William S. Rosenberg, MD FAANS




  • Complex spinal surgery – degenerative disease, tumors, instrumentation and reconstruction
  • Surgical treatment of pain, including chronic, neuropathic and cancer-related symptoms
  • Minimally-invasive spinal surgery
  • Deep brain stimulation for pain (Obsessive Compulsive Disease)
  • Neurosurgical treatment (cingulotomy) for psychiatric disorders (depression, obsessive compulsive disorder)

Dr. William S. Rosenberg attended Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in 1987. He completed his neurosurgical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, also in Boston, in 1993. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgery and a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He is currently President of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain and the Past President and Founder of the Cancer Pain Research Consortium. Dr. Rosenberg serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Rosenberg began his career with the Mayfield Clinic in Cincinnati, Ohio (1994-1998), where he was the Director of Neurotrauma and Neurocritical Care at the University of Cincinnati and specialized in complex spinal surgery. He was then recruited to co-direct the Neurospinal Disorders Program in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of California – San Francisco from 1998 to 2002, where he co-founded the Spinal Biomechanics laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Rosenberg left academic neurosurgery in 2002, joining Midwest Neurosurgery Associates, out of a desire for greater focus on patient care and the ability to spend more time with family.

In Kansas City, Dr. Rosenberg continued to pursue interests in complex spinal surgery. In addition, he expanded his area of expertise to include the treatment of chronic and cancer-related pain. He brought Cyberknife Radiosurgery to the Kansas City Area and served as Medical Director for the Menorah Cyberknife Center for its first 6 years. In addition to treating the entire range of complex spinal disorders, Dr. Rosenberg is actively involved in treating patients with such modalities as neuromodulation, intrathecal pharmacotherapy, peripheral nerve, spinal cord and deep brain stimulation. He is also very active in training other health care providers, curriculum development and lecturing, as well as designing and supervising clinical trials.

Dr. Rosenberg is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, International Neuromodalation Society, North American Neuromodulation Society, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain, American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Missouri State Medical Society, Metropolitan Medical and the Kansas City Neurology/Neurosurgery Society. He provides editorial support for Neuromodulation, the official journal of the North American Neuromodalation Society and a number of other professional journals.


College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1982 B.A.

Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1987 M.D.

Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Surgery, Internship, Post Graduate Training, 1987-1988

Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Residency Training, Post Graduate Training, 1988-1992

Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Chief Resident, Post Graduate Training, 1993

Assistant in Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusettsm, 1994

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1994-1998

Director, Division of Neurotrauma and Critical Care, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1994-1997

Research Director, Center for Computational Neurobiology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1995-1998

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, College of Engineering, 1996-1998

Assistant Professor-In-Residence, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, Department of Neurological Surgery, 1998-2002

Co-Director, Neurospinal Disorders Program, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, Department of Neurological Surgery, 1998-2002

Chairman, Department of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychology,   Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park, KS

Medical Director, Menorah Medical Center CyberKnife Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park, KS, 2004


Rosenberg WS, Swearingen B, Poletti CE: Contralateral trigeminal dysesthesias associated with second cervical nerve compression: A case report. Cephalgia 10:259-262, 1990

Rosenberg WS, Rosenberg AE, Poletti CE: Cervical disc herniation presenting as a mass lesion posterior to the odontoid process. Report of two cases. J Neurosurgery 75: 954-959, 1991

Rosenberg WS, Breakefield XO, DeAntonio C, Isacson O: Authentic and artifactual detection of the E. coli LacZ gene product in the rat brain by histochemical methods. Mol Brain Res 16:311-315, 1992

Frim DM, Short MP, Rosenberg WS, Simpson J, Breakefield XO, Isacson O: Local protective effects of nerve growth factor-secreting fibroblasts against excitotoxic lesions in the rat striatum. J Neurosurgery 78:267-273, 1993

Rosenberg WS, Harsh GR IV: Penetrating Cerebral Trauma, Including Scalp Lacerations, Depressed Fractures, and Missile Wounds. In: Loftus CM (ed.): Neurosurgical Emergencies, Volume 1, Chapter 4. New York: McGraw-Hill; 1994, pp 59-72

Godley CD, McCabe CJ, Warren RL, Rosenberg WS: Traumatic subarachnoid-pleural fistula: Case report. J Trauma 38:808-811, 1995

Rosenberg WS, Harsh GR IV: Penetrating Wounds of the Head. In: Wilkins RH, Rengachary SS (eds.): Neurosurgery, 2nd Edition, Volume II. New York: McGraw-Hill; 1996, pp 2813-2820

Rosenberg WS, Tew JM Jr.: Tew cranial/spinal retractor. Neurosurgery 40:1096-1098, 1997

Hu H, Nayfeh AH, Rosenberg WS: Composite modeling of human cranial bone. In: Mahmood HF, Barbat SD, Baccouche MR (eds.): Crashworthiness, Occupant Protection and Biomechanics in Transportation Systems, AMD-Vol. 225/BED-Vol. 38. New York: ASME; 1997, pp 221-32

