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Justin D. Hilliard, MD

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

    Movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia, epilepsy),  Spine disc herniations,  Spine fractures,  Spinal stenosis,  Spine tumors,  Peripheral nerve disease (carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy),  Spasticity,  Normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • 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

  • Procedures performed

    • Spine surgery
    • Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and epilepsy
    • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
    • Cervical laminoplasty
    • Lumbar laminectomy
    • Lumbar discectomy
    • Lumbar fusion
    • Intrathecal baclofen pump for spasticity
    • Ventriculoperitoneal shunt
    • Carpal tunnel release
    • Ulnar nerve release
    • Posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion
  • Locations

    Kentucky Neuroscience Institute

    Kentucky Neuroscience Institute

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

    (across from Starbucks)

    Insurance Information

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