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George Cravens, M.D., F.A.A.N.S, F.A.C.S| Board Certified Neurosurgeon


​Neurosurgery, Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Surgery of Spine 


George F. Cravens, M.D., FAANS has specialized in neurosurgery since 1981. With both a tireless and innovative commitment to research and the development of surgical and medical technology, he has helped to develop and establish and advance neurological Care in the Fort Worth area. In 1992, he realized his vision of how cohesive medical care would benefit all patients by founding the Center for Neurological Disorders in Fort Worth, Texas. In pulling together all the various specialists needed in the treatment of neurological disease, the Center offers effective, convenient and comprehensive care.Dr. Cravens was one of the first specialists in the area to use intraoperative electrodiagnostic testing such as somatosensory evoked responses, visual evoked responses and brainstem auditory evoked responses to monitor a patient's neurological functions while under anesthesia during surgical procedures. He was one of the first in the area to use microneurosurgical techniques and the operating microscope during neurosurgical procedures. He is one of the few neurosurgeons in north Texas using C02 laser for peripheral nerve surgeries as well as intracranial and spinal cord procedures. He performed the first neuroendoscopic procedure for the treatment of cranial lesions in the Fort Worth area in 1992. He was instrumental in bringing the new computer assisted surgery (Image Guided Stereotactic Surgery) to Fort Worth. This has 3D computer generated images to assist in performing surgery more accurately and precisely.

Joining 500 volunteer physicians nationwide, Dr. Cravens has taken a leadership role in the Brain Attack Coalition. This is an unprecedented national professional information and educational program aimed at shortening the response time for treatment of patients with strokes. The program targets persons of the health care profession who are most likely come into contact with a stroke victim including family physicians, emergency physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, emergency medical technicians, hospital emergency staff and 9121 personnel.

Dr. Cravens is a diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgery and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. He holds memberships in the Society of Joint Section on Tumors of the AANS/CNS, of the Joint Section n Neurotrauma and the Critical Care of the AANS/CNS, and is a member of the Society of the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the AANS/CNS. He is a member of the North American Spine Society; The Southern Neurosurgical Society; the Rocky Mountain
Neurological Society and the North American Skull Base Society.

Dr. Cravens earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin and subsequently attended medical school at Southwestern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas. He did his neurosurgical residency at Louisiana State Medical Center, Charity Hospital and Ochsner Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana. During his residency, he served as the chief resident of neurological surgery at University of Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital which is the Regional Trauma Center for all of Ontario, Canada. In 1986, after completion of his residency, he moved to Zurich, Switzerland where he did a fellowship in microneurosurgery at the Neurochirurgische Klink Universtat Zurich, Switzerland with Professor M. Gazi Yasargil, M.D. Professor M. Gazi Yasargil most recently was voted Man of the Century in the specialty of neurosurgery. During his fellowship, he assisted Professor Yasargil in surgical procedures, and participated in writing and publishing several major articles, instructional videotapes on microsurgery and several books including Microneurosurgery, Volume 3 A and B, Volume 4 A and B.

Lee Kesterson, III, M.D., F.A.A.N.S | Board Certified Neurosurgeon

​Neurosurgery, Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Surgery of Spine


Dr. Kesterson returned to Fort Worth re-joining the practice of the Center for Neurological Disorders on a full-time basis in October 2017.  Dr. Kesterson had been a part of CND, on a part time basis for several years prior to that, assisting with neurosurgical coverage at Tarrant County's Level I Trauma Center, John Peter Smith Hospital.

He is a graduate·of Texas A&M University with a degree of Bachelor of Science. Dr. Kesterson attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School where he obtained his medical degree and subsequently did his general surgery and neurosurgical residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Hospitals in Dallas, Texas, under the guidance of the Program Director, Dr. Duke Sampson. During his neurosurgical residency, he also had fellowships at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, and at the National Hospital for Neurological Diseases at Queen's Square, London, England.


Subsequent to the completion of his residency, Dr. Kesterson held an academic appointment at Louisiana State University Medical School, Shreveport, with Dr. Ed Benzel, and established the early neurosurgical program at Shreveport, Louisiana. He subsequently was at the University of New Mexico Medical Center, Albuquerque, where his interest was primarily in complex spine surgery, and he assisted with the development of spine surgery for complex spines and was involved in many of the teaching and residency training programs at the University of New Mexico. He has an interest in general neurosurgery with special interest in degenerative spine disorders and trauma.

Gerrard Poche, M.D. | Board Certified Anesthesiologist


Anesthesiology, Cardivascular and Neurosurgical Anesthesia


Gerard Poche is a Board Certified anesthesiologist who has been associated with the Center for Neurological Disorders since 2009. He has been in private practice in Fort Worth for greater than 20 years and has specialized in both cardiovascular as well as neurological anesthesia and Neurodiagnostic intraoperative monitoring.

Dr. Poche is a graduate of City College of New York and attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He completed his General Surgery Residency and subsequent Anesthesia Residency at Baylor Medical Center College of Medicine in Houston Texas. He subsequently completed a Cardiovascular Anesthesiology Fellowship completed in 1985 prior to coming to Fort Worth, Texas.

He is Board Certified and is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology,Anesthesiology Pain Safety Association and Texas Society of Anesthesiologists.

Dr. Poche has been involved with Neurodiagnostic testing relative to neurosurgical patient in the past while performing anesthesia with the surgeons for the Center for Neurological Disorders. Additionally, he has begun participation in not only intraoperative evoked potential monitoring, but in clinical transcranial Doppler studies. He performs transcranial Doppler studies with stroke patients, trauma patients, tumor patients as well as other neurosurgical patients at John Peter Smith Hospital of the Tarrant County Hospital District.