Raul J. Cardenas, MD

Dr. Raul J. Cardenas is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon who graduated from Christian Brothers University and attended medical school in Nashville, TN. He then went on to complete his neurological surgery residency at Louisiana State University Health Science Center, followed by a fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery with Dr. Kevin Foley at Semmes Murphey. 

Dr. Cardenas is a third generation neurosurgeon and his father completed his residency and training at Semmes Murphey as well. 
He is the 1999 recipient of the Tinsley-Harrison Award from the American Journal of Medical Sciences for research done on hemodialysis with Dr. Ellen S. Kang. He and his wife Dr. Rowena A. DeSouza, a Board-certified urologist, both practice in Memphis.

Dr. Cardenas is available to see patients in a timely manner. All tests associated with an initial visit can be performed in-house at Semmes Murphey for optimal convenience.

Dr. Cardenas is the 1999 recipient of the Tinsley-Harrison Award from the American Journal of Medical Sciences for research done on hemodialysis with Dr. Ellen S. Kang. He and his wife Dr Rowena A. DeSouza, a Board-certified urologist, will make their home in Memphis.

Professional Societies: 

  • 1996-1997 Member of the Biological Honor Society
  • 1999-2002 Member of American Medical Student Association
  • 1999-2002 Member of the Student National Medical Association
  • 2004-Present  Member of the AANS, CNS, LANS

Languages:

Fluent in written and spoken Spanish

Selected Publications:

  • Cardenas R, Foley KT. Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Interbody Fusion pp422-30. “Surgical Atlas of Spinal Operations” Eck JC, Vaccaro AR. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers. 1st Edition, 2013.
  • Chittiboina P, Cuellar-Saenz H, Notarianni C, Cardenas R, Guthikonda B. “Head and Spinal Cord Injury: Diagnosis and Management.” Neurol Clin. 2012 Feb;30(1):241-76.
  • Javalkar V, Cardenas R, Tawfik TA, Khan IR, Bollam P, Banerjee AD, Nanda A. “Reoperations after surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.” World Neurosurgery, 2011 May-Jun; 75(5-6) 737-42.
  • Javalkar V, Cardenas R, Ampil F, Vanemreddy P, Nanda A “The LSU Experience in the Management of single, small Cerebellar Metastasis.” Neurosurgery, 2010 Dec; 67(6):1515-22.
  • Cardenas R, Javalkar V, Ezer H, Bunham J, Nanda A. “Occipital Interhemispheric Transtentorial Approach to the Superior Cerebellum” Journal of Clinical Neurosciences, 2011 Jan; 18(1): 128-30.
  • Cardenas R, Connor D, Javalkar V, Williams M, Nanda A. “Coiling Embolization of Intracranial Aneurysms: The LSUHSC-S Experience.” Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society, 2010; 162(5): 260-4.
  • Javalkar V, Cardenas R, Nanda A. “Recovery of Third Nerve Palsy following Surgical Clipping of Posterior Communicating Artery Aneurysms.” World Neurosurgery, April 2010; 73(4): 353-56.
  • Cardenas R, Patil S, Gonzalez-Cruz J, Ogden A, Mukherjee D, Nanda A “Comparison of Allograft Bone and Titanium Cages for Vertebral Body Replacement in the Thoracolumbar Spine: A Biomechanical Study.” Neurosurgery 2010; 66 (6 suppl operative): 314-18.

Disorders & Treatments

Additional Areas of Expertise

  • Chiari Malformations
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Tumor Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery 
  • Complex Spinal Surgery 
  • Trauma Neurosurgery 

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