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St. Luke’s Clinic – Northwest Neurosurgery Associates: Boise

Our team offers specialized treatments for issues related to the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves. These include minimally invasive spine surgery, brain and spine tumor surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, degenerative and reconstructive spine surgery, stereotactic surgery, deep brain stimulation (DBS), care for spine and cranial vascular disorders and trauma, and more.

Our goal is to find the treatment option that’s best for you to achieve your most successful results and highest possible quality of life.

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Providers

  • Biography

    Jennifer Babcock, NP earned her degree in nursing from Boise State University and her physician assistant degree from Gonzaga University. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Practitioners of Idaho.

  • Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

  • Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

  • Neurosurgery

    Biography

    Edward Duckworth, MD, MS, FAANS is an intracranial-focused neurosurgeon, specializing in the treatment of complex cranial disorders. He has expertise in treating many conditions, including cerebrovascular disease and the surgical treatment of stroke; brain tumors, including pituitary tumors; acoustic neuroma; skull base tumors; Chiari malformation; epilepsy; moyamoya; trigeminal neuralgia; arteriovenous malformations, cavernoma; normal-pressure hydrocephalus (NPH); and carotid artery disease. He is the director of St. Luke's Cranial Neurosurgery Program.

    Dr. Duckworth holds the distinction of being "dual-fellowship trained," having completed fellowship training in cerebrovascular and cranial base surgery at Northwestern University and in endovascular neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology at Semmes-Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. This training allows him to offer the safest and most effective treatments for cerebrovascular conditions, whether that is open surgery or an endovascular technique.

    While working at the Baylor College of Medicine, he held the rank of associate professor and served as the director of cerebrovascular and cranial base neurosurgery.

    Dr. Duckworth is a member of the American Association for Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has published over 50 peer reviewed papers and given more than 40 oral presentations on neurosurgery.

    Surgical Specialties

    • Neurosurgery
    • Cerebrovascular neurosurgery
    • Endovascular neurosurgery
    • Endovascular surgical neuroradiology
    • Neurological skull base surgery

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Neurosurgery

    Biography

    Gregory S. Harrison, MD, FAANS specializes in complex spine surgery, brain tumor surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and general neurosurgery. Before moving to Boise, he practiced in both the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and Pocatello, ID.

    Dr. Harrison earned his bachelor's degree at Yale University and completed his medical degree at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. After his neurosurgery residency at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Dr. Harrison performed his fellowship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia, with a focus on brain tumors and skull base surgery.

    Surgical Specialties

    • Brain surgery
    • Spine surgery
    • Discectomy
    • Laminectomy
    • Cervical and lumbar fusion
    • Corpectomy

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Neurosurgery

    Biography

    Kenneth M. Little, MD, FAANS is the director of St. Luke's Clinic – Northwest Neurosurgery Associates and the regional director of spine surgery at St. Luke's Boise. His areas of expertise include complex spinal surgery, minimally invasive spinal surgery, brain tumor surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, reconstructive spine surgery, general neurosurgery, and artificial disc replacement. He also specializes in treatment of spinal tumors, cerebrovascular disorders, and degenerative spinal conditions. 

    Dr. Little earned his bachelor's degree in neuroscience from the University of California at Los Angeles where he received the Athletic and Academic Achievement Award. He earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University where he received the Neurobiology Research Award for his work in neuroplasticity. While completing his neurosurgery training at Duke University, Dr. Little pursued a wide variety of clinical and academic interests. He authored several research papers and book chapters and received the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Resident Award for his basic science work in epilepsy.

    Dr. Little also leads quality initiatives at St. Luke’s Health System across the continuum of care including a multidisciplinary outpatient spine clinic. Dr. Little is a member of St. Luke’s Research Advisory Committee and has a particular interest in comparative effectiveness research and novel analytics through mathematical modeling. 

    Surgical Specialties

    • Brain surgery
    • Spine surgery
    • Discectomy
    • Laminectomy
    • Cervical and lumbar fusion
    • Corpectomy

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Charisse Mack, PA-C earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Denver and her master's degree in physician assistant studies from Idaho State University. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

  • Biography

    Sarah Maddux, PA-C earned her bachelor's degree from Northwest Nazarene University and her physician assistant degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

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    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

  • Neurosurgery

    Biography

    Derek Martinez, MD, MS specializes in the treatment of a wide array of complex brain, spine, and peripheral nerve conditions. He has expertise in surgery for brain and spine tumors, complex spine care, radiosurgery, cerebral hemorrhages, artificial disc replacement, normal-pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), and general neurosurgery. He also performs surgery for neuromodulation and the treatment of movement disorders and epilepsy.

    Dr. Martinez is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.

    Prior to his medical education, Dr. Martinez earned a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a master's degree in neuroscience from Brigham Young University.

    Surgical Specialties

    • Deep brain stimulation (DBS)
    • Epilepsy surgery
    • Stereotactic neurosurgery
    • Brain and pituitary tumors
    • Spine tumors
    • Complex spine surgery
    • Peripheral nerve surgery

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Elizabeth McDowell, PA-C earned her bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Northwest Nazarene University and her physician assistant degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is a member of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

  • Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

  • Neurosurgery

    Biography

    Richard Osenbach, MD focuses on the neurosurgical treatment of chronic pain disorders as well as the neurosurgical treatment of movement disorders such as essential tremor and Parkinson's disease. He is experienced in a wide array of neurostimulation devices, including the use of spinal cord (dorsal column) stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, motor cortex stimulation, and deep brain stimulation.

    Dr. Osenbach is experienced in the implantation of spinal drug delivery devices for the management of chronic pain and spasticity. He also manages pain associated with cancer and other problems like complex regional pain syndrome, pain following brachial plexus avulsion, phantom limb pain, pain following nerve surgery, and craniofacial pain disorders.

    Prior to his medical education, Dr. Osenbach earned his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Albright College. He served in the U.S. Army as assistant chief of neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and has served as faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina and Duke University Hospital. He is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

    Surgical Specialties

    • General cranial surgery
    • Spinal surgery
    • Neurostimulation and functional neurosurgery
    • Peripheral nerve surgery

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • Biography

    Melissa Thompson, NP is certified as a nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a registered nurse for St. Luke's post-anesthesia care unit.

    Melissa earned her bachelor's degree from Lewis Clark State College and her nurse practitioner's degree from Northwest Nazarene University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

Procedures & Treatments

  • When conservative treatment isn’t helping, surgery may be an option for resolving your back or spine problems.
  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a therapy that can improve quality-of-life when medication cannot be further optimized.

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