Pediatric Neurosurgery Team | Ruth Bristol, MD Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Ruth Bristol, MD, is a pediatric neurosurgeon who made the transition to Phoenix Children's Hospital with the other pediatric specialty practitioners, and is proud to remain part of the Barrow Neurological Institute. She remains a member of the Barrow Children's Cleft and Craniofacial Center, which offers a team approach to children with craniosyonostosis and other skull anomalies.

Dr. Bristol treats all areas of pediatric neurosurgery, including brain and spine tumors, trauma and developmental anomalies. Her research interests include brain tumors and craniosynostosis.

Dr. Bristol believes that a supportive and involved family is very important for healing in children. Many children do not have the ability to understand complex medical problems, so gaining their trust and making them feel safe are essential to providing good care.

Originally from New Hampshire, Dr. Bristol attended Medical School at Tulane University in New Orleans. She then completed a Neurological Surgery Residency at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Post-residency subspecialty training included a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. 

Dr. Bristol practices all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, with a special interest in craniofacial disorders, hypothalamic hamartoma, hydrocephalus, tethered cord, and endoscopic neurosurgery.  


Professional Affiliations

  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Maricopa County Medical Society
  • Greater Phoenix Pediatric Association

Academic Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Arizona

Interests and Hobbies

In her free time, Dr. Bristol enjoys running, hiking and taking her children on adventures. Read Dr. Bristol's complete personal bio

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