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Dr. Brian Hwang profile

Dr. Brian Hwang is a neurosurgeon and former U.S. Army Green Beret Medical Sergeant (18D)/Special Operations Combat Medic. He is also a neurosurgeon for the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Dr. Hwang specializes in the disorders of the brain, spine, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve. He treats various conditions including brain tumors, degenerative spine diseases, disc diseases, spinal tumors, traumatic brain and spinal injuries, epilepsy, depression, trigeminal neuralgia, failed back syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and peripheral nerve entrapment and injury.

Dr. Hwang graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, NY. He completed his neurosurgery residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He is one of the few neurosurgeons who have completed fellowship training in both complex spine surgery and functional neurosurgery, which gives him a uniquely comprehensive understanding of the nervous system. He also has extensive training in both cutting-edge brain and spine robotic neurosurgery.

Dr. Hwang was elected as a technical member to represent the U.S. Department of Defense at the NATO Science and Technology Organization. He advises various governmental, non-governmental, and non-profit organizations on neurosurgical issues. He also serves on the Green Beret Foundation Special Forces Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering and Design Advisory Board, and Veterans for Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Hwang enjoys hiking, camping, land navigation, skiing, and cooking.


  • Medical School – Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
  • Internship – Johns Hopkins Hospital, Departments of Surgery and Neurosurgery, Baltimore, MD
  • Residency- Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Baltimore, MD
  • Chief Resident – Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Baltimore, MD
  • Fellowship in Complex and minimally invasive spine surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Baltimore, MD (Director Dr. Nicholas Theodore)
  • Fellowship in Functional and Pain Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery (Directors Dr. William S. Anderson, Dr. Michael Lim, Dr. Chetan Bettegowda), Baltimore, MD


  • Degenerative spine disease
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Spine trauma
  • Failed back syndrome
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Brain tumor
  • Brain trauma
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Essential Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Ulnar nerve entrapment
  • Common peroneal nerve entrapment
  • Peripheral nerve palsy
  • Peripheral nerve injury
  • Stroke


  • Member of Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Member of American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Military Service – U.S. Army, Military Occupational Specialty 11B (Infantry); 18D (Special Forces Medical Sergeant); Special Operations Combat Medic/Advanced Tactical Practitioner
  • Civilian Service – Center for Devices and Radiological Health,FDA- Neurosurgeon/Medical Officer
  • Walter Dandy Excellence in Clinical Research Award
  • Irving J. Sherman Clinical Excellence in Neurosurgery Award, and the Technology Development Maryland Innovation Initiative Award
  • U.S. Department of Defense neurosurgery technical expert for NATO Science and Technology Organization
  • Advisory board member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering and Design
  • Advisor for the Green Beret Foundation Special Forces Neurosurgery Initiative


Read: Dr. Hwang’s story, “Mission to Serve,” on Providence Blog

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