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Residents in the northern communities of Pittsburgh now have more convenient options for brain and spine care. At the UPMC Neurological Institute‘s newest location at 901 East Brady St., Suite 302, in Butler, Pa., Robert Bailey, MD, and Raymond Sekula, MD, neurosurgeons in the UPMC Department of Neurosurgery now bring advanced specialty care closer to home for patients.

The UPMC Neurological Institute combines the expertise of skilled neurologists and neurosurgeons to provide comprehensive, compassionate care to patients. Recognized for groundbreaking research and for pioneering minimally invasive techniques, our team offers innovative diagnostic and treatment options for the full array of neurosurgical conditions — common to rare.

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Advanced Spine Care, In Your Neighborhood

Dr. Bailey specializes in the surgical management of degenerative spine disease of the cervical (upper), thoracic (middle), and lumbar (lower) spine, utilizing both traditional and minimally invasive approaches.

Back pain can really limit a person’s ability to maintain an active lifestyle, get comfortable for a good night’s sleep, and much more. Dr. Bailey says if nonsurgical treatments, such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, or steroid injections, don’t relieve symptoms, surgery may be needed to remove bone or ligament, or to relieve pressure on the nerves helping to reduce pain, numbness, or other symptoms.

“There are some pathologies patients show up with that require more invasive surgeries,” says Dr. Bailey. “But anytime we can, we use less invasive surgical options to treat a patients’ symptoms maximally.”

Minimally Invasive Brain Care

Dr. Sekula specializes in minimally invasive neurosurgery and is known nationally and internationally for his refinement of neurosurgical techniques. His areas of focus include:

  • Brain tumors — malignant and nonmalignant
  • Trigeminal neuralgia — a condition affecting the trigeminal nerve, which can lead to a brief, intermittent, electrical pain on one side of the face
  • Acoustic neuroma — a noncancerous tumor on the vestibulocochlear nerve that can affect hearing and balance
  • Chiari malformation — a structural abnormality of the cerebellum and parts of the brain stem, which can lead to headaches at the base of the head that get worse during strenuous activities
  • Hemifacial spasm — a condition involving the facial nerve, which can lead to a twitch that starts around one eye and slowly progresses to involve the lower face

“We’re thrilled to provide our patients with more convenient options for comprehensive, neurosurgical care that’s closer to home,” says Dr. Sekula.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bailey, call 412-802-3350. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sekula, call 412-802-8830.

World-Class Neurosurgical Care, Closer to Home

The new office in Butler is just one of the locations providing comprehensive neurosurgical care to communities in the north.

  • UPMC Passavant-McCandless has a multidisciplinary team of experts who works together to restore your spine health and return you to a full and active life.
  • UPMC Spine Center (located at the UPMC Outpatient Center in Wexford) brings the collaborative expertise of multiple health care professionals, including physical therapists, neurosurgeons, and orthopaedic surgeons, together in one convenient, full-service location to diagnose and treat your back and neck pain, spine disorders, and injuries.
  • Tri-State Neurosurgical Associates–UPMC specializes in neurosurgery, with northern offices in Greenville, Hermitage, New Castle, and Wexford.

“UPMC continues to expand world-class neurological care and services in the northern communities of Pittsburgh,” says Matt El-Kadi, MD, chief of neurosurgery at UPMC Passavant and director of the UPMC Spine Center. “This includes expanding access to experts in minimally invasive brain surgery with the opening of the new Butler office, as well as being able to address any spine issue at the comprehensive UPMC Spine Center.”

About Neurosurgery

The UPMC Department of Neurosurgery is the largest academic neurosurgical provider in the United States. We perform more than 11,000 procedures each year. We treat conditions of the brain, skull base, spine, and nerves, including the most complex disorders. Whether your condition requires surgery or not, we strive to provide the most advanced, complete care possible. Our surgeons are developing new techniques and tools, including minimally invasive treatments. U.S. News & World Report ranks neurology and neurosurgery at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside as among the best in the country. We also rank among the top neurosurgery departments in the U.S. for National Institutes of Health funding, a benchmark in research excellence.