Our Practice
Your primary physician has determined that you should seek the opinion of a physician who specializes in neurosurgery and you have been referred to our office for neurosurgical consultation.

We will take a history of your condition and general health, perform a physical examination and review any imaging studies or diagnostic studies you have had. We will prepare a report that summarizes our findings and will make recommendations for treatment. We will discuss this report in detail and will send a copy to your referring physician.

The decision about treatment for your condition will be up to you. We encourage you to ask whatever questions you need to make an informed decision. We will be completely honest with you about the probable outcomes whether you decide to have surgery or not.

All of us at Portland Neurosurgery work as a team. We take our committment very seriously and will do all that we can for your physical health and peace of mind.

What you need to bring to your appointment will be any x-rays or medical reports regarding your condition, the completed Personal Medical History form, and information regarding your insurance coverage, including your insurance card.


What is Neurosurgery?

Neurosurgery involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases or conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves in the body, including their blood supply and supporting structures. Treatment may be surgical or non-surgical, determined by the best means of managing the specific problem.

Neurosurgical training begins with the completion of four years of college, followed by four years of medical school, at which point the degree of M.D. is granted. A year of general surgical internship follows medical school, during which time the new physician learns the basics of surgical technique and practice. A neurosurgery residency of five to seven years is next, providing in depth experience in neurosurgery and areas of medicine related to neurosurgery. These other areas include neurology, neuroradiology, neuropathology and critical care medicine. The final year of residency is spent as a Chief Resident, often operating as the primary surgeon with support and backup from the neurosurgical faculty, facilitating the transition from student to independent surgeon.

Some neurosurgeons seek additional training through a Fellowship, which is a focused super specialization in a specific area of neurosurgical practice and usually includes a component of research.

Finally, neurosurgeons may become board certified, which means they have successfully completed an approved residency training program and have passed an in depth testing process which covers all aspects of neurosurgery.

Applicants may sit for the final oral examination, intended to assess clinical skills and decision making after they have been in practice two or more years and must also be judged as competent and ethical physicians by their peers. Successful completion of the examinations results in certification by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. As stated, the broad aim of the American Board of Neurological Surgery "is to encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards, and advance the science of neurological surgery, and thereby to serve the cause of public health."

Neurosurgeons maintain clinical and scientific competency through continued education at international neurosurgery meetings sponsored by the major neurosurgical societies, special focus courses and independent reading of scientific journals.


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Phone:(503) 291-1960
Fax:(503) 297-9195

Providence St. Vincent Hospital
9155 SW Barnes Road, Suite 836
Portland, Oregon 97225


Dr. Jeffrey P. Johnson