Dr. Arnold B. Vardiman


Dr. Arnold Vardiman is a Medical Director at The Texas Neurosciences Institute specializing in functional and restorative neurosurgery. He is a rare neurosurgeon whose popularity with patients nearly equals his vast depth of expertise. According to Medtronic data on file, Dr. Vardiman ranks as the third highest physician in the nation for leads implanted (Deep Brain Stimulation procedure, 1998-2014) and second in the country for new channel implementation (2009-2014). While the majority of his cases involve complex problems with the spine, he also treats cerebrovascular disease and remains a national leader in Deep Brain Stimulation. Both personable and approachable, Dr. Vardiman has been recognized as a top doctor both regionally and nationally. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and completed his neurological surgery residence at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Deep Brain Stimulation

Dr. Vardiman Explains His Approach To Your Care

Dr. Arnold Vardiman provides comprehensive treatments including deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapies for movement disorders including, Parkinson’s disease, and essential tremors. According to Medtronic data on file, Dr. Vardiman ranks as the third highest physician in the country for leads implanted (1998-2014) and second in the country for new channel implementation (2009-2014). He is board certified by The American Board of Neurological Surgery, and performs a wide range of procedures. His areas of focus include DBS, minimally invasive spinal procedures, cervical pathology procedures and brain tumors. Dr. Vardiman has over 25 years experience and has implanted more than 1,500 leads.

Education and Experience:

Medical School:      

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas,TX
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas,TX
Degree:  Doctor of Medicine, 1989


General Surgery
Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX 1989-1990


Neurological Surgery
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX 1990-1995
Duke Samson, M.D. (Chairman-Emeritus)
H. Hunt Batjer, M.D. (Chairman)

Specialty Training:  

Instrumentation of Adult Spine
Barrow Neurologic Institute, Phoenix, AZ 1993-1994
Volker Sonntag, M.D.

Undergraduate Education:   

St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX
Degree:  BA Biology, 1985


Texas Medical Association
Bexar County Medical Society
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
The Neurological Society of America


Dr. Vardiman’s research interests include the following:
Intraoperative Angiography for Intracranial Aneurysm Surgery
Operating Room Safety, Efficiency and Workflow
Surgical Procedure Analysis for Active DBS Implantation Intraoperative Imaging Techniques for Lead Placement in Deep Brain Stimulation
Mechanisms of Fatigue, Wear and Failure in Deep Brain Stimulation Implants
Minimally Invasive Techniques for Microvascular Decompression/Trigeminal Neuralgia
Minimally Invasive Techniques for Spinal Intradural Applications
Motion-Sparing Technology for Occipital-Cervical Fusion
Intrathecal Saline Infusion for Intractable Intracranial Hypotension

Recognition / Awards

Top Doctor, Castle Connolly, 2013-2007
Compassionate Doctor Recognition, Patients’ Choice, 2012-2010
Texas Super Doctors, featured in Texas Monthly Magazine,
Best Doctors in San Antonio, 2008-2013
Best Doctors in America, 2008-2013
Academic Scholarship (1984-1985), St. Mary’s University
Presidential Ambassador (1984-1985), St. Mary’s University
Dean’s List, St. Mary’s University
Who’s Who American Universities and Colleges