Phillip A. Tibbs, MD

Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Director, UK Spine Center

Practice areas

Practice areas

Clinical interests

  • Disorders of the Spine and Spinal Cord
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Spine Surgery

Phillip A. Tibbs, MD

Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Director, UK Spine Center

Biography

My name is Phillip A. Tibbs; I am an international authority on treatment of metastatic tumors to the brain and spine and specialize in the treatment of spinal disorders. I have served as President of the Kentucky Neurosurgical Society and the Southern Neurosurgical Society. My avocation is the study of history and I recently completed two terms on the Board of the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation.

I am currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery of the University of Kentucky and Director of the Spine Center at the University of Kentucky.

Faculty rank

Professor of Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Education

Degree
University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Lexington

Residency
University of Kentucky, Lexington

Certifications or Special training
American Board of Neurological Surgery

Neurosurgery

Kentucky Neuroscience Institute

Kentucky Clinic
First Floor, Wing C, Room B101
740 S. Limestone
Lexington KY 40536-0284

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Spine Surgery

Spine Center

Kentucky Clinic
First Floor, Wing C
740 S. Limestone
Lexington KY 40536-0284

Call 859-257-3534
Fax 859-257-9813

Amenities
Dining, Internet/Wi-Fi, Information desk, Pharmacy services, Wheelchairs

