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Neurovascular Surgery

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

The University of Chicago Medicine is home to nationally recognized neurovascular surgeons who are experts in diagnosing and treating vascular diseases of the brain and spinal cord. Our neurovascular surgeons are skilled at managing 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 and Experience

Steven Steinhilber Steven Steinhilber turned to our neurovascular experts for treatment of a cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM). »Read Steinhilber's story

Our neurovascular surgeons have decades of experience treating the most complex cerebrovascular problems. For example, our specialists have written leading textbooks and clinical guidelines on the management of aneurysms and vascular malformations of the brain. Our neurovascular surgeons continue to study every aspect of these conditions, including what factors contribute to their development. They are also actively engaged in advancing new therapies for many types of neurovascular conditions. Among the advanced treatment options available at the University of Chicago 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

Joseph PagoneJoseph Pagone underwent a state-of-the-art procedure for treatment of a life-threatening stroke. » Read Pagone’s story

Our team of renowned neurological/critical care specialists recognizes that minutes count when it comes to treating stroke. 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. The University of Chicago Stroke Center has been 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

Problems 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. » Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors

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