Kelly Bridges, MD, Neurosurgeon
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Kelly Bridges, MD


6140 W Curtisian Ave Suite 400 Boise ID, 83704



Dr. Bridges developed a passion for Neurosurgery at a young age. She completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied the Neurosciences.  She then completed her Doctor of Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. There, she was formally recognized for her altruism in medicine and received the “Outstanding Student in Neuroscience” award as well as the American Medical Women’s Association award for Academic Achievement.  During her residency at the Oregon Health and Science University, she accomplished twelve publications regarding varied neurosurgical topics. 


Dr. Bridges strives to deliver compassionate, evidence-based care for both brain and spine pathology. She is passionate about educating patients regarding their diseases, and she ensures her patients receive the best possible treatment, including surgical and nonsurgical options for care.


Her interests include open and endoscopic cranial neurosurgery as well as minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery.


Education and Training

University of Nevada MD 2011

UCLA Bachelor Science-Neuroscience 2004

Oregon Health & Science Univ Neurosurgery 2018

Board Certification

American Board of Neurological Surgery

Provider Details

Female English

Areas of expertise and specialization

Brain and Spine TumorsBrain and Spine TraumaSpine Degenerative Disease

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Neurosurgeon Kelly Bridges Neurosurgery 2018 - Present


  • 2023 Boise Award for Neurosurgeon 2023 Boise Awards 
  • 2024 Boise Business Hall of Fame for Neurosurgery 2024 Boise Awards 
  • Best in Idaho - Neurosurgery 2024 Findatopdoc 
  • Leonard Tao Humanism Award 2011 University of Nevada School of Medicine 
  • Outstanding Student in Neuroscience 2011 University of Nevada School of Medicine 
  • Glascow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement 2011 American Medical Woman's Association 
  • Professionalism in Medicine Award for Altruism 2009 University of Nevada School of Medicine 
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society in recognition of service, integrity, clinical excellence, and compassion 2009 University of Nevada School of Medicine 

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons  
  • Congress of Neurological Surgery  
  • American College of Surgeons  
  • American Medical Association  
  • Independent Doctors of Idaho  

Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors

  • Jayden DeLuca Foundation for Congenital Heart Disease
  • Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
  • Idaho Youth Ranch
  • Falynns Wings Foundation for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Dr. Bridges supports various local charities and students each year.
  • Dr. Bridges also supports her firefighter husband in his philanthropic endeavors including "Fill the Boot" for Muscular Dystrophy and Seattle Stair Climb for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Foundation


  • Brain and Spine Surgery


  • Oregon Health and Science University


  • None

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Association of Neurological SurgeonsCongress of Neurological SurgeonsAmerican College of SurgeonsAmerican Medical Association

Professional Affiliations

  • See above

Articles and Publications

  • See above

What do you attribute your success to?

  • God, hard work, passion, drive, support from family and friendships, never giving up

Areas of research

  • See above


  • See above

Philanthropic Initiatives

  • See above

Teaching and speaking

  • Paramedic Continual Education Program (PCEP), Instructor 2016-2017Traumatic Brain Injury, Hemorrhagic and Ischemic Stroke, and Spinal Cord EmergenciesCowlitz County, WashingtonHands-On-Training Conference, Facilitator for Resident Training Exercises 2015-2016Led weekly instruction for junior residents with hands-on training on topics such as placement of ventriculostomies, intracranial pressure monitors, lumbar punctures and drains, cervical spine traction, etc.Clinical Correlations of Neurosurgery and Neuroanatomy, Instructor 2015Lecture to Medical School Surgery Interest Group using Neurosurgical Cases to highlight key neuroanatomy and conceptsOregon Health & Science University, Portland, ORInterdisciplinary Neuro-Oncology Conference, Facilitator for Cases and Clinical Plans 2013Presented and coordinated all neuro-oncology cases on a weekly basis to Tumor BoardOregon Health & Science University, Portland, ORSociety of Neurological Surgeons Boot Camp, Facilitator 2012Instructed new Neurosurgery interns on the placement of intracranial pressure monitorsOregon Health & Science University, Portland, ORMedical Student Lectures, Instructor 2012, 2013Led small-group discussions with MS1 and MS2 medical students on Traumatic Brain InjuryOregon Health & Science University, Portland, ORTar Wars 2008-2009Tobacco Prevention Outreach Program; 4th and 5th Grade StudentsUniversity of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NVSkin Cancer Prevention Program 2008Elementary School Outreach ProgramUniversity of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NVCity Lab, Science Lab Teaching Assistant 2002-2004Taught inner-city high school students principles of biology, chemistry, & physics through the model of Sickle Cell Anemia and gel-electrophoresisUniversity of California, Los AngelesStudent Health Advocate 2001-2002Prepared presentations to promote healthy lifestyles and discuss common medications, illnesses, and injuries occurring amongst college students.University of California, Los AngelesPrivate Math Tutor 1999-2000Taught 4th grade math to a struggling student, improving grades from Ds to AsLas Vegas, NV

