Neurosurgery Program Specialties

Emory Neurosurgery is one of the leading neurosurgery programs in the nation. Below you'll find a few of the things that make our Department of Neurological Surgery unique:

Physician & Staff Expertise

While all members of our medical staff are trained in multiple aspects of general neurosurgery, each neurosurgeon also has a special area of interest, expertise, and training. In other words, our physicians are able to subspecialize in a particular condition and/or procedure, giving them the ability to only focus on a disorder (e.g., epilepsy or stroke) or surgical procedure (e.g., neuroendoscopy). This makes all of our neurosurgeons remarkably knowledgeable - and successful - at what they do.


The outstanding care our neurosurgery team provides stems from our exceptional experience. While some hospitals perform specialized procedures on a monthly or yearly basis, as a high-volume neurosciences center, Emory's neurosurgeons perform them daily. Our neurosurgeons specialize in several clinical areas, including:

  • Surgery and adjuvant treatment for brain tumors
  • Stroke management and surgical treatments of aneurysms and vascular malformations
  • Pituitary disorders & tumors
  • Epilepsy, Parkinson's Disease, and other movement disorders
  • Peripheral nerve damage
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Head, neck and spine injury
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery

For a full list of the conditions we treat, choose one of the specialties from the navigation menu to the right.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Neurosurgery

Neurological conditions are often highly complex, so it takes a team of doctors trained in specific conditions to provide optimal treatment. The Emory Department of Neurological Surgery uses a multidisciplinary approach to neurosurgical care. This means that each neurosurgeon specializes in a particular condition and/or treatment, and then collaborates with other physicians who specialize in different, complementary areas in the neurosciences when caring for patients.

Our neurosurgeons work closely with neurointensivists, interventional radiologists, nurses and other staff members who are specially trained in individual areas of neurological care. Because our physicians are able to focus their practice areas, they develop an acute understanding of the complexities involved. And because patients are treated by a team of physicians with such extensive experience, they receive the best all-around care possible through every step of treatment.

Research & Technology

The Emory Department of Neurological Surgery offers extensive research and education programs that are among the best in the world. We are a national leader in neurological and neurosurgical research, generating new insight into brain-related diseases and disorders and developing new procedures and medications for their treatment. Our physicians and scientists examine the causes and workings of specific neurological disorders as they aim to find more effective treatments for these conditions.

We also offer access to a range of clinical trials. Brain tumor trials are available through Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute, which has earned the coveted National Cancer Institute Cancer Center designation. Winship is the first medical facility in Georgia to earn this distinction. As an NCI designated center, Winship joins an elite group of 64 cancer centers nationwide that are on the forefront of the battle against cancer.

Emory Healthcare Affiliation

Many hospitals and medical centers are not as thoroughly trained and equipped and may lack diagnostic and therapeutic services that currently are available for patients with neurological conditions. The Emory Department of Neurological Surgery not only has the modern diagnostic and imaging equipment and new therapeutic options to help all types of neurosurgical care patients, but it also has the faculty, organization, and experience to be one of the top centers of its kind in the country.

  • Emory has been ranked as one of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, including the 2010 rankings.
  • Emory University Hospital was named one of the nation's top hospitals by the National Research Corporation's Consumers' Choice Awards.
  • Emory's volume-outcome relationships for many procedures, including surgical and endovascular procedures, are well established, meaning that because of the high volume of patients treated, the Emory Department of Neurological Surgery sees a high percentage of positive outcomes.
  • Emory's neuroscience clinics use a multidisciplinary approach, which allows its physicians to become experts in their fields.
  • Emory is among the regional leaders in regard to the number of brain aneurysms and vascular malformations of the brain and spinal cord it treats yearly.
  • Emory has the only neurocritical care unit staffed by fully trained neurointensivists to provide the continuum of care needed for critically ill patients with cerebrovascular disorders.
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