Christopher Louis Marquart, MD, FAANS, FACS, is a well-versed neurological surgeon who diagnoses and treats patients at Mercy Health Physician Partners – Shoreline Neurosurgical Consulting, an outpatient department of Mercy Health Muskegon in Muskegon, Michigan. “As the only neurosurgery program on the lakeshore, Shoreline Neurosurgical Consulting is a brain and spine center. Our mission is to provide quality, state-of-the-art neurosurgical care and comprehensive rehabilitative management in a manner that reflects the highest health care standards and excellence for the community. Shoreline Neurosurgical Consulting is noted for its highly trained physicians and professional staff”, states the official website of Shoreline Neurosurgical Consulting. As a neurological surgeon, Dr. Marquart has dedicated training and unique experience in the treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the nervous system, which includes the brain, the spine and spinal cord, and the peripheral nerves. Neurosurgeons provide non-operative and surgical treatment to patients of all ages. Dr. Marquart has an impressive professional journey spanning thirty years and his areas of expertise cover all facets of neurosurgery. In addition to his work at Shoreline Neurological Consulting, he can be found on the Mercy Health Spine Team.
Education and Training
West Virginia University School of Medicine Medical Degree 1981
American Board of Neurological Surgery
Neurological SurgeryAmerican Board of Neurological SurgeryABNS
Mr. Christopher Louis Marquart, MD, FAANS, FACS's Expert Contributions
Oftentimes a CT scan will reveal whether or not there is a mass lesion. To better evaluate that lesion an MRI scan may be done with contrast material. Based on the results of this test further diagnostic testing would be recommended or needed. This may include further scans of other portions of your body or it may require a surgical procedure to biopsy or remove the tumor depending on the evaluation done at that time. READ MORE
It would depend on the current imaging studies and your current exam. Surgery may be an option but is a case-by-case decision. READ MORE
Yes, I would recommend seeing a neuropsychiatrist or a neuropsychologist. It is not uncommon to have depression and sadness after a head injury. READ MORE
A patient in a coma is not dead. They may be in a chronic vegetative state with no signs of meaningful activity or response, but still have some primitive brain function. Unfortunately, they do not recover and return to what we as families want to see as meaningful interaction and activity. Stopping the artificial means of life support is a difficult decision, but if they haven't shown any improvement in two years, it is unlikely to occur. What would your loved one want should be the best guide to help make a decision. READ MORE
No it cannot be treated with surgery. Medication such as Lyrica or Neurontin are the usual drugs used to alleviate the symptoms. READ MORE
You need to be evaluated by a pain clinic. Some medications can relieve neuropathic pain but if they do not it is possible that a spinal cord stimulator may help. READ MORE
Oftentimes after any cranial surgery patients will complain of some headache. These are usually self-limited and usually last a few days to a few weeks. They can be worse if the muscle to the jaw was detached on the skull and oftentimes are triggered by eating and talking. This usually calms down in a few days to a few weeks. Persistent headaches especially those in the morning that don't go away could be worrisome for further problems I would discuss it with your surgeon if this has been a persistent problem. READ MORE
The pituitary adenoma can be a serious condition if it is secreting hormones that can cause serious medical conditions or can cause serious and life threating conditions if large enough. Most tumors are found while small enough to be safely treated with medication or trans sphenoidal surgery. A good workup of your case would answer the question of how much of a problem the tumor is in your case. READ MORE
Her age is not a prohibitive factor. Surgery in some form may be the best solution but watchful waiting can also be a solution. It depends on why she had the clot, where it is in the brain and what her over all neurological exam is. Her baseline state of health and function also would be important to consider. Talk with her physicians and they can answer any particular concerns you may have. READ MORE
It would be unusual to have a headache from back pain alone. Occasionally, when you strain the muscles along your spine and they go into spasm, they can cause the nerves in the back of your neck and scalp to be irritated, causing headache. READ MORE
No, not all tumors in the brain are cancerous. The treatment is based on what the tumor looks like and the symptoms that he has. He should see a neurosurgeon who can examine him and look at the films and explain what it might be and the treatment options. They may include surgery, biopsy, or other treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy. READ MORE
Back pain is a symptom, not a disease. The cause of the pain needs to be determined, pain alone does not lead to paralysis. If the pain is not responding to treatment, you need to have imaging done to help explain why the pain is present and if a different treatment may help. READ MORE
The symptoms you describe can be due to many causes, brain tumor is not usually the first one that causes these symptoms. If they persist, see your physician for a checkup. READ MORE
yes they can suffer from vertigo. The causes can be varied and an examination and evaluation is warrented. READ MORE
This certainly can be sciatica however other causes would need to be eliminated. Sometimes pathology in the hip or knee can also cause pain to radiate up and down away. Sciatica generally refers to pain radiating along the course of the sciatic nerve which runs across her back of the hip and buttock down the posterior aspect of the leg to the knee and then it can wraparound front of the leg to the top or bottom of the foot. This is usually caused by irritation of the nerve or of one of the several nerve roots that make up the nerve as it comes out of her spine READ MORE
