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Alexander K. Powers, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

151 Ratings

Alexander K. Powers, M.D.

Associate Professor,
Assistant Professor,
Assistant Professor,

Clinical Interests

Sports-related Brain and Spine Injuries, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Spine Surgery, Spinal Deformity, Neurosurgery (pediatric), Spinal Oncology in Children and Adults, Cerebral Palsy - Surgical Treatment, Spine Surgery

Contact Information

Department: 336-716-4081

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Education & Training

  • M.D., University of South Florida, 2002
  • Bachelors Degree, Furman University, 2006
  • Internship, Orthopaedic Surgery, Carolinas Medical Center, 2003
  • Residency, Neurosurgery, NC Baptist Hospital, 2007
  • Residency, Neurosurgery, NC Baptist Hospital, 2008

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery


  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • Am Assn Of Neurological Surgeo
  • Congress Of Neurological Surge
  • Florida Medical Assn

NPI Number

  • 1134397714
Alexander K. Powers, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

151 Ratings

Alexander K. Powers, M.D.

Associate Professor, Neurosurgery
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Craniocerebral Trauma; Dura Mater; Football; Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy; Neurosurgical Procedures
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Contact Information

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

Recent Publications

Youth helmet design in sports with repetitive low- and medium-energy impacts: a systematic review. Kuhn EN, Miller JH, Feltman B, Powers AK, Sicking D, Johnston JM Jr.. Sports Eng. 2017;20(1):29-40.

Investigating the effects of repetitive head impact exposure in youth football using neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging (NODDI) [abstract]. Whitlow C, Bahrami N, Urban J, Davenport E, Jung Y, Espeland M, Powers A, Stitzel J, Maldjian J.. Brain Inj. 2017;31(6-7):984.

Head impact exposure measured in a single youth football team during practice drills. Kelley ME, Kane JM, Espeland MA, Miller LE, Powers AK, Stitzel JD, Urban JE.. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2017;20(5):489-497.

Abnormalities in diffusional kurtosis metrics related to head impact exposure in a season of high school varsity football. Davenport EM, Apkarian K, Whitlow CT, Urban JE, Jensen JH, Szuch E, Espeland MA, Jung Y, Rosenbaum DA, Gioia G, Powers AK, Stitzel JD, Maldjian JA.. J Neurotrauma. 2016;33(23):2133-2146.

Subconcussive impact exposure and computational modelling of the brain using an atlas-based biomechanical finite element model [abstract]. Stitzel JD, Urban JE, Miller LE, Kelley ME, Jones DA, Davenport EM, Whitlow CT, Maldjian JA, Powers AK.. Brain Inj. 2016;30(5-6):809-810.

Effects of cervical arthroplasty on neck response during a simulated rotary-wing aircraft impact. White NA, Danelson KA, Gayzik FS, Hsu W, Powers A, Stitzel JD.. Int J Crashworthiness. 2016;21(4):323-337.

Estimation of skull table thickness with clinical CT and validation with microCT. Lillie EM, Urban JE, Weaver AA, Powers AK, Stitzel JD.. J Anat. 2015;226(1):73-80.

A child with fever and swelling of the forehead. Liu A, Powers AK, Whigham AS, Whitlow CT, Shetty AK.. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2015;54(8):803-805.

The use of dual growing rods to correct spinal deformity secondary to a low-grade spinal cord astrocytoma. Kuhn EN, Muthigi A, Frino J, Powers AK.. J Surg Case Rep. 2015;2015(10):1-4.

Intracranial pseudolymphoma presenting with grand mal seizures. Strowd RE, Powers AK, Beaty MW, Ellis TL.. J Clin Neurosci. 2014;21(5):874-876.

Effects of cervical arthrodesis and arthroplasty on neck response during a simulated frontal automobile collision. White NA, Moreno DP, Brown PJ, Gayzik FS, Hsu W, Powers AK, Stitzel JD.. Spine J. 2014;14(9):2195-2207.

Abnormal white matter integrity related to head impact exposure in a season of high school varsity football. Davenport EM, Whitlow CT, Urban JE, Espeland MA, Jung Y, Rosenbaum DA, Gioia G, Powers AK, Stitzel JD, Maldjian JA.. J Neurotrauma. 2014;31(19):1617-1624.

Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis. Powers AK, Lenke LG, Luhmann SJ. In: Lovell WW, Weinstein SL, Flynn JM, eds. Lovell and Winter's Pediatric Orthopaedics. 7th ed. Philadelphia (PA): Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins;2014: 791-820.

Development of a risk weighted cumulative exposure metric for the analysis of head impact data [abstract]. Stitzel J, Urban J, Davenport E, Maldjian J, Whitlow C, Powers A.. Brain Inj. 2014;28(5-6):802.

Vacuum-assisted closure for complex cranial wounds involving the loss of dura mater. Powers AK, Neal MT, Argenta LC, Wilson JA, DeFranzo AJ, Tatter SB.. J Neurosurg. 2013;118(2):302-308.

Successful treatment of ulcerated infantile hemangioma associated with PELVIS syndrome using oral propanolol [abstract]. Kwatra S, Powers A, Atala A, Yosipovitch G, Kaushik S, McLean T.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013;68(4 Suppl 1):AB178.

Head impact exposure in youth football: elementary school ages 9-12 years and the effect of practice structure. Cobb BR, Urban JE, Davenport EM, Rowson S, Duma SM, Maldjian JA, Whitlow CT, Powers AK, Stitzel JD.. Ann Biomed Eng. 2013;41(12):2463-2473.

