Seton Family of Doctors

Robert J. Buchanan, KM, MD

Chief of Neurosurgery (Seton Brain and Spine Institute), Chief of Neurosurgery (Seton Family of Hospitals), Director of Epilepsy Surgery and Deep Brain Stimulation (Seton Brain and Spine Institute), Associate Professor University of Texas

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Robert J. Buchanan, KM, MD

Chief of Neurosurgery (Seton Brain and Spine Institute), Chief of Neurosurgery (Seton Family of Hospitals), Director of Epilepsy Surgery and Deep Brain Stimulation (Seton Brain and Spine Institute), Associate Professor University of Texas

Dr. Buchanan is both a neurosurgeon and psychiatrist. He lives in Austin with his wife and son. He was appointed by Pope Benedict to serve on the Vatican's International Bioethics Committee (IBC) called the Pontifical Academy for Life. He is an associate professor at UT.

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Specialty

Neurosurgery

Seton Hospital Affiliation

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

Seton Medical Center Austin

Seton Medical Center Williamson

University Medical Center Brackenridge

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Provides Care Through

Seton Brain & Spine Institute Neurosurgery

My Passion for Healthcare

I had wonderful role models growing up on the south side of Chicago. I admired the many priests who consecrated their entire lives to serving God's people and I saw the same vocational devotion in the physicians that I met. After my discernment, I decided to enter medical school and devote my life to both clinical work and research. I was drawn to study of both the brain and the mind, so I completed 2 residencies, one in psychiatry and the other in neurological surgery. It was a long journey but well worth it. A good physician is a servant of his patients.

Services I Provide

  1. Epilepsy Surgery
  2. Pain Pump Installation
  3. Deep Brain Stimulation
  4. Spine Surgery
  5. Spinal Cord Stimulation
  6. Craniotomy
  7. Tumor Removal

Degree & Residency

  • Medical School

    Saint Louis University- School of Medicine, St Louis, MO

  • Internship

    University of Miami/J.M.H, Miami, FL

  • Residency

    University of California, San Diego- School of Med, San Diego, CA

    University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA

    University of Miami/J.M.H, Miami, FL

  • Fellowship

    Yale-University - School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

  • Board Certification

    American Board of Neurological Surgery

My Clinical Focus

I am sub-specialty trained in functional neurosurgery. I perform surgery for epilepsy, movement disorders, pain, and psychiatric disease. I also perform other neurosurgical operations in the brain and spine. My research laboratories are at both UT Austin and Brackenridge Hospital, where we study how the brain works in regards to both chemical and electrical systems. We conduct studies on how the human brain remembers things as well as how it processes emotions. One part of my lab uses magnetic stimulation to study and treat different disorders like epilepsy, schizophrenia, pain and autism.

Insurances Accepted

    Seton Family of Doctors currently participates with various insurance plans. Insurance listings are subject to change without prior notice. Please contact your provider to verify participation prior to scheduling your visit.

  • Aetna - Commercial
  • Aetna QHP - Exchange Plan
  • Aetna-MA - Medicare Advantage
  • Amerigroup - STAR and CHIP
  • ARIA (Covenant Management Systems) ARC Benefit Plan - Contracted for the following specialties ONLY: Cardiology, Gastro, Inf. Disease, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Pain Management, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • ASH (American Specialty Health Network) - PT and OT providers only
  • Averde Health - Commercial PPO
  • Beechstreet - Commercial PPO
  • Blue Cross - Medicare Advantage
  • Blue Cross-Blue Advantage - Exchange Plan
  • Blue Cross-Medicaid - STAR & CHIP
  • BlueCross - Commercial
  • Care Improvement Plus - Dual Special Needs
  • Care Improvement Plus - Medicare Advantage
  • Cigna - Commercial
  • Cigna LocalPlus - Exchange Plan
  • Coventry Workers Comp - Select providers
  • First Care - HMO/PPO
  • First Health/Coventry - Commercial
  • Galaxy Health Network PPO - Commercial
  • Health Payors Organization - Commerical PPO
  • HealthSmart Accel - Commercial PPO
  • HealthSmart Preferred Care - Commercial PPO
  • Hospice Austin - Hospice-In-Patient
  • Humana - Commercial
  • Humana HMOx - Exchange Plan
  • Humana-Medicare Advantage
  • Humana-Medicare Advantage WELLMED Network - All Specialists In-Network; PCP's are NOT participating EXCEPT for: David Wright,MD and Adam Barta, MD
  • IMO Med-Select Network - Workers Comp (SIRPS and SBSI only)
  • Integrated Medical Systems - Commercial PPO
  • Medicaid (Traditional)
  • Medicare
  • Multi-Plan Commercial - PPO
  • PHCS - Commercial
  • Sedwick/CMS Southwest Medical Provider Network - Workers Comp (SIRPS and SBSI only)
  • Sendero - STAR and CHIP
  • Sendero IdealCare - Exchange Plan
  • Seton Health Plan - Commercial
  • Seton Health Plan - MAP
  • Seton Health Plan - STAR and CHIP
  • Superior - STAR and CHIP
  • Superior Ambetter - Exchange Plan
  • TriCare - All Products
  • TriWest (new contract) - VA
  • United HealthCare - Commercial All Other
  • United HealthCare - Options PPO
  • United HealthCare Dual Complete Focus (HMO SNP) WELLMED Network - All Specialists In-Network; PCP's are NOT participating EXCEPT for: David Wright,MD and Adam Barta, MD
  • United HealthCare Star and CHIP - Americhoice or UHC Texas STAR, CHIP
  • United HealthCare- AARP Medicare Complete FOCUS- UHC Network - Specialists ONLY
  • United HealthCare-AARP Medicare Complete FOCUS-WellMED Network - All Specialists In-Network; PCP's are NOT participating EXCEPT for: David Wright,MD and Adam Barta, MD
  • United HealthCare-Dual Complete Focus (HMO SNP)-UHC Network - All Providers In-Network
  • United HealthCare-Evercare STAR PLUS - Medicaid
  • United Healthcare-Medicare Advantage--UHC Network - All Providers In-Network
  • United HealthCare-Medicare Advantage-WELLMED NETWORK - All Specialists In-Network; PCP's are NOT participating EXCEPT for: David Wright,MD and Adam Barta, MD
  • United Student Resources (UT Student Division) - PPO
  • USA Managed Care - PPO

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Why Choose Neurosurgery with Seton

We have the largest, most comprehensive neuroscience program in all of Central Texas. People travel to our team of doctors from across the country for advanced surgical treatments based on the latest research in the field.

Surgery of the brain or spine requires a unique combination of surgical finesse and technical skill. At Seton, we've gathered a team of world-class surgeons who collaborate to establish a multidisciplinary treatment plan that works best for each person.

From pioneering new minimally invasive surgery techniques to developing surgical alternatives to traditional treatments for better management of chronic conditions like epilepsy, Seton's neurosurgeons strive to provide the best care possible.

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