Roberson JB, Rosenberg WS: Traumatic cranial defects reconstructed with the HTR-PMI cranioplastic implant. J Cranio-Maxillofacial Trauma 3:8-13, 1997

Rosenberg WS, Salame KS, Shumrich KV, Tew JM Jr.: Compression of the upper cervical spinal cord causing symptoms of brainstem compromise. A case report. Spine 23:1497-500, 1998

Rosenberg WS, Harsh GR IV: Penetrating Cerebral Trauma. In: Grossman, GR and Loftus CM (eds.): Principles of Neurosurgery, 2nd Edition, Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven Publishers, 1999

Nagy PB, Rosenberg WS, Stankovits LM: Non-invasive monitoring of acute intracranial mass lesions using ultrasonic fingerprinting. In: Nondestructive Characterization of Materials in Aging Systems, Pittsburgh: Materials Research Society, Volume 503, pp. 249-54, 1998

Hu H, Rosenberg WS, Nayfeh AH: Modeling human brain movability effect on brain response during impact. In:Mahmood HF, Barbat SD, Baccouche MR (eds.): Crashworthiness, Occupant Protection and Biomechanics in Transportation Systems, AMD-Vol. 230/BED-Vol. 41. New York: ASME; 1998, pp 267-80

Zemlan FP, Rosenberg WS, Luebbe PA, Campbell TA, Weiner NE, Cohen JA, Rudick RA, Woo D: Quantification of axonal damage in traumatic brain injury: affinity purification and characterization of cerebrospinal fluid Tau proteins. J Neurochemistry 72:741-50, 1999

Mummaneni PV, Rosenberg WS: Spinal Chondrosarcoma Following Adenocarcinoma of the Breast: Case Report. Surgical Neurology 53:580-2, 2000

Mummaneni PV, Rosenberg WS, McDermott MW: Mucopolysaccharidoses and Spinal Cord Compression: Case Study and Review of the Literature with Implications of Bone Marrow Transplantation [comment]. Neurosurgery 47:229, 2000

Rosenberg WS, Mummaneni PV: Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Technique, Complications and Early Results. Neurosurgery 48:569-75, 2001

Octavio J, Rosenberg W, Conte JE Jr: Surgical Wound Infection from Pasturella Multocida from Pet Dogs. New Engl J Med 345:549, 2001

Liebschner MAK, Rosenberg WS, Keaveny TM: Effects of Bone Cement Volume and Distribution After Vertebroplasty. Spine 26: 1547-54, 2001

Rosenberg WS, Theodosopoulos PV: Spinal Tumors In: Prados M (ed.): ACS Atlas of Clinical Oncology: Brain Cancer Hamilton: BC Decker, Inc; 2002, pp 365-74

Mummaneni PV, Haddock SM, Liebschner MAK, Keaveny TM, Rosenberg WS: Biomechanical Evaluation of a Double-Threaded Pedicle Screw in Elderly Vertebrae. J Spinal Disorders 15:64-8, 2002

Palm WJ, Rosenberg WS, Keaveny TM: Load Transfer Mechanisms in Cylindrical Interbody Cage Constructs. Spine 27:2101-7, 2002

Schmidt MH, Quinones-Hinojosa A, Rosenberg WS: Cervical Myelopathy Associated with Degenerative Spine Disease and OPLL. Seminars in Neurology 22(2):143-8, 2002

Zemlan FP, Jauch EC, Mulchahey JJ, Gabbita SP, Rosenberg WS, Speciale SG, Zuccarello M. C-Tau Biomarker of Neuronal Damage in Severe Brain Injured Patients: Association with Elevated Intracranial Pressure and Clinical Outcome. Brain Res 947:131-9, 2002

Quinones-Hinojosa A, Sanai N, Fischbein NJ, Rosenberg WS: Extensive Intradural Arachnoid Cyst of the Lumbar Spinal Canal: Case Illustration. Surgical Neurology 60:57-9, 2003

Liebschner MA, Kopperdahl DL, Rosenberg WS, Keaveny TM. Finite Element Modeling of the Human Thoracolumbar Spine. Spine 28:559-65, 2003

Crawford RP, Rosenberg WS, Keaveny TM: Quantitative Computed Tomography-Based Finite Element Models of the Human Lumbar Vertebral Body: Effect of Element Size on Stiffness, Damage and Fracture Strength Predictions. J Biomech Engineering 125:434-8, 2003.

Haddock SM, Yeh OC, Mummaneni PV, Rosenberg WS, Keaveny TM: Similarity in the Fatigue Behavior of Trabecular Bone Across Site and Species. J Biomechanics 37:181-7, 2004.

Quinones-Hinojosa A, Jun P, Jacobs R, Rosenberg WS, Weinstein PR: General Principles in the Medical and Surgical Management of Spinal Infections: a Multidisciplinary Approach. Neurosurg Focus 17:E1-15, 2004.


Mummaneni PV, Rosenberg WS: Review of Thorascopic Spine Surgery. Dickman CA, Rosenthal DJ, Perin NI (eds). Thieme/New York: Aminoff MJ (ed.), 1999, Muscle & Nerve