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Stephen J. Monteith, MD

Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
Dr. Monteith's philosophy of care is to approach the care of each of his patients as if they were a member of his own family. He strives to give his patients the best possible outcome by combining the latest technological advances with personalized clinical care. When possible, he uses endovascular or minimally invasive surgical approaches, so that his patients can recover from their procedure and get back to their normal lives as soon as possible.
Field of Study
University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Medical School
University of Virginia
Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand
General Neurosurgery
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Endovascular Neurosurgery (interventional neuroradiology)
Professional Associations
American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), 2.Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), 3.New Zealand Medical Council (NZMC)
Personal Interests
In his free time, Dr. Monteith enjoys Classical and Jazz piano, snowboarding, tennis and golf.
Clinical Interests
  • abducens nerve injury
  • abnormal vertebrae
  • accessory nerve disease
  • accessory nerve injury
  • acoustic nerve injury
  • acoustic neurofibromatosis
  • acoustic neuroma
  • acromegaly
  • acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy
  • aneurysm
  • arachnoid cyst
  • arnold chiari malformation
  • arteriovenous fistula
  • arteriovenous malformation
  • astrocytoma tumors
  • back fracture
  • back pain
  • back surgery
  • base of skull tumors
  • benign neoplasm of brain
  • berry aneurysm
  • biopsy of brain
  • biopsy of skull
  • bone growth stimulator
  • bone tumor
  • brachial nerve tumors
  • brachial plexus injury
  • brain ct
  • brain laceration
  • brain mri
  • brain neoplasms
  • brain perfusion scan
  • brain surgery
  • bulging disc
  • burr hole
  • carotid artery angioplasty
  • carotid endarterectomy
  • carotid stenosis
  • carotid stent
  • cauda equina syndrome
  • cavernous hemangioma
  • cavernous sinus thrombosis
  • cerebellar anomaly
  • cerebellar tumor
  • cerebral aneurysm
  • cerebral angiogram with stenting
  • cerebral angiogram with tumor embolization
  • cerebral contusion
  • cerebral cyst
  • cerebral decompression
  • cerebral edema
  • cerebral hemorrhage
  • cerebral hernia
  • cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • cerebrovascular accident
  • cervical arthritis
  • cervical disc disease
  • cervical disc herniation
  • cervical laminoplasty
  • cervical radiculopathy
  • cervical spinal fusion
  • cervical spinal stenosis
  • chiari decompression
  • chordoma
  • choroid plexus tumor
  • cingulotomy
  • clipping of brain aneurysm
  • clivus chondroma
  • cns lymphoma
  • colloid cyst
  • compression fracture
  • congenital cerebral hernia
  • congenital hydrocephalus
  • cordotomy
  • corpus callosotomy
  • cortical mapping
  • cranial flap
  • cranial nerve diseases
  • cranial nerve disorders
  • cranial nerve injuries
  • cranial nerve palsy
  • cranial nerve repair
  • cranial puncture
  • cranial vault malformations
  • craniectomy
  • craniocele
  • craniopharyngioma
  • craniorachischisis
  • craniosynostosis
  • craniotomy
  • cranium bifidum
  • csf shunt removal
  • ct of the cervical spine
  • ct of the facial bones
  • ct of the lumbar spine
  • ct of the sacral spine
  • ct of the temporal bone
  • ct of the thoracic spine
  • ct soft tissue of the neck
  • cta of the head
  • cta of the neck
  • decompression laminectomy
  • decompression median nerve at elbow
  • degenerative spine conditions
  • diplomyelia
  • disc arthroplasty
  • disc surgery
  • discogram
  • diskectomy
  • dorsal column stimulator
  • dural sinus thrombosis
  • electrical sacral stimulation
  • embryonal cell tumors of the brain
  • encephalocele
  • encephalocele repair
  • encephalomegaly
  • endonasal transsphenoidal approach
  • endoscopic neurosurgery
  • endovascular coiling of aneurysm
  • ependymoma
  • epidermoid cysts
  • epidural hematoma
  • epidural hemorrhage
  • epilepsy surgery
  • extradural abscess
  • facial nerve injury
  • facial pain
  • facial spasm
  • flow diversion for cerebral aneurysms
  • gamma knife
  • ganglioganglioma
  • ganglioma
  • ganglioneuroblastoma
  • ganglioneurocytoma
  • germ cell tumor
  • glioma
  • gliomatosis cerebri
  • gliosarcoma
  • glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • head reconstruction
  • hearing loss
  • hemangiopericytoma
  • hemispherectomy
  • herniated disc
  • herniation syndrome
  • hydrocephalus
  • hydrorhachis
  • hyperhidrosis
  • hypoglossal nerve disease
  • hypoglossal nerve injury
  • injury of optic chiasm
  • intracranial abscess
  • intracranial angioplasty
