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Justin D. Hilliard, MD

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Justin Hilliard, MD
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  • Movement Disorders
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Conditions treated

    Movement disorders (Medically refractory Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia),  Degenerative spine conditions (disc herniations, myelopathy, spondylolisthesis),  Spinal cord tumors,  Peripheral neuropathy
  • About

    Dr. Justin Hilliard joined the UK Department of Neurosurgery in 2019 as an assistant professor and is enthusiastic to serve the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

    He completed his neurosurgery training at the University of Florida. While there, he expanded his scope of practice by completing a fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery under the mentorship of Dr. Kelly Foote, focusing on deep brain stimulation surgery for movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. He launched an NIH-sponsored clinical research project to further explore the mechanisms of action of deep brain stimulation and improve its efficacy. He is continuing this line of study at UK.

    Dr. Hilliard has been the recipient of several honors and awards throughout his training, including induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, receiving the Society of Teaching Scholars Outstanding Resident Educator award, the UF neurosurgery “Chuck Shank” humanism award, and the UF neurosurgery “Tom Ellis” research award.

    Clinical interests

    Dr. Hilliard enjoys treating a wide breadth of neurosurgical pathologies. Aligned with his research background, he has a particular clinical interest in deep brain stimulation. He is joining the cutting edge research being performed by Dr. Craig van Horne and his team in the Brain Restoration Center and is interested in expanding the clinical applications of DBS. Dr. Hilliard also has extensive experience treating degenerative spine conditions via both traditional and minimally invasive techniques. He values his patients deeply and seeks to ensure that they have a comprehensive understanding of their condition and potential treatment options.

    Faculty Rank

    Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery


    University of Virginia, Charlottesville


    Neurosurgery, University of Florida-Shands Hospital, Gainesville


    Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, University of Florida-Shands Hospital, Gainesville

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  • Procedures performed

    • Deep brain stimulation (Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and epilepsy)
    • Minimally invasive spine surgery
    • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
    • Posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion
    • Lumbar laminectomy
    • Lumbar discectomy
    • Intrathecal baclofen pump for spasticity
    • Carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve release
  • Locations

    Kentucky Neuroscience Institute

    Kentucky Clinic building
    Kentucky Clinic
    740 S. Limestone
    First Floor, Wing C
    Lexington, KY 40536
    Fax 859-323-1127
    Monday - Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

    (across from Starbucks)


    Rockcastle Regional Hospital Medical Arts Building
    Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center - Medical Arts Building
    140A Newcomb Ave.
    Mt. Vernon, KY 40456

    This clinic is held the third Monday of the month.

    Insurance Information

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