Functional/Epilepsy Division

Functional/Epilepsy Neurosurgery 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.

William Couldwell, MD, PhDWilliam T. Couldwell, MD, PhD, FACS

Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

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