Dr. Randall Porter, MD

Dr. Randall Porter, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
50 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Randall Porter, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Phoenix, AZ. He is 50 years old and has been practicing for 24 years. Dr. Porter is affiliated with Dignity Health - St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

Barrow Brain and Spine

2910 N 3rd Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85013
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Mercy Care
  • MultiPlan
  • PHCS
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas


See how frequently Dr. Porter performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

very high
more than 99% of peers
Spine Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers
Intervertebral Disc Disease
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Porter "At BNA, we put our patients first.  We are committed to treating our patients with compassion and to providing innovative and sound medical options for the treatment of our patient's neurological conditions.  As a patient of BNA, your health and well-being are important to us.  The neurosurgeons, physiatrists, hospital staff, neurological institute, and other members of our multidisciplinary team work together with one goal in mind - helping you get well. "


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  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Skull Base Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • 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
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • CyberKnife®, Cranial (Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Cranial) incl. Gamma Knife and LINAC Photon Beam
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Southern Methodist University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1989
  • Rush Medical College Of Rush University
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
  • Maricopa Med Center Phoenix Az
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
  • Barrow Neurological Institute Neurological Surgery
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Barrow Neurological Institute Cerebrovascular/Skull Base
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Barrow Neurological Institute-Spine Fellowship
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1998
  • Karloinski Institute, Stockholm, Sweeden-Gamma Knife
    Other Education | Completed 2001
  • Universiety Of Pittsburgh-Cyberknife
    Other Education | Completed 2004

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dignity Health - St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award

Hospital Quality Award

Dr. Porter is on the medical staff at our top-rated hospital.

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Dr. Porter's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Porter to family and friends
based on 157 total reviews (10 with comments)
Dr. Porter's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
Atlanta, GA |
Dr Porter is outstanding! Great service, great care. However, this "Andrew" that answers the phone calls is less than outstanding. Andrew is condescending, arrogant, and border line rude.
Phoenix, AZ |
Dr. Porter is an excellent surgeon, very compassionate and patient. His nurse Julie is also an excellent nurse. She is his "right hand man"! They went out of their way to help us and Dr. Porter was willing to come in on one of his off days. The reason for the 4 stars is because the contact person who answers all of Dr. Porter's calls, Andrew, can be a bit difficult and condescending at times. My other concern is that Dr. Porter was often very tired, overworked due to his demanding schedule.
in Phoenix, AZ |
Dr. Porter is extremely knowledgeable and proficient. He was very clear about the seriousness of my condition and the complexity of the surgical procedure required. He always inspired confidence in a positive outcome.
in Phoenix, AZ |
Doctor Randall Porter has done five spine surgery's and he is the very bested surgeon, every time he did one of my surgery's he prayed and then he wiped away the tears on my face. If you ever need a neurosurgeon don't pass him by that would be a very bad mistake. He is the very best so if you want the very best doctor check him out because if he work's on you I promise you will be the next one here saying how great he is.
in Chandler, AZ |
I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Porter. Multiple other doctors and diagnosis, multiple failed attempts at understanding the problem, 3 years total of debilitating chronic pain. Dr. Porter recognized the seriousness of my stenosis and herniation, was able to communicate in a way I could understand, performed a double fusion, L5, S1. It is a year and a half since my surgery, I am grateful every single day for his expertise, his caring, his prayers, and honestly, giving me my life back.
Phoenix, AZ |
Back Office staff not compassionate - calls patient a week before surgery to advise pt., if oustanding balance, not paid, no surgery; quoted a ridiculous amount due as a deductible; per insurance, not accurate. A tactic to intimidates patient into paying and stressing before surgery. Patient is also told that patient was "lucky" Dr. Porter did first surgery, even though there was outstanding amount. Unbelievable!
in Prescott, AZ |
Dr. Porter recently completed a surgery on my C2 Ganglion nerves to sever them after YEARS of severe headaches, especially on my left side. After exhausting pain management and doing a trial on the St. Jude neurostimulator, it was decided that direct surgery was most likely the best course of action. During surgery, Dr. Porter found the left Ganglion involved with the C1 & C2 vertebrae, clearly the root cause for years of suffering. I am now looking forward to a pain and Rx free life!
Mesa,AZ |
Spent considerable time discussing options. His N.P. was always available to answer questions and facilitate communication. Superb surgeon, yet down to earth and easy to talk with. Explains things well.
El Mirage, AZ |
Waited over four hours in exam room to se him. He said he was very busy (NOT MY PROBLEM). He never looked at any of my MRIs, just read the results, never read any other doctors results, never wanted to physically look at any of my problems, never looked at the questions I had to answer before my appointment! The only thing he told me HE WAS A SURGEON Which he told me twice. Made another appt. which was worst than the first ! DONT WASTE YOU TIME AND MONEY
in Glendale, Arizona |
Dr. Porter is absolutely an amazing doctor. He put me at ease and comforted me at a time when I was extremely nervous and scared. He was extremely thorough and explaining everything to me in a way I could understand. I am only almost two weeks post-op at this point from a lower lumbar disc replacement and fusion surgery. So far himself and his office staff have been extremely wonderful checking up on me and making sure things are going okay. I will add more to the survey at a later time.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Porter accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Aetna PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
    Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna POS
    Cigna PPO
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Mercy Care
    AHCCCS - AZ Health Care Cost Containment System
  • MultiPlan
  • PHCS
  • UnitedHealthCare
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