The St.Vincent Neuroscience Institute offers patients a comprehensive neurosurgery program. Our team of neurosurgeons treats a variety of conditions with the most advanced surgical techniques.


Our neurosurgical specialties include:

  • Brain and spinal tumors (both benign and malignant)
  • Carotid artery occlusive disease
  • Cerebrovascular surgery (aneurysms & arterial venous malformations)
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Parkinson’s disease surgery
  • Pediatric neurosurgery (brain & spinal tumors, congenital conditions, craniofacial surgery, hydrocephalus, spasticity)
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Pituitary surgery
  • Skull-base surgery
  • Spinal surgery
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Facilities and Staff

Troy Payner

Troy Payner, MD, neurosurgeon, Goodman Campbell Brain & Spine, with Pentero Microscope in the neuro operating room suite

The St.Vincent Neuroscience Institute has designated neurosurgical operating room suites equipped with advanced instrumentation, which are staffed by our neuroscience team of physicians, nurses and ancillary team members. In addition, we have a dedicated Neuro Intensive Care Unit and all private rooms on our Neuroscience Unit located at the St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital campus.

Diagnostic Technology

Neurological and neurosurgical disorders involve some of the body’s most complex and critical structures. The St.Vincent Neuroscience Institute features some of the most advanced diagnostic technology and tools available, as well as a specialized team to interpret the findings to help ensure accurate diagnosis and successful treatment for our patients.

We utilize state-of-the-art technology that includes:

  • Three-dimensional CT - used to precisely pinpoint the location of a tumor, lesion or malformation and provide three-dimensional images.
  • 16-slice CT scanner - provides anatomical information such as the size, shape and location of a tumor or malformation.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner - provides information about the function of the body, even before any anatomical changes occur, and can sometimes show the difference between a malignant and benign tumor.
  • CT Angiography - high-speed CT scanning which enables doctors to determine the type of stroke and its pathology.
  • Angiography - a procedure performed to view blood vessels after injecting them with a radio-opaque dye that outlines them on X-ray.
  • MR Angiography and Venography - provides images of blood vessels using MRI scanning.
  • MRI ( Functional, Open, 1.5 Tesla, 3 Tesla) - a high-tech diagnostic procedure in which radio waves and a powerful magnet linked to a computer are used to create detailed pictures of areas inside the body.