Dale Horne, MD,PhD

Volunteer Assistant Professor

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Dale Horne, MD,PhD

Broad Spectrum of Neurosurgical Expertise

Dale Horne, MD, Ph.D., is an extensively trained professional experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of neurosurgical problems involving the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves. He has a particular interest in degenerative and traumatic spinal conditions, brain tumors and brain trauma, Chiari I Malformation, Hydrocephalus, including normal pressure hydrocephalus, and peripheral nerve pathologies.

Leading the Way with Technological Application in Surgery

Dr. Horne's specific focus lies in utilizing technology to address human illnesses. He has experience in utilizing new neurosurgical tools, advanced guidance technology, and robotics to enhance surgical outcomes and patient recovery. In 2007, Dr. Horne distinguished himself as an innovator in the field, becoming the second person in the U.S. to perform spinal procedures with the Mazor SpineAssist® robot, the only spine robot available at that time. His technological expertise has since grown, and he has performed hundreds of surgeries using newer revisions of spine robots.

Research Interests Spanning Various Neurological Conditions

Over the years, Dr. Horne's academic interests have remained broad and varied. He has pursued research in areas including brain glucose and energy metabolism, limbic seizures, status epilepticus, cerebral oxygenation, stroke, cerebral spinal fluid circulation, normal pressure hydrocephalus, Chiari malformation, and evaluating the accuracy of robotic pedicle screw placement.

Beyond the Operating Room: Personal Interests

Dr. Horne's passion extends beyond his professional life. Outside of work, he has been an avid photographer since high school and enjoys hiking back trails with his wife. Over the years he has also had a keen interest in electronics and radio-controlled aircraft. This balance between his professional dedication and personal hobbies creates a well-rounded individual who brings a unique perspective to his work.



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Washington University


Doctorate: Pharmacology

Tulane University


Medical School:

Washington University School of Medicine


Residency: Neurosurgery

Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery



Neurological Surgery