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  1. Chi JH, Gokaslan Z, McCormick P, Tibbs PA, Kryscio RJ, Patchell RA. Selecting treatment for patients with malignant epidural spinal cord compression-does age matter?: results from a randomized clinical trial. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Mar 1; 34(5):431-5. PMID: 19212272.
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  2. Kwok Y, Tibbs PA, Patchell RA. Clinical approach to metastatic epidural spinal cord compression. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2006 Dec; 20(6):1297-305. PMID: 17113464.
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  3. Patchell RA, Tibbs PA, Regine WF, Payne R, Saris S, Kryscio RJ, Mohiuddin M, Young B. Direct decompressive surgical resection in the treatment of spinal cord compression caused by metastatic cancer: a randomised trial. Lancet. 2005 Aug 20-26; 366(9486):643-8. PMID: 16112300.
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  4. Butler CL, Given CA, Michel SJ, Tibbs PA. Percutaneous sacroplasty for the treatment of sacral insufficiency fractures. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2005 Jun; 184(6):1956-9. PMID: 15908561.
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  5. Regine WF, Rogozinska A, Kryscio RJ, Tibbs PA, Young AB, Patchell RA. Recursive partitioning analysis classifications I and II: applicability evaluated in a randomized trial for resected single brain metastases. Am J Clin Oncol. 2004 Oct; 27(5):505-9. PMID: 15596921.
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  6. Eddy FB, Tibbs P. Effects of nitric oxide synthase inhibitors and a substrate, L-arginine, on the cardiac function of juvenile salmonid fish. Comp Biochem Physiol C Toxicol Pharmacol. 2003 Jun; 135(2):137-44. PMID: 12860052.
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  7. Patchell RA, Regine WF, Ashton P, Tibbs PA, Wilson D, Shappley D, Young B. A phase I trial of continuously infused intratumoral bleomycin for the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma multiforme. J Neurooncol. 2002 Oct; 60(1):37-42. PMID: 12416544.
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  8. Gora-Harper ML, Record KE, Darkow T, Tibbs PA. Opioid analgesics versus ketorolac in spine and joint procedures: impact on healthcare resources. Ann Pharmacother. 2001 Nov; 35(11):1320-6. PMID: 11724076.
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  9. Nora LM, Pomeroy C, Curry TE, Hill NS, Tibbs PA, Wilson EA. Revising appointment, promotion, and tenure procedures to incorporate an expanded definition of scholarship: the University of Kentucky College of Medicine experience. Acad Med. 2000 Sep; 75(9):913-24. PMID: 10995614.
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  10. Patchell RA, Tibbs PA, Regine WF, Dempsey RJ, Mohiuddin M, Kryscio RJ, Markesbery WR, Foon KA, Young B. Postoperative radiotherapy in the treatment of single metastases to the brain: a randomized trial. JAMA. 1998 Nov 4; 280(17):1485-9. PMID: 9809728.
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  11. Patchell RA, Yaes RJ, Beach L, Kryscio RJ, Davis DG, Tibbs PA, Young B. A phase I trial of neutron brachytherapy for the treatment of malignant gliomas. Br J Radiol. 1997 Nov; 70(839):1162-8. PMID: 9536908.
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  12. Hatton J, Lu WY, Rhoney DH, Tibbs PA, Dempsey RJ, Young B. A step-wise protocol for stress ulcer prophylaxis in the neurosurgical intensive care unit. Surg Neurol. 1996 Nov; 46(5):493-9. PMID: 8874553.
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  13. Young B, Ott L, Kasarskis E, Rapp R, Moles K, Dempsey RJ, Tibbs PA, Kryscio R, McClain C. Zinc supplementation is associated with improved neurologic recovery rate and visceral protein levels of patients with severe closed head injury. J Neurotrauma. 1996 Jan; 13(1):25-34. PMID: 8714860.
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  14. Tasdemiroglu E, Tibbs PA. Long-term follow-up results of thoracolumbar fractures after posterior instrumentation. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1995 Aug 1; 20(15):1704-8. PMID: 7482021.
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  15. Nelson KR, Goodheart R, Salotto A, Tibbs P. Median nerve entrapment beneath the bicipital aponeurosis: investigation with intraoperative short segment stimulation. Muscle Nerve. 1994 Oct; 17(10):1221-3. PMID: 7935533.
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  16. Ott L, Young B, Phillips R, McClain C, Adams L, Dempsey R, Tibbs P, Ryo UY. Altered gastric emptying in the head-injured patient: relationship to feeding intolerance. J Neurosurg. 1991 May; 74(5):738-42. PMID: 1901599.
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  17. Rapp RP, Billeter M, Hatton J, Young AB, Tibbs PA, Dempsey RJ. Intravenous ciprofloxacin versus ceftazidime for treatment of nosocomial pneumonia and urinary tract infection. Clin Pharm. 1991 Jan; 10(1):49-55. PMID: 1999086.
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  18. Patchell RA, Tibbs PA, Walsh JW, Dempsey RJ, Maruyama Y, Kryscio RJ, Markesbery WR, Macdonald JS, Young B. A randomized trial of surgery in the treatment of single metastases to the brain. N Engl J Med. 1990 Feb 22; 322(8):494-500. PMID: 2405271.
