Patient Care

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Advanced Medicine

Penn's neurosurgical specialists, backed by the most extensive neurodiagnostic and imaging facilities in the region, perform more than 5,000 operations each year involving a host of complex neurological disorders.

All neurosurgical faculty members have a particular subspecialty focus, covering the entire spectrum of surgically treated disorders of the nervous system. Given the enormous volume and intensity of exposure, patients benefit from that experience as well as the multidisciplinary approach to achieve the best possible result.

Cutting-edge Contributions

Penn neurosurgeons are committed to research and are leaders in the development and testing of the latest treatment approaches. This ensures that the latest technological advances, including the most effective imaging methods, surgical techniques and management strategies, are available to every patient.

That research, both basic and clinical, competes successfully for external funding and is interested in translation from the bench to the bedside. In addition, Penn is the region's only participant in the National Cancer Institute-funded New Approaches to Brain Tumor Therapy (NABTT) Consortium, allowing access to novel clinical trials.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Patients are diagnosed utilizing the latest neuroradiological and electrodiagnostic techniques, including high resolution MRI (3T) using the most powerful magnet available in the U.S.; advanced MRI techniques including magnetic resonance spectroscopy and perfusion; and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning.

The latest medical, surgical and therapeutic approaches to neurological disease are utilized, including:

Radiation therapy

  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Gamma Knife® non-invasive stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Brachytherapy
  • Proton beam therapy


  • Intraoperative MRI-based neuronavigation
  • Awake craniotomy
  • Genetic testing for brain tumors
  • Fully endoscopic pituitary and skull-base surgery
  • Reconstructive spinal surgery using minimally invasive techniques
  • Combined endovascular and microsurgical treatment of brain aneurysms