Comprehensive Care for Adults with Congenital Anomalies of the Nervous System (CANS)

When nervous system disorders are present at birth, patients seek treatment from pediatric neurosurgeons. But when those same conditions appear later in life, patients often don't know where to turn. The neurosurgery program at the University of Chicago Medicine is one of the few programs in the country dedicated to providing comprehensive care for adults with congenital anomalies of the nervous system. Here, adult patients have access to the same team of experts that treats these conditions in children. As a result, they receive compassionate care from skilled physicians who understand the complexities of congenital anomalies, yet recognize the unique challenges that adult patients can face.

Our neurosurgeons see adult patients who have grown up with congenital anomalies, as well as adult patients who have recently started experiencing complications. Learn more about the conditions we treat:


In addition, the University of Chicago Medicine is home to nationally known programs for adults with neurofibromatosis and tuberous sclerosis.