Meet the Surgeons

Hugo Benalcazar, M.D., Neurosurgeon

206 S. Hays Street
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
Phone: 410-900-1900
2nd Phone number: 410-515-1515
Fax: 410-900-1901
  • Office hrs: Monday-Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Accepting new patients - yes
  • Insurances they do NOT accept: none of the Maryland Assistance programs

A board certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Hugo Benalcazar is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his internship and residency at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, IL and fellowship training at University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine. Dr. Benalcazar offers a new cervical disc replacement surgery which improves range of motion and decreases wear and tear on adjacent vertebrae. He specializes in minimally invasive approaches to cervical and lumbar disc disease including spinal fusion.



More about Dr. Hugo Benalcazar:
For residents of Harford County, expert care in Neuro and Spine Surgery is right around the corner. And the care is given by one of Harford County’s own, Dr. Hugo Benalcazar, a graduate of The John Carroll School in Bel Air. A board certified neurosurgeon specializing in disorders of the brain and spine, Dr. Benalcazar has published widely on procedures related to brain tumors and brain and back disorders. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin and continued his training at Northwestern University Medical School and the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center. But in June 2001, he returned home to Harford County to practice at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. He is now the Chief of Neurosurgery.

Since he arrived at Upper Chesapeake, Dr. Benalcazar has been integral to our pursuit of the most sophisticated, ground-breaking technology available to ensure maximum outcomes for patients suffering from debilitating spine problems. With that in mind, Upper Chesapeake was the first hospital in the nation to purchase a High Definition microscope, which allows surgeons to perform a wide range of minimally invasive procedures.

Upper Chesapeake Medical Center was also the first hospital in Maryland, outside of Baltimore City, to offer an alternative to spinal fusion for treatment of cervical degenerative disc disease. Dr. Benalcazar performs a new disc replacement procedure that allows patients a better range of motion than spinal fusion and decreases wear and tear on adjacent vertebrae. Advances such as these reflect Upper Chesapeake’s commitment to bringing unparalleled service to Harford County.

“Now some patients suffering from cervical degenerative disc disease (DDD) and herniated disc disease (HDD) have an alternative to motion limiting spinal fusion,” says Dr. Benalcazar. He stresses that the procedure can not only provide relief from the often intolerable pain that patients with these conditions suffer, but also improve their mobility. While spinal fusions show a 95 percent success rate, they may restrict motion at treated levels and also cause additional complications at adjacent levels of the spine. Spinal fusions will still be indicated for certain patients, but now many others suffering from DDD/HDD can benefit from this additional option that Upper Chesapeake is offering.

“We are very proud that Dr. Benalcazar and his highly skilled team are performing this revolutionary surgery in our state of the art facility at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center,” says Lyle E. Sheldon, FACHE, President/CEO.

“Harford County residents have the convenience and confidence to have their spinal surgery close to home.”

Dr. Benalcazar currently resides in Phoenix, Maryland with his wife and children.


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