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

Deep Brain Stimulation May Prove Effective for Alcoholism

Preliminary studies by Stanford neurosurgeon, Dr. Casey Halpern, and resident, Dr. Allen Ho, show Deep Brain Stimulation may be a beneficial therapy for those with severe alcoholism.


Stanford Researchers Start Concussion Study with High School Athletes

Stanford neurosurgeons, Dr. Gerald Grant and Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, are teaming up with several regional high schools for a study that will use virtual reality headsets to track eye movements to better spot concussions.


Professor of Neurosurgery Appointed to Aspen Institute Fellowship

Professor of Neurosurgery, Dr. Odette Harris, has been selected to join the Aspen Institute's Health Innovators Fellowship Class of 2018. The Fellowship selects a distinguished group of healthcare leaders committed to developing new approaches to improve the health and well-being of Americans.


Stanford Neurosurgeons Address Physician Burnout 

Stanford neurosurgeons, Drs. Michel Kliot and Anand Veeravagu, and med student, Kunal Varshneya, share how the Stanford Department of Neurosurgery is making significant efforts to improve physician health and well-being, In this American Association of Neurological Surgeons feature article.


Featured Publication

The fragile X mutation impairs homeostatic plasticity in human neurons by blocking synaptic retinoic acid signaling

A team of Stanford researchers, including Lu Chen, PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery, published a new study suggesting that reactivation of retinoic acid signaling might be a beneficial therapeutic strategy for fragile X syndrome.

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Featured Events

Aug August 25 Sat 2018

7th Annual Navigating Spine Care

Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, Stanford

A Continuing Medical Education Conference presented by the Divisions of Neurosurgery and Orthopedics at the Stanford University School of Medicine.


Sep September 06 Thu 2018

Stanford Brain Metastases Consortium: Research Speed-Dating Symposium

Thursday, September 6, 2018
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Beckman Center, Room B302

Bringing our experts together to collaborate on research goals, all Consortium faculty encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by filling out this Survey prior to attending.  

Women Of Stanford Neurosurgery

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

Stanford Neuroscience

Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive care and treatment for neurological conditions.