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 for you to choose a spinal surgeon. Your story is important to me! We review all of your symptoms, tests, and images together and discuss all of the surgical and non-surgical options in detail. Because every patient comes with different values and experiences, I want you to ask questions. I believe that well-informed patients make the best decisions. If surgery is necessary, you can be assured of a comprehensive and innovative approach to any disorder, simple or complex. I never schedule concurrent or overlapping surgeries because I believe an individualized approach leads to the best outcomes. Nothing is more gratifying than seeing a patient return to his or her family, finally relieved of a debilitating condition.”

Introduction

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 and is a Full Professor. He is a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies.

Dr. Wolfla has been President of both the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. 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 honors and awards, including Best Doctors in America (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)

Publications

Title

  • Professor of Neurosurgery

Board Certification

  • Neurological Surgery

Surgical Services

  • Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
  • Image Guided Surgery
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spinal Fusion and Instrumentation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Second Opinions

Conditions Treated

  • Cervical, Lumbar, and Thoracic Spine Conditions
  • Disc Herniation
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Spinal Tumor, Trauma, Fracture, and Infection
  • Sacroiliac Joint Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Conditions

Locations

  • Community Memorial Hospital
  • Froedtert Hospital Neurosciences Center
  • SpineCare – Orthopaedic, Sports and Spine Center (OSSC), Menomonee Falls
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital – West Bend
  • Mequon Health Center, Mequon