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.

Funding Opportunity: Accepting Applications Now

The Departments of Neurosurgery and Pathology now seeking applications for a $200,000 Seed Grant Program to foster novel research in the area of basic, translational or clinical research related to Parkinson’s Disease. Applications Due 1/15/20.

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Stanford Neurosurgery News

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.

Taking Benzodiazepines Boosts Chances of Long-term Opioid Use

In a new study, Dr. John Ratliff finds that taking a common psychoactive medication along with opioids nearly triples the chance that a patient will become a long-term opioid user.

Groundbreaking Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery for 2-Year-Old

A team of world-renowned skull base surgeons led by Dr. Juan Fernandez-Miranda and Dr. Gerald Grant used virtual reality and endoscopic endonasal surgery to save a toddler from a life-threatening craniopharyngioma.

ROSA™ and Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery May Cure Epilepsy

7-year-old Brynn is no longer experiencing epileptic seizures, thanks to a surgery performed by Packard Children's Dr. Gerald Grant using ROSA™ the robotic surgical tool.


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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.