Haring Nauta, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS

Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery Residency Program Director

Department of Neurosurgery


220 Abraham Flexner Way 502-588-0492

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Dr. Nauta's long and distinguished career began when he was a Guest Investigator at the Institut fur Hirnforschung der Universitat in Zurich, Switzerland. From there he became an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. Two years later, he joined the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston as an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery. He then spent an eight year stint as Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where he worked in vascular neurosurgery and initiated the program in stereotactic radiosurgery. Afterwards, he returned to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, this time as Professor and Chairman for Neurosurgery.

Dr. Nauta joined the University of Louisville in 2009. At UofL, he specializes in brain and spinal cord tumors, lumbar stenosis, cervical disc disease, Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, adult hydrocephalus, stereotactic radiosurgery, and special procedures for pain. He is also the Director of the department's Residency Program.

Learn more about Dr. Nauta's career here.

Dr. Nauta's research interests and publications most recently focus on spinal cord pathways mediating axial spine pain and visceral pain.

Nauta H J, Mcilwrath S L, Westlund K N (March 26, 2018) Punctate Midline Myelotomy Reduces Pain Responses in a Rat Model of Lumbar Spine Pain: Evidence that the Postsynaptic Dorsal Column Pathway Conveys pain from the Axial Spine. Cureus 10(3): e2371.DOI 10.7759/cureus.2371