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St. Luke’s Clinic – Neurointervention: Meridian

Interventional neuroradiology, also known as neurointerventional surgery, is a catheter-based medical subspecialty that uses image guidance to perform minimally invasive treatments in the head, neck, and spine. Often these treatments eliminate the need for open surgery. Our team specializes in procedures for conditions such as stroke, brain aneurysm, nosebleed, compression fracture of the spine, and tumors of the head, neck, and spine.

Providers

  • Neurointerventional Surgery

    Biography

    D. Tony Bell, MD has extensive clinical expertise in endovascular coiling of aneurysms, carotid stenting, and acute stroke intervention. He specializes in minimally invasive neurointerventional procedures for a wide variety of conditions, including stroke, brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM) and dural AVMs, carotid artery stenosis, cerebral vascular stenosis, painful spinal fractures, and vascular disease of the head and neck.

    Dr. Bell completed residencies in internal medicine and diagnostic radiology at the University of Utah, where he served as chief resident. He also completed a two-year fellowship in neurointerventional and diagnostic neuroradiology at the University of Utah.

    Dr. Bell began his career in academia at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where he established the first neurointerventional surgery program, as well as one of the first interventional stroke programs in North Carolina. He also served as clinical faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Medical University of South Carolina.

    Dr. Bell practiced in North Carolina before moving to Idaho to join St. Luke's. Here he helped create the current stroke program, which has achieved state comprehensive stroke certification in Boise, as well as national primary certification in Boise, Meridian, and Twin Falls.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Neurointerventional Surgery

    Biography

    John Perl II, MD is an endovascular surgical neuroradiologist specializing in minimally invasive neurointerventional procedures for a wide variety of conditions, including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM) and dural AVMs, carotid artery stenosis, cerebral vascular stenosis, painful spinal fractures, and vascular disorders of the head, neck, brain and spine. 

    Dr. Perl completed his diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Alabama. Following fellowship training in neuroradiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in interventional neuroradiology at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Perl was recruited to join the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation. There, he honed his endovascular surgery skill with some of the world’s most renowned neuroradiologists and neurosurgeons. He next moved to Minnesota to work in a busy neurovascular and pain management practice at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Dr. Perl eventually followed his heart back to the Mountain West, where he grew up and wished to raise his children. He finds great joy in dedicating his expertise to treating patients in this region. 

    In Boise, Dr. Perl partnered with Dr. Tony Bell to establish the St. Luke's stroke program, providing state-of-the-art care for stroke patients in Idaho. Dr. Perl currently serves as the program's medical co-director.

    Dr. Perl is a senior member in the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery and the American Society of Neuroradiology. He has been a part of extensive research programs and has been published in medical journals including the Journal of Neurotrauma, Radiology, the American Journal of Neuroradiology, the Journal of Endovascular Surgery, and others. He has been a featured presenter and guest lecturer at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. A true Westerner at heart, he feels most at home enjoying the Idaho outdoors with his family.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients

Conditions

Stroke

Stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts. Brain damage can begin within minutes, so act quickly.

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