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CHRISTUS St. Vincent Neurosurgical Associates

We provide 24/7, 365 days a year coverage for access to state-of the art cervical, thoracic, brain and lumbar spine care. We are the only Center in New Mexico to provide this type of coverage.

Our Approach

Our interdisciplinary program includes specialists affiliated with CHRISTUS St. Vincent. The program provides exceptional care for our patients including minimally invasive surgery options. We make brain and spine care easy to receive by following evidence-based guidelines and ensuring access with timely appointments.

The team at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Neurosurgical Associates provides comprehensive surgical care for disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system. Individualized treatment options are discussed in detail with patients in a relaxed, private environment. The neurosurgeons provide modern and innovative surgical solutions, though nonsurgical options are also discussed.

Clinical evaluations include thorough discussion and evaluation. Appointments take place in a convenient location on the hospital campus. Office staff strive to meet the needs of patients' schedules. Surgeons carefully review the results of diagnostic procedures such as MRI, CT, or x-ray imaging with with patients so there is complete understanding of the diagnosis and treatment options. 

Surgery is performed in a state-of-the-art operating room dedicated to neurosurgical procedures. Renovated in 2009 as part of a $16 million project, the operating room is equipped with advanced surgical instruments, anesthesia equipment, operating tables, audiovisual processing, intraoperative microscopic visualization, intraoperative imaging, and other sophisticated technology. 

Surgical procedures of the brain are conducted with computer-guided three-dimensional imaging techniques (Stealth frameless navigation) and advanced intraoperative neurological monitoring of the brain. Surgical procedures of the spine may be addressed with minimally-invasive techniques allowing the smallest possible incision that helps shorten recovery time. Other new spine  treatment technologies such as micro-decompression, artificial disc replacement, fusion, interspinous spacers, intraoperative real-time spinal cord monitoring, and vertebral body augmentation also are performed. 

After surgery, modern recovery areas allow for a smooth emergence from anesthesia. Further recovery can occur in the hospital's neurosurgical ward.  Comprehensive post-operative therapy programs are available, including inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient therapy.

Schedule visits with little delay and make every effort to afford time for careful discussion of each patient's condition and concerns. Self-referrals are welcome, and appointments to see a physician can frequently be made within a day or two. The practice is eager to see new patients regardless of insurance plans or coverage, and hopes to give every patient an excellent experience.

Procedures Performed

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
  • Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • X-stop Lumbar Decompression
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Carpal Tunnel Decompression
  • Ulnar Nerve Decompression
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion with Pedicle Screws (PLIF)
  • Transoraminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion with Pedicle Screws (TLIF)
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
  • Direct Axial Lumbar Fusion (AxiaLIF)
  • Shunting for Hydrocephalus
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Laminectomy



Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Our Location

CHRISTUS St. Vincent Neurosurgical Associates
465 St. Michael's Drive
Suite 107
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505



Our Team

CHRISTUS St. Vincent

Philip Shields, MD


Neurologic Surgeon

CHRISTUS St. Vincent

Philip Smucker, MD


Neurological Surgeon

CHRISTUS St. Vincent

Marshall Watson, MD


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Sue Earls, PA-C, MMS


Associated Facilities

This clinic is part of the following hospital networks.