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 12/10/19.

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Stanford Neurosurgery News

$3.5 million Awarded to Scientist for High-Risk, High-Reward Research

Jin Hyung Lee, PhD, received the prestigious NIH Director's Pioneer Award  - a grant to study the use of innovative technology to analyze brain circuitry.

Scientists Find Potential Diagnostic Tool, Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

In a new study led by Xinnan Wang, MD, PhD, investigators identified a molecular defect that seems almost universal among patients with Parkinson’s disease and those at a high risk of acquiring it.

Mild Head Trauma Can Damage Brain's Protective Barrier, Study Finds

A new study co-authored by Dr. Gerald Grant finds preliminary evidence of damage to the brain’s protective barrier in adolescent and adult athletes even if they did not report a concussion.

Concussion Researchers Publish Groundbreaking Manuscript

A national team of researchers,  including Neurosurgeon  Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, have for the first time provided evidence-based guidelines for concussion classification.  

Shocking the Brain to Treat the Stomach

A new clinical trial led by Dr. Casey Halpern, will zap the brain’s reward center to help people who struggle with obesity and binge eating.


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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.