Dr. Jackson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oklahoma, earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1973. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1976 and was recognized as a junior Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society recipient. His neurosurgery residency program, including the Chief Resident position, was completed at the University of Florida in 1981.
Dr. Jackson has been in neurosurgical practice in Dallas since 1982. Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons since 1984, he is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Jackson is on active staff at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and Texas Institute for Surgery; and has active privileges at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano. He is the past President of the Medical Staff at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, a two-term past Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, and was a past department chair at St. Paul Hospital.
President of the Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons in 1996, Dr. Jackson has also served on the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas executive committee medical board and Board of Trustees. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurosurgeons, Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons and Texas Medical Association.
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Areas of Expertise
Specialties and Clinical Interests:
Microsurgery of the brain and spine, diagnosis and treatment of herniated discs and spinal stenosis in the cervical and lumbar spine, tumors of the brain and spine, pituitary tumors, Chiari malformation, and peripheral nerve surgery.
D Magazine, “Best Doctors in Dallas,” 2001-2019
Texas Monthly, “Super Doctors,” 2006-2018
US News & World Report “Top Doctors,” 2011
Vitals “Patients’ Choice Award,” 2015, 2016, 2017
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors
Selected by peers as “most desirable to care for a loved one” in the “Guide to Top Doctors.”
Education & Training
University of Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Internship and Residency
University of Florida
R. & B. Winnicki
We want to express our sincere appreciation to the staff at Dallas Neurosurgical & Spine.
When we set up our appointment were told we would be informed if Dr. Jackson had any cancellations. Indeed we were called, which allowed Barry to move up his appointment. This meant so much to us to be able to see Dr. Jackson sooner.
We also wished to thank all those who preserved and succeeded in managing the notification process with United Healthcare. We know hours and hours were spent on our behalf seeking resolution and we will always be grateful to your exemplary efforts.
All of the staff was so kind and understanding.
With warmest regards,
R. & B. Winnicki
Patient was diagnosed with cervicalgia and cervical stenosis.
We would like to thank Dr. Jackson, Daphne, and Tina for the treatment my husband received.
They treated him with the best care we could have ever imagined and made him feel like he was their most important patient. He went to see Dr. Jackson after dealing with 2-3 years of pain in his neck area that had rapidly progressed in the past 6 months. Daphne scheduled our first appointment 2 weeks after I called to schedule it, then called with the first cancellation, and he was able to be seen much sooner than anticipated.
At that appointment, Dr. Jackson informed us that my husband would need anterior fusion surgery and bone spurs removed and that he had degenerative disc disease. He was in surgery within 2 weeks. Tina, Daphne and Dr. Jackson were extremely nice and responsive to all of my husband's needs and understood the extent of my husband's pain and discomfort.
I did extensive research before choosing Dallas Neurological and Spine, and I feel like I selected the best place for my husband's procedure. It has been 3 weeks, and he has none of the pain, numbness, or weakness in his hands, arms, neck, and shoulders he was experiencing that was unbearable at times. We can not thank them enough or say enough kind words to describe the care he received.
In November of 2009, I went for an MRI to find the cause of neck pain and mild tingling/numbness in my right hand. I had also been experiencing electric shocks going down both arms whenever I sneezed. The expected result of the MRI was some arthritis and perhaps a pinched nerve. The actual result was far more surprising. I had an ependymoma (tumor) embedded in the center of my spinal cord in my neck. I was told it was likely benign, but its location and size made it quite serious. Within 36 hours, I was seated in the office of Dr. Richard Jackson of DSN.
Although I was somewhat in shock and unable to completely comprehend the seriousness of my situation, I knew that as a lay person, unfamiliar with the medicine, I had a decision to choose a professional in whom I could put complete trust. I realized that all function below my neck traveled through that area.
After meeting Dr. Jackson and talking to my neurologist and others familiar with the medical profession in Dallas, I felt the confidence to move ahead. The final assurance came when a friend called who had spoken with someone who has been in the Dallas medical community for over 40 years and who had asked, “Who is her surgeon? Is it Richard Jackson?”
Ten days later I was in surgery. Throughout preparation, surgery, and follow-up I felt I had the full attention and care of Dr. Jackson and his staff. In recovery and rehab, not a day passed that I did not see him or his nurse practitioner, usually him. Upon returning home, I found that phone calls to the office were returned promptly.
On my most recent visit, which was a three-month checkup, after spending an unhurried and plentiful amount of time with me, he turned back as he was leaving the room and asked if he had answered all of my questions. When I realized after he left that I indeed did have one more, his nurse practitioner spent another five to 10 minutes patiently going over my concern.
Surgery is more than medicine. It is your life and future. Fear and vulnerability become familiar, and combating those feelings is part of the process. Dr. Jackson and his staff continually gave me time, conversation and hope along with reality and truth.
I had been in severe pain for over a year, and it was getting worse. Physical therapy, epidural steroid injections and medication did not relieve my pain. Dr. Jackson performed X_STOP surgery (inserted between L4 & L5) on my back in December 2009. I felt significantly better the next day. My recovery period was very short and I was able to play golf in just 12 weeks.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Jackson and his staff for their caring attitude. He does a very good job of answering questions, and his staff is first-class.
Dallas Neurosurgical & Spine is convenient and provides excellent care. I would strongly recommend Dr. Jackson to anyone considering back surgery. He has significantly improved my life.