Jonathan Ari White, MD Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
UTSW Physician Practicing at Children's Health
Jonathan White, M.D., is a neurosurgeon at Children’s Health℠ who specializes in in blood-vessel problems occurring in the brain, such as brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), stroke and mini-stroke.
Some brain diseases require a neurosurgeon’s touch, and there are several possible ways to reach the problem spot. The surgeon can cut through the skull to access the brain directly. Another way to get to the brain is by threading a wire along an artery from the groin up to the brain (a minimally invasive approach known as endovascular surgery), following the same path blood does. Finally, when crucial blood vessels are blocked, neurosurgeons can create an alternate route for the blood using bypass techniques, similar to what cardiac surgeons do for patients with heart disease.
Dr. White is one of only a few neurosurgeons who can do all three. After training in traditional open neurosurgical techniques and cerebral bypass, he completed a three-year fellowship in endovascular surgery (also known as interventional neuroradiology). This unusually broad training allows Dr. White flexibility in choosing the right course for his patients.
Research has also been an important part of Dr. White’s career. Some of his studies evaluate how post-operative neurosurgical patients do over time. “We are constantly refining who's the right candidate for which procedure,” he says. “Are we actually beating the natural history of the disorder with surgery, or is it better just to leave it alone?”
A leader in his field, Dr. White is Past President of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society and a member of the Cerebrovascular Section Executive Committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
He has delivered lectures to fellow neurosurgeons at Yale University, the European Society of Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy, and the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery.
Dr. White also serves as a peer reviewer for the prestigious journals Neurosurgery and Journal of Neurosurgery and has published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics including endovascular coiling, aneurysm, stroke and AVM.
Education and Training
Medical SchoolUniversity of New Mexico Medical School (1993)
ResidencyParkland Memorial Hospital (2000), Neurosurgery
Research & Publications
- Cerebral Blood Flow
- Clinical Outcomes
- Management of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Kopitnik, T.A., Croft, C., Moore, S., White, J Hughes, R. 2003 BMJ Books, London
- Skull Base Approaches To Vascular Lesions , White, J. A., Coimbra, C. Batjer and Loftus, Textbook of Neurological Surgery 2003 Lippincott W and W, Phila
- Management of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Kopitnik, T.A., Croft, C., Moore, S., White, J Hughes, R., Neurological Emergencies 2003 BMJ Books, London
- Surgical Treatment of Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformations, Kopitnik, T.A., White, J., Samson, Duke. Batjer and Loftus, Textbook of Neurosurgery 2003 Lippincott W and W, Phila
- Limited Protective Effects of Etomidate During Brainstem Ischemia, Guo J, White JA, Batjer HH J Neurosurgery 1995 82(2) 278-83
Professional Associations and Affiliations
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons
- American Medical Association
- Congress of Neurological Surgeons
- Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society
- Texas Medical Association
Awards & Honors
- Fellow, American Colledge of Surgeons (2007)
- Faculty Award for Excellence - The University of New Mexico School of Medicine (1993)
- Alpha Omega Alpha (1992)
- The National Honor Society in Psychology (1986)