Functional Neurosurgery Center

The University of Chicago’s functional neurosurgery program is a comprehensive effort to treat and manage patients with movement disorders, epilepsy, pain and severe psychiatric diseases.

Our physicians are recognized experts, who continue to investigate new methods of treating these diseases. To date, they have performed more than 500 functional neurosurgeries.

Movement Disorders

Our neurosurgical team provides treatment for a wide range of diseases, including:

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Dystonia
  • Essential tremor
  • Tics
  • Tourette syndrome
  • MS-related tremors

To treat these diseases, our team offers stereotactic surgery/deep brain stimulation, and lesion surgery. Our team members are especially well known for their experience with deep brain stimulation and neuroimaging capabilities, which allow surgeons to reach sensitive areas of the brain with sub-millimetric precision and physiological guidance plus intraoperative computed tomography

Epilepsy Program

In most cases, our expert team is able to greatly reduce or even eliminate patients’ seizures. Our excellence in epilepsy care was recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, which certified our institution as a Level 4 epilepsy center for both children and adults.

This level of success is possible, in part, because of the advanced diagnostic and therapeutic tools available. Our neurosurgeons offer a complete range of safe and effective surgical interventions.

Particular expertise exists in the field of minimally invasive implantation of depth electrodes to perform stereo EEG, the most precise 3-D identification of an epileptogenic zone. This is often followed by a laser ablation of the zone under MRI imaging, adding safety and efficiency. Classical resections as well as closed loop electrical stimulation are also performed frequently.

Pain Surgery

Our neurosurgeons treat numerous pain syndromes including:

  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • Occcipital neuralgia
  • Thalamic pain