Adult Neurosurgery

Troy D. Payner, MD

Dr. Troy Payner earned his undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Cincinnati and a fellowship under the direction and mentorship of Dr. John Tew in vascular and skull base neurosurgery.
While most neurosurgeons perform spine surgery, Dr. Payner’s practice is exclusively focused on brain disorders. In the area of neuro-oncology, he specializes in cranial base tumors, including pituitary tumors, meningiomas, schwannomas, craniopharyngiomas and chordomas.  He also treats benign and malignant tumors within the brain, not involving the skull base. His expertise also includes cerebrovascular disorders such as aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), cavernomas, and carotid artery disease. Dr Payner has also developed an expertise in the various surgical treatments of patients with trigeminal neuralgia.
Dr. Payner has published many papers on topics related to the treatment of brain tumors and vascular disorders. He has been a teacher of medical students and residents for many years. Dr. Payner has also been the director of a skull base and vascular fellowship for the past fourteen years. He has given lectures at many national and international neurosurgery meetings.
Dr. Payner became the president of Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group in 2005 and orchestrated its merger to create Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine—one of the nation’s largest independent neurosurgical groups and a model for the integration of clinical practice with academic medicine—in 2010. Dr. Payner served as Goodman Campbell’s first president until 2015 and remains on its board of directors.
Dr. Payner is married to Dr. Cara Peggs who practices anesthesia and they are the parents of Julius Payner.

Office Locations:

Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine – Carmel
13345 Illinois St.
Carmel, IN 46032

Hospital Locations:

Ascension St. Vincent
2001 W. 86th St
Indianapolis, IN 46260


BS, Biochemistry
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine,
Cincinnati, OH

Internship, General Surgery
University Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Residency, Neurosurgery
Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital; The Christ Hospital, Children’s Hospital Medical Center,
Cincinnati, OH

Fellowship, Skull Base and Cerebrovascular Surgery
Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Appointments & Positions:

President, Managing Partner
Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group

Vice Chair, IU Department of Neurological Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

President, Managing Partner
Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine (a merger of the Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group and the Indiana University Dept. of Neurological Surgery)

Clinical Assistant Professor Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Licenses & Certification:

Medical License, National Board of Medical Examiners

American Board of Neurological Surgery, written exam

Indiana State Medical License

Board Certification in Neurological Surgery

Professional Organizations:

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

Congress of Neurological Surgeons(CNS)

Indianapolis Medical Society

Indiana State Medical Association

North American Skull Base Society

AANS/CNS, Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery

Honors, Awards, Achievements

U.S. Patent Application No. 12/937,979, Systems and Methods for Guiding a Medical Instrument

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