Lawton, Okla. – (April 23, 2019) – Southwestern Medical Center (SWMC) announced the return of neurosurgeon David Pagnanelli, MD, after a brief retirement in December 2018.
“I discovered retirement was not for me,” said Dr. Pagnanelli. “I missed practicing medicine, working alongside my team and, most of all, my patients.”
In December 2018, Dr. Pagnanelli retired from Southwestern Medical Center where he served as a neurosurgeon at Southwestern Neurosurgery for 14 years. During his time at SWMC, he achieved many notable accomplishments to include: performing SWMC’s first CT-guided brain biopsy, and introducing new procedures for carpal tunnel surgery, kyphoplasty and minimally invasive spine surgery.
“The Board is happy to welcome back Dr. Pagnanelli to SWMC,” said Shawn Anderson, DPh, chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees. “Dr. Pagnanelli is a proven leader and an excellent surgeon. Lawton/Ft. Sill, as well as all of Southwest Oklahoma, are very fortunate to have access to a neurosurgeon of his caliber.”
Dr. Pagnanelli is now accepting new patients. To make an appointment, call 580-531-4600 or 580-531-4050. His office is located at 5604 SW Lee Blvd., Suite 357 in Lawton, OK.
Dr. Pagnanelli graduated cum laude from Temple University with a degree in biology. He then completed medical school at George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine, and neurosurgery training at George Washington Medical Center, in Washington DC.
While in residency, Dr. Pagnanelli spent several years in the neurosurgery research laboratory at GWU, working on brain tumor and neural regeneration projects for the department. Because of his outstanding academic achievements, he was named Surgical Resident of the Year. He also trained at the National Institutes of Health, working on his PhD in physiology.
Dr. Pagnanelli would spend the next 20 years practicing in Philadelphia, where he served as Chief of Neurosurgery at a large trauma center; as well as an assistant professor at Temple University Department of Neurosurgery.