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Brian E. Snell M.D.

After receiving his undergraduate degree in Chemistry cum laude with highest honors from Butler University in Indianapolis, Brian Snell, M.D. went on to receive his Doctorate of Medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1998. He went on to complete a general surgery internship and a residency in neurological surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Snell went on to a fellowship in complex spinal surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, which he completed in 2005.

Dr. Snell has extensive experience in the treatment of cranial and spinal trauma and tumors. Board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, he specializes in complex spine surgery and has an interest in minimally invasive spinal surgery. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the North American Spine Society.

Brian E. Snell M.D. - CV

Education

Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana
B.S. in Chemistry
Cum Laude with Highest Honors in Chemistry
Degree conferred: May 1994

Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSOM)
M.D.
Honors Designation in Surgery
Degree conferred: May 1998

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
General Surgery Internship
July 1998-June 1999
Neurological Surgery Residency
July 1999-June 2004
ABNS written exam passed 3/2002
Board-Certified in Neurosurgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) as of June 2009

Medical College of Wisconsin
Spinal Surgery Fellowship
July 2004-June 2005

Honorary Awards

2002
Augustus McCravey Award (overall best paper)
Wienecke RJ, Snell BE, Tompkins P, Stevens FA, Loftus CM. Changes in Energy-Related
Metabolites Following Focal Cerebral Ischemia in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats. 2002 Annual
Meeting of the Southern Neurosurgical Society, Savannah, Georgia, March 6-9, 2002.
2001
1st place in CNS Annual Meeting Poster Competition
Snell BE, Tompkins P, Wolfla CE. Ventral Epidural Pressure Response to Spinal Motion in the Presence of Graded Cervical Spinal Canal Compromise Without and With Laminectomy. Poster 488. Congress of Neurological Surgeons 51st Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, September 29-October 4, 2001.
1997
Honors Designation in Surgery. Clinical and Laboratory Honors Program in Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine
1994-present
Sigma Xi National Honor Society, Associate Member (inactive status)

Medical Licensure

  1. State Of Oklahoma

  2. State of Texas

  3. State of Wisconsin

Work History

2008-present
Neuroscience Specialists, P.C.
14100 Parkway Commons Drive, Suite 100
Oklahoma City, OK 73134
(405) 748-3300
2005-2008
Tyler Neurosurgical Associates, P.A.
700 Olympic Plaza, Suite 850
Tyler, Texas 75701
(903) 595-2441

Professional Organizations

2000-present
American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Active Member
1999-2019
Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Inactive Member
2010-2019
2022-present
North American Spine Society, Active Member
2010-2013
International Spine Intervention Society
2006-2010
CyberKnife Society
2006-2010
Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society
2005-2008
Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons
2005-2008
Smith County Medical Society
2005-2008
Texas Medical Association
1994-2008
American Medical Association

Service

2002
Sergeant-at-Arms Committee
Congress of Neurological Surgeons 52nd Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 21-26, 2002
2001
Sergeant-at-Arms Committee
Congress of Neurological Surgeons 51st Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, September 29- October 4, 2001

Research

2004-2005
Studying the effects of age, gender, and bone mineral density on human thoracic spine biomechanics. Protocol consists of: 1) pure moment and combined loading studies on T6-T11 segments employing motion analysis techniques, 2) segmental studies evaluating intradiscal pressure responses to loading, and 3) vertebral body compression testing.
2001
Employed the MCAO suture model in the rat and cDNA micro-array techniques to examine temporal profiling of gene expression patterns during ischemia.
2000
Studied purine metabolites via microdialysis during ischemia and reperfusion with the MCAO suture model in the rat. Studied the ventral epidural pressure response to spinal motion in the presence of graded cervical spinal canal compromise without and with laminectomy in the cat.
1997
Honors Candidate
Clinical and Laboratory Honors Program in Surgery
Richard N. Friedman, Ph.D., Neurological Surgery Department. Employed intracellular electro physiological techniques to study the effect of ryanodine at the crayfish neuromuscular junction.
1991-1994
Research Assistant
Meng-Chih Su, Ph.D., Butler University Department of Chemistry. Described the kinetics of aryl substitutions with lithium organocuprates.