Favorite Place to Vacation

  • Camping! There are too many amazing camping spots from which to chose, all with their own unique charm and opportunities.

Hobbies / Sports

  • CampingFishingChildren's Hobbies/Sports - Baseball, Jiu Jitsu, Gymnastics, Ballet, Arts and CraftsHusband's Hobbies - Flying airplanes, Camping, Off-roading, Fishing, Firefighter Family Activities

Favorite professional publications

  • Journal of Neurosurgery (White Journal)Neurosurgery (Red Journal)

Areas of research

Kelly Bridges, Lauren Simpson, Carli Bullis, Christina Sayama, Khoi Than. Combined laminoplasty and posterior fusion for treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy: review of the literature. Asian Spine Journal. 2018. Vol 12, Issue 3.

Khoi D. Than MD, Praveen V. Mummaneni MD, Kelly J. Bridges, MD, et al. Complication rates of open vs. percutaneous pedicle screw instrumentation among patients undergoing minimally invasive interbody fusion for adult spinal deformity. Neurosurgical focus. December, 2017

Kelly Bridges, Khoi Than. Extensive Epidural Spinal Abscess. Congress of Neurological Surgeons NEXUS Project. 2017.

Kelly Bridges, Khoi Than. Holospinal Epidural Abscesses – A Single Institution’s Experience. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2017. DOI:

Bridges K, Li R, Fleseriu M, Cetas J. Candida meningitis after transphenoidal surgery: a single institution case-series and literature review. World Neurosurgery. 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.wneu.2017.08.115

Donald A Ross, MD, Kelly J Bridges MD. Technique of Minimally Invasive Cervical Foraminotomy. Operative Neurosurgery. 0:1-9, 2017

Kelly J. Bridges, Caitlin H. DeDeaux & Khoi D. Than: IgG4-related disease presenting as intradural extramedullary lesion: a case report and review of the literature. British Journal of Neurosurgery. 2017. DOI: 10.1080/02688697.2017.1384793

Kelly J Bridges, MD. Carli Bullis, MD. Ajay Wanchu, MD. Khoi D Than, MD. Pseudogout of the cervical and thoracic spine mimicking infection after lumbar fusion: case report and literature review. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. May, 2017.

Kelly J. Bridges, Jerry J. Jaboin, Charlotte D. Kubicky, Khoi D. Than. Stereotactic radiosurgery versus surgical resection for spinal hemangioblastoma: A systematic review. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. 154 (2017) 59-66.

Wajd N. Al-Holou MD, Thomas J. Wilson MD, Zarina S. Ali MD, Ryan P. Brennan, Kelly J. Bridges MD, et al. Gastrostomy Tube Placement Increases the Risk of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Infection: A Multi-institutional Study. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2018.

Kelly J. Bridges, MD, Ahmed M. Raslan MD. Utility of intracranial pressure monitoring for diagnosis of Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension in the absence of papilledema. World Neurosurgery. 2018. DOI:

Katie L Krause, MD PhD, James T Obayashi, BS, Kelly J Bridges, MD, Ahmed M. Raslan, MD, and Khoi D. Than, MD. Use of Polyetheretherketone Interbody Devices for One-Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Results in a Five-Fold Higher Rate of Pseudoarthrosis Compared to Structural Allograft. Journal of Neurological Surgery Spine. 2018

Bridges K, Sauerwein R, Grafe M, Tsikitis V(L), Halfpenny A, Raslan A. Seeding of abdomen with primary intracranial hemangiopericytoma by a ventriculoperitoneal shunt: case report. World Neurosurgery (2017), DOI: 10.1016/j.wneu.2017.08.015.

Chie-Fang Hsiao, Kelly Gougar, Jan Asai, Scott H Chandler. Intrinsic membrane properties and morphological characteristics of interneurons in the rat supratrigeminal region. Journal of neuroscience research. 2007 Dec;85(16): 3673-86

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