Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Neurological Surgery

Spine Surgery and Disease

The Department of Neurological Surgery participates in an internationally recognized integrated spine program. Working with the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Orthopedic Surgery and Neurology and the Divisions of Neuroradiology and Neuropsychology, we provide a multidisciplinary approach to managing spine disease. The Division of Spinal Surgery offers programs for the management of spinal deformity, spine oncology, degenerative disease, minimally invasive spine surgery, and rheumatologic disorders of the spine. These specific programs are directed by experts in the field and complement the management of routine disorders of the spine.


The department hosts multiple academic conferences related to the management and treatment of spinal column and cord disorders. Through our affiliated hospitals and care sites, residents and fellows are trained in comprehensive management and treatment of spine disorders. Residents and fellows participate in both simulation skills and cadaver labs to master traditional surgical approaches as well as minimally invasive surgical techniques.


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

Current Clinical Trials and Technological Development Work

Basic Science Activities

Patient Care

Through the Spine Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, our faculty treat neurological conditions that can be managed by surgery, including:

Pediatric spine disorders are managed by faculty members at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, including:

Through the Acute Spinal Cord Injury Center of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, our faculty participates in the Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System, to treat conditions such as:

Through collaboration with the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, our faculty provide world class care in the management of metastatic and primary tumors of the spine.

Meet the Faculty

Learn more about our doctors via faculty profiles:


George R. Cybulski, MD
Nader S. Dahdaleh, MD
Aruna Ganju, MD
Tyler R. Koski, MD
Zachary A. Smith, MD
JP Jean-Paul  Wolinsky, MD


Tord D. Alden, MD
Robin M. Bowman, MD
Arthur J. DiPatri, MD