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Shola A. Aluko

Shola A. Aluko, MD

Neuro-critical Care and Neurology
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About Me

Specializing in neurocritical care, Shola Aluko, MD, supports neurosurgery of patients of any age. Practicing together with fellow neurointensivists, Dr. Aluko is a fellowship-trained, board-certified specialist at Avera Medical Group Brain & Spine Institute in Sioux Falls, SD, located within Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.

Neurointerventional Care & Stroke Intervention Support

Dr. Aluko is part of the Avera neurocritical care team that works together with neurology, neurosurgery, neuroendovascular surgery, and trauma to treat complex neurological patients. Brain and spine care includes treatment for stroke, head injury, tumors, complex seizures, and complex spine care. Dr. Aluko provides follow-up care after minimally invasive surgery or care for non-surgical endovascular procedures.

His techniques include: 

  • Intensive care ultrasonography
  • Percutaneous tracheostomy
  • External ventricular drain placement
  • Intracranial monitoring systems
  • Intravascular temperature management system
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy
  • Endotracheal intubation and advanced airway management
  • Ventilator management techniques
  • Transcranial Doppler ultrasonography
  • Ultrasound guided central venous access
  • Arterial line placement
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Paracentesis
  • Thoracentesis

I treat every patient as if they were a loved one. Helping save a life is the most gratifying gift I can give to the world.

Helping Educate & Motivated by Compassion

Dr. Aluko has been a clinical instructor at the university level and has conducted research on ischemic strokes and epileptic treatments. He was inspired to pursue neurology as a medical career because he loves science and helping others. After losing a family member to a stroke, he decided to become educated about strokes to help others from dying from this condition. He says, “Seeing and sharing in the joy of patients as they get ready to leave the ICU is the best part of my job.” 

Active Lifestyle

Dr. Aluko loves being outdoors when he’s not at work in the neurocritical care unit. His favorite pastimes include running marathons, biking, kayaking and inline skating. He also plays chess and enjoys anagrams. He is originally from Nigeria. 

Personal Interests



University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, Medical School


Harlem Hospital Center, New York, NY, Internal Medicine


Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, Internal Medicine


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Neurocritical Care

Teaching or Professional Positions

  • Clinical Instructor – 2015-2017 – Department of Neurology and Neurocritical Care, University of Minnesota

Professional Memberships

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Medical Specialties
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Neuroimaging
  • Neurocritical Care Society
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties


  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties

This directory contains information about the provider members of Independent Health Care Associates, Avera Health and all Avera entities, members of the Avera Medical Group, and employed select providers with Avera McKennan, Sioux Falls, SD and Avera Marshall, Marshall, MN and physicians with hospital privileges at Avera St. Luke's, Aberdeen, SD; Avera Sacred Heart, Yankton, SD; Avera Queen of Peace, Mitchell, SD; Avera St. Mary's, Pierre, SD.

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