Dr. Udaya Kakarla, MD

Dr. Udaya Kakarla, MD

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Neurosurgery  |  
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43 y/o
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Dr. Udaya Kakarla, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Phoenix, AZ. He is 43 years old and has been practicing for 14 years. Dr. Kakarla is affiliated with Phoenix Children's Hospital, Dignity Health - Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, Dignity Health - St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and Dignity Health - Chandler Regional Medical Center.

Barrow Brain and Spine

2910 N 3rd Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85013
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Accepted insurance

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

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Top Care Areas

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Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Spine Deformities
very high
more than 99% of peers
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kakarla "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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Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
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Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Cysts, Adult
  • 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
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Craniovertebral Junction
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Glioblastoma
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphosis
  • 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
  • Pediatric Spinal Disorders
  • Pediatric Spinal Tumor
  • 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
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Complex Pediatric Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Pediatric Spine Surgery
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery

Background Check

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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.

Education

  • Indiana University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2003
  • Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kakarla has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Telugu

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kakarla's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kakarla to family and friends
3.5
based on 27 total reviews (8 with comments)
Dr. Kakarla's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (8)
Phoenix, AZ |
Inept office. Made appt for tests, but didn’t inform me, got attitude. Finally went for tests, was told office would contact me. I waited, I finally called, they told me I was to call, attitude again. Received no reminder of appt, called my husband instead, I had given his number for emergency contact. All that, and Kakarla’s attitude...condescending, placating.
in Fountain Hills, AZ |
Supremely talented, patient, and wise surgeon. Highly recommend!
Scottsdale, AZ |
Not impressed with the office management and response of doctor. My mother had surgery 5 years ago by surgeon and is having issues again in the same area. She is having severe pain and unable to walk. 2 ER visits and still can't get the doctor to see my mom. Hoping the schedulers will work some magic and get her in sooner, so she can get surgery sooner than later. Being doped up on medications and not being able to move from bed is not ok.
Mesa, AZ |
Not only has he always been warm and friendly he helped me walk without pain again and got me my life back. I hope someone can do for him what he's done for me.
in California |
Dr. Kakarla is absolutely outstanding. My mom is 81 years old and has undergone several very serious, complicated surgeries at Barrow Neurological Institute. Dr. Kakarla has been her surgeon through all of them and he is absolutely incredible. The reason she is mobile and healthy is thanks to him and the incredible care at Barrow!
in Phoenix, AZ |
This practice has changed. When I had my surgery at the end of 2014 apparently they were a more caring group of people
in Gilbert, AZ |
Did a fabulous job on my back and neck. No longer in pain and has given us our life back. Highly recommended for serious issues
Phoenix, AZ |
He seems to be a good surgeon but is lacking good bedside manners.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Kakarla accepts 10 insurance carriers
  • AARP
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
    Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Mercy Care
    AHCCCS - AZ Health Care Cost Containment System
  • MultiPlan
    RAN/AMN
  • PHCS
    PHCS PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Kakarla has admitting privileges

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Dignity Health - Mercy Gilbert Medical Center
3555 S Val Vista Dr
Gilbert, AZ 85297
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Phoenix Children's Hospital
1919 E Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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