What is the difference between a Neurosurgeon and a Neurologist? There is frequent confusion about the difference between a Neurosurgeon and a Neurologist. Both are physicians with a MD or a DO degree, and  both are specialists who have advanced training in the treatment conditions of that effect the brain, spine and nervous system. The difference often lies in the conditions that each specialist treats.

Neurosurgeons are physicians who treat conditions that require surgery. For example, a neurosurgeon performs surgery to remove a brain or spinal tumor.

Neurologists do not perform surgery, and treat conditions that can respond to medications, injections, etc. For example, a Neurologist treats disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease.

If you have a condition that may require surgery, please contact the Neurosurgery Center of Colorado for evaluation.