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Gregory Cannarsa

Dr. Gregory Cannarsa, MD

Neurological SurgeryVascular & Interventional Radiology
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Gregory Cannarsa

Dr. Gregory Cannarsa , MD

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OVERVIEW

Gregory Cannarsa, MD is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon and treats conditions involving the brain including aneurysm bleeds, tumors or other masses, hydrocephalus and he also treats Neurovascular conditions such as Carotid Stenosis, Brain Aneurysms, and Stroke.

CLINICAL BACKGROUND
While completing my neurosurgical residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center/Shock Trauma Center, I trained in all types of Neurosurgery both cranial and spinal. My focus is on cranial applications of Neurosurgery including stroke, brain tumors, hydrocephalus, brain bleeds, trauma, aneurysms, and other cerebrovascular malformations. During my time at Shock Trauma, we dealt with a wide range of life and death situations on a daily basis including severe brain bleeds and spinal cord injurie; that type of training taught me quickly about what is important and how make critical, efficient decisions in providing patient care. I had great mentors there, including Dr. Marc Simard, who is one of the world’s experts in cerebrovascular Neurosurgery. I have completed two additional fellowships including an enfolded endovascular fellowship at the University of Maryland/Shock Trauma, and a cerebrovascular and endovascular fellowship at Swedish Neuroscience Institute.

SURGICAL PHILOSOPHY 
 “Try to be as minimally disruptive as possible to the patient.” That includes not only the surgery itself, but everything from before the surgery to the recovery after the surgery. Any type of neurosurgical condition is going to be very challenging, and a difficult time for our patients and for their families. Minimally disruptive is a philosophy meaning we try to make the whole process as easy and as painless as possible. For example, in some cases with just a small needle stick into the artery, we can treat an aneurysm. However, in other cases, a larger surgery is needed, and my goal is to always ensure the surgery is as least disruptive and as minimally invasive as possible to ensure the quickest recovery for the patient. Another way in which the minimally disruptive philosophy can bring joy to the patient as well as the care team is after the surgery there can be times when we do a good enough job concealing the incision with a “hair sparing” technique that the nursing staff isn’t aware the patient has had surgery. So for the patient and for the care team, it really is a source of joy that what was once thought to be a potentially disfiguring surgery or a painful surgery is really not that in the end. When a patient looks the same as when they went into surgery they often get the same treatment as they did before surgery and their mindset and attitude benefit tremendously. It’s what I would want for my family and that’s why I do it.

WHAT DO I VALUE?
I value the patient interaction. Nothing brings me more joy than to guide a patient through surgery-before, during, and after-and get them through to the other side in great condition and having them make a great recovery. To see a patient doing well after surgery and even something as simple as the patient saying, “it wasn’t as bad as I thought and I have much less pain than I thought," is what brings me joy. For me, if there was no patient then we wouldn’t have a purpose, so every interaction I have with the patient is what brings meaning to what we do. So in everything we do, that’s what we think of first. 
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RATINGS AND REVIEWS

