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        As a very specialized doctor, I see a large number of new patients every month. The variety of presenting complaints is broad, yet patients come to the office with similar questions and concerns. Since I started to practice, I have learned that visiting a neurosurgeon’s office is invariably a source of anxiety and fear. Some patients don’t even know why they are being referred.

       “Am I going to have surgery in my brain or my spine?” “I never thought this could happen to me”.  “Am I going to lose my vision, motor skills, memory or my knowledge?”  “How will this affect my life after surgery?”


        These are just a few of the many concerns crossing a patient’s mind; these and other significant changes of the body and mind are feared.   It is my responsibility to provide understanding, reassurance, comfort and, clearly, excellent care; this means that if there is a way to help my patients without surgery, I will be happy to counsel them that way.                                                                                          

This is how I like to welcome all of my patients.


        In my thirty-five years of practice I have learned many things as neurosurgery continues to change at a very rapid rate. The most important elements of my practice however have remained essentially the same:


            •           Do not cause any harm (primum non nocere)

            •           The patient is the center of my professional universe

            •           Be simple and compassionate

            •           Don’t delegate your work to others

            •           Strive for excellence and nothing less


        In my office a patient will never be seen by a different practitioner; while this can

be perceived as unusual, it offers the benefit that every patient will be always in direct contact with me from the first office visit to the very last follow up. This gives every patient consistent consideration and emotional support. In my office there is no room for indifference and neglect; sometimes I may choose not to treat a patient but she/he will always receive a specific reason and a valid rationale.



I truly hope you will feel warmly welcomed to my office the way I intend it to be.






Dr. Marsella:

Was the 1st neurosurgeon in AZ to complete a cervical disc replacement with Bryan artificial disc (outside of clinical trials)


Was the 1st neurosurgeon in Arizona to use NICO Brainpath technology (Minimally invasive neurosurgery)


Has a lower rate of complications than current national standards


Has revised and corrected many procedures completed in larger academic medical centers


Is certified to use Optune (Novocure) for treatment of glioblastoma multiforme 







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