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Penn Neurosurgery

Neurosurgeons at Penn Medicine perform more than 5,000 operations each year at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Penn Medicine Virtua Neurosciences, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  

As part of Penn Neurosciences, neurosurgery cooperates and collaborates with multiple departments including neurology (medical treatment of nervous disorders including stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and others), otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery (cranial base tumors, hearing and balance problems), anesthesia (pain medicine) and psychiatry (depression, obsessive compulsive disorders). Advances in research are directly translated into patient care to provide the latest and safest approach for surgical treatment of nervous system disorders.

Penn Neurosurgery carries out an active research program led by basic scientists in brain, spine and nervous system diseases and disorders. Research ranges from laboratory bench efforts to understand basic mechanisms of injury, recovery and tumor formation in the brain to drug and device trials designed to improve treatment of brain tumors, stroke and aneurysms, as well as movement disorders.

Our research program, 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.

Penn neurosurgeons are leaders in developing the latest treatment options and clinical trials, and are dedicated to training the next generation of neurosurgeons. This ensures that the latest technological advances, including the most effective imaging methods, surgical techniques and management strategies are available to every patient. 

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