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MARSHALL TOLBERT MD, PhD, FAANS

NEUROSURGEON

From the heartland of Ohio to the outlands of Alaska, and now home in the West, Marshall Tolbert, MD, PhD, FAANS has pioneered a remarkable career helping save people’s lives.

Expanding his prodigious expertise in neurological surgery, Dr. Tolbert’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine was the initial step into renowned work with multiple hospitals in Anchorage, Alaska. His recognized work in endovascular neurosurgery quickly became regarded for his effective techniques and strategies.

This foundational success – along with the recognition that a higher power guides his hands-have instilled a sense of humble confidence that positively impacts each patient he works with. More than a caring physician, Dr. Tolbert is motivated to help his patients through acute life events, and is dedicated to giving each person he works with his undivided attention and care.

While at Alaska Regional Hospital, Marshall took the initiative to create the first Stroke Centers and integrated programs in the region. With Dr. Tolbert’s endovascular background, he was able to establish standardized written and interventional protocols to more accurately and quickly detect and treat stroke patients.

Dr. Tolbert utilizes this previous success to develop collaborative relationships throughout the northern Nevada regional health network in an effort to expand what can be offered to his patients here at Sierra Neurosurgery Group.

During his time off from his work, however, Marshall enjoys photographing and exploring our region’s rich outdoor offerings including hiking and mountain biking with three young children, and his wife Angie. Together they continue their charitable contributions to Haitian Orphanages and building home for the impoverished in Mexico.

Dr. Tolbert Specialties

Endovascular neurosurgery and general neurosurgery with an emphasis on brain tumors, pituitary tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery, and complex spine

  • Endovascular neurosurgery
  • General neurosurgery
  • Brain tumors
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Complex spine surgery

Dr. Tolbert Advanced Practice Providers Team

Rachel Chattin, APRN, ACNPC-AG

Rachel Chattin

APRN, AGACNP-BC

Jessyca Luke APRN

Jessyca Luke

APRN, AGACNP-BC

Dr. Tolbert is available for appointments at these office Locations:

RENO, NV

Sierra Neurosurgery Group
5590 Kietzke Lane
Reno, NV 89511

SPARKS

5070 Ion Drive #200
Sparks, NV 89436

FALLON

570 South Maine Street
Fallon, NV 89406

CARSON CITY

Eagle Medical Center
2874 N Carson Street Suite 200
Carson City NV 89706

Dr. Tolbert Curriculum

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Professional Experience

July 2017 – Present
Private Practice Neurosurgeon Sierra Neurosurgery Group Reno, NV

August 2006 – August 2016
Private Practice Neurosurgeon
Anchorage Neurosurgical Associates
Anchorage, AK

June 2006 – August 2016
Endovascular Neurosurgeon
Anchorage Neurosurgical Associates
Anchorage, AK

July 2004 – July 2006
Clinical Associate
Duke University Medical Center
Department of Radiology
Durham, NC

Education

2004 – 2006
Endovascular Neurosurgery Fellowship
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina

1999 – 2004
Neurosurgery Residency
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

1998 – 1999
General Surgery Internship
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

1994 – 1998
Medical School
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

1986 – 1994
Graduate School
Wright State University
Dayton, Ohio

1982 – 1986
Undergraduate School
King College
Bristol, Tennessee

Committees and Appointments

2006 – Present
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American Association Neurological Surgeons
American Medical Association

2006 – 2016
Alaska State Medical Association

Prior Hospital Committees

Stroke Team
Providence Alaska Medical Center
Alaska Regional Hospital
Trauma Committee Neurosurgical Liaison Providence Alaska Medical Center Anchorage City Wide Brain Tumor Board
Anchorage City Wide Stroke Board

Board Certifications

May 2011 – Present
American Board of Neurological Surgery

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

1993
Alumnus Membership
ACA Honor Medical Society

May 1983
Outstanding Basic Science Student Award
University of Nevada School of Medicine

May 1983
Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine
University of Nevada School of Medicine

American Cancer Society and Mccoskey Memorial Scholarships, University of Nevada School of Medicine.

May 1979
Elected to membership in the Honor Premedical Society of Alpha Epsilon Delta
University of Notre Dame

Hospital Affiliations

Current

2016 – Present
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Reno

NV Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno

NV Northern Nevada Medical Center, Sparks, NV

Past  – 2006 – 2016
Providence Alaska Medical Center
Anchorage, AK

Alaska Regional Medical Center
Anchorage, AK

 

Past – 2013 – 2016
Creekside Ambulatory Surgical Center
Anchorage, AK

Alaska Gamma Knife Center
Anchorage Radiation Therapy Center
Anchorage, AK

Alaska Cyberknife Center
Providence Cancer Center
Anchorage, AK

Medical Licensure

2016 – Present
Nevada

2006 – Inactive
Alaska

2004 – Inactive
North Carolina

Publications - Peer Reviewed Articles

Alexander MJ, Tolbert ME. Targeting cerebral arteriovenous malformations for minimally invasive therapy. Neurosurgery. 2006 Nov; 59 (5 Suppl 3): S178-83; discussion S3-13. Review.

Zaidat OO, Tolbert M, Smith TP, Alexander MJ. Primary endovascular therapy with clot retrieval and balloon angioplasty for acute basilar artery occlusion. Pediatr Neurosurg. 2005 Nov-Dec; 41(6): 323-7.

Paul CC, Mahrer S, Tolbert M, Elbert BL, Wong I, Ackerman SJ, Baumann MA. Changing the differentiation program of hematopoietic cells: retinoic acid induced shift of eosinophil committed cells to neutrophils. Blood 86: 3737-44, 1995.

Tolbert M and Giron DJ. Persistence of the D variant of encephalomyocarditis virus in the ICR Swiss mouse. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med 205: 124-31, 1994.