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  19. Young B, Ott L, Dempsey R, Haack D, Tibbs P. Relationship between admission hyperglycemia and neurologic outcome of severely brain-injured patients. Ann Surg. 1989 Oct; 210(4):466-72; discussion 472-3. PMID: 2679455.
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  20. Kolpek JH, Ott LG, Record KE, Rapp RP, Dempsey R, Tibbs P, Young B. Comparison of urinary urea nitrogen excretion and measured energy expenditure in spinal cord injury and nonsteroid-treated severe head trauma patients. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 1989 May-Jun; 13(3):277-80. PMID: 2761068.
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  21. Ott LG, Schmidt JJ, Young AB, Twyman DL, Rapp RP, Tibbs PA, Dempsey RJ, McClain CJ. Comparison of administration of two standard intravenous amino acid formulas to severely brain-injured patients. Drug Intell Clin Pharm. 1988 Oct; 22(10):763-8. PMID: 3229341.
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  22. Young AB, Ott LG, Beard D, Dempsey RJ, Tibbs PA, McClain CJ. The acute-phase response of the brain-injured patient. J Neurosurg. 1988 Sep; 69(3):375-80. PMID: 3136234.
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  23. Dempsey R, Rapp RP, Young B, Johnston S, Tibbs P. Prophylactic parenteral antibiotics in clean neurosurgical procedures: a review. J Neurosurg. 1988 Jul; 69(1):52-7. PMID: 3288725.
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  24. Nelson KR, Tibbs P. Neck-cracker neuropathy. N Engl J Med. 1988 Apr 21; 318(16):1072. PMID: 3352709.
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  25. Kasarskis EJ, Tibbs PA, Lee C. Cerebellar hemangioblastoma symptomatic during pregnancy. Neurosurgery. 1988 Apr; 22(4):770-2. PMID: 3287215.
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  26. Norton JA, Ott LG, McClain C, Adams L, Dempsey RJ, Haack D, Tibbs PA, Young AB. Intolerance to enteral feeding in the brain-injured patient. J Neurosurg. 1988 Jan; 68(1):62-6. PMID: 3121807.
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  27. Patchell RA, Maruyama Y, Tibbs PA, Beach JL, Kryscio RJ, Young AB. Neutron interstitial brachytherapy for malignant gliomas: a pilot study. J Neurosurg. 1988 Jan; 68(1):67-72. PMID: 2826722.
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  28. Young B, Ott L, Twyman D, Norton J, Rapp R, Tibbs P, Haack D, Brivins B, Dempsey R. The effect of nutritional support on outcome from severe head injury. J Neurosurg. 1987 Nov; 67(5):668-76. PMID: 3117982.
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  29. Patchell RA, Tibbs PA, Young AB, Clark DB. Alban G. Smith and the beginnings of spinal surgery. Neurology. 1987 Oct; 37(10):1683-4. PMID: 3309723.
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  30. Goldsmith TL, Norton JA, Young AB, Tibbs PA, Dempsey RJ, Rapp RP. Safety and antiemetic effects of metoclopramide in metrizamide myelography. Clin Pharm. 1987 Oct; 6(10):807-10. PMID: 3505844.
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  31. Young B, Ott L, Haack D, Twyman D, Combs D, Oexmann JB, Tibbs P, Dempsey R. Effect of total parenteral nutrition upon intracranial pressure in severe head injury. J Neurosurg. 1987 Jul; 67(1):76-80. PMID: 3110382.
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  32. Wermeling DP, Blouin RA, Porter WH, Rapp RP, Tibbs PA. Pentobarbital pharmacokinetics in patients with severe head injury. Drug Intell Clin Pharm. 1987 May; 21(5):459-63. PMID: 3582175.
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  33. Rapp RP, Young B, Bertch K, Tibbs P, Foster TS. Clinical outcome of nosocomial pneumonia following imipenem/cilastatin therapy. Drug Intell Clin Pharm. 1987 Mar; 21(3):272-6. PMID: 3471433.
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  34. Patchell RA, Young AB, Tibbs PA. Classics in neurology. Benjamin Winslow Dudley and the surgical treatment of epilepsy. Neurology. 1987 Feb; 37(2):290-1. PMID: 3543728.
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  35. Lee C, Woodring JH, Goldstein SJ, Daniel TL, Young AB, Tibbs PA. Evaluation of traumatic atlantooccipital dislocations. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 1987 Jan-Feb; 8(1):19-26. PMID: 3101469.
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  36. Goldstein SJ, Lee C, Carr WA, Rosenbaum HD, Tibbs PA, Walsh JW. Magnetic resonance imaging of the sella turcica and parasellar region. A clinical-radiographic evaluation with computed tomography. Surg Neurol. 1986 Oct; 26(4):330-7. PMID: 3750190.
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  37. Chin HW, Maruyama Y, Young B, Markesbery W, Tibbs P, Goldstein S. A clinical study with brain brachytherapy for malignant gliomas. Strahlenther Onkol. 1986 Jul; 162(7):433-6. PMID: 3016933.
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  38. McClain CJ, Twyman DL, Ott LG, Rapp RP, Tibbs PA, Norton JA, Kasarskis EJ, Dempsey RJ, Young B. Serum and urine zinc response in head-injured patients. J Neurosurg. 1986 Feb; 64(2):224-30. PMID: 3944632.
