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The Next Generation of Neurosurgery
San Diego Neurosurgeon, Scott P. Leary, is internationally recognized for his contributions to the neurosurgical field. Practice includes the treatment of degenerative spinal disorders, complex spinal deformity, and tumors of the spinal axis. Also specialize in the treatment of conditions using minimal access techniques for the cervical and lumbar spine including the use of endoscopic techniques, thoracoscopic techniques, and percutaneous techniques.
revolutionary procedures through Computer Tomography
CT Guided Stereotaxy in Neurosurgery, is a concept of advancing a probe to an unseen target allowing the removal of the diseased tissue with the preservation of the healthy tissue. The advantages of CT-guided sterotaxy over the free-hand biopsy are that there is less manipulation of the brain and resultant trauma from multiple needle punctures, and it can be performed under local anaesthesia.

National Media Release: Fox & Friends March 5, 2011

On March 5, 2011 Dr. Scott Leary was featured on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends Weekend,” a national program that aired live and was seen by millions of viewers across the country. He discussed the miraculous surgery that saved his patient, John Miksa, from total paralysis. To view the broadcast click on the movie clip above or go to the video on

Second Opinion

Surgery may be the next step in treating your spine. As spine surgery is quite complicated, a second opinion from one of the leading spine experts may reassure that you have considered all treatment options.


Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new drugs or treatments. Clinical trials are essential for improving survival, quality of life, and higher standards of care.


Patient Portal

To save time at your appointment check-in, we ask that you visit our patient portal prior to your appointment. If you have any questions please contact us and we will be glad to assist you.


Patient Testimonials

Various patients have shared their medical experiences highlighting the care they have received from Dr. Leary.



U-T San Diego Interview of Dr. Leary

Dr. Scott Leary

Neurosurgeon Scott Leary performed miracle with emergency surgery

Story originally published by on 7/30/12 and written by Caroline Dipping.  Photo by Earnie Grafton.

On an August evening three years ago, neurosurgeon Scott Leary performed emergency surgery on a Carlsbad cyclist who was paralyzed from the neck down after being hit head-on by a car. By the time he was done in the operating room, Leary had performed a miracle.

The next day, Leary’s patient, John Miksa, wiggled a thumb and 21 days later walked out of the hospital under his own steam. Leary became a poster child for Scripps Health, appearing on the cover of the 2009 Scripps Annual Report, bus stop signs, Internet banners and more than 80 billboards countywide.

Raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he obtained his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where his medical school class was ranked No. 1 in the nation. Leary has been a spine fellowship-trained neurosurgeon at Senta Clinic since 2007 and operates at Scripps and Sharp hospitals.

Full Interview

Neurosurgery Changes Lives

Dr. Scott P. Leary - Neurosurgeon in San Diego

Surgery may relieve unrelenting pain from whiplash, other neck pain, and headaches. It may mean restoring your lower back so you can lift your kids again, or simply return to work. Repairing the structures surrounding the nerves that let us experience the world properly is our most important medical service goal. Back and neck pain can have many different causes. The pain can be acute, which generally accompanies an injury or illness, or chronic, which is a persistent pain that continues after the physiological cause for it no longer exists.

Conservative care is always the preferred treatment method of pain, however conservative care may not be enough to treat the pain, especially when impending or irreversible damage to the spinal cord or nerves is present. After careful evaluation of the patient, Dr. Leary will present all treatment options available to treat the patient's specific diagnosis.

Often times pain can be markedly reduced by carefully following a specific course of treatments including physical therapy, weight loss, stretching or yoga. Other less invasive treatments may include corticoid steroid injections. Stress, both physical and psychological can also play a role in causing pain. These factors are also addressed and taken in to consideration when Dr. Leary is developing a specific treatment plan for his patients.



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