Segmental ulcerated perineal hemangioma of infancy: a complex case of PELVIS syndrome successfully treated using a multidisciplinary approach. Kaushik SB, Kwatra SG, McLean TW, Powers A, Atala AJ, Yosipovitch G.. Pediatr Dermatol. 2013;30(6):E257-E258.

Head impact exposure in youth football: high school ages 14 to 18 years and cumulative impact analysis. Urban JE, Davenport EM, Golman AJ, Maldjian JA, Whitlow CT, Powers AK, Stitzel JD.. Ann Biomed Eng. 2013;41(12):2474-2487.

A unique presentation of a spinal dural arteriovenous fistula exacerbated by steroids. Strowd RE, Geer C, Powers A, Abou-Zeid N.. J Clin Neurosci. 2012;19(3):466-468.

Concussions: what a neurosurgeon should know about current scientific evidence and management strategies. Neal MT, Wilson JL, Hsu W, Powers AK.. Surg Neurol Int. 2012;3():16.

Palliative hemispherotomy in children with bilateral seizure onset. Ciliberto MA, Limbrick D, Powers A, Titus JB, Munro R, Smyth MD.. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2012;9(4):381-388.

Motor vehicle crash-related subdural hematoma from real-world head impact data. Urban JE, Whitlow CT, Edgerton CA, Powers AK, Maldjian JA, Stitzel JD.. J Neurotrauma. 2012;29(18):2774-2781.

Patients with Chiari malformation Type I presenting with acute neurological deficits: case series. Yarbrough CK, Powers AK, Park TS, Leonard JR, Limbrick DD, Smyth MD.. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2011;7(3):244-247.

Complete versus anterior two-thirds corpus callosotomy in children: analysis of outcome. Jalillian L, Limbrick DD Jr, Steger-May K, Johnston J, Powers AK, Smyth MD.. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2010;6(3):257-266.

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

Ruptured anterior spinal artery aneurysm: a case report. Pollock JM, Powers AK, Stevens EA, Sanghvi AN, Wilson JA, Morris PP.. J Neuroimaging. 2009;19(3):277-279.

Occult dural arteriovenous fistula causing rapidly progressive conus medullaris syndrome and paraplegia after lumbar microdiscectomy. Stevens EA, Powers AK, Morris PP, Wilson JA.. Spine J. 2009;9(9):e8-e12.

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

Hemispherotomy: efficacy and analysis of seizure recurrence. Limbrick DD, Narayan P, Powers AK, Ojemann JG, Park TS, Bertrand M, Smyth MD.. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2009;4(4):323-332.

Simplified harvest of autologous pericranium for duraplasty in Chiari malformation Type I. Technical note. Stevens EA, Powers AK, Sweasey TA, Tatter SB, Ojemann RG.. J Neurosurg Spine. 2009;11(1):80-83.

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Associate Professor, Neurosurgery

Clinical Interests

Sports-related Brain and Spine Injuries, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Spine Surgery, Spinal Deformity, Neurosurgery (pediatric), Spinal Oncology in Children and Adults, Cerebral Palsy - Surgical Treatment, Spine Surgery
Alexander K. Powers, M.D.

Alexander K. Powers, M.D.

Associate Professor, Neurosurgery
Biomedical Engineering

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

Alexander K. Powers, M.D.151 Ratings


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Out of the several neuro-surgeons I have visited throughout the years, I was very impressed with *Dr. Powers and would consider him the most confident and reassuring of them all. If I have future operations, it would be very difficult to go to another surgeon.


Very impressed as of this visit. if surgery goes this well, we will thankful to both him and the Lord.


Dr. Powers is great! Very knowledgeable and personal which is very refreshing. He seems to genuinely care for his patients and their overall needs plus he is a good doctor!


Dr. Powers is always very good. He spends time with us and listens to and answers any questions the patient or family has. He is never in a rush and cares about the patient as a whole


excellent provider


His reputation is stellar. That's why I chose him.


After I asked, the Dr. read my operative note to me. I was sure that there had been nothing out of the ordinary during my procedure. I find that I must ask very specific questions to him to get the answers I want. He doesn't share freely without me asking questions, sometimes. He is always caring and concerned about me. He is also my husband's surgeon and we appreciate how he knows our specific conditions and asks about the one who isn't there that day!


The very best ever!


very impressed. will definitely recommend to others


Dr.Powers is a great doctor,I would highly recommend him to other people.He is very caring and explains things very well.


Excellent experience.


This last back surgery is the third surgery done by Dr. Alexander Powers and if I have to have more I would only him to do it. I have the greatest respect and confidence in him and his abilities.


I could not be happier with Dr. Powers and his surgical expertise. I am without pain in my back for the first time in 40-50 years and no longer take any narcotic pain medicine. I am more active and can do things that I never expected to be able to do again all thanks to God and Dr. Powers.


We are really impressed with the quality of care that was given.


Dr. Powers takes the time to explain and show the details and works out a plan we both are comfortable with


Dr. Powers is an great doctor and has provided excellent care prior to my back surgery and through the healing process. I have recommended him to two friends that have back issues since my surgery. The ability to email a question or issue of worry and get a response within 24 hours or less has been such a blessing.


He used the words "are we done here" twice. I felt that he was ready to move on.


wonderful Doctor God sent.

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