Dr. Cannarsa's Rating
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Patient Perspective
5.0 Explains conditions and treatments
5.0 Takes time to answer my questions
5.0 Provides follow-up as needed
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3530 Kraft Rd Ste 203, Naples, FL, 34105
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Apex Brain & Spine PLLC
3530 Kraft Rd Ste 203
Naples, FL, 34105
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"From making the appointment to talking to everyone here at Apex I could tell everyone was very thorough. All the steps leading to my Kyphoplasty and even afterwards have been very thorough and great. After my surgery I appreciated getting the instructions of what to do and what not to do. Dr. Cannarsa has been wonderful. He is very patient, calm and has answered all my questions."
  • July 18, 2024
"I feel like Dr. Cannarsa gave me my life back. I was in such severe pain before my Kyphoplasty I could hardly walk. The staff is wonderful as well and on time. I just want to speak out to other people that are suffering so they can get their life back just like how I got mine. Out of all the things I’ve gone through my back pain has been the most horrible . I feel like a new person. "
  • July 11, 2024
"My experience with Dr. Cannarsa has been so positive. I went from horrible pain to no pain. Everything was explained to me in great detail. He put my wife and I at ease and has great bedside manner. If anyone were to ask me I would highly recommend Dr. Cannarsa."
  • July 9, 2024
"There couldn’t be a more appropriate name for this practice than Apex—I received the height of care from a wonderful team. Dr. Cannarsa relieved my pain through kyphoplasty—and I couldn’t be more pleased with the procedure and results. He and his staff are the epitome of professionalism."
  • July 9, 2024
"Dr. Cannarsa is extremely professional and understanding of my situation. He elaborates clearly regarding my status and very clearly understands and answers my questions. He is a great surgeon and delivers great post op care. The staff at Apex is WONDERFUL. "
  • July 9, 2024
"He intently listens and has experience with my issue. His manner is very comforting he explained in great detail on how he was going to fix the issue. He reviewed my images with me before and after my procedure. He is a terrific guy to work with. He has a wealth of experience in this area. This a first class office with friendly staff and is very easy to get an appointment. No waiting time."
  • June 27, 2024
"I felt at ease since the first time I met him. He is easy to talk to. The experience at the hospital was better than I had anticipated. I am still recovering but I have no pain. The staff was good,Gabriela helped me plenty of times. I have no complaints."
  • June 27, 2024
"Dr Cannarsa is great at what he does and he’s Knowledgeable . He answered all the questions i had. He has very good bedside manners and is very punctual. The whole process with my surgery for my ruptured aneurysm and follow up appointment has been very smooth. "
  • June 27, 2024
"From the time I started visiting Dr. Cannarsa he was very knowledgeable about the issue I was dealing with. I had two compression fractures. The kyphoplasty I underwent went very well. I would recommend him for any one that is dealing with any back pain or compression fractures . I never had any discomfort during or after my procedure. "
  • June 13, 2024
"My experience with Dr. Cannarsa has been very good. The wait time isn’t too long and he spends a good amount of time explaining. He answered all my questions and never rushed. He is very knowledgeable as well."
  • June 12, 2024
"Dr. Cannarsa is very informative and takes the time to listen to me. He answered all of my questions and concerns. The whole staff is very good as well."
  • June 11, 2024
"Dr. Cannarsa is very knowledgeable. He did a fabulous job with my kyphoplasty and laminectomy surgery. I could barely walk beforehand and now I can walk with no pain. He did a good job explaining the whole process to me and answering my questions. His staff is great as well. "
  • June 6, 2024
"Dr. Cannarsa has been great during this whole process with my surgery. He has been patient and answers all of my questions. My wife and I are lucky to have him as my neurosurgeon."
  • June 5, 2024
"Dr. Cannarsa is very connected and compassionate. He is very patient and answered all my questions. He is very confident as well. I had a great experience with my surgery. It was a transformative experience. Not only is he a great neurosurgeon but he’s a great person."
  • May 28, 2024
"Dr. Cannarsa took his time and was very informative. He talked about every detail and what he was going to do. He did great in keeping us well informed. My wife and I feel very lucky that he was able to take care of me. He is outstanding. "
  • May 14, 2024
"Visits with Dr. Cannarsa have been very informative and easy to understand. He spends the necessary time to make sure I understand and answers all my questions. It has been a great experience with him. Dr. Cannarsa is very caring. My surgery was successful. "
  • May 14, 2024
"The kyphoplasty procedure with Dr.Cannarsa went well. He really took the time to explain things to me. Him and his wife are great. "
  • May 9, 2024
"Everything has been very professional. He was so good at explaining everything down to the most minute detail which was reassuring. He called me the day before surgery and talked to me personally which was nice. This is the first time in many years that I’ve been without pain. I’ve been through physical therapy and medications and surgery was such a good experience. He explained to me what I would be experiencing with surgery and I didn’t have any surprises. This has step by step been exactly how he said it was going to be. Everybody in the Apex office is so sweet and accommodating as well. "
  • April 29, 2024
"He is wonderful and explained everything well to me. He was able to explain clearly what happened during my surgery. I was in pain for 2 years and had cortisone injections and was still in agony. It is unbelievable how I am no longer in pain anymore."
  • April 29, 2024
"Dr. Cannarsa performed surgery on my father, and I appreciate that from the beginning he was very straightforward and honest. He kept us posted with what was happening and what information he was getting. He was always available to answer any questions we had and made himself available to us even though he had other patients to see. He never rushed us, and he explained everything to us in ways that we were able to understand. What I appreciate the most is that he doesn't shave people heads. It makes a big impact when you can go look at the mirror and see that you still look normal after surgery. It's a small detail but it goes a long way. "
  • April 18, 2024

LOCATIONS

Apex Brain & Spine PLLC
3530 Kraft Rd Ste 203
Naples, FL, 34105
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted
Mon8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tue8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wed8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thu8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fri8:00 am - 4:30 pm
SatClosed
SunClosed
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted

PROCEDURES PERFORMED

CERTIFICATIONS & EDUCATION

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Medical School
MD, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University
Graduated 2015
Fellowship
Enfolded Fellowship in Endovascular Neurosurgery, UMMC/Shock Trauma
CerebroVascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery, Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Residency
Neurosurgery, University of Maryland Medical Center/Shock Trauma Center

INSURANCE PLANS ACCEPTED  (14)

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  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Aetna
  • BCBS Florida myBlue
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Florida Blue BlueCare HMO
  • Florida Blue BlueOptions
  • FirstHealth/Coventry
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
  • Molina
  • Multiplan PHCS
  • Tricare
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