William L Caton III, M.D.
Neurological Surgeon


For over 30 years, Dr. Caton has been actively practicing neurological surgery in Pasadena, California. He is dedicated to the skillful and compassionate care of his patients. He cares for his patients and makes every effort to improve the patient’s health. His practice incorporates state of art neurosurgical practices and techniques. He has performed over 8,000 spinal procedures, over 3,000, and continues to this day. This experience, in conjunction with his focus on the patients and their care, allows him to maximize the best possible outcome. Surgery is performed only when the patient fails to respond adequately to conservative and non-operative treatments.

Dr. Caton treats patients with neurosurgical illnesses including intracranial problems such as brain tumors, vascular diseases, aneurysms, AVM and cerebral hemorrhage. He is involved with the treatment of patients with traumatic neurological injuries, congenital problems such as arachnoid cyst, hydrocephalus, chiari malformation, facial pain and other intracranial problems. Treatments for his patients include conservative measures and when necessary, operative procedures. He is an accomplished microneurosurgeon in both brain and spinal procedures, having trained at one of the leading microneurosurgery centers in the United States, and has continued to build his skills throughout his career.

Dr. Caton cares for patients with cervical spinal cord problems such as spinal stenosis, spinal cord compression, herniated disc and tumors of the cervical spinal cord. Procedures performed include laminectomies, anterior discectomies, posterior discectomies and fusions for instability. In the thoracic and lumbar spine, he treats similar problems including herniated disc, lumbar stenosis, and pseudoclaudication. He regularly carries out spinal thoracic and lumbar procedures including laminectomies, micro-discectomies, and minimally invasive spinal procedures. He is thoroughly experienced in fusion procedures for patients with spinal instability, scoliosis, spondylolithesis and other serious spinal problems. These procedures also include spinal instrumentation when necessary including the most current techniques available.

His philosophy in treating patients is to make every effort to improve their response to their illness and disease with non-operative treatments. However, if they do not respond adequately, he performs surgery with the utmost of skill and professionalism. He is widely versed and highly experienced in treating patients with complicated neurosurgical problems.

Dr. Caton is Board Certified in Neurological Surgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. For the past 20 years, he has been the Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. From 2009 to 2010, he served as the President of the California Association of Neurological Surgeons. Annually he has been voted one of the “‘Best Doctors in America” by his peers and patients.


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