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  39. Roy MW, Dempsey RJ, Meyer KL, Donaldson DL, Tibbs PA, Young AB. Effects of verapamil and diltiazem on acute stroke in cats. J Neurosurg. 1985 Dec; 63(6):929-36. PMID: 4056906.
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  40. Young B, Ott L, Norton J, Tibbs P, Rapp R, McClain C, Dempsey R. Metabolic and nutritional sequelae in the non-steroid treated head injury patient. Neurosurgery. 1985 Nov; 17(5):784-91. PMID: 4069330.
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  41. Bertch KE, Norton JA, Young AB, Rapp RP, Tibbs PA. A comparative study of laboratory parameters in head-injured patients receiving either phenytoin or placebo for 24 months. Drug Intell Clin Pharm. 1985 Jul-Aug; 19(7-8):561-6. PMID: 3896716.
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  42. Gibson GA, Blouin RA, Bauer LA, Rapp RP, Tibbs PA. Influence of high-dose pentobarbital on theophylline pharmacokinetics: a case report. Ther Drug Monit. 1985; 7(2):181-4. PMID: 4024211.
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  43. Maruyama Y, Chin HW, Young AB, Wang PC, Tibbs P, Beach JL, Goldstein S. Implantation of brain tumors with Cf-252. Use of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging to guide insertion and evaluate response. Radiology. 1984 Jul; 152(1):177-81. PMID: 6729108.
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  44. Rapp RP, Young B, Foster TS, Tibbs PA, O'Neal W. Ceftazidime versus tobramycin/ticarcillin in treating hospital acquired pneumonia and bacteremia. Pharmacotherapy. 1984 Jul-Aug; 4(4):211-5. PMID: 6384945.
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  45. Chin HW, Maruyama Y, Tibbs P, Markesbery W, Young B. Cerebellar glioblastoma in childhood. J Neurooncol. 1984; 2(1):79-84. PMID: 6088728.
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  46. Chin HW, Maruyama Y, Young B, Markesbery W, Goldstein S, Tibbs P, Beach L. Intracerebral neutron brachytherapy for hemispheric glioblastoma multiforme. A pilot study. J Neurooncol. 1984; 2(4):341-7. PMID: 6099405.
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  47. Maruyama Y, Chin HW, Young AB, Beach J, Tibbs P, Goldstein S, Markesbery W. CT and MR for brain tumor implant therapy using CF-252 neutrons. J Neurooncol. 1984; 2(4):349-60. PMID: 6099406.
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  48. Rapp RP, Norton JA, Young B, Tibbs PA. Cutaneous reactions in head-injured patients receiving phenytoin for seizure prophylaxis. Neurosurgery. 1983 Sep; 13(3):272-5. PMID: 6225961.
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  49. Rapp RP, Young B, Twyman D, Bivins BA, Haack D, Tibbs PA, Bean JR. The favorable effect of early parenteral feeding on survival in head-injured patients. J Neurosurg. 1983 Jun; 58(6):906-12. PMID: 6406649.
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  50. Goldstein SJ, Sacks JG, Lee C, Tibbs PA, McCready RA. Computed tomographic findings in cerebral arterial ectasia. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 1983 May-Jun; 4(3):501-4. PMID: 6410782.
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  51. Young B, Rapp RP, Norton JA, Haack D, Tibbs PA, Bean JR. Failure of prophylactically administered phenytoin to prevent late posttraumatic seizures. J Neurosurg. 1983 Feb; 58(2):236-41. PMID: 6848681.
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  52. Young B, Rapp RP, Norton JA, Haack D, Tibbs PA, Bean JR. Failure of prophylactically administered phenytoin to prevent early posttraumatic seizures. J Neurosurg. 1983 Feb; 58(2):231-5. PMID: 6848680.
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  53. Maruyama Y, Chin HW, Young AB, Bean J, Tibbs P, Beach JL. Interstitial 252Cf neutron therapy for glioblastoma multiforme. Am J Clin Oncol. 1982 Dec; 5(6):589-91. PMID: 6299091.
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  54. Guthrie GP, Tibbs PA, McAllister RG, Stevens RK, Clark DB. Hypertension and neurofibromatosis. Case report. Hypertension. 1982 Nov-Dec; 4(6):894-7. PMID: 6292087.
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  55. Maruyama Y, Chin HW, Young AB, Beach JL, Bean J, Tibbs P. Work in progress: 252Cf neutron brachytherapy for hemispheric malignant glioma. Radiology. 1982 Oct; 145(1):171-4. PMID: 6289375.
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  56. Goldstein SJ, Fried AM, Young B, Tibbs PA. Limited usefulness of aortic arch angiography in the evaluation of carotid occlusive disease. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1982 Jan; 138(1):103-8. PMID: 6976683.
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  57. Young B, Oldfield EH, Markesbery WR, Haack D, Tibbs PA, McCombs P, Chin HW, Maruyama Y, Meacham WF. Reoperation for glioblastoma. J Neurosurg. 1981 Dec; 55(6):917-21. PMID: 6271933.
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  58. Tibbs PA, Goldstein SJ, Smithson JR. Delayed traumatic intracerebellar hematoma. Surg Neurol. 1981 Oct; 16(4):309-11. PMID: 7302832.
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  59. Baker RS, Tibbs PA, Millett AJ. Carotid-retinal embolism with coexistent mitral valve prolapse. Neurology. 1981 Sep; 31(9):1192-3. PMID: 7196547.
