Dr. Christopher Heffner

Learn more about how Dr. Heffner got started in medicine and what he enjoys most about what he does.

Meet Dr. Christopher Heffner of Neurosurgery.

Why did you choose the field of medicine?

Dr. Heffner said it started when he was about 12 and volunteered in a hospital. By the time he was in high school, he was a "semi" EEG technician running brain wave tests at a VA hospital in Iowa City. Then, he worked as a lab technician in a neurochemistry lab.

What is something you want a patient to know when they first see you?

Initially, he is trying to figure out what is going to be best for you, which may not involve surgery. The percentage of patients that see him who end up needing surgery is only about 10-20%. He tries to work with patients on other treatments with him or someone else.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

He enjoys dealing with patients over a long period of time to help with any problems he can. He likes developing a relationship with his patients and their families.

What do you like to do outside the office?

Dr. Heffner plays jazz guitar. For exercise, he does karate. He also enjoys being with his family, which includes his wife of 25 years and two daughters.