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

Stanford Neurospine Surgeons Predict Future of Spine Surgery

What will spine surgery be like in 2050? Several Stanford neurospine surgeons looked into a crystal ball and made predictions about the healthcare system, medical technology and patient experience of the future.


Researchers Discover Brain Cells Responsible for Making Pain Unpleasant

A team of Stanford scientists, led by Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery Gregory Scherrer, PhD, have identified a bundle of brain cells in mice responsible for the emotional experience of pain. 


Stanford Neurosurgery Resident Featured in NREF Success Story

The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation featured Stanford Neurosurgery resident Dr. Arjun Pendharkar, and his developing career, as an exceptional example of the the NREF's fellowship program.


Virtual Reality Gets Real in the Operating Room

Fortune Magazine features Dr. Gary Steinberg's use of virtual reality to prepare for, and operate on a patient with an arteriovenous malformation. 


Featured Event

Mar March 01 - 03 Fri-Sun 2019

CNS Updates in Neurology

Includes talks by Dr. Gary Steinberg and Dr. Casey Halpern. The meeting focuses on a variety of topics related to surgery for neurological disorders.

This is a CME event.


Apr April 27 Sat 2019

Sports Concussion Summit

Kissick Auditorium, Arrillaga Family Sports Center, Stanford 

A Continuing Medical Education Conference presented by Stanford Athletics and the Concussion and Brain Performance Center of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Also open to the general public.

Abstract deadline: March 1, 2019

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.