Shekar N. Kurpad, MD, PhD

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Dr. Shekar Kurpad specializes in the treatment of a wide variety of spinal and cranial disorders. His expertise lies in the surgery for malignant brain tumors, degenerative disease of the spine, tumors of the spine, spine trauma and skull base tumors, and minimally invasive methods for the treatment of spinal disorders. Dr. Shekar Kurpad has extensive research experience in both brain tumor biology and spinal cord injury and has authored several peer reviewed publications and book chapters in these areas. As the recipient of the prestigious Van Wagenen fellowship from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, he conducted cellular transplantation research for spinal cord injury at the internationally recognized Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He runs a laboratory at the Medical College of Wisconsin with international collaborators for the study of spinal cord injury.


Diseases & Conditions

Back Pain
Cervical, Lumbar and Thoracic Spine
Disc Herniations
Neck Pain
Spinal Cord and Spinal Column Tumors
Spinal Degenerative Disease
Spinal Disorders
Spinal Fractures
Spinal Infection
Spinal Stenosis and Instability

Treatment & Services

Minimally Invasive Surgery
Spinal Fusion and Instrumentation
Spine Surgery

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Languages Spoken


Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital
Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital


Tosa Health Center
1155 North Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 955-5990
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Education & Training

Bangalore University - Bangalore - India - Doctor of Medicine - (1991)

Duke University School of Medicine - Durham - NC - Doctor of Philosophy - (1995)

University Hospitals of Cleveland - OH - Residency in Neurological Surgery - (1995-2001)

University of Tennessee - Memphis - Fellowship in Skull Base Surgery - (1998)

Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Fellowship in Spinal Surgery - (2001)

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Patient Reviews

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4.4 out of 5. 78 ratings, 23 reviews
Dec. 23, 2019
I couldn't be any happier than I am now after being seen right away and finding out what was going on.
Nov. 27, 2019
I was dealing with leg pain for a year trying to avoid surgery at all cost. Therapy was working for a awhile but suddenly the pain worsened. Dr Kurpad was able to do the surgery within a week. I have been pain free since. he is a kind and compassionate doctor.
Nov. 9, 2019
The PA spent almost the entire time in the office jumping right into talking about surgery. The doct came in for about 5 minutes, didn't sit down He did ask as he was standing by the door if we had any questions.
Nov. 8, 2019
we keep working together to find out what my issues are and treat them properly. I am very happy with the Dr. and his entire team.
Oct. 7, 2019
My visit could not have gone more smoothly. I really appreciate how well I was taken care of.
Aug. 22, 2019
open, easy to talk to, didn't rush me
Aug. 19, 2019
Dr Kurpad was very thorough, addressed the medical issue, proposed a plan, and discussed outcomes.
Aug. 15, 2019
Dr. Kurpad explained my medical issue and options in a very understandable manner.
June 27, 2019
Outstanding - comprehensive -
June 21, 2019
When I asked questions in person or by phone, nurses & assistants always returned my calls & listened to my concerns. Always promptly called me back! Thank you.
May 31, 2019
The doctor was very informative and knowledgable on what my concerns were and concluded with the best possible options for my situation
April 18, 2019
Out of 3 doctors he was outstanding and full of knowledge and did a great job -
April 15, 2019
Took xrays, talked about problem, but no exam so I must think about what I want to do.
April 9, 2019
Doctor Kurpad is a very excellent doctor - Surgeon who shows an extreme amount of compassion for his patients. We were so thankful to have him as the surgeon.
March 13, 2019
Staff was very corteous and helpful, Dr Kurpad was wel preapred for my visit.
March 13, 2019
he had not looked at my imaging prior to my appointment. the nurse called the day before and took down all the info from my injury and my symptoms, but he did not read it or it wasn't shared with him, because he walked in and started testing my strength and told me "the plan" without knowing all the info. once I stopped him and told him all that was going on, the plan changed and he had more questions. I felt like he had written me off before knowing all the issues.
March 10, 2019
explained everything I needed to know.Very courteous n knowledgeable.
Feb. 24, 2019
This was my first visit, my referral for a SI joint problem. Dr was pleasant but asked no questions and referred me to another Dr. I should have taken control of the conversation. He and his assistant were with me 3 to 4 minutes. This will be my 4th doctor seeing me for severe lower L SI/back problem. I was so sure this Dr could help.
Feb. 19, 2019
1-4. Nurse prac. - all very good.
Feb. 13, 2019
good clear discussion of my condition and options
Jan. 30, 2019
very knowledgeable
Jan. 29, 2019
Dr Kurpad and his team, are exceptional.Dr Kurpad I trust completely as a physician!
Jan. 28, 2019
More time w/doc.