Stephen Houston, MD
Dr. Houston is a graduate of U.C.L.A. medical school, where he was a Regents Scholar, and completed his Neurosurgical residency at Emory University. His specialities include brain tumors, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, minimally-invasive spine surgery and complex spinal reconstructive surgery. Some common spinal conditions treated include herniated discs and degenerative stenosis, both cervical and lumbar, spondylolisthesis and Chiari malformations. Some common central nervous system conditions treated include meningiomas, gliomas, metastases, hematomas and trigeminal neuralgia.
"I evaluate and treat every patient personally. I enjoy practicing at Northwest Hospital with its state of the art operative theatres and equipment, without the inefficiencies of a larger institution. My free time is spent with my wife and two daughters, with a small amount of extra time for cycling or playing the violin.”
Dr. Houston holds clinic for new and follow-up patients on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. His operative days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. He is board certified in Neurological Surgery.
Dr. Houston has been voted as one of Seattle’s Top Doctors for 2012 by Seattle Magazine.
Medical School - U.C.L.A.
Residency - Emory University
Fellowship - Complex Spinal Surgery, Emory University
Steve Klein, MD
Dr. Klein was raised locally and attended Lakeside and attended University of Washington. He completed His neurosurgery residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis and was in the US Navy as a neurosurgeon for 3 years before retruning to Seattle.
His interests include both cranial and spinal neurosurgical disorders, including complex spinal diseases, brain tumors, pituitary tumors, cerbrovascular disease and skull base tumors. He is well trained in the application of stereotaxic radiosurgery with the Gamma Knife and has experience in surgery for Parkinson’s Disease. Other areas of interest and extra training include transnasal approachs to the pituatary and base of skull.
Dr. Klein is head of the Neurosurgery Section (13 years) at Northwest Hospital and has also been Chief of Surgery for 3 years. He is currently President and CEO of Neurosurgical Consultants (7 Years).
He is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (1992).
Medical School - Vanderbilt University
Residency - University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences
Daniel Lazar, MD
Dr. Lazar is originally from Tacoma, where he graduated from Bellarmine Preparatory school. He attended Stanford University, graduating with honors in Biology. He returned home to attend medical school at the University of Washington, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honors society, and graduated 1st in his class. He completed his Neurosurgical residency and a fellowship in the treatment of complex spinal disorders from the University of Washington as well. His training included a year as Senior registrar at Atkinson Morley's Hospital in London, U.K. He began his practice at Northwest hospital in Seattle with Neurosurgical Consultants of WA after his fellowship. He is also on staff at Swedish, Overlake, and Stevens hospitals.
His specialties include diagnosis and treatment of complex spinal disorders, minimally invasive spine surgery, neuro-oncology, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, as well as skull base surgery. Some common spinal conditions treated include herniated discs and degenerative stenosis, both cervical and lumbar, spondylolisthesis and Chiari malformations. Some common central nervous system conditions treated include meningiomas, gliomas, metastases, hematomas and trigeminal neuralgia.
"I evaluate and treat patients as individuals, employing state of the art diagnostic and surgical techniques to provide the best outcome possible. I strive to be available for my patients to support them and their families through the challenges of neurological diseases." Dr. Lazar's free is spent with his wife and three children, as well as a large extended family in the Seattle-Tacoma area, enjoying the outdoor and athletic activities the Northwest has to offer.
Dr. Lazar holds clinic for new and follow-up patients on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. His operative days are Monday and Thursday.
Medical School - University of WA
Residency - University of WA
Spine Fellowship - University of WA
James Raisis, MD
Dr. James Raisis completed medical school at the University of Colorado and his neurosurgical training at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. He was on the staff at Virginia Mason Medical Center for many years before moving to Swedish Hospital in 1989. He is board certified in neurological surgery. His areas of expertise include brain tumors, acoustic neuromas, spinal cord tumors and general spinal pathology. Dr. Raisis performs stereotactic radiation treatment of tumors using the Gamma Knife system and the Cyber Knife system. As the most senior member of our group, he has significant experience in these areas. He is available to see patients at his Seattle office.
Outside of work, Dr. Raisis enjoys time with his family, golfing, theater and opera.
Medical School - University of Colorado
Residency - University of Michigan