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

Netflix Show Features Chair, Dr. Gary Steinberg, and Moyamoya Patient Tokimonsta

Netflix's "Explained" takes a look at how music is processed in the brain and impacts our daily lives. Department Chair, Dr. Gary Steinberg, explains how he treated a music producer with Moyamoya disease, who lost and then regained her ability to create music.


CDC Releases First Guildelines Focused on Treatment for Kids After Concussion

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a major new guideline on diagnosing and managing head injuries in children. Dr. Angela Lumba-Brown, co-director of the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center, is first author of the guideline.


Stanford Collaborates wtih TeachAids to Launch Concussion Education 

Stanford neurosurgeons have teamed up with TeachAids to create CrashCourse, a new, interactive, concussion prevention and education course. 


New NSF Research Traineeship Awarded to Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery

The National Science Foundation has awarded Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery, E.J. Chilchilnisky, PhD, funding to support training of future generations of scientists in NeuroTech.


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

Sep September 20 Thu 2018

Stanford International Oncology Symposium

Stanford, CA

Stanford will host a delegation of oncologists from China for a 5 day Symposium. Stanford Neurosurgeon, Dr. Steven D. Chang, will meet with the delegation to present on the current status and latest advances for brain tumor diagnosis and treatment. 


Oct October 05 Fri 2018

Stanford 4th Annual Stroke Recovery Symposium

Clark Center Auditorium, Stanford, CA

As part of Stanford's Stroke Recovery Program, this year's Symposium "Developing Treatments for Stroke Recovery" brings together Stanford's neuroscience, engineering, and clinical research faculty.


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.