Research in the Department of Neurological Surgery includes a gamut of investigations, which are centered within the department, as well as at other laboratories of the medical center. Attending physicians and residents are allowed the opportunity to collaborate in interdepartmental research focusing on clinical research studies or basic science. Topics of research span neuro-oncology, spinal disorders, pediatrics, cerebrovascular, and functional neurosurgery.

Current research includes:

  • Deep brain stimulation as a neurointerventional treatment for intractable obsessive-compulsive disorder and major depression
  • Motor cortex stimulation as a neurointerventional treatment for intractable trigeminal neuralgia pain
  • Hearing preservation and facial nerve function following vestibular schwannoma resections
  • Complications following posterior fossa craniotomy and duraplasty in patients with Chiari malformation

Future directives include:

  • Functional MRI assessment of brain tumor infiltration in regions of language
  • Two-photon microscopy imaging of malignant brain tumor morphology and hemodynamics