Eric P. Sipos, MD

Neurological Surgery

Dr. Sipos is a board-certified neurosurgeon with Western Neurosurgery, Ltd. and serves as Chief of Neurosciences at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Director of the Carondelet Neurological Institute.  Before joining the Western Neurosurgery team in 2000, Dr. Sipos served in the United States Army as a neurosurgeon at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and at Brooke Army Medical Center.

Areas of Specialization

His clinical practice in Tucson, Arizona, covers a broad range of surgical and nonsurgical treatments for cranial, spinal, and upper extremity peripheral nerve disorders.  He applies a diverse skill set of microsurgical, radiosurgical, stereotactic, and minimally invasive techniques to achieve the best results for his patients in the least invasive and safest manner possible.  His clinical expertise includes, but is not limited to, management of the following conditions:

Spine

  • Degenerative disorders (such as disc disease, stenosis, spinal instability and adult deformity)
  • Cancers and other tumors involving the vertebral column, spinal cord, or cauda equina
  • Trauma

Cranial

Peripheral Nerve

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ulnar neuropathy

Education & Training

Undergraduate: B.A. Johns Hopkins University
Medical school: M.D. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Internship: Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Residency: Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Medical center, Surgical Neuro-Oncology

Leadership

Patient Safety & Quality

Under Dr. Sipos’ leadership, the administrative medical staff structure of the neurosciences at the Carondelet Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital have been reinvented with a focus on clinical safety and quality.  Among his many administrative roles, Dr. Sipos serves on the Medical Executive Committee of the hospital and is the Medical Director of the Neurological Institute.  He has been a lecturer for Ascension Health Network (the largest non-profit health network in the United States) on the subject of patient safety and quality, and is a former Chairman of the Ascension Spine Affinity Group, which provided guidance nationally for improving spine surgery patient outcomes and safety in a sustainable, cost-effective manner.  His passion for patient safety is both professional and personal.

Medical Architecture & Technology

Dr. Sipos has served as Medical Director of the Carondelet Neurological Institute since its inception.  He provided medical leadership for the superb team of clinicians, administrators, architects, and contractors involved in the vision, design, construction, and development of the Institute.  This included key design elements for a state-of–the-art critical care unit, surgical suites, and radiosurgical facility.  His design concepts for the neurocritical care unit allow for circumferential access to critically ill patients for clinical assessments, therapeutic interventions, and neurosurgical procedures in the intensive care setting.  His role on the design team for the CNI neurosurgical operative suites led to a number of technological and design innovations that have resulted in a first-of-its-kind surgical facility, attracting attention around the world.  This facility has been a show site for operating rooms of the future as medical leaders from as far away as Brazil and Australia have come to Tucson to tour the surgical suites.  Leading medical institutions, including The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, have built similar surgical suites based on the CNI design.  Dr. Sipos has served as an invited lecturer on topics as diverse as medical architecture, operating room design, intraoperative imaging, and stereotactic navigation in cranial and spinal neurosurgery.

Professional Memberships

  • AANS – American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • CNS – Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • ArMA – Arizona Medical Association

Dr. Sipos’ Physician Assistant: Nicole Nelson-Bridges, PA-C