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

Burnout in Brain City

The latest issue of Stanford Medicine Magazine highlights the work of Xinnan Wang, MD, PhD; her discoveries about mitochondria’s role in Parkinson’s, and how they may improve diagnosis and treatment.

A New View on Brain Surgery

Stanford Magazine features neurosurgeons, Drs. Gordon LiJaimie HendersonCasey Halpern, and Melanie Hayden-Gephart, and the work they're doing using advanced imaging to enhance precision during brain surgery. 

Why Talking with our Hands May Help Restore Speech

A new study co-authored by Dr. Jaimie Henderson using electrodes implanted in the part of the brain responsible for hand-movement control may provide a breakthrough for people with apahsia.

Stanford Neurosurgeon's Work Featured by Aspen Institute

The work Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery, Odette Harris, MD, is doing to expand opportunities for low-income, under-represented minority high-school graduates, is featured in The Aspen Institute's 2019-2020 Magazine. 

Ultrasound May Ease Common Form of Hand Tremor

A new study led by Dr. Casey Halpern, found that using focused ultrasound thalamotomy may benefit patients with essential tremor, specifically reducing the hand tremors associated with the condition.


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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.