It seems Christopher Demers was destined to become a neurosurgeon. The specialty satisfies his passion for making a positive impact on people’s lives while meeting his need for challenge, complexity, and even beauty, within the medical field.

Dr. Demers, MD, FAANS believes that one of the most valuable qualities he brings to the doctor-patient relationship is honesty. He addresses his patients’ health concerns in a direct, open and compassionate manner. He also works closely and openly with primary care physicians providing them with the access and knowledge they need to continue to manage his patient’s long-term health. 

At Sierra Neurosurgery Group, Dr. Demers found a group of like-minded physicians who are focused on individualized patient care and results, not volume and profit. While trained as a general neurosurgeon, Dr. Demers is particularly interested in complex spine procedures and brain tumor treatments. His specialties include fusions, laminectomies, and vertebroplasty, as well as discectomy. In addition to expertise in the use of stereotactic radiosurgery to treat brain tumors, Dr. Demers is skilled in the treatment of various brain conditions including chiari malformation, glioma surgery, hematoma, and trigeminal neuralgia.

Dr. Demers received his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and completed his residency at Brown University Alpert Medical School in Rhode Island. He is happy to leave those brutal winters behind and call Reno home with his wife and two sons.


Dr. Demers Specialties

Degenerative and complex spine, brain and spine trauma, stereotactic radiosurgery on brain tumors and peripheral nerve surgery.

  • Complex spine procedures
  • Brain tumor treatments
  • Fusions
  • Laminectomies
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Discectomy
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Brain conditions including:
  • Chiari malformation
  • Glioma surgery
  • Hematoma
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Dr. Demers Advanced Practice Providers Team

Wren Ballard, MSN, APRN, CCRN, RNFA

Wren Field


Jennifer Minard, FNP-BC

Jennifer Minard


Dr. Demers is available for appointments at these office locations:


5590 Kietzke Lane
Reno, NV 89511


247 Bluffs Avenue, Suite 102
Elko, NV 89801

Sparks Office

5070 Ion Drive #200
Sparks, NV 89436

Dr. Demers Curriculum

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Education and Professional Experience

August 2011 – Present
Partner Neurosurgeon Sierra Neurosurgery Group Reno, Nevada

2011 – 2014
Clinical Instructor
University of Nevada School of Medicine Reno, Nevada

July 2010 – June 2011
Chief Resident, Department of Neurosurgery Brown University Alpert Medical School

July 2005 – June 2010
Resident Physician, Department of Neurosurgery
Brown University Alpert Medical School

June 2004 – June 2005
Internship, Department of Surgery
Brown University Alpert Medical School

Sept 2000 – May 2004
Doctor of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

October 1989 – June 1993
Bachelor of Arts, English Language and Literature
The University of Chicago



Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery

American Board of Neurological Surgery, Board Eligible

Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Certificate

Passed Steps 1, 2, and 3 United States Medical Licensing Exam

Advanced Trauma Life Support


Melvyn M. Gelch, M.D. Award for Advanced Neurosurgical Training

Hospital Affiliations

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center Reno, Nevada

Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno, Nevada

Northern Nevada Medical Center, Sparks, Nevada

Summit Surgery Center, Reno, Nevada

Medical Licensure



  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • North American Spine Society
  • AANS/CNS Joint Section on Neurotrauma/Critical Care
  • AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors
  • AANS/CNS Joint Section on Spine/Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Washoe County Medical Society
  • Washoe County Medical Society Ethics Committee
Continuing Medical Education

2015, 2016
Goodman Review Course, Houston, TX

Globus Managing Sagittal Balance Cadaver Training Course, Newport Beach, CA

Globus Scoliosis and Deformity Class, NYC

Globus Secure Disc Training Course

AANS/CNS Joint Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerve Annual Meeting
Spinal Deformity
Update on Spine Trauma Guidelines Deformity/Trauma/Tumor

CNS Annual Meeting

AANS Annual Meeting

CNS Annual Meeting

Synthes Prodisc-C Training Course Queen

Square, University College London

Neurology Short Course

Research Experience

November 2007 – June 2009
Lead Member, Neurosurgical Executive Leadership Committee, a team formed in response to Rhode Island Hospital’s wrong-sided neurosurgical events. The team’s goals were to evaluate and implement changes to the hospital and department to improve care of neurosurgical patients.

June 1999 – August 2000
Technician in the Laboratory of Dr. Rochelle Esposito, Chair of the Committee on Genetics, The University of Chicago. Identification of function and characteristics of
the SPO-13 gene, coding for a protein that allows cohesion of sister chromatids before meiosis I.

Publications and Oral Presentations

Demers, CP; Meningiomas, Nevada Academy of Family Physicians, April, 2014. Demers, CP; Low Back Pain Management and Red Flags, Northern Nevada Emergency Physicians Annual Meeting, March 2014

Demers, CP; Concussion Pathophysiology and Management, Northern Nevada Emergency Physicians Annual Meeting, March, 2014

Demers, CP; Management of Back Pain, Nevada Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting 2013

Demers, CP; The Neurosurgical Exam, Nevada Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting 2013

Demers, CP; Concussion Management, Nevada Academy of Family Physicians Regional Meeting 2013

Demers, CP; Initial Management of Head and Spine Trauma, Emergency Physicians Meeting Squaw Valley 2012

Parkinson, R; Demers, CP; Bendok, B; Levy, EI; Hanel, R; Padilino, D; Shaibani, A; Przybylo, J; Guterman, LR; Hopkins, LN; Batjer, HH: The Use of Heparin-Coated Stents in Neurovascular Interventional Procedures: Preliminary Experience in Ten Cases. Neurosurgery 2006, 59:4, 812-821.

Adel, JG; Parkinson, R; Demers, CP; Levy, EI; Hanel, RA; Guterman, LR; Hopkins, LN; Batjer, HH; Bendok, BR: The Use of Heparin-Coated Stents in Neurovascular Interventional Procedures: Preliminary Experience with Ten Patients. CNS 2006 Annual Meeting Digital Poster.

Demers, CP; Matesanz, E: Lecture Presentation, Wrong-Sided Neurosurgical Procedures, A Case Analysis. Medical Group Management Association, National Meeting, San Diego, CA, October, 2008