Charles L. Branch Jr, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

Doctor Rating

4.5 out of 5

191 Ratings

Charles L. Branch Jr, M.D.


Clinical Interests

Gamma Knife, Herniated Discs, Neurosurgery, Spinal Disorders, Spinal Tumors, Spine Fractures, Spondylolisthesis, Stenosis, Stereotactic Procedures

Contact Information

Department: 336-716-4081

Insurance Accepted »

Media Medical Expert »

Education & Training

  • B.A., Oklahoma Christian College, 1977
  • M.D., U Texas Sthwstn Med Sch-Dallas, 1981
  • Internship, Surgery, North Carolina Baptist Hospita, 1982
  • Residency, Neurological Surgery, North Carolina Baptist Hospita, 1987
  • Residency, Neurological Surgery, University of California-San F, 1987


  • Am Academy Of Neurological Sur
  • Am Assn Of Neurological Surgeo
  • Am Medical Assn
  • Congress Of Neurological Surge
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • North Carolina Spine Society
  • Soc Of Minimally Invasive Surg
  • Soc Of Neurological Surgeons
  • Southern Neurosurgical Society
  • Western Nc Chpt Soc For Neuros

NPI Number

  • 1821078403
Charles L. Branch Jr, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.5 out of 5

191 Ratings

Charles L. Branch Jr, M.D.

Chair, Neurosurgery
Professor, Neurosurgery
Brain Tumor Center of Excellence
Childress Institute

Research Interests

health services, research/outc, neurosciences/behavior

Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-4083 | Department: 336-716-4081

Media Medical Expert »

Recent Publications

Rodriguez A, Neal MT, Liu A, Somasundaram A, Hsu W, Branch CL Jr. Novel placement of cortical bone trajectory screws in previously instrumented pedicles for adjacent-segment lumbar disease using CT image-guided navigation. Neurosurg Focus. 2014;36(3):E9.

Neal MT, Hsu W, Urban JE, Angelo NM, Sweasey TA, Branch CL Jr. The subdural evacuation port system: outcomes from a single institution experience and predictors of success. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2013;115(6):658-664.

Branch CL Jr, Eickman JP, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee. Subdural drainage catheter with self contained mechanism. United States patent US 8,403,878. 2013 Mar 26. 2013;():.

Lee JY, Hohl JB, Fedorka CJ, Devin C, Brodke DS, Branch CL Jr, Vaccaro AR. Surgeons agree to disagree on surgical options for degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011;36(3):E203-E212.

Branch CL Jr. Physican-directed [sic] (off-label) use of recombinant bone morphogenic protein-2: let us do it well![editorial]. Spine J. 2011;11(6):469-470.

Branch CL Jr. Building bridges [2009 Presidential address]. Spine J. 2010;10(1):1-4.

Stevens EA, Branch CL Jr. Spinal fusion: posterior approaches In: Phillips FM, Lauryssen C, eds. The lumbar intervertebral disc. New York: Thieme Medical Publishers;2010: 216-225.

Stevens EA, Marsh R, Wilson JA, Sweasey TA, Branch CL Jr, Powers AK. A review of surgical intervention in the setting of traumatic central cord syndrome. Spine J. 2010;10(10):874-880.

Stevens EA, Powers AK, Branch CL Jr. The role of surgery in traumatic central cord syndrome. Neurosurg Q. 2009;19(4):222-227.

Berry J, Branch C, Reynolds J, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee. Surgical head support adapter. United States patent US 603,967. 2009 Nov 10. 2009;():.

Stevens EA, Strowd R, Branch CL Jr. Minimally invasive en bloc resection of a spinal hemangioblastoma [online case study]. AANS Online Case Studies. 2008;():.

Stieber V, Robbins M, deGuzman A, Tatter S, Ekstrand K, McMullen K, Branch C, Shaw E, Bourland JD, Lovato J, Munley M, Ellis T, et al. Determination of a clinical value for the repair half-time (T1/2) of the trigeminal nerve based on outcome data from gamma knife radiosurgery for facial pain. Radiat Res. 2007;168(2):143-148.

