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Why Choose Us for Neurosurgical Care?

Why choose the University of Chicago Medicine for your neurosurgical care? It's simple: our experience, our dedication to patients, our innovative technologies, and our commitment to research excellence. University of Chicago neurosurgeons are often among the first in the region to become skilled in 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.

Multidisciplinary Care

Since 1928, the 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 the University of Chicago work together to find the treatment that best meets a patient’s needs.

Experienced Surgeons

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 subspecialize in a specific type of neurosurgery. Our current specializations include:

  • Neurovascular surgery
  • Functional and stereotactic surgery
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Neurosurgical oncology (tumors)
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Critical care neurosurgery

By choosing a defined focus, our neurosurgeons have become experts in performing a broad number of specific procedures, allowing us to provide more options for patients.

Because of their expertise and experience, our neurosurgeons often perform successful surgeries on patients who are viewed as inoperable or a high risk elsewhere.

Advanced Treatment Options

Surgeons and nurses in surgery

The advanced stereotactic, or 3-D computer-imaging techniques available here 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.

Superior Outcomes

Our neurosurgery program scores high on a key quality indicator. A recent report found that significantly fewer patients died after undergoing neurosurgical procedures at our medical center than statistical models predict based on the severity of patient cases. The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Clinical Outcomes Report for July 2008 through June 2009 showed that the University of Chicago Medicine's risk-adjusted mortality rate was ranked second among 105 academic medical centers. In fact, our observed-versus-expected mortality rate of 0.37 is about one-third the predicted rate of 1.0.

Observed-Versus-Expected Mortality Rate

Observed (Actual) Mortality Rate Predicted Morality Rate



Since the last quarter of 2007, the observed-versus-expected mortality rates for neurosurgery procedures performed at the University of Chicago have been consistently better than the average, according to UHC data. » Learn more about our neurosurgical outcomes data