Peter Warnke, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery

Director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

An internationally renowned stereotactic neurosurgeon, Peter Warnke, MD, has performed more than 3,000 stereotactic surgeries and more than 1,000 brain tumor surgeries. Dr. Warnke provides neurosurgical care for adults and children with:

He routinely performs neurosurgical procedures with proven expertise, including:

Dr. Warnke applies frame-based and frameless stereotactic techniques in the treatment and study of neurological conditions.

He has special expertise in stereotactic radiosurgery, including interstitial radiosurgery and stereotactically guided endoscopy. Dr. Warnke was one of the first neurosurgeons to use interstitial stereotactic radiosurgery for the treatment of gelastic epilepsy and hypothalamic hamartomas. He also provides care for patients with pain syndromes, including trigeminal neuralgia and neuropathic pain.

Additionally, Dr. Warnke has special training in molecular imaging with a focus on surgical planning and individualized treatment. He is one of few neurosurgeons in the United States who has experience with dopamine transporter imaging (DAT-SPECT). Specifically, Dr. Warnke is studying the use of DAT-SPECT to predict response to deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease.

He is also researching the development of biological and minimally invasive treatments for epilepsy, movement disorders and brain tumors. Additionally, he is studying the tumor physiology of medulloblastomas and their relation to drug delivery in pediatric brain tumors.

Dr. Warnke is the associate editor of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, which has one of the highest impact factors among neurosurgical journals. He also sits on the steering committees of several clinical trials, and has received ongoing extramural research funding for 20 years.

Practice Location

Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice

1991

Board Certification

Neurological Surgery

Medical School and Internship

University of Freiburg, Germany

Residency

University Hospital Homburg, Germany

Fellowship

Northwestern University, Chicago
University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital (pediatric neurosurgery)

Memberships

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society
World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

Languages Spoken

English
French
German
Italian

Email

pwarnke@surgery.bsd.uchicago.edu

Office Phone

(773) 702-5595

Office Fax

(773) 702-3518

Office Postal Address

Peter Warnke, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 3026
Chicago, IL 60637


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Read More About Dr. Warnke

At age 70, Cheng Xiu Xu's Parkinson's disease symptoms and medication side effects left her unable to perform familiar activities, including playing her favorite sport: ping-pong. Just two days after Dr. Warnke placed a DBS implant, Xu was able to play ping-pong again. Read her story.

Dr. Warnke worked with a multidisciplinary team of specialists to diagnose and treat Leo Galati's primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL), a rare tumor that occurs when cancerous lymphocytes are found in the brain, spinal cord or cerebrospinal fluid. Read Leo's story.

Patrick O'Brien has essential tremor. After hearing Dr. Warnke speak at an event, he came the University of Chicago Medicine for DBS. Now he's living without tremors. Read Patrick's story.

Using functional MRI, Dr. Warnke was able to skillfully pinpoint critical anatomy surrounding a meningioma in Vaughn Atkins’ brain. With Dr. Warnke’s surgical precision, Vaughn avoided loss of motor function and even regained the movement he lost as a result of the pressure the tumor placed on his brain. Read Vaughn's story.

Dr. Warnke precisely targeted a quiet grouping of neurons and implanted an electrode in Betty Bertram's brain to control the essential tremor afflicting the left side of her body. Read Betty's story.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Warnke's publications through the National Library of Medicine’s publication database.