About Marcella Madera
Dr. Madera came to Austin after completing an AOSpine Fellowship and Faculty Instructorship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She specializes in surgical treatment of conditions of the entire spine including degenerative spine disease, spine tumors, and degenerative deformity. Being fellowship trained in spine surgery, Dr. Madera has expertise in all spinal approaches and techniques including both open and minimally invasive surgery (MIS), including navigated microscopic MIS. She is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and she enjoys cooking, yoga, meditation, and reading. Exploring both non-surgical and surgical treatment options with patients, Dr. Madera works with each patient's individual needs to develop the treatment plan that best improves and maintains spine wellness.
As an Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Texas Dell Medical School, Dr. Madera is active in the education of other providers in the spine community. She serves as the Neurosurgery Representative to the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care and is a sponsor for the medical student Surgery Interest Group. Having authored several articles and textbook chapters, Dr. Madera continues to participate in the academic community as a member of AOSpine, North American Spine Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and Women in Neurosurgery.
- Dr. Madera was featured in North American Spine Society's "Paths to Leadership” video.
- Dr. Madera was named to Becker’s Spine’s 38 female spine surgeon leaders to know.
Read what Dr. Madera has to say about her practice
Expertise in conditions treated: “Thank you for taking the time to explore my expertise information. During my residency training with Mayfield Clinic and my AOSpine Fellowship and Faculty Instructorship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, I gained expertise in the diagnosis, management, and surgical treatment of spine disorders, as well as brain disorders. I have 12 years of experience with both minimally invasive and open spinal procedures, and I tailor the treatment plan to each patient's individual needs. We will explore non-operative options first, if your condition allows for those, and I employ both traditional and integrative medical modalities for the care of your spine. My highest priorities are giving you the tools for spine wellness and getting you back to your life, whether or not surgery is involved."
Expertise in procedures performed: “Thank you for wanting to learn more about the procedures I perform. Many spinal procedures can be performed both minimally invasively (MIS) and open; MIS procedures can decrease blood loss, decrease length of stay in the hospital, and cause less muscle disruption than open procedures. MIS surgeries often use smaller incisions, and the goals are the same as for open surgeries. The current most technologically advanced techniques for MIS surgery include using a multi-dimensional imaging and navigation platform with microscopic visualization to allow maximum accuracy for localization and instrumentation when used. When a procedure can be performed MIS, I will offer that to my patients (including cervical decompression/discectomy, thoracic decompression/discectomy, lumbar decompression/discectomy, and lumbar fusion). Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion and cervical arthroplasty (disc replacement) are done through an open approach to maximize safety to adjacent structures."
Care philosophy: “Thank you for wanting to learn more about how I care for my patients. I strive to take care of you in the way I would for my own family members. We will discuss your medical history, symptoms, previous treatments (if any), and how your situation is affecting your day-to-day life. After the physical exam (including neurological exam), we will review your images and discuss treatment options. Many conditions do not require surgery, and we will discuss conservative approaches in detail; both traditional and integrative/holistic modalities can be used to help symptoms. Please bring a list of questions you may have, and we will discuss those at your visit. I firmly believe it is an honor to perform neurosurgery, and I treat every patient with the respect and care I would hope would be given to my loved ones."
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Certifications & Memberships
American Board of Neurological Surgery
Austin Brain & Spine
3000 N. IH 35
Austin, TX 78705
Phone: (512) 306-1323