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Todd D. Alexander, MD

Board-certified Neurosurgeon, Spine Surgeon

I am a Rockford native and alumnus of Guilford High School in Rockford. Following graduation I attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where I earned the Distinguished Cadet Star Award - an honor only bestowed on the top 5% of the class.

I pursued further higher education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where I earned my Bachelor’s degree with High Distinction in the double majors of chemistry and philosophy. I continued my graduate studies and earned my masters in organic chemistry at the University of Illinois in Chicago before entering Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri – one of the top medical centers in the country. Upon graduation from medical school, I completed my residency training program at University of Chicago Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois before returning to Rockford to establish my neurosurgery practice.

For 20 years I treated the neurosurgical needs of adult and pediatric patients in the northern Illinois region as a private practitioner, where I earned my reputation for excellent outcomes, personalized service, and pioneering important medical firsts in our community, including:

  • First awake craniotomy for brain tumor resection
  • First artificial cervical and artificial lumbar disc implantations
  • First endoscopic brain surgery
  • First implantation of a programmable ventriculoperitoneal shunt for hydrocephalus
  • First to utilize intraoperative angiography for cerebral aneurysm surgery
  • First to perform intracranial thrombolysis for intraventricular hemorrhage

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Art - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Masters of Science - University of Illinois
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) - Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Residency - University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Board Certified - Diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgery

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