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Joel D. Pickett, MD

  • Board Certifications
    Neurological Surgery
  • Clinical Specialties and Interests

    Skull based tumors, cerebrovascular surgery, complex spine, and peripheral nerve surgery

  • Training

    Medical School: University of Arkansas; Little Rock, AR
    Neurosurgical Residency Location: Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN

  • Location(s)

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Joel Pickett, MD, FACS, is a board certified Neurosurgeon and one of the region’s most trusted experts in brain and spine care, having served the people of North Alabama since 1993.

Dr. Pickett received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Arkansas. He completed a one-year internship in General Surgery at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, followed by a six-year residency in Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Before going to medical school, Dr. Pickett was the Director of Respiratory Therapy at Newport Hospital and worked as a respiratory therapist.

At Huntsville Hospital Spine & Neuro Center, he specializes in skull-based tumors, cerebrovascular surgery, complex spine, and peripheral nerve surgery. He treats spine and brain issues such as:

  • Cerebrovascular surgery 
  • Skull-based tumor surgery
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Trigeminal neuralgia surgery 
  • Lower back and neck pain
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc diseases
  • Spinal fractures
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Brain tumors
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolistheses
  • Pituitary tumor resection
  • Spine and brain trauma

One of the founding Neurosurgeons at Spine & Neuro Center, Dr. Pickett has decades of skilled care under his belt. He uses the latest practices, devices and methods to improve his patients’ brain and spine health. He is conservative when it comes to surgery.

Dr. Pickett’s many professional affiliations include: North American Spine Society; American College of Surgeons; Southern Neurological Society; Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves; American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Congress of Neurological Surgeons; Neurological Society of Alabama; Medical Association for the State of Alabama; Madison County Medical Society; American Association of Neurological Surgery; and Vanderbilt- Meacham Society.

He also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor for The University of Alabama School of Medicine - Huntsville.

In his spare time, Dr. Pickett is an avid sportsman. He enjoys fishing and being outdoors. He's a skilled pilot, too! His greatest joy, though, is spending time with his loving wife, kids and grandkids.

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