An Interview with Dr. Chilton
What makes your practice unique?
I think my practice is unique in just how patient-focused and patient-centric we are. I make sure to take the time out to talk with my patients. I follow up on their care to make sure it’s going well. It’s important to me that they understand their options, so I like to make sure all their questions are answered.
What are your spinal and clinical interests?
My interests are in facial pain, trigeminal neuralgia, brain tumors, degenerative spine disease, complex spine problems.
How important is patient education in your practice?
Patient education is very important to me. In order for a patient to make a good and informed choice about their care, they have to understand their condition and treatment options. Most of the time I spend with a patient is spent educating them. I want to make sure they have all the information necessary to make the best decision.
Biography of Jonathan D. Chilton
Dr. Jonathan Chilton is an accomplished neurosurgeon who has been practicing in Kansas City for over 20 years. Dr. Chilton received his Masters in Public Health degree from Columbia University in New York City. He subsequently attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. in 1988 which included training in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., training in neuropathy at the Armed Forces Institute of Neuropathy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and training at the Atkinson Morley’s Hospital in London, England. He completed board certification in neurosurgery in 1991 (Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons).
Dr. Chilton is the Director of the Midwest Gamma Knife Center, which was the first dedicated cranial radiosurgery facility in the five state Midwest region (over 1800 patients treated to date).
Dr. Chilton is the Director of The Center for Facial Pain at the Midwest Neuroscience Institute at Research Medical Center, which offers comprehensive care for the diagnosis and treatment of all types of facial pain, including Trigeminal Neuralgia.
Dr. Chilton has been chairman of the Department of Surgery at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO., a major tertiary care referral hospital.
Dr. Chilton is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgery, The Metropolitan Medical Society of Greater Kansas City and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Chilton has subspecialty interest and expertise in many areas including:
- Brain tumor surgery (benign and malignant tumors)
- Spine tumor surgery (benign and malignant tumors)
- Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
- Degenerative disc disease (cervical and lumbar)
- Complex spine surgery (degenerative spine disease, degenerative scoliosis, spinal instrumentation and reconstruction)
- Peripheral Nerve Surgery (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Ulnar Neuropathy)
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Cranio-cerebral trauma
- Spine trauma
He is the senior partner at Midwest Neurosurgery Associates, a well respected, five-member private practice neurosurgery group serving greater metropolitan Kansas City and rural communities in Missouri and Kansas within a 150 mile radius. He works at Research Medical Center.