Dr. Whitworth is from Central California and completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He completed a clinical fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Whitworth was recruited to the faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center where he is currently the Director of Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery. His specialties include neurosurgical treatment of pain, stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, surgical treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia, treatment of Parkinson's Disease and other movement disorders, and radiosurgery including the Gamma Knife and CyberKnife.


Medical School
Tulane University School of Medicine (1996)
University of Tennessee (1997), Surgery
University of Tennessee (2002), Neurological Surgery
Oregon Health Sciences University (2003), Neurological Surgery

Research Interest

  • Surgical Treatment for Parkinsons disease and Movement Disorders
  • Surgical Treatment of pain


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Treatment-resistant Depression
Husain, M.M., McClintock, S. M., Trevino, K, Whitworth, L.A. Essential Pharmacology 2006 7(2) 91-98
Sacral Neuromodulation for Chronic Pain Conditions
Feler, C.A., Whitworth, L.A., Fernandez, J. Anesthesiology Clinic North America December 2003 21(4) 785-795
C1-C2 Sublaminar Insertion of Paddle Leads for the Management of Chronic Painful Conditions of the Upper Extremity
Whitworth, L.A., Feler, C.A., Neuromodualtion 2003 6(3) 153
Application of Spinal Ablative Techniques for the Treatment of Begnign Chronic Painful Conditions
Whitworth, L.A., Feler, C.A. Spine November 2002 27(22) 2607-2612

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Neurologic Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • North American Neuromodulation Society