The Stanford Neurosurgical Training and Innovation Center

The main theme of Stanford NeuroTraIn Center is “From the Lab to the OR” as a reflection of a true translational effort to introduce novel anatomical concepts and innovative surgical technique into real surgical practice. We are teaching the next generation of neurosurgeons the art of microsurgical dissection to spread this knowledge and to influence Neurosurgery worldwide.

Endoscopic Skull Base Anatomy

A generational paradigm shift in skull base surgery

Microsurgical Neuroanatomy

A 360 degree understanding of the skull base anatomy

There is a close partnership between the Stanford NeuroTraIn Center and The Neurosurgical Atlas (ATLAS), the largest nonprofit organization for neurosurgical education and research in the world. This partnership has led to transformative innovations in surgical techniques.  

With over 65,000 members and 1.3 million website users, the Atlas and Stanford NeuroTraIn affect the care of many patients daily via our unwavering commitment to technical excellence through research and education.


Stanford Endoscopic Endonasal Skull Base Surgery: Hands-On Course

August 7-10, 2024 - Learn more or register


First Stanford NeuroArt Exhibition: The Art of Brain & Skull Base Microsurgical Dissection



2nd Rhoton Society Virtual Meeting and 8th International Zoomposium on Microneurosurgical Anatomy

September 11-13 & 18-20, 2020

Watch Video Recordings from the Meeting

Our Team

Yuanzhi "Julius" Xu, MD

Joshua Klein, MSMI
Medical Illustrator

Christine Lee, MD, PhD
Clinical Instructor

Jill Sebra

Vera Vigo 

Jennie Rivera Visitacion
Lab Manager/

Luke Brown
Media Producer

Visiting Appointments (Research Fellows)

Alix Bex
(Liège, Belgium)

Mariano Rinaldi (Neuquén, Argentina) 

Marcelo Budke, MD, PhD
(Madrid, Spain)

Enrico Gambatesa (Milan, Italy) 

Min Ho Lee
(Seoul, Korea)

Muhammad Reza Arifianto, MD
(Jakarta, Indonesia)

Xiao Limin
(Nanchang, China)

Jonathan Rychen, MD
(Basel, Switzerland)

Tatsuya Uchida, MD, PhD
(Tokyo, Japan)


Frank Yeh, MD, PhD
(Pittsburgh, PA)

Maximiliano Alberto Nunez

Xiaoguang Tong, MD
(Tianjin, China)

Hiroshi Abe, MD
(Fukuoka, Japan)

Karam Asmaro, MD

Pablo Rubino, MD
(Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Ahmed Mohyeldin, MD

Research Opportunities

Research fellowship positions are offered in the lab throughout the year. Minimum length of the fellowship program is 12 months; shorter periods of time might be considered under special circumstances.

Funding for personal expenses is not available, but the lab will provide the anatomical and technical material needed to complete your training and research projects. Fellows will focus on areas of their interest under the guidance of the lab faculty.

For any questions, please contact us at


Lab Resources

Equipment available to Surgical Neuroanatomy Laboratory personnel include the following:

  • Two (2) operating microscopes
  • Four (4) HD endoscopic stations (courtesy of Storz and Stryker)
  • One (1) image-guidance system (courtesy of Medtronic)
  • Two (2) high-speed electric drills (courtesy of Stryker)
  • Abundant and high-quality anatomical specimens
  • 3D stereoscopic curved HD-TV for educational presentations
  • Research fellow office with two (2) High-Definition Fiber Tracking (HDFT) stations (CPU 17, 3.07GHz, QuadCore w/hyperthreating, 12 Gb RAM, nVidia QuadroFX 5800 w/4Gb RAM)
  • 3D-HD TV 55 inches
  • Microsurgical instrumentation (courtesy of MIZUHO)
  • Endoscopic instrumentation (courtesy of Storz)

Interactive Models

Created by Fellow Vera Vigo, MD, our interactive 3D models use photogrammetry from dissections. 

Department of Neurosurgery

The Stanford Surgical Neuroanatomy, Fiber Tractography, and Virtual Reality Laboratory is part of the Stanford School of Medicine's Department of Neurosurgery.

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