U.S. Medical Advisory Board

William S. Rosenberg, MD

A California native, Dr. William S. Rosenberg attended Harvard Medical School in Boston, graduating in 1987. He completed his neurosurgical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, also located in Boston, in 1993. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgery and a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Rosenberg began his career with the Mayfield Clinic in Cincinnati (1994 to 1998), where he was the Director of Neurotrauma and Neurocritical Care at the University of Cincinnati and specialized in complex spinal surgery. He was then recruited to co-direct the Neurospinal Disorders Program in the Department of Neurosurgery, University of California, San Francisco, from 1998 to 2002, where he co-founded the Spinal Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Rosenberg left academic neurosurgery in 2002, joining Midwest Neurosurgery Associates in Kansas City, Mo., out of a desire for greater focus on patient care and the ability to spend more time with family.

In Kansas City, Dr. Rosenberg continued to pursue interests in complex spinal surgery. He brought CyberKnife Radiosurgery to the Kansas City area and served as medical director for the Menorah CyberKnife Center for its first six years. In addition, he expanded his area of expertise to include the treatment of chronic and cancer-related pain, founding and directing the Center for the Relief of Pain at Research Medical Center, where patient-centered, diagnosis-based pain care is emphasized. Perceiving an unmet need in cancer pain care, Dr. Rosenberg founded and is president emeritus of the Cancer Pain Research Consortium, a multidisciplinary group of experts from across North America dedicated to the generation and promotion of patient-centered, evidence-based care for cancer-related pain and suffering. Dr. Rosenberg is actively involved in treating patients with such modalities as neuromodulation, intrathecal pharmacotherapy, peripheral nerve, spinal cord and deep brain stimulation. He is also very active in training other health care providers, curriculum development and lecturing, as well as designing and supervising clinical trials.

Dr. Rosenberg is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, North American Spine Society, American Academy of Pain Medicine, International Neuromodulation Society, North American Neuromodulation Society, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain, American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, American Society for Clinical Oncology, Missouri State Medical Society, Metropolitan Medical Society, Kansas City Neurology/Neurosurgery Society and the Greater Kansas City Pain Society. He provides editorial support for Neuromodulation, the official journal of the North American Neuromodulation Society where he also serves on the Website and Education Committees. He is a member of the Scientific Review and Guidelines Committee for the American Academy of Pain Medicine and is an Executive Committee member of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain.