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The Northwestern Medicine neurosurgery teams are committed to providing outstanding, comprehensive care for patients with neurological conditions. Multidisciplinary teams of neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuropsychologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, social workers, rehabilitation specialists, and palliative care providers work with patients and caregivers to provide individualized care to optimize treatment and patient experience.

Researchers at the Northwestern Department of Neurosurgery conduct clinical research trials on all aspects of neurological disease and disorders. Learn more about the trials and participation opportunities via the search results for Northwestern Neurosurgery on Learn more about our Neuro-Oncology work via the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Clinical Trials page.

Meet the Teams

The Northwestern Medicine Neurosurgery Teams are committed to providing outstanding, comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients with neurological conditions, using advanced technologies and innovative approaches to care.

Neurosurgery Care Areas

Back, Neck and Spine

We offer advanced technologies, state-of-the-art facilities, and a premier team of specialists across multiple disciplines to provide expert treatment for back and neck pain, as well as complex spinal disorders, injuries and deformities.

Brain, Spine and Skull Base Tumors

Northwestern Medicine performs more brain and spine tumor surgeries than any other health system in Illinois. We offer tailored treatment plans for every type of brain, spine and skull base tumor, including rare tumors like chordoma, and our physicians are among the world’s leading experts.

Chordoma Center

While many surgeons may only perform one chordoma surgery in their lifetime, Jean-Paul Wolinsky, MD, performs dozens of these extremely delicate surgeries each year. Dr. Wolinsky is nationally recognized for his excellence in chordoma removal.

Epilepsy and Epilepsy Surgery

We offer a number of surgical options for epilepsy and are often able to help those who still have seizures despite the use of traditional medications. We are one of few institutions in Illinois that offers SEEG epilepsy surgery.

Neuromodulation and Functional Neurosurgery

We offer one of the leading Neuromodulation and Functional Neurosurgery programs in the Midwest, combining advanced technology and using innovative techniques to give hope to patients who have been told there is no hope. We are one of the leading providers of deep brain stimulation (DBS) and epilepsy surgery.

Parkinson's Disease and DBS

Northwestern Medicine provides comprehensive care for patients who have Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. Among our offerings is deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery for patients whose tremors are not controlled with medication.

Spinal Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leaks

Northwestern Medicine offers one of few programs in the country dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of spinal cerebrospinal fluid leaks.

Cerebrovascular Surgery

Our cerebrovascular neurosurgeons specialize in treatment of brain aneurysms, AVM’s, carotid/intracranial stenoses and other disorders affecting blood vessels that supply the brain. Northwestern Medicine’s team of nationally and internationally known experts provide comprehensive surgical and interventional treatment for the most challenging cerebrovascular conditions.

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Our trigeminal neuralgia specialists can help control your trigeminal neuralgia flareups, and reduce or even eliminate pain.



Why Choose Northwestern Medicine

  • Northwestern Medicine is anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, ranked the #1 hospital in Illinois U.S. News & World Report, 2020–2021.
  • Northwestern Medicine offers the most brain and spine tumor clinical trails in Illinois. Active and enrolling clinical trials;
  • Northwestern Medicine performs more brain and spine tumor surgeries than any other health system in Illinois. Illinois COMPdata; inpatient only; includes all Illinois zip codes.

Research and Clinical Trials

Physician-scientists at Northwestern Medicine conduct clinical research trials on all aspects of neurological diseases and disorders.

The board-certified neurologists at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. They diagnose and treat patients with a full range of neurological disorders, including muscular dystrophy.

The neurosurgical professionals at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital are committed to providing outstanding, comprehensive care, using advanced technologies and innovative techniques.

Our neurosurgical specialists are experts at complex surgical interventions as well as minimally invasive procedures. Your care team includes neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neurologists, neuropsychologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, social workers, rehabilitative specialists and palliative care providers who work together to individualize and optimize your treatment and experience, and to help you get back to your everyday life.


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ABTA Patient & Family Meeting

Saturday, June 12, 2021 | 10:00 am CT

Join the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) on June 12th for a free virtual meeting designed to equip patients with metastatic brain tumors and their caregivers with the tools needed to make informed decisions on their diagnosis, treatment and care.

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Northwestern Medicine provides advanced neurosurgery throughout Chicagoland.

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