Emilio M. Nardone, M.D.

Neuro-Oncological Surgery


Dr. Nardone, M.D., FAANS


Dr. Emilio Nardone is a surgical neuro-oncologic specialist with added qualifications in skull base and complex spine surgery. His extensive fellowship training in neuro-oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in conjunction with both neuro and orthopedic surgeons has given him the ability and skills to manage especially challenging cases.

Dr. Nardone has a special interest in the treatment of primary and metastatic brain and spine tumors, trigeminal and vestibular schwannomas, pituitary adenomas, meningiomas, and microvascular decompression of trigeminal and facial nerves.  He has extensive experience in the use of awake cranial tumor surgery and intraoperative ultrasonography, as well as neuronavigation.

He also has a special interest and expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery.  He routinely performs procedures for disc herniations, decompressive laminectomies and fusions through keyhole incisions that have greatly improved the success of spinal surgery, as well as patient satisfaction and recovery time.  Dr. Nardone has perfected a minimally invasive, decompressive lumbar laminectomy procedure that he routinely adopts, to functionally spare important stabilizing elements of the spine, while achieving bilateral decompression through a unilateral approach.

He has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics such as rhabdoid tumors, malignant chordomas, malignant melanoma, and on procedures to enhance the safety and efficacy of spinal decompressions through the use of intraoperative ultrasonography.  His long-time interest in teaching has led to the development of extensive teaching files, including radiographic images and videos.

His clinical research interests have encompassed brain melanomas, use of carmustine-dehydrated alcohol into recurrent malignant gliomas, use of intraoperative ultrasonography for spine surgeries, randomized trials in lumbar fusions, and minimally invasive fragmentectomy with microdiscectomy.  He is the principal investigator on a study comparing the feasibility and safety of unilateral functional lumbar laminectomy versus the classic open laminectomy.  Dr. Nardone has been the principal or a co-investigator on multiple clinical projects.

Neurosurgical residents working under his supervision have benefitted from his calm and positive demeanor in teaching as well as his superb skills.  Dr. Nardone has been granted the Faculty of the Year Award multiple times in recognition of his love and excellence for teaching.

Dr. Nardone practices at CINHS in Bloomington as well as Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital in Mattoon, IL.

Clinical Interest

Brain Tumors-Metastatic  |  Brain Tumors-Primary  |  Complex Spine Surgery  |  Metastatic Spine Tumors  |  Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery  |  Pituitary Tumors  |  Spine Tumors
Transphenoidal Pituitary Surgery  |  Trigeminal Neuralgia