  • intracranial arterial bypass
  • intracranial arterial occlusion
  • intracranial artery stenosis
  • intracranial hemangioma
  • intracranial hemorrhages
  • intracranial hypertension
  • intracranial mass
  • intraoperative mri
  • intraspinal abscess
  • janetta procedure
  • kyphosis
  • laminectomy
  • laminoplasty
  • leg numbness
  • leg weakness
  • lesion of median nerve
  • lesion of popliteal nerve
  • lesion of posterior tibial nerve
  • lesion of sciatic nerve
  • lesion of ulnar nerve
  • lipomyelomeningocele
  • lobectomy of brain
  • low back surgery
  • lower back injuries
  • lower back pain
  • lumbar drain
  • lumbar puncture
  • lumbar spine fusion
  • lumboperitoneal shunt placement
  • lumbosacral plexus lesion
  • lumbosacral radiculopathy
  • malignant brain neoplasm
  • malignant neoplasm cerebellum
  • malignant neoplasm of brain stem
  • malignant neoplasm of frontal lobe
  • malignant neoplasm spinal cord
  • medulloblastoma
  • medulloepithelioma
  • meningioma
  • meningitis
  • meningocele
  • metastatic brain cancer
  • migraine surgery
  • migraine treatment
  • minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • moyamoya
  • mra of the head
  • mra of the neck
  • mri of the brachial plexus
  • mri of the cervical spine
  • mri of the lumbar spine
  • mri of the sacral spine
  • mri of the thoracic spine
  • myelogram
  • myelomeningocele
  • myelopathy
  • myelopathy surgery
  • nasopharyngeal angiofibroma
  • neck fracture
  • neck injury
  • neck pain
  • needle biopsy of brain
  • needle biopsy of cerebral meninges
  • neoplasm of brain stem
  • neuroablation
  • neuroblastoma
  • neuroectodermal tumor
  • neuroendocrine tumors
  • neuroendoscopy
  • neurofibromatosis
  • neurofibrosarcoma
  • neurogenic claudication
  • neuronal glial tumors
  • nonruptured cerebral aneurysm
  • normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • oculomotor nerve injury
  • olfactory nerve disease
  • olfactory neuroblastoma
  • oligodendroglioma
  • open biopsy of brain
  • optic nerve and pathway injury
  • optic nerve decompression
  • optic nerve glioma
  • optic nerve injuries
  • optic nerve sheath meningioma
  • optic nerve surgery
  • orbital nerve decompression
  • osteomyelitis
  • paraganglioma
  • parkinsons surgery
  • percutaneous trigeminal rhizotomy
  • peripheral nerve injury
  • peripheral nerve surgery
  • peripheral nerve tumors
  • peripheral schwannoma
  • periventricular mass
  • personal history of malignant neoplasm of brain
  • petrous apex tumor
  • pilocytic astrocytoma
  • pineal tumor
  • pineoblastoma
  • pituitary adenoma
  • pituitary tumor
  • post-laminectomy kyphosis
  • post-laminectomy syndrome
  • prolactinoma
  • pseudotumor cerebri
  • radiculopathy
  • rathke's cleft cysts
  • removal acoustic neuroma
  • repair of brain
  • resection of cerebral arteriovenous malformation
  • rothke cleft cysts
  • ruptured brain aneurysm
  • ruptured intervertebral disc
  • sacroiliitis
  • scheurmanns disease
  • sciatica
  • shevel procedure
  • skull base approach
  • skull base tumor
  • skull fracture
  • spina bifida
  • spinal abscess
  • spinal cord anomaly
  • spinal cord compression
  • spinal cord diseases
  • spinal cord injury
  • spinal dural graft
  • spinal fracture
  • spinal fusion
  • spinal instrumentation
  • spinal meningioma
  • spinal schwannoma
  • spinal stenosis
  • spinal tumor
  • spine biopsy
  • spine fracture
  • spine injuries
  • spine stapling
  • spondylectomy
  • spondylolisthesis
  • spondylosis with myelopathy
  • spondylosyndesis
  • spongioblastoma
  • standard transphenoidal approach
  • stereotactic radiotherapy
  • subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • subcaudate tractotomy
  • subdural hematoma
  • subdural hemorrhage
  • subpial transection
  • surgery for spasticity
  • surgical treatment of myelopathy
  • syringobulbia
  • syringomyelia
  • tarlov cysts
  • temporal tumor
  • tethered spinal cord
  • thoracic disc herniation
  • thoracoscopy
  • tic disorder
  • topectomy
  • transpetrosal approaches
  • trigeminal nerve disease
  • trigeminal nerve injury
  • trochlear nerve injury
  • tuberous sclerosis
  • ulnar nerve decompression
  • ulnar nerve surgery
  • ultrasound steroid injection of the spine
  • vagal nerve stimulator
  • vagal stimulation
  • vascular malformations of the brain
  • vascular malformations of the spine
  • ventricular shunt
  • ventriculo peritoneal shunt
  • ventriculocisternostomy
  • ventriculostomy
  • vertebral epiphysitis
  • vertebral fracture
  • vertebral transposition
  • visual cortex injury
  • von hippel-lindau disease
Brain Aneurysm Patient Story
Brianne’s Story from the American Heart Association
Focused Ultrasound
Interventional Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
Swedish Cerebrovascular Center

