Dr. Scott Standard, MD

Dr. Scott Standard, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 54
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Dr. Scott Standard, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Nashville, TN. He is 54 years old and has been practicing for 28 years. Read his story

2011 Murphy Ave Ste 301

Nashville, TN 37203

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Cervical Spine Myelopathy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Spinal Stenosis
very high
more than 99% of peers
Spine Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Standard's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Standard "Raised in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Standard chose the practice of medicine at an early age. Working at the side of his uncle, Dr. Carl Hartrampf, a pioneer in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, he was inspired by the miraculous changes possible through skilled surgery. While at Princeton, Dr. Standard studied under Nobel prize winning neuroscientists, choosing a career in Neurosurgery graduating Cum Laude. After studying at Oxford University and London's prestigious Queen's Square Neurological institute in London, he completed his residency at Vanderbilt University. While a resident, Dr. Standard completed a Fellowship in Neuro-endovascular Surgery, pioneering several of the early techniques in endovascular repair of brain aneurysms and doing original research in the Toshiba Vascular Laboratory in Buffalo, New York. After graduating residency and fellowship, Dr. Standard was on faculty at Vanderbilt University for several years before joining the practice of Neurosurgery at St. Thomas. He has been at St. Thomas Hospital for 20 years, serving as Chairman of Neurosurgery for the past 10 years. He is also on the board of St. Thomas Health Services, which directs the care of the regional hospitals. He was instrumental in developing the St. Thomas stroke program as well as founding the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Standard is married and has three sons living in Nashville and enjoys hiking, cycling and running. In his spare time, he is the Scoutmaster of Troop 92, a thriving Boy Scout troop building character into young men for the future. Recently, he led an expedition of 25 on a backpacking trip of over 100 miles in the rugged, beautiful New Mexico backcountry. His Christian faith is central to his love for his patients and his life mission. As a member of First Presbyterian Church, he co-teaches the High School Sunday School and participates in local and international mission trips. He is on the board of the Atlanta Youth Project, a Christian ministry for inner city youth in Atlanta which sponsors a free K-12 private school, the Atlanta Youth Academy, as well as God's Farm which hosts over 5000 inner city kids for summer day camp."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Standard "The Howell Allen Clinic is dedicated to excellence in patient care through the comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and spinal and peripheral nerves.

We are committed to providing exceptional clinical care and service, utilizing the latest advances in neurological surgery. Our patients benefit from minimally invasive procedures, smaller incisions and accelerated recovery periods.

Graduates of the nation's best medical schools and neurosurgical training programs, our surgeons are credentialed and board-certified at the highest levels of professional achievement, resulting in unparalleled expertise in the field of neurosurgery."



  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • 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
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • Brain Surgery
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • 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
  • Intracranial Vessel Angioplasty and Stenting
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Tennessee.

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.


  • Princeton University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1985
  • University of Alabama At Birmingham
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • Queens Square University
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Vanderbilt University School Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1996
  • University At Buffalo State University Of New York
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1994

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Standard has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Standard's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Standard to family and friends
based on 23 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Standard'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 (7)
in Nashville, TN |
I was in a lot of pain after injuring my back and had tried everything I knew to avoid having surgery, because I had heard that back surgery was seldom successful. By the time I went to see Dr. Standard, I was desperate for relief. He put my mind at ease with his calm, low-key manner as he told me about the surgery I needed. He said he had had the surgery himself, that it was not difficult, and that he had performed a lot of them. Dr. Standard fixed my back problem, and my pain is now gone!
in Nashville, TN |
Dr Standard operated on my back and I had immediate relief. He has a caring bedside manner and his office staff was helpful explaining test results and follow care. His secretary helped me get my work papers in order for this to run smoothly during my recovery time. That was one thing off my list of worries as I focused on healing. I would recommend Dr Standard to anyone and everyone.
in Mount Juliet |
Dr.Standard was very professional and caring with my initial visit. He was also very kind during my stay in the hospital. My follow up visit he was extremely kind and listened to my questions. I would highly recommend Dr.Standard without hesitation.
in Kingston Springs, TN |
Dr. Standard performed a FAILED SURGERY on me that put me out of work for 2 months. My follow up visit he did not know who I was. He told me I needed a follow up MRI & when I asked him if I needed another one aside from the one I had 2 weeks prior Dr. Standard got angry with me because ends up his new office staff started a new chart on me which I was unaware of. His solution to my failed surgery was to have more injections. I do not recommend this Doctor!
in Greenbrier, TN |
Dr. Standard and his staff are the best! No wait time in lobby and maybe 5 minutes in exam room. He listened to my concerns and problems and immediately addressed them. My progress and healing has already began. Thanks to everyone there!
Dr Standard is kind and will make time for you unlike other doctors. However my surgery did nothing for me I laid in bed for 6 weeks and 3 months later have neuropathy and no relief. I'm EXTREMLY disappointed in my surgery. I JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE AND BE ABLE TO WALK. No relief!!! Dr. Standards office staff is the worse I have ever encountered. Also, his secretaries will try to answer medical questions and not ask him and then contradict each other.
in Hartsville Tn |
Immediate relief post-op. He is very knowledgable, and has a kind bedside manner! I recommend Dr. Standard to anyone who may have painful back issues ??
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Dr. Standard accepts 7 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
    Blue Network E
  • 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
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Standard has admitting privileges

Saint Thomas Hospital for Specialty Surgery
2011 Murphy Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
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Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital
2000 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37236
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Saint Thomas West Hospital
4220 Harding Road Po Box 380
Nashville, TN 37205
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