About Doctor Kenan Arnautovic, MD, PhD

Neurosurgery specialist in Memphis Tennessee USA

Kenan Arnautovic, MD, PhD, FAANS, FACS

Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Kenan Arnautovic, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He graduated from University of Sarajevo and specializes in neurosurgery.

Dr. Kenan Arnautovic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He grew up and completed his education in Sarajevo except for a few of his pre teen years which he spent with his parents in the Sudan, Africa attending the Comboni College (Italian/English) while his father was a University Professor teaching Veterinary Anatomy.

He graduated from the School of Medicine, University of Sarajevo as the top student in his class. He did part of his Internship in Sarajevo and part in Sinsheim-Heidelberg, Germany. After graduation, he worked several months as a Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the XIV Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo in 1984. He obtained a Master Degree in Neurosurgery on the topic of Spinal Trauma (SCIWORA) and PhD thesis on the topic of Chiari I malformation in adults.

Dr. Arnautovic did his first residency in neurosurgery at the Department of Neurosurgery, University Clinical Center in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina. He also spent part of his neurosurgery training in Hannover, Germany. He then practiced neurosurgery in Sarajevo for two and a half years.

In 1994, Dr. Arnautovic immigrated to the United States. He did his second residency in neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. He also completed a skull- based fellowship there. Dr. Arnautovic is a Diplomat of the American Board of Neurosurgery (Board Certified). Doctor Kenan Arnautovic has been voted best neurosurgeon in Memphis, Tennessee and United States along with other colleagues at different web sources.

Professor Arnautovic served as Chairman of the International Programs Committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) (2017-2022), 2nd Vice President of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) (2019-2021), Chairman of the North American Chapter of South East Europe Neurosurgical Society (SEENS) (since 2019) and Coordinator of Committees of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) (2021-2023). He is First Vice President of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (2023-2025). He is member of World Academy of Neurosurgery (WANS) and European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EAAS). Professor Arnautovic is a Founder and Past President of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS). He also serves as an Associate Editor (Skull Base) of Operative Neurosurgery and Section Editor of Cranial Base at World Neurosurgery. He is member of twelve other Journal Editorial Boards.

Professor Arnautovic is member of numerous neurosurgical associations in USA and around the World. He is Honorary Member of the Albanian Neurosurgical Society, Croatian Neurosurgical Society, Association of Neurosurgeons in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian Neurosurgical Society.

Dr. Arnautovic joined Semmes Murphey Clinic in 2003. He also serves as a Professor at the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Tennessee in Memphis. Dr. Arnautovic has published extensively in neurosurgery peer-reviewed journals and has made 3 front cover articles of the most prestigious Journal of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Arnautovic is married to Sanja Arnautovic. They have two daughters, Aska and Alisa. In addition to the English language, Dr. Arnautovic speaks Bosnian and understands Latin and German.

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Soccer
  • Snow skiing
  • He is an avid fan of the Grizzlies


  • Named to 2018 list of Top Doctors in Memphis Magazine
  • Named to 2017 list of Top Doctors in Memphis Magazine
  • 2017 – Kenan Arnautovic, MD, appointed Chairman of International Committee of AANS. (Article from Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences)
  • Kenan Arnautovic, MD, Neurosurgeon, featured in the Commercial Appeal
  • Named to 2012 “Patients’ Choice” list of Doctors
  • Named to 2012 Top Doctors List for Good Health Magazine
  • Dr. Arnautovic recognized as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors in 2012. (Patients’ Choice)​