Dr. Monteith is active in research in cerebrovascular diseases and MR-guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery. He has published numerous papers and book chapters on cerebrovascular diseases and their treatment. He was part of the clinical trial team that was the first in the world to treat Essential Tremor non-invasively with MR-guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery in 2012. His research work on the non-invasive treatment of brain disorders with this technology was featured on the cover of Journal of Neurosurgery in February 2013.

Current and On-going Research Projects

2011-present: MR guided Focused Ultrasound for Essential Tremor – FDA clinical trial. Role: Investigator. Principal Investigator: Elias

2010-present: AANS/NREF Cerebrovascular Fellowship: Transcranial MRI guided Focused Ultrasound for Intracerebral Hemorrhage – A pilot study in Swine. Role: Principal Investigator

2010-present: Transcranial MRI guided Focused Ultrasound for Intracerebral Hemorrhage – An in vitro feasibility study. Role: Principal Investigator

2010-present: Transcranial MRI guided Focused Ultrasound for Intracerebral Hemorrhage – A pilot study in cadavers. Role: Principal Investigator

2010: Transcranial MRI guided Focused Ultrasound for ischemic stroke – A feasibility study in rabbits. Role: Co Principal Investigator with Dr Wintermark (neuroradiologist)

2010:  Transcranial MRI guided Focused Ultrasound for ischemic stroke – A safety study on the ischemic brain of rats. Role: Investigator

2010: Development of a human cadaveric flow model of ischemic stroke. Role: Co Principal Investigator with Dr Evans (neuroradiologist)

2010: Transcranial MRI guided Focused Ultrasound for ischemic stroke – A feasibility study in cadavers. Role: Principal Investigator

2010: MRI guided Focused Ultrasound for Trigeminal Neuralgia – A feasibility study in cadavers. Role: Principal Investigator

2010: Gamma Knife radiosurgery for arteriovenous malformations – Dose attenuation caused by embolization materials. Role: Co Principal Investigator with Dr Schlesinger (Physicist)

2004-Current: ANSA (Australasian Neurosurgical Administrator) was programmed in Microsoft Access and codes all admissions under the neurosurgical department.  The program is now ‘live’ on the Auckland Hospital network and is an integral part of the department’s daily operation.  It allows residents and attendings to analyse all admissions with regards to presentation, operative /non-operative management, outcomes /complications, and follow-up.  The reports generated from the system formed the basis of the national morbidity and mortality meeting for Neurosurgery held in Auckland annually.

2003-Current: Programming and development of a relational database designed in Microsoft Access: Paediatric brain tumours in New Zealand’s National Children’s Hospital (Starship Hospital).  All paediatric neurosurgical patients admitted since 1995 have been entered.  This database is now an integral part of the paediatric neurosurgical department for audit and research purposes.


Monteith, S.J., Gwinn, R., Newell, D.W. (2015, November/December). Sound surgery. Scientific American Mind, 36-43.


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4.7 out of 5 (30 Ratings, 8 Comments)


I could not ask for a better experience or outcome

Personable & caring; thorough.

Exceptional person makes me feel cared for and important.

Dr. Monteith is exemplary. Very professional, knowledgeable, patience, helpful, expertise & extremely courteous. Very pleasant. [...]

I felt the Doctor listened to me and explained everything well and was interested in helping me.

Dr. Monteith seemed a bit rushed.

The doctor was very nice and clear about options, the aanp (?) seem just to be spinning their wheels.

I actually was taken in early for my CT scan. Long drive from Sequim WA. but all went well. Got lost three times but your staff on different floors were fantastic. Check in to leaving was all Very Good!
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