Neurosurgeon Issam Awad, MD, director of neurovascular surgery, and Kristina Piedad, RN.
Neurosurgeon Issam Awad, MD, director of neurovascular surgery, and Kristina Piedad, RN.

Our Neurovascular Surgery Expertise

The University of Chicago Medicine is home to internationally recognized neurovascular surgeons who are experts in diagnosing and treating vascular diseases of the brain and spinal cord. Our surgeons are skilled at treating a variety of complex conditions, including aneurysms, hemorrhagic strokes, vascular malformations of the brain and skull base tumors. Working with an interdisciplinary team of neurologists, neuro-oncologists, pediatric neurosurgeons and other experts, our neurovascular surgeons are dedicated to providing patients with innovative treatments that offer the best chance for success.

Unmatched Skill & Experience

Our neurovascular surgeons have decades of experience treating the most complex cerebrovascular problems, setting the standards for care. For example, our specialists have written leading textbooks and clinical guidelines on the management of aneurysms and vascular malformations of the brain. They continue to study every aspect of these conditions, including what factors contribute to the development. They are also actively engaged in advancing new therapies for many types of neurovascular conditions. Among the advanced treatment options available at UChicago Medicine are microsurgery and focused irradiation, which can improve outcomes in patients with life-threatening brain and spinal cord problems. In addition, our team routinely advises patients and families on the genetic risks associated with some of these inherited conditions.

National Leadership in Stroke Care

Our team of renowned neurological/critical care specialists recognizes that minutes count when it comes to treating strokes. They work closely with neurovascular surgeons who are highly skilled at using catheters and other minimally invasive techniques to treat strokes quickly and effectively. When appropriate, our team can recommend the latest stroke treatments available through clinical trials, including therapies that may not be available elsewhere. UChicago Medicine's Stroke Center has been recognized as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, a designation considered a "Gold Seal of Approval" for stroke programs that provide advanced, coordinated care.

Broad Range of Options for Skull Base Tumors

Tumors at the skull base involve delicate blood vessels, nerves and other structures. If left untreated, these conditions can lead to serious consequences, such as blindness and stroke. Fortunately, our team can offer aggressive treatment strategies that reduce these risks while still preserving function and quality of life. A multidisciplinary team that includes neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists and radiation oncologists can provide a wide range of options designed to achieve the best outcomes. Each patient benefits from the combined skill and collaborative decision making of these experts.

Meet Our Neurovascular Surgery Physician Team

The University of Chicago Medicine's neurovascular surgery team has decades of experience in treating the most complex cerebrovascular conditions. In addition to providing patients with advanced therapies and personalized care informed by innovative neurovascular surgery research. Complex cases are discussed in neurovascular conference with multidisciplinary experts. Our team is available for urgent consultation and patient transfers.

Transferring Patients to UChicago Medicine

To transfer a patient needing emergency assistance, call the University of Chicago Medicine Transfer Center at 1-855-834-4782. A Transfer Center nurse will promptly connect you with one of our attending physicians.

If you are a physician who would like an urgent consultation with an attending neurovascular specialist, call 773-702-1000 and ask the operator to contact us directly at pager 6020.

To schedule a consultation for a less urgent neurovascular condition, call us at:

  • Stroke Neurology: 773-834-4604
  • Neurovascular Surgery: 773-702-2123
  • Neurointerventional Surgery: 773-702-5004

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