St. Luke's Children's Neurosurgery

We provide comprehensive neurosurgical care for premature, infant, pediatric, and adolescent patients.

W. Bruce Cherny, MD

W. Bruce Cherny, MD

Medical School: University of Arizona College
of Medicine

Residency: Neurosurgery
Barrow Neurological Institute

Fellowship: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Primary Children's Medical Center
University of Utah


Mitzi Cieslak, NP-C

Mitzi Cieslak, NP-C

Bachelor’s Degree: Nursing
Seattle University

Master’s Degree: Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
Gonzaga University

Mitzi Cieslak is a nurse practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has special interest in all aspects of pediatric care.


Dr. Cherny began his practice in 1995 as an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Arkansas Children's Hospital. He spent eight years in academic neurosurgery, both in Arkansas and at the Barrow Institute in Phoenix, before coming to Boise in 2002 to develop the pediatric neurosurgical program for Idaho. Dr. Cherny also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University.

Dr. Cherny is one of 570 top neurosurgeons on the list of U.S. News Top Doctors. These physicians were selected based on a peer nomination process. Within this list of the best neurosurgeons, 217 have been named to a highly selective list of America's Top Doctors (ATD) by achieving national recognition for outstanding work.


Neurosurgical consultation and education for:

  • Tumors of the skull, brain, and spinal cord, utilizing image-guided, frameless stereotaxy
  • Craniosynostosis, including minimally invasive techniques
  • Congenital malformations of the skull, brain, and spinal cord
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Spina bifida and tethered spinal cords
  • Minimally invasive and advanced, complex endoscopic procedures
  • Evaluation and surgical treatment of Chiari malformations
  • Vascular malformations of the brain and spinal cord
  • Traumatic brain, spine, and spinal cord injury

After Hours Information:
To reach the St. Luke's Children's Neurosurgery physician on call, please call the regular office number, (208) 381-7360. In case of emergency, call 911.


Patients are seen by appointment only. Please notify us if you will be late; you may be asked to reschedule.

Please notify us at least 24 hours in advance if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment. This will enable us to serve all patients in a timely manner.

You may be mailed paperwork to complete prior to each appointment, please contact our office if you have any questions with the paperwork.

We ask that you bring your insurance card, photo ID and current list of medications with you to each visit and notify us of any changes in your address, phone number, or insurance information.

Insurance Plans

We accept Medicaid and most private insurance plans. We ask that you bring your insurance card with you to each visit and notify us of any changes in your address, phone number, or insurance information.

Medication Refills

Talk with your provider at each visit to be sure your prescriptions are up to date. For refills, contact your pharmacy. Your pharmacy will then contact our office for verification and approval. Talk with your provider before your prescription runs out, and please allow 48 hours for refills.

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