Richard A. Stanger, M.D.
Special Interests: Minimally invasive & complex spinal surgery, brain & spinal tumors, cranial surgery, carpal tunnel, ulnar Nerve, spinal cord stimulation (SCS), baclofen pumps.
Dr. Stanger earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, majoring in biochemistry and minoring in history. He received his medical degree from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in Bronx, New York. He then completed his general surgery internship and neurosurgery residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond where he served as Chief Resident from 2010-2011. While in Richmond, Dr. Stanger completed a two-year fellowship in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery at The Medical College of Virginia and also served as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Stanger joined The NeuroMedical Center’s Neurosurgery Department in July 2013 and is board certified in neurological surgery. He offers minimally invasive laser spine surgery and specializes in surgical options for lumbar and cervical spine conditions, including pinched nerves in the neck, spinal stenosis, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Stanger is skilled in complex procedures such as spinal fusion and spinal decompression surgeries, as well as craniotomies. He also performs operations to remove tumors in the spine, brain, and pituitary glands. Dr. Stanger also specializes in spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for the treatment of chronic back or neck pain, and intrathecal baclofen therapy to treat muscle spasticity caused by disorders such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. In addition to treating the full range of spinal disorders, Dr. Stanger offers surgery for other neurological conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar nerve dysfunction in the elbow caused by cubital tunnel syndrome or neuropathy. Dr. Stanger views surgery as the last resort in treating all types of spinal disorders and pain. His care philosophy includes a laser focus on “working sequentially through all types of conservative management options and when needed optimizing surgical treatment.”
As a member of the Greater Baton Rouge region’s largest network of fellowship-trained neurosurgeons Dr. Stanger offers world-class expertise with the latest neurosurgical technology and innovative techniques available to patients across Louisiana. The brain and spine are some of the body’s most sophisticated neurological systems and surgeries to repair damage and improve functioning are highly complex. The neurosurgeons at The NeuroMedical Center understand that neurosurgery is most effective when it is coordinated with the patient’s entire neurological care plan. That is why, Dr. Stanger and his colleagues collaborate closely with the specialists in the neurology, neuroradiology, neuropsychology, physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), and pain medicine departments to create complete, integrated neurological treatment for each patient.
Dr. Stanger is currently accepting new patients, offering his services in Baton Rouge and at The NeuroMedical Center’s satellite locations in Zachary and Walker.