Dr. Brian R. Gantwerker’s expertise is the treatment of degenerative and traumatic diseases of the brain and spine. His practice focuses on traumatic spine and spinal cord injury, degenerative spinal diseases, stereotactic radiosurgery, trigeminal neuralgia, and brain tumors. Dr. Gantwerker is highly committed to applying newly advanced techniques for the brain and spine treatment. His proficiency is in brain and spinal surgery techniques, both minimally invasive and complex. He completed a neurosurgical residency at University Hospital of Cleveland and researched spinal cord regeneration with stem cells at Case Western School of Medicine. Afterwards, in 2009, he was engaged in a complex spine fellowship at the world-renowned Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Dr. Gantwerker is a member of numerous distinguished professional societies such as the American Medical Association, the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the North American Spine Society.

Procedures Dr. Brian Gantwerker Performs at Marina del Rey Hospital

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Education & Training

Medical Degree

Rush Medical College of Rush University

Internship(s)

Case Western Reserve - General Surgery

Residency(ies)

Case Western Reserve University - Neurosurgery

Fellowship(s)

Barrow Neurological Institute - Complex Spinal Neurosurgery



Honors & Awards

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • North American Spine Society North American Spine Society
  • American Medical Association American Medical Association
  • Golden Key National Honor Society Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Publications & Media

    • Computed tomography analysis of thoracolumbar fractures based on axial zones.

      Baaj AA, Gantwerker BR, Vale FL, Theodore N, Dickman CA, Crawford NR, Sonntag VKH. Computed tomography analysis of thoracolumbar fractures based on axial zones. (abstract accepted for publication to Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques)

    • Upper cervical and craniocervical decompression. In: Benzel EC, Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complication, and Avoidance.

      Gantwerker BR, Spetzler RF, Sonntag VKH. Upper cervical and craniocervical decompression. In: Benzel EC, Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complication, and Avoidance. Elsevier, 2012 (in press)

    • Craniocervical junction instability after lateral approach of the craniocervical junction. In: George, Bruneau, Spetzler, Pathology and Surgery around the vertebral artery.

      Gantwerker BR, Dickman CA, Sonntag VKH. Craniocervical junction instability after lateral approach of the craniocervical junction. In: George, Bruneau, Spetzler, Pathology and Surgery around the vertebral artery. Springer-Verlag, France, 2011

    • Tandem intercostal thoracic schwannomas resected using a thoracoscopic nerve-sparing technique. Neurosurgery.

      Gantwerker BR and Dickman CA. Tandem intercostal thoracic schwannomas resected using a thoracoscopic nerve-sparing technique. Neurosurgery. 69(1):E225-E229, July 2011

    • Vertebral artery injury during cervical discectomy and fusion in a patient with bilateral anomalous arteries in the disc space. Neurosurgery

      Case Report: Vertebral artery injury during cervical discectomy and fusion in a patient with bilateral anomalous arteries in the disc space. Neurosurgery. 67(3):E874-E875, September 2010