A spinal fusion means that 2 bones are fused together. This can be done a number of different ways either by approaching from the front of the spine and removing the disc material between the 2 bones and replacing it with a graft of bone or artificial material and oftentimes anchoring this with various types of hardware. This includes plates and screws. Other fusions are done by opening the back of the spine and placing screws and rods or clamps, plates and or wires and cables and roughing up the posterior aspects of the bones to be joint and placing bone grafting material so that the bone will grow together. Often times these are done in combination. The parts of the spine that are fused when they are successfully fused do not move however be parts of the spine above and below the levels that are fused will still move. Most people don't notice significant change in her movement if only 2 bones are fused together however as more bones are fused together loss of movement may be noticed by the patient. READ MORE
It would depend on what symptoms are present. Any problem with weakness, numbness, difficulty with walking, or bowel or bladder dysfunction with potentially require surgical treatment to relieve the pressure on the nerve structures that are causing this. If symptom is primarily pain and there are no neurologic symptoms or deficits then physical therapy, smoking cessation, and analgesia with anti-inflammatory's may be all you need. A pain clinic evaluation with potential selective nerve root injections may also give relief of the pain so that physical therapy may then control the symptoms long-term. READ MORE
difficulty concentrating after a significant head injury is not an unusual problem. Certainly 2 weeks after craniotomy for a severe head injury is not soon enough to expect every cognitive concentration problem to resolve. You may require some cognitive therapy and reconditioning as part of your recovery. You're treating surgeon we'll be able to determine this when they see you for your postoperative visit. Be certain to inform them about this problem. READ MORE
Yes, some people are awake during brain surgery. The operation is generally done when the tissue to be operated on in the brain is near what we like to call eloquent areas of the brain generally associated with speech and motor functions. This allows the surgeon to avoid causing any postoperative deficits and to allow them to safely perform the removal of the tissue that needs to be removed. The brain itself does not feel pain which is what allows this to take place. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Local, Regional- Clinical Associate Professor at Michigan State University -
- Top Doc in America Several Times
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Cerebrovascular Disease
- Herniated Disc
- Spinal Stenosis
- Degenerative Disc Disease (ddd)
- Michigan State Medical Society
- American Medical Association
- Congress of Neurological Surgeons
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons
- American College of Surgeons
- Indiana University Health University Hospital Neurological Surgery 1987
- Indiana University Health University Hospital 1987 Neurological Surgery
- Indiana University Health University Hospital1982General Surgery
Professional Society Memberships
- The Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Muskegon County Medical Society, Michigan State Medical Society, Joint Section Orthopedics, Joint Section Trauma
What do you attribute your success to?
- Excellent residency program and wide range of experience in his community and the support and excellence of Mercy Health Muskegon.
Hobbies / Sports
- Cooking, Gardening
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Get to know Neurosurgeon Dr. Christopher L. Marquart, who serves patients in Muskegon, Michigan.
Dr. Marquart is an accomplished neurosurgeon at Mercy Health Physician Partners Neuroscience Specialists in Muskegon, Michigan. He specializes in neurosurgical spine surgery, neurotrauma, neurocritical care, neurosurgical oncology, as well as spine and back care.
Mercy Health Physician Partners Neuroscience Specialists is the only neurosurgery program on the Lakeshore. It provides high quality, state-of-the-art neurosurgical care and comprehensive rehabilitative management. A team approach to patient care is exercised — the team’s personal concern for patients’ well-being results in the highest quality of care and service available.
Pertaining to his educational background, Dr. Marquart graduated with his medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine in 1981. He performed his residency in neurological surgery at IU Health University Hospital.
A trusted authority for exceptional care, he is board-certified through the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS). The broad aim of the ABNS is to encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the science of neurological surgery and thereby serve the cause of public health.
With an impressive professional journey spanning four decades, Dr. Marquart is affiliated with Mercy Health Hackley Campus, Mercy Health Mercy Campus, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s,
Named a “Top Doc in America” multiple times, he is an active member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Academy of Neurological Surgery (Fellow), the American College of Surgeons (Fellow), the American Medical Association, the Muskegon County Medical Society, the Michigan State Medical Society, Joint Section Orthopedics, and Joint Section Trauma.
Neurosurgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, surgical treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders which affect any portion of the nervous system including the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and extra-cranial cerebrovascular system. Neurosurgeons are doctors who diagnose and treat problems with the nervous system, often by performing surgery on the brain or spine. They treat strokes, tumors, cervical and lumbar disc disease, infections, and head or spinal cord injuries.
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