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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

Software Turns ‘Mental Handwriting’ Into On-Screen Words, Sentences

Stanford researchers, led by Dr. Jaimie Henderson, have coupled artificial-intelligence software with a brain-computer interface device implanted in the brain of a man with full-body paralysis; quickly converting the man's thoughts about handwriting into text on a computer screen.


Stanford Patient Recounts Journey Back From Massive Brain Bleed

Ten years after a Stanford patient suffered a massive stroke and underwent two brain surgeries by moyamoya expert Dr. Gary Steinberg, she's publishing a book of poems written by moyamoya warriors like her.
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Brain Implants for Essential Tremor Calm Artist’s Hands

This patient story features Stanford neurosurgeon, Dr. Casey Halpern, who treated the patient's essential tremor with deep brain stimulation. 


Capitalizing on Collaboration in Neurology Care

This podcast features Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Dr. Gerald Grant, and Chief of Child Neurology, Dr. Paul Fisher, discussing their collaborative efforts to advance and improve care for children with neurologic diseases. 


Ultrasound Therapy for Essential Tremor

This article highlights the story of Beverly McGowan, a nurse treated for essential tremor with focused ultrasound by Dr. Casey Halpern.


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. 



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.