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Welcome to the Stanford Department of Neurosurgery

Comprised of 60 neurosurgeons and research faculty, and performing over 4000 neurosurgical operations covering the full spectrum of neurological conditions every year, we are consistently ranked among the best centers in the nation for neurosurgery. We are fortunate to have excellent facilities and the most technologically advanced equipment in the world to help us treat neurological diseases for both adult and pediatric patients. In addition, our hospitals offer the only Level 1 Trauma Center between San Francisco and San Jose, and our Stroke Center was the first in the nation to be certified as a comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. These certifications recognize our hospitals as having state-of-the-art equipment, infrastructure, staffing and training to diagnose and treat patients with the most severe and complex cases. Together, we are driving forward the most innovative technologies in neurosurgery – from cutting-edge neuroscience research and clinical trials to the widespread clinical implementation of our discoveries.

Stanford Neurosurgery News

Michael Lim to lead Stanford’s Department of Neurosurgery

Michael Lim, MD, professor of neurosurgery, oncology, otolaryngology and radiation oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been appointed chair of the Stanford University School of Medicine's Department of Neurosurgery. Lim will assume the post on September 1, 2020. 

The Mind Readers

This New York Times opinion piece explores the current state of brain-computer interfaces and highlights the work of Casey Halpern, MD, assistant professor of neurosurgery.

Stanford Neurosurgeons Update Guidelines for Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

The 2020 Update of the Decompressive Craniectomy Recommendations is now available in the September issue of Neurosurgery. A Stanford team led by neurosurgeons Jamshid Ghajar, MD, PhD, FACS, and Odette Harris, MD, MPH, contributed to the update which incorporates new evidence and outcomes data to better guide surgeons in the care of patients with severe TBI and intracranial hypertension. 

How thoughts could one day control electronic prostheses, wirelessly

A Stanford team of researchers led by neurosurgeon Jaimie Henderson, MD, identified the specific neural signals needed to control a prosthetic device, and designed the circuitry that would enable a future, wireless brain-computer interface to process these signals.

Brain surgeon: 'If you're Black and a woman, nothing else is visible'

Stanford neurosurgeon Dr. Odette Harris shares first-hand accounts of how race and racism can impact a doctor’s and a patient’s experience, with the Today Show. 

Women Of Stanford Neurosurgery

Meet our women physicians and scientists and read about their experiences as females in science and medicine, in this Q&A series.