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  60. Goldstein SJ, Tibbs PA. Recurrent subarachnoid hemorrhage complicating cerebral arterial ectasia. Case report. J Neurosurg. 1981 Jul; 55(1):139-42. PMID: 7241205.
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  61. Tibbs PA, Young AB, Walsh JW, Bean JR. Pharmacologic and surgical therapy for spasticity. J Ky Med Assoc. 1981 Jun; 79(6):359-62. PMID: 7264443.
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  62. Tibbs PA, Walsh JW, Minix MB. Persistent primitive trigeminal artery and ipsilateral acquired blepharoptosis. Arch Neurol. 1981 May; 38(5):323-4. PMID: 7224926.
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  63. Young B, Rapp RP, Norton JA, Haack D, Tibbs PA, Bean JR. Early prediction of outcome in head-injured patients. J Neurosurg. 1981 Mar; 54(3):300-3. PMID: 7463129.
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  64. James HE, Tibbs PA. Diverse clinical applications of percutaneous lumboperitoneal shunts. Neurosurgery. 1981 Jan; 8(1):39-42. PMID: 7207771.
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  65. Young B, Brooks WH, Tibbs PA. Anterior decompression and fusion for thoracolumbar fractures with neurological deficits. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 1981; 57(3-4):287-98. PMID: 7282450.
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  66. Young B, Tibbs PA, Bean JR. Avoiding the pitfalls in early management of cervical spinal cord injury. J Ky Med Assoc. 1980 Dec; 78(12):731-5. PMID: 7441040.
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  67. James HE, Walsh JW, Wilson HD, Connor JD, Bean JR, Tibbs PA. Prospective randomized study of therapy in cerebrospinal fluid shunt infection. Neurosurgery. 1980 Nov; 7(5):459-63. PMID: 7003434.
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  68. Tibbs PA, Bivins BA, Rapp RP, Young AB, Griffen WO, Haack DG. Phenytoin-induced hypotension in animals receiving sympathomimetic pressor support. J Surg Res. 1980 Oct; 29(4):338-47. PMID: 7412270.
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  69. Tibbs PA, Young B, Todd EP, McAllister RG, Hubbard S. Studies of experimental cervical spinal cord transection. Part IV: Effects of cervical spinal cord transection on myocardial blood flow in anesthetized dogs. J Neurosurg. 1980 Feb; 52(2):197-202. PMID: 7351558.
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  70. Tibbs PA, Mortara RH. Primary glioblastoma multiforme of the cerebellum. A case report. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 1980; 52(1-2):13-8. PMID: 6246732.
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  71. Tibbs PA, Young AB, Bivins BA, Sachatello CR. Diagnosis of acute abdominal injuries in patients with spinal shock: value of diagnostic peritoneal lavage. J Trauma. 1980 Jan; 20(1):55-7. PMID: 7351679.
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  72. Tibbs PA. Closed irrigation-suction technic in lumbar laminectomy infections. Neurosurgery. 1980 Jan; 6(1):120. PMID: 7354896.
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  73. Tibbs PA, Bivins BA, Young AB. The problem of acute abdominal disease during spinal shock. Am Surg. 1979 Jun; 45(6):366-8. PMID: 453726.
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  74. Tibbs PA, Young B, McAllister RG, Todd EP. Studies of experimental cervical spinal cord transection. Part III: Effects of acute cervical spinal cord transection on cerebral blood flow. J Neurosurg. 1979 May; 50(5):633-8. PMID: 34676.
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  75. Tibbs PA, Young B, Ziegler MG, McAllister RG. Studies of experimental cervical spinal cord transection. Part II: Plasma norepinephrine levels after acute cervical spinal cord transection. J Neurosurg. 1979 May; 50(5):629-32. PMID: 430158.
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  76. Tibbs PA, Brooks WH. Traumatic bitemporal hemianopsia: case report. J Trauma. 1979 Feb; 19(2):129-31. PMID: 762730.
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  77. James HE, Madauss WC, Tibbs PA, McCloskey JJ, Bean JR. The effect of high dose dexamethasone in children with severe closed head injury. A preliminary report. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 1979; 45(3-4):225-36. PMID: 371348.
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  78. Tibbs PA, Challa V, Mortara RH. Isolated histiocytosis X of the hypothalamus. Case report. J Neurosurg. 1978 Dec; 49(6):929-34. PMID: 310452.
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  79. Tibbs PA, Young B, McAllister RG, Brooks WH, Tackett L. Studies of experimental cervical spinal cord transection. Part I: Hemodynamic changes after acute cervical spinal cord transection. J Neurosurg. 1978 Oct; 49(4):558-62. PMID: 690685.
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  80. Tibbs PA, James HE, Rorke LB, Schut L, Bruce DA. Midline hamartomas masquerading as meningomyeloceles or teratomas in the newborn infant. J Pediatr. 1976 Dec; 89(6):928-933. PMID: 792410.
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