Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD

Neurosurgery •  Male • Age 71
  
Dr. Picker
621 S New Ballas Rd Saint Louis, MO 63141

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Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Picker has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities Mercy Hospital St. Louis and Progress West Hospital. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Picker to book an appointment.


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Dr. Picker accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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Anthem
Alliance (Select Network)-MO
Alliance-MO EPO
Balanced Blue Access Choice-MO
Balanced Blue Access-MO
Balanced Blue Preferred-MO
Blue Access Choice (St Louis) (Select Network)-MO
Blue Access Choice - S-MO
Blue Access Choice-MO
Blue Access-MO
Blue Preferred (Blue Preferred / Small Grp)-MO
Blue Preferred (Select Network)-MO POS
Blue Preferred Network-MO
Blue Preferred Options-MO
Blue Preferred Plus-MO POS
Blue Preferred-MO HMO
Blue Traditional-MO
Bronze Blue Access Choice Plus-MO
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Bronze Blue Access Plus-MO
Bronze Blue Access-MO
Bronze Blue Preferred Plus-MO
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Bronze Pathway for HSA-MO
Bronze Pathway X for HSA-MO
Bronze Pathway X-MO
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Catastrophic Pathway X-MO
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Gold Blue Access Choice Plus-MO
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Gold Blue Preferred Plus-MO
Gold Blue Preferred-MO
Gold Pathway X-MO
Gold Pathway-MO
Lumenos Plans (Blue Access Choice)-MO
Lumenos plans (Blue Access)-MO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
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Pathway X-MO
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Preferred-Care Blue (KC) (Select Network)-MO
Silver Blue Access Choice Plus-MO
Silver Blue Access Choice-MO
Silver Blue Access Plus-MO
Silver Blue Access-MO
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Silver Blue Preferred-MO
Silver Pathway for HSA-MO
Silver Pathway X for HSA-MO
Silver Pathway X-MO
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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
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Blue Preferred Plus POS
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
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Commercial Insurance Company
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Group Health Cooperative (GHC)
Group Health Cooperative
HealthLink
HealthLink PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
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TriWest Champus
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
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Options PPO
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Practice Areas

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine specialists.

Typically treats 76% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 14 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Spinal Fusion
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Picker performs Spinal Fusion more than 93% of their peers

Dr. Picker performs this procedure more than 93% of their peers

Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Picker performs Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy) more than 91% of their peers

Dr. Picker performs this procedure more than 91% of their peers

Spine Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Picker treats Spine Disorders more than 88% of their peers

Dr. Picker treats this condition more than 88% of their peers

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Dr. Picker's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease

Dr. Picker's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Picker

4.9

Based on 27 ratings

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  • Explained conditions well (26)
  • Listened & answered questions (26)
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  • Appointment was rushed (1)
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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!
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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- ?
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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.
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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
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Long wait times
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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!!
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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 .
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Dennis Kostial in Eureka , Mo. – Jan 13, 2016
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Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Picker has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities Mercy Hospital St. Louis and Progress West Hospital. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Picker to book an appointment.

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Education

Barnes Jewish Hospital S Campus
Residency Hospital

Languages

  • Afrikaans
  • English

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Practice

621 S New Ballas Rd Saint Louis, MO 63141
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Mercy Hospital St. Louis

Saint Louis, MO

77% Patient experience rating, 8% higher than the national average

  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019)

Progress West Hospital

O Fallon, MO

80% Patient experience rating, 11% higher than the national average