Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Neurological Surgery
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Cerebrovascular/ Neurointerventional Surgery

Cerebrovascular Team

Our faculty who specialize in cerebrovascular/neurointerventional surgery include a diverse group of 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.


The Department of Neurological Surgery hosts multiple academic events related to cerebrovascular topics each 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, carotid stenosis and moyamoya 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.


Some of our current clinical trials and technological development work include:

  • Aneurysm Wall Histology Registry
  • CREST-2: Carotid Revascularization and Medical Management for Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis Trial
  • DEFUSE-3: Endovascular Therapy Following Imaging Evaluation for Ischemic Stroke 3
  • FRED: Flow Redirection Intraluminal Device
  • HEAT: Hydrogel Endovascular Aneurysm Treatment Trial
  • High Resolution Intracranial Vessel Wall MRI imaging
  • ISIRTN: Illinois Stroke Intervention Registry and Trials Network
  • MYRIAD: Mechanisms of Early Recurrence in Intracranial Atherosclerotic Disease
  • MISTIE-III: Minimally Invasive Surgery Plus rt-PA for Intracerebral Hemorrhage Evacuation
  • STARRT: Evaluation of Targeted Radiofrequency Ablation and Vertebral Augmentation Prior to or Following Radiation Therapy to Treat Painful Metastatic Vertebral Body Tumors

 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:

Additionally, Northwestern hosts a quarterly Brain Aneurysm and AVM Support Group, dedicated to providing an open and supportive environment where patients and families can learn more about their conditions, treatments and outcomes.


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