The Center for Cranial Nerve Disorders, under the direction of Raymond F. Sekula Jr., MD, joins experts in a variety of medical disciplines, including neurosurgery, neurology, neurophysiology, radiology, anesthesia, neuro-oncology, and neuro-otology with the intent of providing the most advanced care for a variety of brain disorders. The goal of the center is to provide the very best outcomes for patients with a variety of disorders in the most minimally invasive manner.
Building upon pioneering work accomplished by University of Pittsburgh faculty over the past four decades, the Center for Cranial Nerve and Brainstem Disorders is the international leader in the management of trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm and glossopharyngeal neuralgia. Dr. Sekula has performed more than 1,000 microvascular decompressions for trigeminal neuralgia, and more than 1,000 MVDs for hemifacial spasms since finishing his mentorship with MVD pioneer Peter Jannetta, establishing him as one of today's preeminent international experts in the field of cranial nerve surgery.
The center is driven by outcome-based clinical research and basic science research projects aimed at understanding the biologic mechanisms of diseases within the realm of the center. In recent years, this research has resulted in improved outcomes for patients and new therapies for a variety of disorders.