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The Next Generation of Neurosurgery
San Diego Neurosurgeon, Scott P. Leary, is internationally recognized for his contributions to the neurosurgical field. Practice includes the treatment of degenerative spinal disorders, complex spinal deformity, and tumors of the spinal axis. Also specialize in the treatment of conditions using minimal access techniques for the cervical and lumbar spine including the use of endoscopic techniques, thoracoscopic techniques, and percutaneous techniques.
revolutionary procedures through Computer Tomography
CT Guided Stereotaxy in Neurosurgery, is a concept of advancing a probe to an unseen target allowing the removal of the diseased tissue with the preservation of the healthy tissue. The advantages of CT-guided sterotaxy over the free-hand biopsy are that there is less manipulation of the brain and resultant trauma from multiple needle punctures, and it can be performed under local anaesthesia.

We are pleased to announce SMI Surgery Center, has been recognized as a 2013/2014 National APEX Quality Award Winner. This year there were 90 national winners, and as winners are determined solely on patient feedback, the APEX Quality Award is an honor Dr. Leary is immensely proud of since he is part owner and performs surgery at SMI Surgery Center.

SMI Surgery Center has also been selected as Outpatient Surgery's OR Excellence Award Winner for Patient & Staff Satisfaction. 

Second Opinion

Surgery may be the next step in treating your spine. As spine surgery is quite complicated, a second opinion from one of the leading spine experts may reassure that you have considered all treatment options.


Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new drugs or treatments. Clinical trials are essential for improving survival, quality of life, and higher standards of care.


Patient Portal

To save time at your appointment check-in, we ask that you visit our patient portal prior to your appointment. If you have any questions please contact us and we will be glad to assist you.


Patient Testimonials

Various patients have shared their medical experiences highlighting the care they have received from Dr. Leary.



New Book: Lasting Impact

This book and story is a joint project between Miksa and the neurosurgeon that performed the life-saving operation on him, Scott P. Leary, M.D., it is important to note the initial feelings and impressions of this gifted surgeon.

In the introduction to this book, Leary states: “I was not confident the surgery would change anything. The damage appeared too extensive and too severe. But I thought it was worth a shot, and I hoped to convince John and his wife to let me proceed.” Dr. Leary further states: “Every so often, a seminal event occurs. Something that is wildly fantastic and entirely unpredictable. Many times, these events are referred to as miracles. Miracles, by definition, defy logic and transcend scientific reason. Such events surpass all known human powers and eclipse the laws of nature. They are supernatural.

Read Original Book Review by Dennis Moore with the East County Magazine in San Diego

U-T San Diego Interview of Dr. Leary

Dr. Scott Leary

Neurosurgeon Scott Leary performed miracle with emergency surgery

Story originally published by on 7/30/12 and written by Caroline Dipping.  Photo by Earnie Grafton.

On an August evening three years ago, neurosurgeon Scott Leary performed emergency surgery on a Carlsbad cyclist who was paralyzed from the neck down after being hit head-on by a car. By the time he was done in the operating room, Leary had performed a miracle.

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Neurosurgery Changes Lives

Dr. Scott P. Leary - Neurosurgeon in San Diego

Surgery may relieve unrelenting pain from whiplash, other neck pain, and headaches.

It may mean restoring your lower back so you can lift your kids again, or simply return to work.

Repairing the structures surrounding the nerves that let us experience the world properly is our most important medical service goal. Back and neck pain can have many different causes. The pain can be acute, which generally accompanies an injury or illness, or chronic, which is a persistent pain that continues after the physiological cause for it no longer exists.

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7625 Mesa College Drive
Suite 305A
San Diego, CA 92111
Main Office Line:  858-223-2100
Main Fax Line:  858-223-2101

We are pleased to announce the relocation of our medical practice as of Monday, August 4th our new address is 7625 Mesa College Drive, Suite 305A, San Diego, CA 92111, our new phone number is 858-223-2100 and our new fax number is 858-223-2101 and we will no longer be seeing patients out of our 3939 Ruffin Road location. We are very excited about our new location as it is right across the freeway from Sharp Memorial and Children’s Hospitals. It has been a pleasure working with you and we look forward to seeing you at our new location. If you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office.