Joseph A. Christiano, Jr. MD

Neurological Surgery

Patient Satisfaction Survey

Overall Satisfaction
4.7 out of 5
162 Ratings

Joseph A. Christiano, Jr. MDDr. Christiano is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon with specialty training in Surgical Pain Management and Movement Disorder surgery.  In addition to general Neurosurgical procedures such as Complex Spinal Surgery, Spinal Fusion Surgery and Brain Tumor Surgery, Dr. Christiano has additional expertise in Spinal Cord Stimulation, Surgical Pain Management and Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease and Tremor.

As the director of the Surgical Pain Management Program at Western Neuro, Dr. Christiano offers a detailed look at many complicated pain problems. The program treats a variety of pain related conditions including Trigeminal Neuralgia, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS/ RSD) and Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, to name a few.  Dr. Christiano is keenly aware of the challenges faced by those with chronic, severe pain. He emphasizes patient-centered care to quickly diagnose the condition and create a suitable treatment plan. He believes that spending time with his patients and understanding their pain management goals offers the best long-term outcomes.  Dr. Christiano has extensive experience in the treatment of painful spinal disorders and offers tried and true as well as novel treatments for these conditions. Indeed, he is a leader in the field of Spinal Cord Stimulation.

The Movement Disorder Surgery Program offers Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery in a cutting edge, state of the art intraoperative imaging environment.  This Surgical Operating suite allows for precise and effective DBS placement under general anesthesia, which maximizes patient comfort and safety.  The intraoperative CT suite was the first of its kind in the United States and, coupled with Dr. Christiano’s expertise in Functional Neurosurgery, optimizes patient outcomes.

Dr. Christiano’s pursuit of excellence continues to this day. His fellowship in Pain & Functional Neurosurgery was completed at Oregon Health & Science University’s nationally renowned program under the direction of Kim Burchiel, M.D.  Dr. Christiano then joined Western Neuro in 2003, where he has practiced ever since. He continues to offer the very latest in neurosurgical technology to benefit his patients and accepts many complex cases where patients have not seen improvement with previous procedures.

Dr Christiano is a native of Central Massachusetts and comes from a long line of medical practitioners. A practicing Buddhist, his hobbies include Chinese kung-fu, boxing, and visual arts. When not in the OR, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Areas of Specialization

  • Neck and back pain
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Spinal fusions
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Sport Related Brain Injury & Concussion

Education & Training

  • Undergraduate training: Amherst College –Magna Cum Laude, Mathematics
  • Medical school: M.D. Hahnemann University College of Medicine
  • Residency: University of Louisville Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Oregon Health & Science University, Pain & Functional Neurosurgery

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeon
  • American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

Dr. Christiano’s Physician Assistant: Amy Miltenberger, PA-C

Please call 520-881-8400 to schedule an appointment.

Patient Ratings & Comments

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to provider related questions on our independently administered Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score.
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Care provider spoke using clear language


Comments are gathered from our Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.
Nov 14, 2019
very knowledgeable. He's a doctor you can Trust!!
Nov 10, 2019
We loved *D. Christiano. First dr. ever that was able to sign ASL to my son patient. How wonderful this experience was.
Oct 16, 2019
Dr. Christiano and his staff are fantastic and very patient.
Sep 25, 2019
I sincerely appreciate Dr Christiano's demeanor, professionalism, honesty, clarity of communication and the time he has taken with me. Further, he and Amy (PA) have helped with my recovery from surgery.
Aug 21, 2019
Dr. Christiano is always so happy-go-lucky kind of guy. When he walks into the room and until he leases, he is always smiling, which puts you at ease no matter what your problem is.
Aug 21, 2019
I have already recommended Dr. Christiano to two others his whole team is wonderful.
Aug 16, 2019
JC and Amy are great!!!
Jul 21, 2019
Dr. Christiano was fabulous. He explained everything before and after the surgery, I feel so much better each day. I will recommend him to anyone I know!! Very friendly and great bed side manner. I have 100% confidence in Dr. Christiano.
Jul 10, 2019
I am very very happy with Dr Christiano, he had a very good "bedside" manner and will definitely be going back and continuing care with him. I've already spread the word around that he's a good doctor and people should go to him
Jul 9, 2019
dr C described everything to my satisfaction and his and the anesthesiologist visit before the surgery made me feel calmer and better
Jun 14, 2019
Dr.Christian was so kind and explained everything so I understood what he was trying to tell me, he even showed me what he was explaining on by showing me my xrays what him meant. He was thorough and made sure that understood everything, answered all my questions and gave me a few days to think about the surgery. I have 100% Convience in him and am very glad he is my dr.
Jun 5, 2019
Dr. Christiano has always taken his time with me and answered all of my and my husband's questions. He always has been up front and honest with me and explains things so I can understand. Also gives me suggestions to work on my medical problems with other doctors involved with my care.
May 15, 2019
Dr. Christiono has been great!
May 12, 2019
May 9, 2019
After 4 years & a major surgery I have the highest respect & trust with my doctor.
May 7, 2019
May 7, 2019
Dr Christiano and Dr Wilson are both the finest. They each have saved my life literally. We are incredibly fortunate to have them here.
Apr 27, 2019
definitely would recommend others to go here first if they have the option
Apr 24, 2019
Excellent first visit with Dr. Christiano. No complaints at all.
Apr 1, 2019
The doctor relived my immediate concerns and gave me some choices for the future.
Mar 7, 2019
I am so impressed with Dr. Christiano - he listens, is clear in his communications and performed a great surgery. I have total confidence in him.
Feb 28, 2019
Unusually down to earth doctor and wanting to make sure all my questions were answered.
Feb 4, 2019
*Dr. Christiano is a MOST EXCELLENT physician - excellent man.
Feb 3, 2019
can't stop telling everyone about how well my surgery went how nice and GOOD Dr. Christiano is.
Feb 1, 2019
very good
Jan 30, 2019
Good experience! Dr. took care of any bad vibes.
Jan 30, 2019

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