Dr. Phillip A. Tibbs, MD

Dr. Phillip A. Tibbs, MD


Neurosurgery | Male | 68 years old

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Dr. Tibbs is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Kentucky. He graduated with honors...Read more

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Patient Reviews (7)
in Salyersville, KY |
Dr. Tibbs did a spinal fusion on my lower back in 1996. He told that I might start having trouble in 15-18 years from the scar tissue and the continued degeneration of my disc. Its been 20 years now and only now am I starting to have more back pain. He also did a spinal fusion in my neck about 4 years ago. If it wasn't for this man I wouldn't have been able to continue to work and I would have been forced to retire. Hes the best in the world in my book.
Scottsburg, IN |
I had spinal fusion in March and was back to work by June. I was very pleased that he didn't try to push surgery on me after he told me that was what it was going to take to fix my pain infact he seen the terrifying look I had on my face and encouraged me to take a few days and think about it. After taking a few days to think and pray about it I felt like surgery was what I nended. Not only was Dr. Tibbs wonderful but his staff in office and during my hospital staff was awesome.
in Lexington, KY |
I found that Dr Tibbs was not responsive to my needs: as if he were only reading my MRI and XRays. He insisted I try other interventions before he would consider surgery. I found out from the pharmacist he prescribed a large dose of a neurotransmitter protagonist drug. When I queried Dr Tibbs on this he said it should have been a smaller dose and wrote it off as a typo and never addressed the issue of not informing me. He may very well be a good surgeon, but I am going elsewhere for my needs.
in Tollesboro, KY |
I chose Dr. Tibbs because of his experience and reputation. I had spinal fusion surgery Nov. 2015 and was well pleased with Dr. Tibbs. He was very nice and caring with me. I would highly recommend him as a neurosurgeon.
in Harrodsburg, KY |
Found Dr Tibbs on computer, made app 12/7/2015 Had neuropathy in both hands, loss of balance, couldn't hold on to an ink pen without dropping, fell several times last year, had difficulty tying shoestrings, wringing out wash cloth, holding onto things without dropping them.Dr Tibbs did emergency surgery 12/8.I had spinal cord damage,he removed the 1 sharp bone spur which was flipping my spinal cord,plus fused my vertebrae w/bone &plate.I can do those things I lost now!He saved me from paralysis
in Paris, KY |
The reason I give 5 stars is there isn`t 6 available. I had suffered for 10 years, been to SEVERAL 'specialists', and not one could find why I had the level of pain I had until Dr. Tibbs. I am now pain free and returning to work 8 weeks after surgery! I cannot recommend a seurgon any more highly than Dr. Tibbs.
in London, KY |
He is a wonderful doctor. Very competent!
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Dr. Tibbs says...

Dr. Tibbs is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Kentucky. He graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and received his residency training in Neurosurgery at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Tibbs is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is nationally and internationally recognized as an expert in Neurosurgery.

Dr. Tibbs' 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
  •  Malpractice claims in Kentucky not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Cancer
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Ear Disorders
  • Herniated Disc
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury


  • Medical School
    University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1973

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine

    Completed in 1974

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine

    Completed in 1979

  • Undergraduate School
    Thomas Moore College

    Graduated in 1969

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgery (PLIF)
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Surgery