Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Neurological Surgery

Cerebrovascular/Neurointerventional Program

The Division of Cerebrovascular/Neurointerventional Surgery focuses on a tripartite mission of excellence in education, research, and patient care. Our diverse faculty encompasses cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, pediatric neurosurgeons, and neuro-interventional radiologists, who provide an integrated surgical and endovascular approach to treating stroke, TIA, subarachnoid and intracerebral hemorrhage, brain aneurysms, vascular malformations, carotid and intracranial stenosis, and other complex cerebrovascular disorders. 

Cerebrovascular_team

Northwestern Cerebrovascular Team (l to r): Patricia Raetz, Matthew Potts, Ali Shaibani, Michael Hurley, Emily Schacher, Sameer Ansari, Babak Jahromi, Crista Koldenhoven

Patient Care

In collaboration with the Stroke Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, our faculty provide a thoughtful, multidisciplinary, team-based approach, tailored to each specific patient’s presentation and preferences. We provide the most advanced treatments (medical, surgical, endovascular, and/or radiosurgery) for a broad range of cerebrovascular conditions, including:

Patient Support

Additionally, Northwestern hosts a quarterly Brain Aneurysm and AVM Support Group, dedicated to helping patients and families learn more about their conditions, treatments and outcomes, from both peers and providers, in an open and supportive environment.

Pediatric Care

The Pediatric and Adolescent Neurovascular Disease and Stroke Program, a unique partnership of the neurosurgery programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, offers comprehensive treatments and services in all areas of cerebrovascular care for pediatric and adolescent patients, including:

Education

The department hosts multiple academic events related to cerebrovascular topics every year. Through our affiliated hospitals and care sites, residents and fellows work with faculty to help treat patients with complex cerebrovascular pathology including stroke, brain aneurysms, cerebral and spinal arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), carotid stenosis and Moya-Moya disease. Residents and fellows have extensive exposure to diagnostic and imaging interpretation skills, and learn cranial, skull-base, and spinal approaches to diverse vascular pathology in the CNS. They also receive instruction in the use of catheters, guidewires, stents, endovascular devices/materials, and augment their proficiency in technical aspects of modern high-resolution biplanar neuroangiography. Attention to the complete spectrum of multimodal, team-based, individualized treatment planning for each patient is emphasized, including preoperative and long-term postoperative follow up care.

Research

Our department conducts diverse research, including clinical trials, technology development, and basic research.

Current Clinical Trials and Technological Development Work

Meet the Faculty

Learn more about our doctors via faculty profiles:

Adult:

Cerebrovascular
Babak S. Jahromi, MD, PhD
Matthew B. Potts, MD

Neurointerventional
Sameer A. Ansari, MD, PhD
Michael C. Hurley, MD
Babak S. Jahromi, MD, PhD
Matthew B. Potts, MD
Ali Shaibani, MD

Pediatric:

Cerebrovascular
Tord D. Alden, MD
Arthur J. DiPatri, MD
Tadanori Tomita, MD

Neurointerventional
Sameer A. Ansari, MD, PhD
Michael C. Hurley, MD
Ali Shaibani, MD