Physician of the Year Finalist: Dr. Ali Krisht, Arkansas Neuroscience Institute at CHI St. Vincent

Dr. Ali Krisht
Arkansas Neuroscience Institute at CHI St. Vincent
Little Rock

Dr. Ali Krisht, neurosurgeon and director of the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute (ANI) at CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock is familiar with accolades.

The 56-year-old has been ranked among the top 1 percent of neurosurgeons in the nation by physician ratings firm Castle Connolly. Also, U.S. News & World Report recently named him one of the country’s leading neurosurgeons.

“What I find most challenging is how little we know about how the body and brain work,” Krisht said. “What these awards mean to me is they motivate me to work harder to deserve them”

Krisht has an international reputation for his pioneering work with rare tumors and aneurysm treatment and is an expert in a variety of neurological subspecialties, including skull-base surgery, cerebral aneurysm, neuro-oncology, epilepsy and other conditions.

Krisht is among only a few neurosurgeons in the world specifically trained to perform delicate and complex microsurgical procedures within the skull base where eye orbits, ear canals, cranial nerves, major arteries and the blood drainage system of the brain are located.

After receiving his education from American University of Beirut and Emory University School of Medicine, Krisht has become renowned among his colleagues for successful outcomes on patients diagnosed with “inoperable” brain cancer. And he’s famous for his stamina in the operating room with a personal record for an operation at approximately 23 hours.

“The outcome of the patients and the help we can provide when we cannot influence the outcome, this is what is most rewarding about this work,” Krisht said. “It’s a privilege to be trusted by others to take care of them.”

He’s equally tireless in the educational arena, teaching clinical and research fellows from all over the U.S. and the world. He has trained fellows from institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, Emory and Loyola University and has been a visiting professor and lecturer throughout the U.S. and internationally.

He also established ANI as one of only 11 facilities in the country approved by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons for Open Cerebrovascular Fellowship.

“Dr. Krisht’s personal dedication to helping Arkansas citizens and physicians goes beyond his long operating room schedule,” said ANI Executive Director Chris Stines. “He provides his personal cell phone numbers to referring physicians throughout Arkansas and on most nights, receives between six to 10 calls throughout the evening regarding patients that need prompt neurosurgical treatment. Needless to say Dr. Krisht does not require a lot of sleep.”


» Director of the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute (ANI)

» Ranked among the top one percent of neurosurgeons in the nation by physician ratings firm Castle Connolly

» Named one of the country’s leading neurosurgeons by U.S. News & World Report

» A national and international lecturer with a reputation for success on “inoperable” brain cancers, his personal record for a single operation standis at approximately 23 hours.