Acadiana Neurosurgery

Alan J. Appley, MD, FACS, FAANS

Neurosurgeon located in Lafayette, LA

About Dr. Appley

Dr. Alan Appley of Acadiana Neurosurgery, which serves Lafayette, Louisiana, is a native of southern California where he graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1975. He graduated with honors from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1979, and received his medical degree from Tulane Medical School in 1983. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and received the Norman Rogers Award for Meritorious Undergraduate Cancer Research.

Dr. Appley completed his Neurosurgery Internship and Residency at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, one of the largest and most highly respected teaching hospitals in the United States. After finishing his training in 1989, he spent two years as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. While there, he was responsible for helping improve and refine the skills of neurosurgical residents.

In March of 1991, Dr. Appley and his family moved to Orlando, Florida to begin a private practice. During that time, Dr. Appley gained extensive experience with a wide array of neurosurgical techniques including complex spinal instrumentation, stereotactic image-guided surgery, and radiosurgery. He was the main driving force responsible for many neurosurgical advances in Orlando. In October of 2000, Dr. Appley was named one of "The Best Doctors in Orlando” by Orlando Magazine and has been named one of "The Best Doctors in Louisiana" by Louisiana Life Magazine every year since 2009.  Listed yearly in “Who's Who in American Medicine” and “Healthcare” as well as “Who's Who in America,” his accomplishments include:

  • Founding Medical Director of the Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute (1998-1999).
  • Started, with the help of the American Cancer Society and others, H.O.P.E. (Helping Other Patients Endure), the first brain tumor support group in Central Florida.
  • Introduced the Gamma Knife® to Orlando and the CyberKnife® to Lafayette. These are highly specialized tools used to precisely focus high doses of radiation to intracranial and, in the case of the CyberKnife, spinal targets. He served as the founding Medical Director of the Florida Hospital Gamma Knife Center for almost five years (1996-2000) and performed over 400 of the Center's 700 procedures.
  • As Medical Director of the CyberKnife Center – Louisiana, located at Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC), Dr. Appley has been involved in hundreds of these procedures and has proctored several other surgeons during their training on this device.
  • Has performed over 100 deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgeries with excellent outcomes as well as the first "frameless" DBS surgery for tremor and Parkinson's Disease in Louisiana in 2002.
  • Performs the majority of his spinal surgeries through minimally invasive approaches. In addition, he has the region's most extensive experience with total disc replacement which, for appropriate patients, allows for motion preservation and can be an alternative to spinal fusion.
  • Performs many brain tumor resections using an advanced minimally invasive approach and uses a multidisciplinary team approach with ENT surgeons for endoscopic removal of pituitary and anterior skull base tumors.
  • The first surgeon in Louisiana to use the Nico BrainPath® system for minimally invasive resection of deep-seated tumors and evacuation of intracerebral hematomas.

Dr. Appley is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and has been elected to fellowship in the American College of Surgeons. He has been involved in teaching medical students and neurosurgery residents by serving as Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at the Tulane University School of Medicine. As a Gratis Clinical Faculty member at LSUHSC New Orleans, Dr. Appley is also involved in the education of surgical and medical residents as they rotate through LGMC.  He is a member of the Lafayette Parish Medical Society, the Louisiana State Medical Society and many other national and international specialty societies.

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Dr. Alan Appley of Acadiana Neurosurgery, which serves Lafayette, Louisiana, is a native of southern California where he graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1975. He graduated with honors from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1979, and received his medical degree from Tulane Medical School in 1983. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and received the Norman Rogers Award for Meritorious Undergraduate Cancer Research.

Dr. Appley completed his Neurosurgery Internship and Residency at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, one of the largest and most highly respected teaching hospitals in the United States. After finishing his training in 1989, he spent two years as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. While there, he was responsible for helping improve and refine the skills of neurosurgical residents.

In March of 1991, Dr. Appley and his family moved to Orlando, Florida to begin a private practice. During that time, Dr. Appley gained extensive experience with a wide array of neurosurgical techniques including complex spinal instrumentation, stereotactic image-guided surgery, and radiosurgery. He was the main driving force responsible for many neurosurgical advances in Orlando. In October of 2000, Dr. Appley was named one of "The Best Doctors in Orlando” by Orlando Magazine and has been named one of "The Best Doctors in Louisiana" by Louisiana Life Magazine every year since 2009.  Listed yearly in “Who's Who in American Medicine” and “Healthcare” as well as “Who's Who in America,” his accomplishments include:

Dr. Appley is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and has been elected to fellowship in the American College of Surgeons. He has been involved in teaching medical students and neurosurgery residents by serving as Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at the Tulane University School of Medicine. As a Gratis Clinical Faculty member at LSUHSC New Orleans, Dr. Appley is also involved in the education of surgical and medical residents as they rotate through LGMC.  He is a member of the Lafayette Parish Medical Society, the Louisiana State Medical Society and many other national and international specialty societies.


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