About Dr. Wright
Neill M. Wright, M.D., is a board-certified Neurosurgeon, fellowship trained in complex spinal Neurosurgery. After his undergraduate degree in Neurobiology at the University of California, Berkeley, he obtained his medical degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He completed his residency training in Neurological Surgery at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in complex spinal Neurosurgery at both UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles before returning to St. Louis in 2001 and joining the faculty at Washington University. Over the next two decades, he achieved the rank of professor and was the director of the Spine Fellowship, before leaving in 2020 to dedicate himself to the treatment of patients with cervical spine disorders in a more personalized setting. Currently, he holds a leadership role in the national cervical spine organization (Cervical Spine Research Society).
Dr. Wright focuses his practice and is passionate about helping people with cervical spine disorders. He has performed over 2,500 cervical spine surgeries in his career. As part of Neurosurgery of St. Louis, he is reinventing how cervical spine disorders are evaluated and treated in the St. Louis region, with an emphasis on access to care, empathy, and expertise. His practice also includes the treatment of craniocervical/craniovertebral junction disorders, atlantoaxial instability, cervical spondylosis, cervical disc herniations, cervical myelopathy, cervical radiculopathy, cervical spondylolithesis, cervical stenosis, cervical deformity, as well as tumors of the spinal cord and spine.
He has the largest series of cervical artificial disc surgeries (cervical arthroplasty) during his time at Washington University and continues to perform arthroplasty and other leading-edge techniques. Dr. Wright is the developer of the C2 laminar fixation technique, now popular worldwide for the treatment of atlantoaxial instability. He has several patents related to cervical spine devices and treatments.
Dr. Wright has been happily married for more than 20 years and has three wonderful daughters, two dogs, and a cat. He has returned to the St. Louis area after his non-compete has expired and is grateful to the St. Louis region patients who followed him to Quincy during his time away. Outside of work and family life he enjoys traveling and golf.
Dr. Wright is now accepting new patients. Schedule your appointment today.