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Timothy E. Lindley, M.D., Ph.D.
Specialties: 
Back, Neck, Neurosurgery, Spine

“I feel the patient and I are a team. We will sit down and openly discuss the challenges they are facing and how we can help them in a way they can clearly understand.”

Dr. Lindley will start seeing patients in Alexandria on May 1st, 2017.

As a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon, I provide diagnosis and treatment for back, neck, spine, and neurological injuries and conditions. Using my extensive training and experience, I work with my patients to formulate a plan that always focuses on addressing the problem in a way that minimizes risk and maximizes the likelihood of long-term improvement. I find it incredibly rewarding to put my heart and soul into taking care of my patients and later seeing how much that hard work has improved their quality of life.

I grew up in Alexandria, and I now have the opportunity to return to my hometown to provide the best care possible to friends and neighbors. I am excited to know in my heart that people can now get the best care possible right in their own backyard. When I’m not seeing patients, I enjoy spending time with my family as well as hunting, fishing, and boating.

Education & Training

  • Undergraduate Degree: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN
  • Graduate Degree: Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA
  • Medical Degree: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA
  • Neurosurgery Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, IA
  • Clinical Neurosurgery Fellowship: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, IA
  • Orthopedic Spine Fellowship: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, IA
  • Board Certification: The American Board of Neurological Surgery

Professional Affiliations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Special Interests

  • Open and Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy/Foraminotomy
  • Open and Minimally Invasive Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Cervical Discectomy
  • Cervical Fusion
  • Management of Spine and Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Placement
  • Management of Thoracolumbar Deformity

Publications/Presentations

  • Published author in Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, 2016, 2011, 2009
  • Published author in Cureus, April, May 2016
  • Published author in Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 2014, 2013
  • Published author in Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, March 2014
  • Published author in Public Library of Science’s PLOS ONE, August 2013
  • Published author in Journal of Neurological Surgery Part A: Central European Neurosurgery, June 2013
  • Published author in American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 2009
  • Published author in Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology, 2007
  • Published author in American Journal Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology, April 2005
  • Published author in Circulation Research, 2004
  • Published author in Physiological Genomics, 2004
  • Published author in Hypertension, 2002
  • Published author in Journal of Biological Chemistry, 1999

Book Chapters

  • Co-author of book chapter in Approaches for Spinal Fusion & Instrumentation, Chapter 14, 2007
  • Co-author of book chapter in Spinal Reconstruction Clinical Examples of Applied Basic Science, Biomechanics, and Engineering, Chapter 9, 2007
  • Co-author of book chapter in Schmidek & Sweet: Operative Neurosurgical Techniques: Indications, Methods and Results, 2012 
  • Co-author of book chapter in Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complication Avoidance, and Management, Third Edition, Vol. 2., Chapter 106, 2012

Honors & Awards

  • New to Sanford Award, Sanford Health, 2013
  • Finalist, Resident Physician of the Year, Nominated by the M3 and M4 Class, The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, 2006
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, 2004
  • Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society, University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, 2004
  • The Caroline tum Suden/Frances A. Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award for Meritorious Research, American Physiological Society, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Finalist, M1 Teacher of the Year, The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, 2003, 2004
  • Merk New Investigator Award, 57th Annual Fall Conference and Scientific Sessions of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, 2003
  • Award for Superior Achievement in Student Teaching in Anatomy and Cell Biology, The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, 2003
  • Second Place, James F. Jakobsen Graduate Forum Life Sciences Division, The University of Iowa, 2003
  • Finalist, The University of Iowa Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2002, 2003
  • Tung-Yang Wing Award for Superior Achievement in Anatomy and Cell Biology Graduate Education, The University of Iowa College of Medicine, 2002
  • College of Medicine Dean’s Scholarship, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 1998
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Award, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 1998
  • Outstanding Oral Presentation and Mayo Award, Newton W. Winchell Research Symposium, Minnesota Academy of Science, 1998
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School, 1997-1998