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.

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. 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.  


Our Locations

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

CHRISTUS St. Vincent Health Specialists - Taos
1213 Gusdorf Road
Taos, New Mexico 87571

Diagnosis & Procedures Performed Surgically

  • BRAIN
  • SPINE
  • PROCEDURES

Our Team

CHRISTUS St. Vincent

Philip Shields, MD

Neurosurgery, Neurology

Neurologic Surgeon

CHRISTUS St. Vincent

Philip Smucker, MD

Neurology, Neurosurgery

Neurological Surgeon

CHRISTUS St. Vincent

Marshall Watson, MD

Neurosurgery, Neurology

CHRISTUS St. Vincent

Yvonne Gonzalez, PA-C

Neurology, Neurosurgery

CHRISTUS St. Vincent

Molly Hummel, MPSAS, PA-C

Neurosurgery, Neurology