Christopher M. Nickele, MD

Dr. Chris Nickele grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated from the Honors Program. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and completed his Neurosurgical Residency at the University of Wisconsin. He completed a Fellowship in Endovascular and Open Vascular Neurosurgery at Semmes Murphey Clinic and the University of Tennessee, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee.

As an open endovascular neurosurgeon at Semmes Murphey Clinic, Dr. Nickele specializes in carotid narrowing, strokes, disc herniations, carpal tunnel, lumbar stenosis, aneurysms, vascular malformations and brain tumors.

Dr. Nickele and his wife are happy to live in Memphis with their three children.


  • University of Wisconsin Resident Research Award
  • John Sandin Creativity and Research Grant
  • University of Wisconsin Clinical Neuroscience Teaching Award
  • Council of State Neurosurgical Societies Socioeconomic Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation REU

Professional Societies:

  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Tennessee Medical Association
  • Memphis Medical Association
  • Society of Neurointerventional Surgery

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Running
  • Piano
  • Guitar

Disorders & Treatments

Additional Areas of Expertise

  • Lumbar & Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Carotid Stenting
  • Peripheral Nerve
  • Arteriovemous Malformations/Fistulas
  • Image Guided Surgery
  • Interventional Neuroradiology


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