Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Neurological Surgery
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Spinal Surgery & 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. Our spinal surgery experts offer 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 of Neurological Surgery 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.


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

  • Long Term Follow-Up of Subjects Who Received GRNOPC1
  • A Multicenter Prospective Study of Quality of Life in Adult Scoliosis
  • Radiographic markers of clinical function in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

Our basic science activities include a cranial cervical balance study.

 Patient Care

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

  • Spine deformity and scoliosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal fractures and traumatic injuries
  • Spine oncology

Pediatric spine disorders such as idiopathic and congenital scoliosis are managed by faculty members at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

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 fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine, spondylosis and spondylolisthesis and myelopathy.

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

El Programa de Tumores de Cerebro y Columna en Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Explore las opciones de tratamiento de tumores de cerebro y columna en el hospital #1 en Illinois.


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