W. Lee Warren, MD is a board-certified Neurosurgeon specializing in the minimally invasive management of brain tumors, brain and spinal cord trauma, epilepsy, aneurysms, facial pain and movement disorders, spinal cord and spine disorders, and peripheral nerve problems.
Dr. Warren obtained a degree in biochemistry from Oklahoma Christian University in 1991 and his MD from the University of Oklahoma in 1995. Dr. Warren completed his surgery internship in 1996 and his neurosurgery residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2001 under the guidance of some of the world’s most respected Neurosurgeons. Dr. Warren is fellowship trained in epilepsy surgery and sub specializes in the minimally invasive management of brain tumors, aneurysms, trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, pediatric neurosurgery and spinal disorders.
Dr. Warren has given invited presentations discussing various aspects of neurosurgery in 10 states and 2 foreign countries and has authored over 20 scientific papers and book chapters. He currently holds a United States Patent and 8 provisional patents.
Prior to his move to Auburn, Dr. Warren was the chairman of Neurosurgery at the Air Force’s largest hospital, Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He has served our country for 14 years in the Air Force, including deployments to Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Germany and Balad Air Base, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While stationed at Wilford Hall, Dr. Warren founded the Air Force’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Management Center and the Center for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, as well as being Director of Cerebrovascular, Skull Base, and Neurotrauma Surgery.
Dr. Warren has partnered with East Alabama Medical Center to develop one of the most technologically advanced Neurosurgery operating suites in the United States, in order to meet his standards of delivering state-of-the-art care for patients with all types of surgically remediable neurological disorders.
In keeping with Dr. Warren’s desire to move beyond the status quo, he and his wife Lisa have created Warren Innovation, Inc., an avenue for pursuing their varied creative interests. Warren Innovation is developing new and exciting contributions to the world in a number of different fields, including surgical instrument design, industrial and home interior design, music, publishing, and a variety of ministries. Lisa Warren serves as the Director of Operations for Auburn Spine and Neurosurgery and President of Warren Innovation.
Warren Innovation, Inc. has licensed eight of Dr. Warren’s technologies to Lanx, Inc. of Broomfield, Colorado. Lanx, Inc. has introduced the Warren Minimally Invasive Spinal Access Systems™ to operating rooms across the country.
Dr. Warren is a worship leader, song writer, and guitar player, and is currently writing two books based on his experiences in Iraq. The first book, “Called Out: A Brain Surgeon Goes To War,” is currently being published.
Dr. Warren and Lisa live in Auburn. They have 5 children: Joshua, Caitlyn, Kimberlyn, Mitchell and Kalyn.