The Department of Neurosurgery is composed of the following divisions:

Functional/Epilepsy Division

The Division of Functional Neurosurgery treats epilepsy, movement disorders (like Parkinson disease, dystonia, and tremor), psychiatric disorders (like depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Tourette syndrome), and facial pain. The University of Utah offers a spectrum of innovative treatments for these conditions.

Our aim is to provide comprehensive care for functional conditions. For movement disorders, our surgeons are experienced in all modern surgical techniques, including focused ultrasound and asleep deep brain stimulation (DBS). We also offer next-generation DBS technology with directional and high-density electrodes. For epilepsy, we routinely perform innovative minimally invasive treatments like laser ablation, responsive neurostimulation, and stereo-electroencephalography, a form of minimally invasive intracranial recording. Trigeminal neuralgia can be treated with keyhole surgical procedures, percutaneous image-guided techniques, and radiosurgery. Our psychiatric surgery program offers DBS along with other neuromodulation and ablative techniques.

Neuro-Oncology Division

The Division of Neuro-Oncology has a team of highly trained specialists who use the multidisciplinary team approach to treat patients with cancer of the brain and nervous system.  Our team of neuro-oncologists works closely with neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, radiation oncologists, neuropathologists, social workers, and specialized advance practice clinicians and nurses to provide state of the art treatment for patients with central nervous system tumors.  Our team also treats secondary central nervous system tumors as well as neurologic complications from cancer or cancer therapies.

 As patients are guided through the process of diagnoses and treatment we work to ensure that each person's individual needs are met.   While providing a wide range of treatment and techniques, our program also has access to multiple clinical trials for various stages and types of tumors.  

 The Neuro-Oncology division also offers a UCNS-accredited fellowship


Pediatric Neurosurgery Division

The Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the University of Utah has three missions: 1) It is committed to delivering the highest possible quality of clinical care to patients with neurosurgical disease in a setting of compassion and understanding; 2) It is committed to educating and preparing pediatric neurosurgical trainees of all types for the challenges of tomorrow; and 3) It is committed to conducting research that brings further understanding to the field of pediatric neurosurgery.  

Our team consists of four ABPNS-certified or -eligible surgeons, one pediatric neurosurgical fellow, two residents, two advanced NP’s and one RN. We serve a large portion of the Mountain West, providing world-class neurosurgical care to our patients while striving to achieve the above goals on a daily basis.

Spine Division

The University of Utah Medical School spine division offers a combined, one-year neurosurgery and orthopaedic spine fellowship. The fellowship provides comprehensive training in the management of complex spine and spinal cord disorders. 

Vascular Division

The neurosurgery department at the University of Utah provides comprehensive management of all possible cerebrovascular disorders using every available technological advance. In partnership with our colleagues in neuroradiology, neuro critical care, the neurology stroke service, and neurorehab, our department brings a depth of expertise and level of experience to vascular problems affecting the brain and spinal cord that is unmatched in the Mountain West area. We routinely provide treatment for patients with brain aneurysms, vascular malformations, stroke, cerebral hemorrhages, cavernous angiomas, AVM’s, and vascular tumors in state-of-the-art operating suites and endovascular treatment facilities. 

Treatment options range from minimally invasive angiographic coiling, stenting, and embolization to open surgical repair and, when needed, a combination of these modalities. The University of Utah CNC is the only facility in the region to provide stent-type flow diversion treatment for aneurysms that previously required highly complex operations to repair. No other facility in the region has a comparable range of experience and device expertise to handle such a complex field of neuroscience medicine.