Branch CL. Neurosurgery and spine: a vital synergy--Chairperson address, 2007 Annual Meeting of Section of Disorders of Spine and Peripheral Nerves [editorial]. J Neurosurg Spine. 2007;7(4):377-378.

Glassman SD, Branch CL Jr. Evidence-based medicine: raising the bar [editorial]. Spine J. 2007;7(5):513-515.

Balamucki CJ, Stieber VW, Ellis TL, Tatter SB, DeGuzman AF, McMullen KP, Lovato J, Shaw EG, Ekstrand KE, Bourland JD, Munley MT, Robbins M, Branch C. Does dose rate affect efficacy? The outcomes of 256 gamma knife surgery procedures for trigeminal neuralgia and other types of facial pain as they relate to the half-life of cobalt. J Neurosurg. 2006;105(5):730-735.

Kim PK, Branch CL Jr. The lumbar degenerative disc: confusion, mechanics, management. Clin Neurosurg. 2006;53():18-25.

All Publications

For a listing of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.

For a list of earlier publications, visit the Carpenter Library Publication Search.

Professor, Neurosurgery

Clinical Interests

Gamma Knife, Herniated Discs, Neurosurgery, Spinal Disorders, Spinal Tumors, Spine Fractures, Spondylolisthesis, Stenosis, Stereotactic Procedures
Charles L. Branch Jr, M.D.

Charles L. Branch Jr, M.D.

Chair, Neurosurgery
Professor, Neurosurgery
Brain Tumor Center of Excellence
Childress Institute

Doctor Rating

4.5 out of 5

Charles L. Branch Jr, M.D.191 Ratings


Doctor Ratings

The overall Patient Rating score is the average of responses to the nine questions listed below. The questions are from the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 represents "very poor" and 5 represents "very good."
Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

CP concern for questions/worries
CP efforts to include in decisions
CP explanations of prob/condition
CP spoke using clear language
Friendliness/courtesy of CP
Likelihood of recommending CP
Patients' confidence in CP
Time CP spent with patient
Wait time at clinic

Patient Comments

Comments are taken from the Care Provider section of the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Comments are posted exactly as they are written. Comments are added weekly. To protect patient privacy and confidentiality, patient names are not included.


Knowledgeable and trusted his decisions


It was brief and slightly dismissive.


Dr. Branch seemed very concerned about relieving my pain and getting me better.


He is a skilled surgeon. He is not interested in being a medical doctor. If he can't cut it, it's not interesting. He did not do a physical exam of any kind.


a very good experience and good results.


Excellent Surgeon, I have complete confidence in his knowledge and his skill. The spinal surgery he performed on me solved the horrible pain I was in. He always treats me with courtesy and respect. I am very fortunate to have him as my surgeon.


I recommend them to anyone who has back problems.


truly wish I had seen him years ago.


dr was extremely far behind in his schedule. the care was outstanding but the delay was one of the longest I've ever had


My wife and I both felt a sense of peace at the 1ST time we met *Dr. Branch.


I am blessed to have a Doctor that is professional and always answers any concerns I have. He is also very friendly.


Could not have been treated better.


Excellent in every way.


My experience with this office and all the employees has been nothing less than exceptional.


*Dr. Branch was very informative and answered all questions.


nurse practitioner and dr and med tech all great




Great and outstanding person.


I have the highest level of confidence in Dr. Branch. Nnot only is he a great surgeon, but his is also a wonderful human being.


Very good.


My brother recommended this doctor. We drive 3 hrs. to see him.


all care received was of the highest quality and those helping were most helpful and kind


Dr. Branch's high professional standards apparently extend to all of his nurses, pa's and technicians: all were friendly, helpful and confident. They exhibited the highest expectations and seemed to be proud of the fact that they worked with Dr. Branch.


Excellent experience


I have referred *Dr. Branch to several others and will do so in the future if need arises.


*Dr. Branch is in my opinion, the very best surgeon who could have done this procedure. I have great respect for his care, concern, and knowledge.


Excellent doctor!

Quick Reference

Request an Appointment
New Patients


Existing patients may contact the clinic directly.
Find a Doctor Ways to Give
USNWR 2015-2016Magnet Hospital RecognitionConsumer Choice2015 Best DoctorsJoint Commission Report

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.