalbano's Hardware and found a screw logged in a nerve cluster causing all my pain. PS he threatens patients by phone.
in Boise, ID |
My surgical experience with Dr. Montalbano was outstanding! He was very thorough and performed the surgery on my back very successfully. Throughout the entire process he listened very well to my concerns and explained the process completely. He is very considerate and patient. I highly recommend Dr. Montalbano. Thank you!! Susanne K. Rayborn
in Boise, ID |
After three visits and several other visits to other Neurosurgeons I realized that they look at your condition from a surgical standpoint and some times additional X-rays or an MRI is required to further evaluate your condition. We all want answers and sometimes an answer is not immediately available. He is very thorough and diagnosed a condition that several other doctors had not. He will not do surgery unless it is necessary. Keep these things in mind when you have an office visit.
in Boise, ID |
His outcomes are excellent. He does not do unnessary surgery. He has that special ability of giving caring and compassinate attitude. He serioulsly cares about his patients....
in Meridian, ID |
Dr. Montalbano did surgery on my lower spine, I had full trust in him since he has done surgery on my sister in law. He answers any questions I have, and has a sense of humor.
in Nampa, ID |
would recommend Dr. Montalbano without hesitation - both surgeries I've had couldn't have gone smoother
in Weiser, ID |
Dr. Montalbano was great to talk with, did a great job with my surgery and was very professional in every way. I would highly recommend him to my friends and family.
in Boise , Idaho |
STOP.... dont even bother Horrible bedside manners very uncaring would never recommend,lies He tells you something and then turns around and said he never said that and you wait forever in waiting area sometimes it's been at least an hour even with scheduled appointments to bust to take time to listen to you
in Glenns Ferry |
Dr. Montalbano did three surgeries for me. All three for spinal stenosis. First the neck, than L3,4,&5. A yr. later he had to go back in and secure L2 into the ladder. No doubt, back surgery is rough. But it kept me on my feet instead of in a wheelchair! I have done well, and I thank God for Dr. Montalbano, and the talent he has been blessed with. Thank you, Dr.! I hope to not have to see you again for surgery, but if I do, I will put my trust in your hands.Your staff is also great.
in Meridian, ID |
I was 100% satisfied with my neck fusion. I then had to have a complicated Thoracic. Fusion, though it's been a difficult recovery, I am finally starting to regain improvements almost daily. Thank you Dr. Montalbano to you and your excellent staff!
in Caldwell, ID 83605 |
I was recommended to him by my GP and I am glad that I took his advice. I have been completely at ease and feel that I can trust Dr. Montalbano in all aspects of treatment. Dr. was quite thorough in explaining all procedures in terms that was easy for me to understand and that allowed me to be more at ease.
in Boise, ID |
I saw the Dr. 3 times. He spent a total of 10 mins for 3 visists. The 1st time he was quick because he wanted tests to look at before he discussed my problems. My appt. with him to get my results lasted less than 3 minutes. He had been delayed with surgery and I waited a total of 2 1/2 hours before I was seen. He said I didn't need surgery and he would send me to PT. I believe he was tired and didn't have time for questions. Follow up appt. good. He's very personable but just too fast.
in Boise, ID |
Absolutely best back surgeon you could hope for. Put rods the n my back and I was walking within 36 hours. Fantastic hands. Ask anyone who knows back surgeons and they tell you Paul is the best. He is professional and cares for his patients best interest a lot.
in Boise, ID |
He reached out to me late in the evening to tell me I had an abocess in my brain while he was covering for other surgeons who were out of town over the holiday. He saw a CT scan I had gotten done earlier that day, called me that evening and I was seen the next day. He ordered additional scans,had me admitted into the hospital and performed surgery. He saw me daily in the hospital and ultimatly cleaned up another surgeons mess and probably saved my life.
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  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Idaho not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • 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
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • 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 Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease


  • Medical School
    Northwestern University Medical School

    Graduated in 1993

  • Residency Hospital
    Rush Presbyterian St Lukes Medical Center

    Completed in 1994

    University Of Florida College Of Medicine

    Completed in 2000

  • Undergraduate School
    Loyola University Chicago

    Graduated in 1988

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities