Centers of Excellence

The Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh has created a unique collaborative environment where “centers of excellence” flourish. In this model, subspecialists focus on their area of expertise and work together with colleagues to offer patients a multi-faceted approach to treatment and outcomes. The use of centers of excellence has strengthened neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh, maximized patient care and facilitated attainment of our mission.

Brain and Spine Injury Program

Consists of a number of programs developed to better understand and treat the problems associated with traumatic injury to the central nervous system, brain and spinal cord in both adults and children.

Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery Center

Subspecialized multidisciplinary clinical unit which evaluates and treats all forms of vascular disorders of the brain and spinal cord.

Center for Clinical Neurophysiology

Provides a wide range of diagnostic and monitoring services designed to investigate and protect the function of the nervous system. The center has expertise in technologies that help diagnose disease, facilitate safe surgery, and monitor ICU patients.

Complex Brain Surgery Program

Devoted to the surgical treatment of lesions and tumors located in deep, eloquent or difficult-to-reach regions of the brain.

Cranial Base Surgery Center

The Cranial Base Surgery Center is devoted to providing minimally intrusive neurosurgical procedures and techniques in the treatment of brain and skull base tumors.

Center for Cranial Nerve Disorders

Specializes in comprehensive approach to disorders of the cranial nerves including trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm and glossopharyngeal neuralgia.

Epilepsy and Movement Disorders Program

Encompasses the treatment of movement disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and epilepsy specializing in Deep Brain Stimulation. 

Human Neural Prosthetics Program

Multidisciplinary effort to explore the utilization of brain computer interfaces for improving the lives of patients with motor disabilities.

Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery

Minimally invasive stereotactic radiosurgical procedures featuring the Gamma Knife, treating brain tumors, vascular malformations and other disorders.

Neurosurgical Oncology Program

Treats patients with tumors of the nervous system, as well as patients suffering neurological complications of systemic cancer.

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Treatment of children with tumors, spinal deformities, cranial malformations, spasticity, and epilepsy, as well as adults with neurological diseases stemming from childhood or congenital conditions.

Spine Services Division

Provides care for patients and athletes with spine injuries, painful disc conditions, neck, arm, back or leg pain. Full range of spinal care includes neurosurgery, spine fusion techniques, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and pain management.