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Cheng W. Tao, MD

  • Board Certifications
    Neurological Surgery
  • Clinical Specialties and Interests

    Complex spine deformities, cranial and peripheral nerve treatments, spine pathology

  • Training

    Medical School: University of Tennessee; Memphis, TN
    Neurosurgical Residency Location: Medical College of Georgia; Augusta, GA

  • Location(s)
Huntsville, Decatur

More About Dr. 


Cheng Tao, MD, is a board certified Neurosurgeon with nearly two decades of experience at Huntsville Hospital’s Spine & Neuro Center. He has served communities throughout North Alabama with expert spine and brain care since 1995.

Dr. Tao received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Tennessee, Memphis. He completed a one-year General Surgery internship before entering his six-year residency program in Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Dr. Tao specializes in back surgery, thoracic and lumbar conditions, and cranial and peripheral nerve treatments. He treats spine and brain issues such as:

  • 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

“Dedicated” and “proficient” are two words often used to describe Dr. Tao. He uses minimally-invasive spine procedures to help patients have the best outcomes and quicker recovery. Dr. Tao stays up to date on the latest evidence-based best practices, devices and methods to improve his patients’ health.

His professional affiliations include: North American Spine Society; Neurosurgical Society of Alabama; Medical Association of the State of Alabama; Madison County Medical Society; Congress of Neurosurgeons; and American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Tao also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor for The University of Alabama School of Medicine - Huntsville.

Dr. Tao runs our Decatur Clinic twice a month to save patients from driving to Huntsville to see him.

In his spare time, Dr. Tao is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.