Neurosurgery in Portland, Oregon


Dr. Kuether is a neurosurgeon in Portland where he specializes in diagnosing and treating brain and spine disorders. Dr. Kuether has been in private practice since completing a Fellowship in Interventional Neurosurgery more than 15 years ago.

Neurosurgery in Portland, OregonDr. Kuether received a medical degree from the University of Kansas in 1993 and moved to Portland, Oregon to begin his residency. Dr. Kuether then trained for seven years in Neurosurgery at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.

Dr. Kuether is the Director of Neurotrauma at Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Chair of Neurosurgery at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital. His expertise is repairing brain aneurysms and other disorders with minimally invasive surgical techniques. He treats various brain and spine disorders.

At his practice, Dr. Kuether cares for patients who need brain or spine surgery. Among the surgeries he performs:

  • • tumor removal
  • • spine reconstruction
  • • artificial cervical replacement
  • • lumbar disc replacement
  • • peripheral nerve surgery
  • • many other neurosurgical procedures

He performs both open and minimally invasive surgeries, choosing the procedure that offers the best resolution to the patient.

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Experienced Teams at Trusted Surgical Centers

Dr. Kuether operates at Legacy Good Samaritan, Wilshire Surgery Center and Legacy Emanuel. His offices are at Legacy Meridian Park and Legacy Emanuel Hospital. He works with a talented, experienced team committed to patient health and care.

Dr. Kuether has been a neurosurgery patient himself. He understands what it’s like to be a surgical patient because he has had both neck and back surgery.

The staff at Kuether Brain and Spine works to find the best solution for each of their patients. They know that your goal is to live a happy, healthy, active and pain-free life, and that’s what they strive to achieve everyday.

When Should You See a Neurosurgeon?

Neurosurgeons, sometimes called brain surgeons or spine surgeons, specialize in treating brain, spine and nerve diseases with surgery. You’ll most likely see a neurosurgeon at the recommendation of your primary care physician.

If you have a condition that can be treated with surgery, the neurosurgeon may recommend either open or endoscopic surgery. Endoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique requiring tiny incisions. Patients heal faster and have fewer side effects with this type of procedure.

Spine Surgery

You may need spine surgery if you have chronic pain that isn’t helped by other treatments. Dr. Kuether may recommend surgery only after you have tried other types of therapies without success. Some people find relief from physical therapy, medications or alternative medicine.

Pain isn’t always a reason to have surgery. Other methods may treat pain successfully and sometimes surgery doesn’t lessen the discomfort. A spinal surgeon may recommend various tests before giving you a diagnosis. If Dr. Kuether sees a condition that he can treat with surgery, such as spinal stenosis or a herniated disc, he may recommend you have surgery.

Brain Surgery

Brain surgeons in Portland treat head trauma, brain tumors and aneurysms. With some conditions, a patient may not have symptoms before learning they have a problem. Others will have severe symptoms such as seizures, pain or dizziness and more. Without treatment, symptoms may worsen and some patients risk death or disability.