Christopher E. Wolfla, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery

Christopher E. Wolfla, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery

MCW Neurosurgery

From Dr. Wolfla:

“As a neurosurgeon, I treat patients with urgent, life threatening or debilitating conditions. I understand how difficult it is to be faced with illness and how intimidating it can be to choose a spinal surgeon. I review all of the symptoms, tests, and images together with the patient and discuss all surgical and non-surgical options in detail. Because every patient comes with different values and experiences, I want my patients to ask questions. I believe that well informed patients make the best decisions. If surgery is necessary, patients can be assured a comprehensive and innovative approach to any disorder, simple or complex. Nothing is more gratifying than seeing a patient return to his or her family, finally relieved of a debilitating condition.”


Dr. Wolfla is a Board-Certified, fellowship trained, neurosurgical spine specialist with particular interest and expertise in complex spinal disorders. He specializes in the comprehensive management of all spinal disorders, emphasizing an individual approach to patient care.

Dr. Wolfla attended Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduation from Medical School with Honors, he completed a residency in Neurological Surgery at the Indiana University Medical Center and a Fellowship in complex Spinal Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. From 1998 through 2005, he was on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, where he held the Esther and Ted Greenberg Endowed Chair of Neurosurgery. Dr. Wolfla returned to join the MCW faculty in 2005. He is a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies.

Dr. Wolfla currently serves on the Executive Committees of both the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, and is Past-President of both. He is a member of the Society of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Wolfla has been the recipient of numerous recognitions and awards, including Best Doctors in American (2005-present), America’s Best Physicians, Milwaukee Magazine Top Rated Doctors, and Milwaukee Super Doctors. He is considered an international expert and is a frequent speaker at national and international meetings on spinal disorders.

Education / Training

  • Doctor of Medicine – Indiana University School of Medicine – Indianapolis (1991)
  • Residency in Neurological Surgery – Indiana University School of Medicine – Indianapolis (1991-1997)
  • Fellowship in Spinal Neurosurgery – Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals – Milwaukee (1997-1998)


Video Introduction


  • Professor of Neurosurgery

Board Certification

  • Neurological Surgery

Surgical Services

  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion and Instrumentation

Conditions Treated

  • Cervical, Lumbar and Thoracic Spine
  • Disc Herniations
  • Spinal Degenerative Disease
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Stenosis and Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Tumors, Fractures, and Infections


  • Community Memorial Hospital
  • Froedtert Hospital Neurosciences Center
  • SpineCare – Tosa Center, Wauwatosa
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital – West Bend
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital – Green Bay