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Dr. U. Kumar Kakarla


MD, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

BS, George Washington University, Washington, DC

Residencies and Fellowships

General Surgery Internship, Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, AZ

Neurosurgery Residency, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ

Fellowship, Complex Spinal Surgery – Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ

Fellowship, Spinal Trauma – Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ

Fellowship, Pediatric and Adult Spinal Deformity – Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery


  • Pediatric Scoliosis Treatment
  • Adult Scoliosis Treatment
  • Spinal Deformity Treatment
  • Spinal Tumor Treatment
  • Complex and Revision Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Trauma Treatment
  • Tethered Spinal Cord Treatment
  • Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Disc Treatment

Dr. Kakarla's Philosophy

"I love what I do because I get to interact with people from all ages and all paths of life. At the end of the day, I’m rewarded with the feeling that I have helped somebody and improved their quality of life."


AOA Medical Honors Society

Neurosurgery Resident Teacher of the Year 2015

Scoliosis Research Society Candidate Member

What You'll Need to Schedule an Appointment

  • Imaging CD (within 6 months)
  • Imaging Report
  • Pertinent Medical Records
  • Demographics
  • Insurance Card (s)
  • Referral (if required)

Telephone: (602) 406-3580
Fax: (602) 406-3493

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