Dr. Mark N. Hadley was born and raised in Napa, California. He was active in sports, scholastics, and student government through high school. Dr.Hadley graduated from Stanford in 1978 with a BA in Economics. He was a four year letterman in Varsity Track. Thereafter, he began his medical education at Albany Medical College in upstate New York. Dr.Hadley received his MD degree in 1982.
Dr. Hadley completed his general surgery internship at the University of California under F. William Blaisdale. He began his post-graduate neurosurgical training in 1983 at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, under mentors Robert F. Spetzler, Volker K.H. Sonntag, Andrew G. Shetter, John R. Green, and others. He completed his busy residency training with 42 cited publications and three regional and national resident prizes. Upon graduation in 1988, Dr. Hadley served three years as a neurosurgeon in the United States Air Force. In 1991 Dr. Hadley accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery under Richard B. Morawetz, MD, at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993 and Professor in 1997. He has been actively involved in medical student, resident, and fellow education at UAB and serves as the Director of the Residency Training Program, and the Director of the Neurosurgical Spinal Surgery Fellowship program. He has served as the Medical Director of an active regional Think First Injury Prevention Program and has served as Team Physician to the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham athletic programs. He is a dedicated teacher, instructor and clinical scientitist. His main areas of clinical and scientific interest are disorders of the human spine and spinal cord. He is licensed in the state of Alabama and is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (1992).
Dr. Hadley has authored over 170 scientific articles and chapters in medical textbooks. He has authored or edited several compilations in Neurological Surgery, including Self Assessment for Neurological Surgeons (SANS) VI for the AANS and CNS in 1997, multiple educational videotapes, Video Perspectives in Neurological Surgery, the comprehensive Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries published as a supplement to NEUROSURGERY in March 2002, and, the Guidelines for the Performance of Fusion Procedures for Degenerative Disease of the Lumbar Spine published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, in June 2005. Dr.Hadley and his author group have just completed exhaustive work to update each of these comprehensive guideline efforts to be published in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Dr. Hadley serves editorial roles for Spine, Nutrition, and several foundations, and serves on the Editorial Board of NEUROSURGERY (1999 to present) and the Journal of Neurosurgery (2004 to present). He has been a visiting professor at major universities throughout the United States and has received a variety of honors including the inaugural Frank H. Mayfield Award of the AANS/CNS Spine Section in 1984 and induction into the honorary medical society, Alpha Omega Alpha. He was honored by his patients in 2005 and was awarded the Charles A. and Patsy W. Collat Endowed Professorship in Neurological Surgery. He has been listed in America's Top Doctors annually since 2001.
Dr. Hadley has been active in organized Neurosurgery since his residency training. He has served on the Executive Committees of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (1994-2004) and of the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves (1992-1999). He has served as the Secretary of the CNS (1997-2000), as CNS Vice President (2001), President-Elect (2002) and as the President (2003). He has served as a member of the AANS/CNS Washington Committee (2001- 2003). He currently is keenly involved in the Academy of Neurological Surgery and the Society of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr.Hadley has become a national and internationally recognized expert in the care and surgical treatment of patients with spinal cord tumors and spinal column pathology, including congenital anomalies, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, spinal reconstruction and fusion procedures of the entire spinal column, from the base of the skull through the sacrum. He performs an average of 400 such procedures a year. He sees patients on Mondays and Wednesdays each week, at the Kirklin Clinic. Appointments and referrals can be made by calling 205-934-1439.
Hadley MN, Walters BC, Grabb PA, Oyesiku NM, Przybylski GJ, Resnick DK, Ryken TC. Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries. Neurosurgery, 50(3)(Supplement):S1-S199, 2002.
Resnick DK, Choudheri TF, Dailey AT, Groff MW, Khoo L, Matz PG, Mummaneni P, Watters WC III, Wang J, Walters BC, Hadley MN. Guidelines for the Performance of Fusion Procedures for Degenerative Disease of the Lumbar Spine. J Neurosurg: Spine 2(6):636-759, 2005.
Ammar KN, Pritchard PR, Matz PG, Hadley MN: Spontaneous thoracic spinal cord herniation: three cases with long-term follow-up. Neurosurgery 57:E1067; discussion E1067, 2005.
Bashir K, Cai CY, Moore TA II, Whitaker JN, Hadley MN. Surgery for cervical spinal cord compression in patients with multiple sclerosis. Neurosurgery 47:637-642; discussion 642-633, 2000.
Hadley MN. Metastatic spinal cord tumors. J Neurosurg Spine 11:53-55; discussion 55, 2009.
Hadley MN. The real value of cervical arthroplasty? J Neurosurg Spine 15:345-346; discussion 346-347, 2011.
Hadley MN, Reddy SV. Smoking and the human vertebral column: a review of the impact of cigarette use on vertebral bone metabolism and spinal fusion. Neurosurgery 41:116-124, 1997.
Matz PG, Moore TA II, Wolff CL IV, Hadley MN. Cervical Spinal Kyphotic Deformity: A Comparative Cohort Study Analyzing Success of Surgical Correction. Spinal Surgery 20:77-85, 2006.
Meythaler JM, Guin-Renfroe S, Brunner RC, Hadley MN. Intrathecal baclofen for spastic hypertonia from stroke. Stroke 32:2099-2109, 2001.
Pryputniewicz DM, Hadley MN. Axis fractures. Neurosurgery 66:68-82, 2010.
Rajpal S, Tubbs RS, George T, Oakes WJ, Fuchs HE, Hadley MN, et al. Tethered cord due to spina bifida occulta presenting in adulthood: a tricenter review of 61 patients. J Neurosurg Spine 6:210-215, 2007.
Vale FL, Burns J, Jackson AB, Hadley MN. Combined medical and surgical treatment after acute spinal cord injury: results of a prospective pilot study to assess the merits of aggressive medical resuscitation and blood pressure management. J Neurosurg 87:239-246, 1997.