Representatives from the Department of Neurological Surgery participate in the evaluation of patients with surgical disorders and diseases of the pituitary and the hypothalamus. Transsphenoidal, transcranial, and skull base surgery are available depending on individual patient needs. Image-directed neurological surgery is available for patients with tumors that are in close proximity of vital structures.
Our faculty and staff have considerable experience and interest in the management of pituitary adenomas, craniopharyngiomas, meningiomas, vascular lesions, chordomas, germinomas, and other lesions in the region of the pituitary, hypothalamus, and sphenoid. The neurosurgical service coordinates the evaluation and management of patients with pituitary and other parasellar tumors referred to the pituitary center for consideration for computerized photon knife radiosurgery.
Consultations with neurological surgery include review of medical records, laboratory data, and radiological studies as well as comprehensive history and physical examination. Evaluations are conducted in conjunction with endocrinology in most cases. Patients considered for computerized photon knife radiosurgery also see Center faculty from the department of radiation oncology. Integrated multidisciplinary treatment programs are tailored to individual patient's needs.
Kyle Derek Weaver, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Reid Thompson M.D.
William F. Meacham Professor and
Chairman of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt
Director of the Brain Tumor Center at Vanderbilt
Lola Chambless, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Department of Neurological Surgery
Surgeon, Vanderbilt Pituitary Center