Bringing Neurosurgery Care Closer To Home [North Metro Business Journal]

Surgeons at Baptist Health Neurosurgery Arkansas Satellite Clinic-Conway allow patients to stay close to home in Faulkner County and still receive Arkansas’ most comprehensive neurosurgery care. 

Doctors Blake Phillips, MD, and Gautam Gandhi, MD, PhD, are board-certified by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and experienced in providing the full spectrum of neurosurgical care including brain and pituitary tumors, trigeminal neuralgia, cerebrovascular disease, degenerative spinal disease, herniated disc, ankylosing spondylitis, scoliosis, spinal deformity and correction, spinal stenosis, tumors of the spinal cord, spine fractures, peripheral nerve disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, and chronic pain syndromes.  

The physicians utilize advanced technology to help treat most neurological issues at Baptist Health Neurosurgery Arkansas Satellite Clinic-Conway. Dr. Gandhi and Dr. Phillips specialize in complex cranial and spine disorders, and have an interest in minimally-invasive spine surgery (MIS) and spine deformity correction. 

“Our practice is patient-focused and driven by our desire to help people feel better,” said Dr. Phillips. “Our comprehensive treatment sometimes requires surgery. It is our expectation that those individuals will get the best possible surgical experience in the state of Arkansas.” 

Understanding that neurological surgery can at times seem intimidating, Drs. Gandhi and Phillips also know the importance of helping put patients at ease. 

“I remind my patients that surgery is not magic and has limits on what can be achieved, that I am always with them and available through the process and that I will never give up on them,” said Dr. Gandhi. 

Drs. Phillips and Gandhi both perform the Mazor X robotic-assisted spinal surgery, which is helping patients find relief from back pain with greater success, in Little Rock. 

“Patients with chronic low back pain and leg pain are now able to get relief through a minimally invasive approach using robotic assistance, making the procedure more seamless and less painful than ever before,” said Dr. Phillips. 

Baptist Health was the first health system to bring the world-class Mazor X surgery to Arkansas. A ground-breaking procedure that combines innovative robotic-assisted technology with advanced software, Mazor X offers a faster recovery, greater success and less pain than other procedures. 

“Mazor X robot-assisted spine surgery allows for seamless integration of robotics with intraoperative O-ARM CT-based, three-dimensional navigation to perform individually tailored, preoperatively planned, minimally invasive approaches to the spine with minimal tissue disruption to achieve the goals of surgery,” said Dr. Gandhi.  

Dr. Blake Phillips’ education and interest in neurologic science began at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. After graduating with a degree in biochemistry, he began research in St. Jude’s neurodevelopmental biology lab.  

He then received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, after which he completed an internship in general surgery. It is at the University of Arkansas where he continued his neurosurgical training gaining expertise in cranial and spine surgery. 

Dr. Phillips continues to be active in medical education with a number of recent peer-reviewed publications, posters, and conference speaking engagements.  

He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Southern Neurosurgical Society, North American Spine Society, American Medical Association, Arkansas Medical Association, and the Pulaski County Medical Society.  

Dr. Gautam Gandhi was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Osceola, Arkansas. His interest in neurological science began in high school where he attended the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences in Hot Springs. 

He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Christian Brother University in Memphis, Tenn., in three years. He then received his medical degree (M.D.) as well as a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Physiology and Biophysics with an emphasis on brain energy metabolism, biochemistry, functional brain imaging, astroglial networks and gap junction communication mediated syncytial networks and glial-neural signaling from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. 

After graduating with a dual M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, Dr. Gandhi remained at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed his neurosurgical training in cranial and spine surgery with an in-folded fellowship in complex spine care, spinal deformity surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery. 

Dr. Gandhi remains active in multiple neurological and spine societies including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), American Medical Association (AMA), Arkansas Medical Association and the Pulaski County Medical Society. 

Dr. Gandhi’s commitment to patient care is to provide exceptional patient-centered care tailored to the patients' individual needs, preferences and values.  

Hannah Ellis, APRN, also specializes in advanced practice neurological surgery nursing care at Baptist Health Neurosurgery Arkansas Clinic-Conway.   

Baptist Health Neurosurgery Arkansas Satellite Clinic-Conway, conveniently located on the Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway campus, is available by appointment at 625 United Drive, Suite 370, in Conway. The clinic sees patients ages 16 and older by physician referral. 

Referrals are made from the primary care physician's office and clinic appointments are then scheduled expeditiously and telehealth services are available. 

For more information about neurosurgery services available through Baptist Health Neurosurgery Arkansas Satellite Clinic-Conway, call Baptist Health HealthLine at (888) 227-8478 or visit baptist-health.com. 


This article originally appeared in the August 2021 issue of the North Metro Business Journal.