Publications

  1. Snell BE, Nasr F, Wolfla CE. Single-stage thoracolumbar vertebrectomy with circumferential reconstruction and arthrodesis: technical note. Neurosurgery 58(4 Suppl 2):263-268, 2006.
  2. Snell BE, Maiman DJ. Decompression, Arthrodesis, and Arthroplasty: Decision Making in the Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Disc Disease. Clin Neurosurg 52:271-278, 2005.
  3. Snell BE, Loftus CM. Cervical carotid revascularization: indications from a surgical perspective. Neurosurg Clin N Am 16(2):257-258, 2005.
  4. Wolfla CE, Snell BE, Honeycutt JH. Cervical ventral epidural pressure response to graded spinal canal compromise and spinal motion. Spine 29(14):1524-1529, 2004.
  5. Snell BE, Loftus CM. Carotid Endarterectomy—Part II: Surgical Technique and Management of Concurrent Vascular Diseases. Contemporary Neurosurgery 25(21):1-10, 2003.
  6. Snell BE, Loftus CM. Carotid Endarterectomy—Part I: Indications and Perioperative Planning. Contemporary Neurosurgery 25(20):1-6, 2003.
  7. Snell BE, Adesina A, Wolfla CE. Unicameral bone cyst of a cervical vertebral body and lateral mass with associated pathologic fracture in a child. Case report and review of the literature. J Neurosurg 95(2 Suppl):243-245, 2001.
  8. Snell BE, Tompkins P, Stevens FA, Loftus CM. Continuous purine metabolite analysis by intracerebral microdialysis in spontaneously hypertensive rats with focal cerebral ischemia. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 21(Suppl 1):S471, 2001.
  9. Francel PC, Snell BE. Age and outcome of traumatic brain injury in infants and children. Brain Injury Source 3(2):14-16, 1999.
  10. Francel PC, Snell BE. Aging and traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury Source 3(1):8-11, 1999.
  11. Spanenberg WJ, Snell BE, Su M-C. Kinetic study of aryl substitution with organocuprates. Microchemical J 47:79-89, 1993.

Book Chapters

  1. Snell BE, Honeycutt JH, Loftus CM. Surgical Management of Extracranial Carotid Artery Disease. In: Schmidek HH, Roberts DW, eds. Schmidek & Sweet’s Operative Neurosurgical Techniques: Indications, Methods, and Results, 5th edition. New York: Saunders, Chapter 72.
  2. Snell BE, Wienecke RJ, Loftus CM. Surgical Management Options to Prevent Ischemic Stroke. In: Adams HP, ed. Handbook of Cerebrovascular Diseases. New York: Marcel Dekker, Chapter 16.
  3. Snell BE, Wienecke RJ, Loftus CM. Surgical Management of Extracranial Vascular Occlusive Disease. In: Controversies in Neurological Surgery: Neurovascular Diseases. New York: Thieme.
  4. Snell BE, Loftus CM. Surgical Treatment of Distal Anterior Cerebral Artery Aneurysms. In: Batjer HH, Loftus CM, eds. Textbook of Neurological Surgery. New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003, pp 2397-2402.

Oral Presentation

  1. Snell BE. Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumors. East Texas Medical Center Neurological Institute Neuro Focus 2008, Tyler, Texas, February 29, 2008.
  2. Snell BE, Nasr FF, Wolfla CE. Single-Stage Thoracolumbar Vertebrectomy with Circumferential Reconstruction and Arthrodesis. Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, April 27, 2007.
  3. Snell BE. Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Disc Disease. Smith County Medical Society Retired Physician’s Luncheon, Tyler, Texas, March 13, 2006.
  4. Snell BE, White BT. Analysis and Outcome of Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Using Reabsorbable Interbody Spacers. AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida, March 5-8, 2003. (Oral poster)
  5. Snell BE, Thomas RD, Puckett TA, Wolfla CE. Early Surgical Treatment of Patients With Upper- and Mid- Thoracic Spine Fractures Without and With Neurological Deficit. Congress of Neurological Surgeons 52nd Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 21-26, 2002. (Oral poster)
  6. Snell BE, Francel PC. Pediatric Head Injuries for the Primary Care Physician. 5th Annual Primary Care Update 2002, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, May 10, 2002.
  7. Wienecke RW, Snell BE, Tompkins P, Stevens FA, Loftus CM. Changes in Energy-Related Metabolites Following Focal Cerebral Ischemia in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats. 2002 Annual Meeting of the Southern Neurosurgical Society, Savannah, Georgia, March 6-9, 2002.
  8. Snell BE, Loftus CM. Neuroprotection. Review and Update in Neuroscience for Neurosurgeons (RUNN course), Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, October 20-27, 2001.
  9. Snell BE, Puckett TA, Wolfla CE. Analysis and Outcome of Ten Operated Upper- and Mid-Thoracic Spine Fractures Without and With Neurological Deficit. Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society Thirty-Sixth Annual Meeting, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, June 17-21, 2001.
  10. Snell BE, Tompkins P, Wolfla CE. Graded Cervical Spinal Canal Compromise and Resultant Ventral Epidural Pressure Response to Spinal Motion Without and With Laminectomy. Department of Surgery Resident Research Forum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, May 25, 2001.
  11. Snell BE, Su M-C. Aryl Substitutions with Lithium Dimethylcuprate: A Kinetic Study. Paper 185. Great Lakes-Central Joint Regional ACS Meeting, Ann Arbor, June 1-3, 1994.
  12. Snell BE, Su M-C. Aryl Substitutions with Lithium Organocuprates: A Kinetic Study. Chemistry Seminar Series, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 24, 1994.
  13. Snell BE, Su M-C. Kinetic Study of Aromatic-Carbon Direct Coupling with Lithium Dimethylcuprate. Third Annual Argonne Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, Argonne, Illinois, November 7, 1992.
  14. Snell BE, Su M-C. Mechanism of Simple Aryl Substitutions Using Organocuprates. Indiana Academy of Science Conference, Muncie, Indiana, November 6, 1992.
  15. Snell BE, Su M-C. Kinetic Study of Aromatic-Carbon Direct Coupling with Lithium Dimethylcuprate. Paper 448. 24th American Chemical Society Central Regional Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 26-29, 1992.
  16. Snell BE, Su M-C. Kinetic Study of Aromatic-Carbon Direct Coupling with Lithium Dimethylcuprate. Fourth Undergraduate Research Conference, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 10, 1992.
  17. Snell BE, Su M-C. Mechanistic Study of Aryl Substitution with Organocopper Reagents. Page 57. Second Great Lakes College Chemistry Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, March 21, 1992.

