Ammar Hawasli, MD, Neurosurgery, North Kansas City, MO, Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph - Medical Center


Neurosurgery North Kansas City, MO

Brain & Spinal Tumor, Neurosurgical Spine Surgery, Pain

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

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  • Office

    Meritas Health Neurosurgery at North Kansas City Hospital
    2750 Clay Edwards Dr, Ste 410
    North Kansas City, MO 64116
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  • I am a board-certified neurosurgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in complex spine surgery. I completed a neurosurgery residency and a complex spine surgery fellowship at Washington University. I then served as faculty at Washington University and an attending neurosurgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Saint Louis Children’s Hospital. Since then, I have joined Meritas Health Neurosurgery in North Kansas City, Missouri.

    My expertise includes both complex spine surgery and cranial neurosurgery. I am fully experienced in modern and state-of-the-art approaches to both common and uncommon neurosurgical diagnoses. My care philosophy is to provide compassionate, effective and state-of-the art treatments to all my patients to achieve the best outcomes possible.

Education & Training

  • Washington University - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
    Washington University - Barnes-Jewish HospitalFellowship, Spinal Surgery, 2016 - 2017
  • Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital
    Washington University/Barnes-Jewish HospitalChief Residency, Neurological Surgery, 2015 - 2016
  • Washington University - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
    Washington University - Barnes-Jewish HospitalResidency, Neurological Surgery, 2009 - 2016
  • Beaumont Hospital Neurosurgery Specialist Registrar, Dublin, Ireland, 2015 - 2015
  • University Of Texas Southwestern Medical , MD, PhDMD, PhD, 2002 - 2009
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical SchoolClass of 2009
  • Washington UniversityB.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1998 - 2002

Certifications & Licensure

  • KS State Medical License
    KS State Medical License 2020 - 2022
  • MO State Medical License
    MO State Medical License 2014 - 2022
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery Neurological Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Young Clinician Investigator Award Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation, 2018
  • Leuthardt EC, Wright NM, Moran D, Genin G, Hawasli AH, Krengel O, Chang U. Device and method for monitoring pain. United States of America Patent, 2016
  • Apfelbaum Award American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Section on Disorders of the Spine, 2015
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Publications & Presentations


Press Mentions

  • Kansas City Business Journal
    Kansas City Business JournalJanuary 17th, 2021
  • Don't Ignore that Headache as It Can Be Only Sign of Brain Tumor
    Don't Ignore that Headache as It Can Be Only Sign of Brain TumorJune 4th, 2020
  • Clinical study hopes to find alternative to spinal fusion surgery
    Clinical study hopes to find alternative to spinal fusion surgeryJune 4th, 2020
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Grant Support

  • Reorganization of Brain Architecture and Networks as Biomarkers for Cervical MyelopathyCervical Spine Research Society2019–2020
  • BJH Foundation Spinal Cord Injury FundBJH Foundation2019–2020
  • Departmental Research GrantDepartment of Neurosurgery, Washington University School of Medicine2017–2020
  • Young Clinician Investigator AwardNeurosurgery Research and Education Foundation2018–2019
  • Apfelbaum AwardAANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves2015–2018
  • Prediction of recovery following spinal cord injury using brain functional magnetic resonance imagingNeurosurgery Research and Education Foundation2015–2018
  • Post-Residency Clinical Fellowship ProgramNeurosurgery Research and Education Foundation2016–2017
  • Diffusion Spectrum Based Imaging to Predict Functional Recovery Following a C5 palsyCervical Spine Research Society2014–2017
  • Physiology of the Human Nervous SystemNational Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke2013–2014
  • MD/PhD Program Predoctoral Fellowship Training GrantPfizer, Inc.2007–2009
  • Medical Scientist Training Program Predoctoral Training GrantNational Institutes of Health2006–2007
  • Regulation of Excitatory Neurotransmission, Synaptic Plasticity, and learning by Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 5.National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse2004–2006
  • Medical Scientist Training Program Predoctoral Training GrantNational Institutes of Health2002–2004
  • Suppressors of syntaxin partial-loss of function show anesthetic resistance in C. elegans.Howard Hughes Medical Institute1999

Research History

  • Principal investigator of Functional Spine Surgery LaboratoryEstablished and directed an independent research laboratory at Washington University School of Medicine studying the physiological and pathophysiological relationships between the spine and brain.2017 - 2020
  • Postdoctoral FellowWashington University; St. Louis, Missouri; Departments of Biomedical Engineering & Neurosurgery Laboratories of Eric Leuthardt M.D. and Dennis Barbour M.D., Ph.D.2013 - 2015
  • Predoctoral FellowUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas; Department of Psychiatry Laboratory of James A. Bibb Ph.D.2004 - 2009
  • Research FellowWashington University, St. Louis, Missouri; Department of Anesthesiology Laboratory of C. Michael Crowder, M.D., Ph.D.1999 - 2002

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