It's simple: Our experience, dedication to patients, innovative technologies and commitment to research excellence. UChicago Medicine neurosurgeons are often among the first in the region to adopt new, advanced surgical techniques. For instance, we were among the first to perform minimally invasive lumbar disk surgery and to treat Parkinson's disease, pain, and other conditions with drug pumps and spinal and brain electrodes.
Since 1928, our Section of Neurosurgery has been committed to providing patients with the most experienced physicians, leading-edge technology and advances in research. Our aim is to provide the best possible treatment, whether surgical or not. Our neurosurgeons work side by side with some of the nation's leading neurologists, oncologists, orthopaedic surgeons and other specialists. All the experts at UChicago Medicine work together to find the treatment that best meets a patient’s needs.
Research shows that experience greatly influences surgery success rates. Our academic staff is composed of board-certified or board-eligible surgeons who have chosen to specialize in a specific type of neurosurgery. Our current areas of expertise include:
- Critical care neurosurgery
- Functional and stereotactic surgery
- Neurosurgical oncology (tumors)
- Neurovascular surgery
- Pediatric neurosurgery
- Peripheral nerve surgery
- Spine surgery
By choosing a defined focus, our neurosurgeons have become experts in performing a broad number of specific procedures, which allows us to provide more options for patients. Because of their expertise, our neurosurgeons often perform successful surgeries on patients who are viewed as inoperable or a high-risk case elsewhere.
Advanced Treatment Options
Advanced stereotactic, or 3-D computer-imaging, techniques enable our neurosurgeons to plan procedures in advance and with greater precision. For instance, these stereotactic techniques allow our surgeons to precisely locate the area of the brain that's responsible for seizures. In fact, these models have helped us identify brain abnormalities that were missed on prior MRI studies. Such patients — who otherwise might have gone untreated —were then able to undergo surgery to control their seizures.
Over the last decade, our neurosurgery program has ranked among the top academic medical centers on key quality measurements for success and safety of procedures. Industry-standard ratings show that significantly fewer UChicago Medicine patients died after undergoing neurosurgical procedures at our medical center than statistical models predict based on the severity of patient cases.