Posters

  1. Snell BE, Wolfla CE. Analysis and Outcome of Early Surgical Treatment in Patients with Upper and Midthoracic Spine Fractures without and with Neurological Deficit. Poster 298. Congress of Neurological Surgeons 54th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, October 16-21, 2004.
  2. Snell BE, White BT. Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Using Reabsorbable Interbody Spacers. Poster 1226. 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Orlando, Florida, May 1-6, 2004.
  3. Tompkins P, Wienecke RJ, Snell B, Stevens FA, Loftus CM. Analysis of Lactate and Pyruvate Levels by Intracerebral Microdialysis in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats in Response to Focal Cerebral Ischemia. XXI International Symposium on Cerebral Blood Flow, Metabolism, and Function (Brain 03), Calgary, Alberta, June 30, 2003.
  4. Snell BE, Tompkins P, Stevens FA, Loftus CM. Intracerebral Microdialysis Analysis of Neurochemical Pathway Activation Time Course in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats with Focal Cerebral Ischemia. 2002 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois, April 6-11, 2002.
  5. Snell BE, Tompkins P, Stevens FA, Lerner MR, Brackett DJ, Loftus CM. Analysis of Gene Expression Modulation with Focal Cerebral Ischemia in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats Utilizing a cDNA Expression Array. 2002 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois, April 6-11, 2002.
  6. Snell BE, Tompkins P, Stevens FA, Loftus CM. Time Course of Neurochemical Pathway Activation in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats with Focal Cerebral Ischemia by Intracerebral Microdialysis. The Fifth Joint Meeting of the AANS/CNS Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery and the American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology, Addison (Dallas), Texas, February 3-6, 2002.
  7. Snell BE, Tompkins P, Stevens FA, Lerner MR, Brackett DJ, Loftus CM. Analysis of Gene Expression Employing a cDNA Expression Array in the Rat Model of Reversible, Focal Cerebral Ischemia. The Fifth Joint Meeting of the AANS/CNS Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery and the American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology, Addison (Dallas), Texas, February 3-6, 2002.
  8. Snell BE, Tompkins P, Stevens FA, Loftus CM. Continuous Purine Metabolite Analysis by Intracerebral Microdialysis in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats with Focal Cerebral Ischemia. Poster 197. Congress of Neurological Surgeons 51st Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, September 29-October 4, 2001.
  9. Snell BE, Tompkins P, Wolfla CE. Ventral Epidural Pressure Response to Spinal Motion in the Presence of Graded Cervical Spinal Canal Compromise Without and With Laminectomy. Poster 488. Congress of Neurological Surgeons 51st Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, September 29-October 4, 2001.
  10. Snell BE, Loftus CM. Surgical Technique of Carotid Endarterectomy with Special Emphasis on Primary Hemashield Patch Angioplasty. Poster D700. 12th World Congress of Neurosurgery, Sydney, Australia, September 16-20, 2001.

Articles

  1. Snell BE, Pritz MB, Smith RR. Pitfalls in the Diagnosis of Lesions of the Jugular Bulb. X802 Biomedical Research Paper, 1995.
  2. Snell BE. Aryl Substitutions with Lithium Organocuprates: A Kinetic Study. Unpublished thesis presented to the Department of Chemistry and the Committee on Honors, Butler University, 1994.

Non-Academic Honors & Achievements

  • 1990-1994
    Jordan College of Fine Arts Violin Performance Award, Butler University. Quarter tuition scholarship.
  • 1988
    Indiana State School Music Association State Championship Orchestra member, Carmel High School Orchestra.
  • 1985-1990
    Indiana State School Music Association Solo & Ensemble Contest participant. Eighteen first place and three second place performances.
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