Paul CC, Ackerman SJ, Mahrer S, Tolbert M, Dvorak AM, Baumann MA. Cytokine induction of granule protein synthesis in an eosinophil-inducible human myeloid cell line, AML-14. J Leukocyte Biology 56: 74-9, 1994.

Paul CC, Tolbert M, Mahrer S, Singh A, Grace MJ, Baumann MA. Cooperative effects of interleukin-3 (IL3), IL-5 and granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor: a new myeloid cell line inducible to eosinophils. Blood 81: 1193-9, 1993.

Publications - Book Chapters

The Little Black Book of Neurology.
Ed. Zaidat, OO, Lerner AJ.

1. Cerebral angiography.
2. Cerebral Aneurysms.
3. Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
4. Endovascular Treatment of Intracranial Aneurysms
5. Brain and Spinal Tumor Embolization
6. Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty.

Fifth edition.
Mosby Inc. St. Louis MI.

Poster Presentations

Tolbert M, Alexander MJ. Stent Assisted Coil Embolization of Ruptured Intracranial Aneurysms. Southern Neurosurgical Society. March 2006.

Tolbert ME, Zaidat OO, Alexander MJ. Stent Remodeling of Intracranial Fusiform Aneurysms. AANS/ASITN Joint Meeting, Feb 2006.

Alexander MJ, Tolbert ME, Elangovan G. Coil Embolization of Cerebral Aneurysms that have Failed Surgical Therapy. AANS/ASITN Joint Meeting, Feb 2006

Tolbert M, Alexander MJ. Endovascular Treatment of Ruptured Cerebral Aneurysm in 39-week Pregnant Patient. AANS/ASITN Joint Meeting, Feb 2006.

Tolbert M, Zaidat OO, Smith TP, Alexander MJ. Drug Eluting Stents for the Treatment of Vertebrobasilar stenosis. AANS/ASITN Joint Meeting, Feb 2006.

Tolbert ME, Zaidat OO, Alexander MJ. Stent Remodeling of Intracranial Fusiform Aneurysms. AANS/ASITN Joint Meeting, Feb 2006.

Tolbert ME, Alexander MJ. Salvage Therapy for Coil Herniation During Cerebral Aneurysm Embolization: Trapping Coils with a Self-Expanding Stent. AANS/ASITN Joint Meeting, Feb 2006.

Tolbert ME, Zaidat OO, Zomorodi A, Li Fuhai, Smith TP, Alexander MJ. Predictors of Hemodynamic Changes Associated with Carotid Artery Angioplasty and Stenting. AANS/CNS/ASITN Joint Meeting, 2005.

Zaidat OO, Tolbert M, Pradhan A, Peterson P, Smith TP, Alexander MJ. Long-term Clinical and Angiographic Outcome Following Carotid Artery Angioplasty and Stenting for Radiation Induced Stenosis. AANS/CNS/ASITN Joint Meeting, 2005.

Tolbert ME and Giron DJ. Persistence of the D variant of EMB virus int eh ICR Swiss mouse: demonstration of viral RNA and antigen. American Society of Virology, 1994.

Paul CC, Mahrer S, Tolbert M, Elbert BL, Ackerman SJ, Baumann MA. Changiing the differentiation program of hematopoietic cells: retinoic acid-induced shift of eosinophil- committed cells to neurtorphils. Blood 84 suppl: 20a, 1994.

Paul CC, Ackerman SJ, Mahrer S, Tolbert M, Baumann MA. Cytokine induction of granule protein synthesis in an eosinophil-inducible human myeloid cell line, AML-14. Blood 82 suppl: 24a, 1993.

Baumann MA, Corey SJ, Tolbert M, Mahrer S, Paul CC. Signal transduction through cytokine receptors during eosinophilic differentiation: definition of signals mediating differentiation versus proliferation. Blood 82 suppl: 107a, 1993.

Baumann MA, Tolbert M, Mahrer S, Paul CC. Evidence for an alternative functional low affinity IL-5 receptor on human B-lymphocytes. Blood 82 suppl: 241a, 1993.

Baumann MA, Paul CC, Mahrer S, Tolbert M, Grace MJ. Expression of IL-5 receptors by human B-Lymphocytes. Blood 80 suppl: 429a, 1992.

Paul CC, Tolbert M, Mahrer S, Singlh A, Baumann MA. Differential and cooperative effects of IL-3, IL-5, and GM-CSF: a new myeloid cell line inducible to eosinophils. Blood 80 Suppl: 174a, 1992.

Presentations and Abstracts

Tolbert ME, Zaidat OO, Alexander MJ. Stent Remodeling of Intracranial Fusiform Aneurysms. Southern Neurosurgical Society, March 2006.

Tolbert ME, Alexander MJ. Long term follow-up of Neuroform stents placed for endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms. AANS/ASITN Joint Meeting, Feb 2006.

Tolbert ME, Giron DJ. Persistence of EMCV-D in the ICR Swiss mouse. American Society of Virology, 1993.

Tolbert ME and Giron DJ. Persistence of encephalomyocarditis virus (D-variant) antigen in the ICR Swiss mice. American Society of Virology, 1992.

Tolbert ME and Giron DJ. Tissue tropism of four EMCV subtypes as defined by in-situ hybridization. American Society of Virology. 1989.

For the first time in almost 18 years I don’t shake. The deep brain stimulator works perfectly. Thanks to Dr. Tolbert, and Doctor Louie. I still sit in amazement that my hand are steady. I carve birds from blocks of wood, I can now go beck and carve and paint birds like the old days. I have already recommended both doctors whe I talk to people that obviously have tremors. Again, thanks to both of you, you have changed my life.

– Robert A. Joseph