An Interview with Dr. Blatt
What makes your practice unique?
We use a team approach. We’re unique because the doctors are involved in every aspect, so you can’t leave our office without having some face time with me. We’re very accessible to our patients. If patients call in, we get back to them within 24 hours. We try to keep patients informed. I also have a unique view on surgery: Don’t have it unless you really need it. I consider myself conservative regarding surgery, and I believe in having discussions with the patient about what their true options are based on their condition.
What are your spinal and clinical interests?
I’d say my interests include complex spine, spinal instrumentation, degenerative scoliosis, radiosurgery, endscopic procedures, vascular aneurysms. But really, my interests are just getting people fixed. I’m just looking for better outcomes.
How important is patient education in your practice?
Patient education is very important. We always keep the patients informed of the thought process and what the tests are loooking for and what their options are. I see a lot of people come in with a missed diagnosis, and we spend some time with them to figure out what the problem is.
Geoffrey L. Blatt, M.D. has been with Midwest Neurosurgery Associates since 1992. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed Neurosurgical Residency and Fellowship at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Brown University in Rhode Island respectively. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Blatt has been honored as a Top Neurological Surgeon by multiple organizations including US News and World Report, Ingram’s Magazine, KC Magazine, Castle Connelly and The Consumer’s Research Council. He has served as a departmental head and on the Board of Directors of hospitals. He is a past president of the Missouri State Neurosurgical Society and the Kansas City Neurology and Neurosurgical Society. He served on the National Council of State Neurosurgical Societies.
While he practices general neurosurgery, he does have specialty training in complex and minimally invasive spinal surgery, vascular neurosurgery, endoscopic neurosurgery and Stereotactic Radiosurgery (Gamma Knife, CyberKnife and Novalis). Dr. Blatt holds patents on devices for replacement of spinal discs and has been involved in the development of some widely used spinal instrumentation.
As part of a treatment team, headed by Dr. Blatt, there are years of experience and expertise at each step along the way. The team moto of “surgery as a last resort” has served patients well. The team is conscientious and meticulous, returning phone calls, answering questions, spending face to face time with patients and caring about patient outcomes.
Dr. Blatt has special training in the following:
- Complex spine and spinal instrumentation with specialized interest in degenerative scoliosis
- Endoscopic and minimally invasive surgery
- Radiosurgery (both Cyberknife and Gamma Knife)
- Neurovascular surgery