William Stetler, MD

William R. Stetler, M.D.

Neurosurgeon, Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Institute


Dr. Stetler is a native of Alabama and grew up in the Birmingham area.  He subsequently went to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine for a change of pace where he received a B.A. cum laude in Biochemistry.  He subsequently returned home to Birmingham, where he attended UAB School of Medicine graduating at the top of his class with AOA honors.

Following medical school, Dr. Stetler completed his neurosurgery internship and residency at the University of Michigan under the guidance of Dr. Karin Muraszko.  During his residency, Dr. Stetler was able to complete an enfolded endovascular fellowship mentored by Drs. Greg Thompson and Aditya Pandey (neurosurgery), as well as Drs. Joseph Gemmete and Neeraj Chaudhary (radiology).  This multi-disciplinary training is rare for endovascular trained neurosurgeons and provides Dr. Stetler with a unique perspective in his field.  Dr. Stetler subsequently graduated from his residency in 2015, receiving the John McGillicuddy Leadership Award, the Neurosurgery Academic Excellence Award, and the William Chandler Clinical Research Award.

To further broaden his training, Dr. Stetler then chose to continue to diversify his training with another endovascular fellowship at the University of Florida under the direction of Dr. Brian Hoh, a pioneer and leader in combined open and endovascular neurosurgery.  During this busy fellowship, Dr. Stetler was able to perform well over 700 endovascular procedures, as well as numerous microsurgical procedures to refine his technical skills and hone his clinical acumen.

After completing his fellowship at the University of Florida, Dr. Stetler was able to return home to join the faculty as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at his alma mater at UAB.  He currently is building his practice in general neurosurgery with a focus on cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery at the Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Institute in North Carolina.

Faculty Profile



Bowdoin College

Medical School

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine


The University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Neurosurgery


Enfolded Endovascular Fellowship, he University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Neurosurgery
Endovascular Fellowship, The University of Florida, Department of Neurosurgery