Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FACS

Dr. Arthur grew up in a small college town in the Shenandoah Valley and was awarded a Virginia Scholarship to attend the University of Virginia. After college he joined the University of Virginia Department of Neurosurgery where he did research on aneurysms and cerebral vasospasm. He continued this research throughout medical school, obtaining his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1998. He then did his internship and residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. While there he also completed a Masters in Public Health with a focus on clinical trials methodology, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2002.

After finishing his residency in Neurosurgery he was recruited to Memphis where he joined the Semmes Murphey Clinic and the University of Tennessee Department of Neurosurgery. During his first two years in Memphis he completed a fellowship in Endovascular and Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery. He is one of a few neurosurgeons in the country to develop a busy practice in both open cerebrovascular surgery and endovascular neurosurgery. He has a strong interest in managing neurovascular disease in both healthy and very sick patients. He is actively engaged in several areas of research to improve the treatment of patients with cerebrovascular diseases, such as aneurysms and stroke.

He is married to Shannon Mitchell Arthur, and they live happily in Memphis with their 3 young children, 2 dogs, and 1 cat.

Professional Societies:

  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Southern Neurosurgical Society
  • Tennessee Neurosurgical Society
  • Endovascular Neurosurgery Research Group
  • Society of Neurointerventional Surgery

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Snowboarding
  • Racquetball


  • Dr. Arthur “Weighs in” at Memphis Business Journal
  • 2019 List of Top Doctors, Memphis Magazine

Selected Publications:

  • Sutter B, Suzuki S, Arthur AS, Kassell NF, Lee KS: Effects of subarachnoid hemorrhage on vascular responses to calcitonin gene-related peptide and its related second messengers. Journal of Neurosurgery 83(3): 516-21, 1995 Sep.
  • Caner HH, Kwan AL, Arthur A, Jeng AY, Lappe RW, Kassell NF, Lee KS: Systemic administration of an inhibitor of endothelin-converting enzyme for attenuation of cerebral vasospasm following experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage. Journal of Neurosurgery 85(5): 917-22, 1996 Nov.
  • Wanebo JE, Louis HG, Arthur AS, Zhou J, Kassell NF, Lee KS, Helm GA: Systemic administration of an endothelin-A receptor antagonist, TBC 11251, attenuates cerebral vasospasm in a rabbit model of subarachnoid hemorrhage.Neurosurgical Focus 3(4), Article 6, 1997 Oct.
  • Arthur AS, Fergus AH, Lanzino G, Mathys J, Kassell NF, Lee KS: Systemic administration of the iron chelator deferiprone attenuates subarachnoid hemorrhage-induced cerebral vasospasm in the rabbit. Neurosurgery 41(6): 1385-1392, 1997 Dec.
  • Sutter B, Arthur A, Friehs G, Chadduck J, Clarici G, Pendl G: Treatment options and time course for intramedullary spinal cord metastases: report of 3 cases and review of the literature. Neurosurgical Focus 4(3), Article 3, 1998 May.


Disorders & Treatments

Additional Areas of Expertise

  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Arteriovenous Malformations/Fistulas
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Skull Fractures
  • Cervical Radioculopathy


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