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Neurosurgery Program

The Neurosurgery Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers comprehensive care for a full range of neurological conditions, including brain and spine disorders.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Vanderbilt among the top programs in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery care. Our neurosurgeons bring the same level of compassion and expertise to every surgery, no matter how common or complex, to ensure you receive the best possible care.

Neurosurgery: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Highly skilled specialists: Our fellowship-trained neurosurgeons provide the highest level of care for every type of neurological condition – with excellent outcomes. Our surgical team includes doctors with extensive training and experience in neurosurgery and specialized procedures. Often, patients come to us for a second opinion on their diagnosis or treatment plan.
  • Personalized treatment: Our comprehensive care team meets weekly to evaluate complex cases individually. We work together to develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
  • Advanced surgical care: We perform a high volume of complex surgeries requiring advanced techniques. We specialize in minimally invasive endoscopic and robotic surgeries, which can reduce scarring and give you a faster recovery.
  • Level 4 Epilepsy Center: Vanderbilt is recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as the only Level 4 Epilepsy Center that treats both children and adults in Tennessee.
  • Comprehensive Stroke Center. We are a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center accredited by The Joint Commission. This designation recognizes the advanced care we provide for complex strokes and cerebrovascular diseases.
  • DBS Center of Excellence: Vanderbilt has been a national leader in using deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat movement disorders for more than 20 years. We are recognized as a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence and perform more than 100 DBS surgeries each year.
  • Neurosurgical intensive care unit: Our dedicated private rooms are equipped with the latest technologies and safety measures. Our nurses and staff are specially trained to care for patients with neurological disorders. This ensures you and your family receive the highest level of specialty care 24/7.
  • Support services: In many of our specialized programs, our patient care coordinators help you navigate the surgical process. They can assist with obtaining medical records, scheduling appointments and addressing questions or concerns. Our coordinators can connect you to support groups or other community resources.
  • Innovative research and treatments: We are at the forefront of discovering new, innovative surgical options to enhance patient care. Vanderbilt was one of the first medical centers in the U.S. to implement and test DBS, and we continue to be one of the most active academic medical centers performing DBS in the country. 

Conditions We Treat

Our neurosurgery team is trained to care for a wide range of neurological disorders, including:

  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Aneurysms
  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Brain injury/trauma
  • Brain tumors
  • Carotid disease
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cavernous malformations
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leaks (CSF)
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential tremor
  • Head injury
  • Meningiomas
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Peripheral nerve injury
  • Peripheral nerve tumors
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal cord injury/trauma
  • Spinal cord tumors
  • Stroke
  • Torticollis
  • Ulnar neuropathy

Treatments We Offer

  • Cerebrovascular surgeries: We offer the latest surgical options, from minimally invasive procedures to more complex surgeries, to treat aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and stroke.
    • Carotid angioplasty and stenting
    • Craniotomy and surgical clipping
    • Embolization for nosebleeds
    • Endovascular embolization
    • Endovascular procedures
    • Intracranial angioplasty and stenting
    • Sclerotherapy
    • Tumor embolization before surgery
  • Deep brain stimulation: DBS uses electrical stimulation to treat neurological conditions such as dystonia, essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Epilepsy surgery: For patients with medication-resistant epilepsy, surgical treatment may provide the best chance for seizure control and improved quality of life. Surgical treatment options include:
    • Surgical resection
    • MRI-guided laser ablation
    • Responsive neurostimulation (RNS)
    • Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)
  • Peripheral nerve tumor surgery
  • Pituitary tumor surgery
  • Skull base surgery
  • Spine surgery

Neurosurgery Patient Stories

Jordyn Spann

When Jordyn Spann was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma, she launched into research to find the most skilled, experienced center, and referred herself to Vanderbilt. Reid Thompson, M.D., and Alejandro Rivas, M.D, conducted the 16-hour surgery to remove the benign brain tumor in 2015. Watch her story.

Tommy Schroader

At 40, Tommy Schroader had lived with his epileptic seizures for decades. A referral from his neurologist led him to the Level 4 Epilepsy Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He underwent surgery to remove the area of his brain causing the seizures. Now, Tommy is seizure-free. Read his story.

Neurosurgery Locations

Vanderbilt Neurosurgery
The Village at Vanderbilt
1500 21st Avenue South, Suite 1506
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 322-7417
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Vanderbilt Neurosurgery Franklin
302 South Royal Oaks Boulevard
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 778-2265
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Vanderbilt Neurosurgery Mt.  Juliet
5002 Crossings Boulevard
Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
(615) 773-2080
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Meet Our Neurosurgery Care Team