Stanford is an international referral center for complex neurovascular disorders of the brain and spinal cord. A multidisciplinary team consisting of cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, stroke neurologists and radiation oncologists collaborate closely to design individualized treatment plans combining optimal therapies for each patient's unique needs. These may include microsurgery, endovascular surgery, or radiosurgery in any combination, depending on the lesions size, location, anatomical features, and the patient's current medical condition.
Over the last two decades, the neurovascular team has treated over 2,500 aneurysms, and more than 2,000 vascular malformations (AVMs, cavernous malformations, and AV fistulas) making it one of largest quaternary referral centers internationally for highly specialized surgeries, minimally invasive endovascular, and radiation therapies. Occlusive cerebrovascular diseases like carotid artery stenosis and moyamoya disease are also a significant part of Stanford's case volume. Patients from all over the world are drawn to Stanford for revascularization bypass surgeries to treat moyamoya disease - a rare disorder where blood vessels in the brain either clot off causing ischemic strokes or bleed leading to brain damage and loss of neurological function. The Stanford vascular team's success with these cererebrovascular disorders is aided by technological advances in neuro-imaging, surgical navigation, intra-operative brain monitoring, and novel less invasive surgical techniques to accurately target and treat even the most complex cerebrovascular diseases.
Working closely with endovascular specialists Drs. Michael Marks, Huy Do, Rob Dodd, and Jeremy Heit in Interventional Neuroradiology, Stanford's cerebrovascular team is helping patients with neurovascular conditions like aneurysms, AVMs, carotid artery stenosis, and ischemic stroke using the most efficacious and least invasive techniques available to treat their vascular conditions.