Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 73

Neurosurgery

Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Saint Louis, MO. He is affiliated with medical facilities Mercy Hospital St. Louis and Progress West Hospital. His office is not accepting new patients.

Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD

Selwyn Picker Inc.

621 S New Ballas Rd Ste 310A Saint Louis, MO 63141
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Dr. Picker's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Osteoarthritis of Spine
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Picker treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Picker treats this condition more than 91% of his peers

Spinal Stenosis
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high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Picker treats Spinal Stenosis more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Picker treats this condition more than 90% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
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high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Picker treats Cervical Spine Myelopathy more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Picker treats this condition more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Picker's conditions and procedures:

  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 2
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • 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 Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Dr. Picker's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Picker

4.9

Based on 29 ratings

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Amazing
Dr Picker performed surgery on my spine right after I was born. I have spina bifida myelomeningocele. He is the only doctor my mom saw who didn’t make me get a shunt. I have a much better quality of life because of him and he truly cared about my follow up care too.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Krysti – Jul 12, 2022
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Dr. Picker performed a C6-C7 discectomy on me over 20 years ago when I was in my early 40's. I had been involved in a rear-end collision and a skiing accident that resulted in a ruptured disc in my neck. I was experiencing severe and relentless numbness and discomfort. Following my neck surgery, I have been virtually pain free and problem free for 20+ years, enjoy a full range of motion, and have participated in a variety of sports and work activities throughout this time with no restrictions or limitations. I could not be more pleased with my result.
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Don Wilson – Dec 09, 2021
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Dr Picker is one of a kind! He saved my husband after a hunting accident April 1992. You hands are blessed in so many ways. I am grateful for your knowledge. You saved a young man and his family from many heartbreaks. We are forever grateful for you. Thank you for being AMAZING!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Katie K – Jan 31, 2020
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Totally love this doctor- he saved our son Travis’s life 25 years ago - he was in a bicycle accident and quit breathing in the ambulance. This man gave us so much confidence he was going to be fine. After almost four hours of surgery, he came to tell our family Trav would be just fine. He was in St. John’s for one week and went home and has been totally fine since ???? We are once again here today as my husband is having hip surgery. Just brought back memories of that special day 25 years ago- ?
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Terri Bloemke in MO – Mar 08, 2019
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Dr. Picker is The Man. I’ve just finished a spine surgery and feel better than I have in 3 years. It’s like I woke up without pain and New Legs. I had forgotten what it feels like to be out of pain. Thank you my sweet doctor. Dr. Picker and Dr curylo worked together to accomplish this. Thanks, thanks, thanks.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Betty Holcomb in Oakville, MO – Aug 13, 2018
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Dr Picker and Mary are the very best of people and are very caring and helpful. My family and I appreciate the great care that has been given to me for my surgeries. This man is a great surgeon and has always taken great care for me as I have dealt with surgeries and when I need guidance on what to do next. Mary, his staff person is also a caring and professional staff person to work with. The Crady family appreciates everything that has been done to help me.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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John Crady in St Peters – Mar 29, 2018
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Dr Picker & Dr Curylo have cared for me in 3 surgeries from 2005 - current. 2005 reconstructed my neck, which was in 6 to 8 pieces before surgery. 2 lumbar surgery’s. The 2cnd lumbar 6 weeks ago, 8 months before surgery, in severe pain & in mobile. After: went home after 2 day stay, 5 weeks after no pain medication, 6 weeks after, all pain is gone, walking better than I have in 2yrs & feel great again. Dr Picker saved my life once & gave it back to me again. Blessed to have him & his team.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Diane Lansford in Sullivan Mo – Jan 09, 2018
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Explained every aspect of my condition and how we could correct it.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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David Dickey in Kirkwood Mo – Jan 03, 2018
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I was referred to Dr Picker 10 years ago for a painful back condition. After reviewing my options I agreed to a 2 level fusion and I recovered fully without complications. 10 yrs later I returned to see Dr Picker and Dr Curylo for another surgery due to extensive painful arthritis. On 3/15/17 my Dr performed a 3 level fusion with Dr Curylo. These drs are amazing. I am just shy of 3 weeks post op. I have no pain, can do stairs well, sleep well, and will highly recommend these skilled doctors.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Sandra Schnaidt in St Louis, MO – Apr 04, 2017
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Dr Picker and the staff who operated on me saved my life. I came into the hospital septic and very sick after many tests and scans they came to the conclusion that I needed surgery right away so I said ok. He saved my life I've came along way . I want to thank them I'm Caroline Reggio From Troy Mo
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Caroline Ruegg in Troy, MO – Jul 20, 2016
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I've been a patient of Dr. Picker's for 16 years. He's the most compassionate surgeon I've had the pleasure to know. He actually recommended that I wait to have surgery. How many doctors do you think would do that? Answer: zero. I could write paragraphs about this man, but to keep it short, he's the best and I highly recommend him to anyone with cervical (high neck) issues, which is why I see him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Melissa in Saint Louis, MO – Mar 01, 2016
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Dr. Picker is an amazing doctor. He transformed my life. I've suffered with back problems for more than 20 years. I've been on numerous medications, been to physical therapy, had steroid injections and nothing worked. My once ruptured disc had eroded and bone was rubbing on bone. I also had arthritis in surrounding joints. Dr. Picker recommended a procedure called RFN or heat lesions to deaden my nerves. I'm now med and pain free!! I'm in bootcamp at a local gym. My results are amazing!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
8 people found this helpful
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Jan 27, 2016
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Great Dr ! Very personal and nice takes time to make sure your completely understand the procedure to be done .
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Dennis Kostial in Eureka , Mo. – Jan 13, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Saint Louis, MO. He is affiliated with medical facilities Mercy Hospital St. Louis and Progress West...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

Barnes Jewish Hospital S Campus
Residency Hospital
University Of The Witwatersrand, Faculty Of Health Sciences
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Awards

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What conditions does Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD treat?

Dr. Picker frequently treats the following conditions: Osteoarthritis of Spine, Spinal Stenosis, and Cervical Spine Myelopathy. See more on Healthgrades.

What is Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD's office address?

Dr. Picker's office is located at 621 S New Ballas Rd Ste 310A, Saint Louis, MO 63141. You can find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages is Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD fluent in?

Dr. Picker is able to speak Afrikaans and English. View profile to see all.

Is Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD affiliated with any hospitals?

Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD is affiliated with Mercy Hospital St. Louis and Progress West Hospital.

Is Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD a board-certified professional?

Yes, Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD holds board certifications in Neurosurgery.

Does Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD receive good ratings from patients?

There is a star rating of 4.9/5 for Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD. Patients say that they trusted the provider's decisions and the provider explained conditions well. See all patient feedback on Healthgrades.

Locations

Practice

Selwyn Picker Inc.621 S New Ballas Rd Ste 310A Saint Louis, MO 63141
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Picker is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Mercy Hospital St. Louis

Saint Louis, MO

79% Patients that would definitely recommend, 9% higher than the national average

16 Awards Received

Award Highlight: State Ranking Award - Pulmonary Care™ (2023)

Progress West Hospital

O Fallon, MO

75% Patients that would definitely recommend, 5% higher than the national average