Department of Neurosurgery

Instruction in neurological surgery begins with an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system presented in the first-year course in neural sciences directed by the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology with participation of the neurosurgery faculty. In the second year, the Department of Neurosurgery presents the course in Diseases of the Nervous System in conjunction with the Departments of Neurology, Pathology, Molecular Biology and Pharmacology, Medicine and Pediatrics. The course emphasizes how knowledge derived from basic or clinical investigations leads to improvements in clinical care. In the third year, students may elect to participate in a two- or four-week Neurosurgery clerkship which introduces them to the clinical care of patients with diseases of the nervous system. Neurosurgical faculty members work with the neurologists in providing lectures, demonstrations and teaching exercises in patients with neurological diagnoses as part of the Clinical Medicine course. Students may elect to fulfill their Neurology requirement by rotating on the neurosurgery service. Students may also choose neurosurgery as part of the Surgical Specialty rotations. Neurosurgical diagnosis, critical care, operative treatment and ethical issues in patient management are emphasized. In the fourth year, students may choose from several advanced electives including clinical externships in neurosurgery and experiences in basic or clinical/translational research.

Neurosurgery divisions

Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Matthew D. Smyth, MD; Tae Sung Park, MD; David D. Limbrick Jr., MD, PhD, Jennifer Strahle, MD

Based in St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery of the Department of Neurosurgery provides neurosurgical care for the many disorders that are unique to the developing nervous system, from the premature infant to the young adult. Subspecialty areas include pediatric neuro-oncology, spastic cerebral palsy, craniofacial disorders, obstetrical brachial plexus injuries and epilepsy surgery. Active areas of clinical and basic research include pediatric head trauma, brain tumors, epilepsy and neonatal brain injury and hydrocephalus.

Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology

Eric C. Leuthardt, MD (director)

The multidisciplinary center is based in the Department of Neurosurgery with participation from multiple departments in the medical school and across the University campus. Current active participants include neurosurgery faculty members Ralph G. Dacey Jr., MD, chairman; Albert Kim, MD, David Limbrick, MD, PhD, Wilson Z. Ray, MD, Matthew Smyth, MD, Neill Wright, MD, and Gregory J. Zipfel, MD; Colin Derdeyn, MD, with the Division of Neuroradiology; Steve Peterson, MD, with the Department of Neurology/Neurobiology; Frank C-P Yin, PhD, chairman and Daniel Moran, PhD, Dennis Barbour, MD, PhD, Shelly E. Sakiyama-Elbert, PhD, and Donald L. Elbert, PhD, with the Department of Biomedical Engineering; Philip Bayly, PhD, Skrikanth Singamaneni, PhD, and Guy Genin, PhD, with the Department of Mechanical Engineering; Alex Evers, MD, with the Department of Anesthesiology; and Matthew MacEwan.

Areas of neurosurgical specialization

Cerebrovascular Surgery
Michael R. Chicoine, MD; Ralph G. Dacey Jr., MD; Ian G. Dorward, MD.; Joshua Osbun, MD, Keith M. Rich, MD; Gregory J. Zipfel, MD

Cranial Base Surgery
Michael R. Chicoine, MD; Albert H. Kim, MD, PhD; Joshua Osbun, MD, Gregory J. Zipfel, MD

Endovascular Surgery
Joshua Osbun, MD

Epilepsy Surgery
Joshua L. Dowling, MD; Eric C. Leuthardt, MD

Neuro-Oncology
Michael R. Chicoine, MD; Ralph G. Dacey Jr., MD; Gavin P. Dunn, MD, PhD; Albert Kim, MD; Keith M. Rich, MD; Eric C. Leuthardt, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgery
Matthew D. Smyth, MD; Tae Sung Park, MD; David D. Limbrick Jr., MD, PhD, Jennifer Strahle, MD

Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Wilson Z. Ray, MD

Pituitary Surgery
Michael R. Chicoine, MD; Ralph G. Dacey Jr., MD; Gregory J. Zipfel, MD

Spinal Neurosurgery
Ian G. Dorward, MD; Wilson Z. Ray, MD; Paul Santiago, MD; Neill M. Wright, MD

Stereotactic Radiosurgery
Michael R. Chicoine, MD; Ralph G. Dacey Jr., MD; Joshua L. Dowling, MD; Keith M. Rich, MD; Matthew D. Smyth, MD; Eric C. Leuthardt, MD, Gavin P. Dunn, MD, PhD, Gregory J. Zipfel, MD

Surgical Management of Pain
Joshua L. Dowling, MD

For more information

Please visit the Department of Neurosurgery website for more information.