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Charles E. Nussbaum, MD
Charles E. Nussbaum, MD
Would recommend provider
4.6 out of 5 stars

60 Patient Ratings

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Brain Cancer
Neuroscience Institute

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Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center


Hospital & Seattle Medical Center  (206) 223-7525

Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery, Brain Tumors

Board Certifications
American Board of Neurological Surgery

Joined Virginia Mason - August 1990

Patient Ratings
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Would recommend provider
4.6 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.5 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
4.6 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.5 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
4.5 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
4.4 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
4.4 out of 5 stars

Patient Comments
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July 2017
Very good doctor and help.

June 2017
Provider was recommended by my son.

June 2017
Very patient & encouraging!

May 2017
Every thing was excellent. Except follow up communication after visit clinic.

May 2017
I can count on getting easily understandable information from my provider and all of my questions and concerns answered and addressed. My concerns are taken into consideration when ultimately planning my treatment.

February 2017
Dr. Nussbaum was particularly helpful in showing me the MRI of my spinal stenosis and explaining it´s severity at several points, the risks of surgery, and recommending a more conservative treatment option to be trie first.

February 2017
Dr. Nussbaum was very kind and compassionate. He seems genuinely concerned about medical issues and brought in other doctors to help.

December 2016
Appeared rushed & in a hurry.

December 2016
Dr. was clear and direct & to the point. Explained well.

December 2016
Extremely pleased with the care provided by Dr. Nussbaum!!

November 2016
Dr. Nussbaum and his team were world class and highly recommendable!

October 2016
I feel that I can entrust my health care to the doctors with confidence.

October 2016
I´ll be adding to Dr. Nussbaum´s access issues because I´m telling anyone who asks that he´s a great doc. - LISTENS and takes patient´s opinion seriously!

June 2016
No bad experiences! We could not have expected anything better than the help w/consultations we received.

March 2016
Dr. Nussbaum was compassionate.

February 2016
I am a new patient, so took a little longer to acquaint each other with medical history.

February 2016

January 2016
This MD is VERY good!

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Areas(s) of Expertise
Brain and pituitary tumors
Vascular neurosurgery
Spinal surgery, including kyphoplasty for osteoporotic fractures
Stereotactic radiosurgery
Trigeminal neuralgia
Interdisciplinary management:
Tumors – Neuro-Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology
Vascular – Interventional Neuroradiology, Neurology
Spine surgery

Special Interest(s)
Brain and Spine Tumors/Cysts, Spine Conditions (Peripheral or Pinched Nerve), Brain Tumors, Blood Vessel Abnormalities (Aneurysm, AVM), Trigeminal Neuralgia, Arnold Chiari Malformation, Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus, subarachnoid hemorrhage

University of Rochester, N.Y., 1984

General Surgery, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, 1985

Neurosurgery, University of Rochester Medical Center, N.Y., 1990

Personal Information
Enjoys skiing, fly fishing, and spending time with his wife and three children.

On Patients
"Our section strives to provide prompt and sensitive care to our patients. The patient always comes first."

On Specialty
"Recent technological advances permit neurosurgeons to aggressively treat a wide variety of problems while restoring neurologic functions and alleviating pain."

On Virginia Mason
"As part of the Virginia Mason Medical Center team, we are able to give our patients integrated care on one campus."

Professional Activities and Awards
Member, American Medical Association Member, Washington State Medical Association Member, King County Medical Society Member, Seattle Surgical Society Member, American Association of Neurological Surgeons Member, Western Neurosurgical Society Board member, Think First of Washington Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa Graduate of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME Voted one of Seattle's Top Doctors by both Seattle Metropolitan and Seattle Magazine in 2009. Voted one of Seattle’s Top Doctors by Seattle Met magazine in 2010.

Curriculum Vitae
Charles E. Nussbaum, MD - Curriculum Vitae

Recent Journal Articles and Abstracts

  • Lymphocytic hypophysitis with involvement of the cavernous sinus and hypothalamus.
  • Use of Vicryl (polyglactin 910) mesh to limit epidural scar formation after laminectomy.
  • Vicryl (polyglactin 910) mesh as a dural substitute in the presence of pia arachnoid injury.
  • Links to Other Sites

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons