Sections & Programs

Neurosurgery

Welcome to the Section of Neurosurgery at The University of Chicago. The history of neuroscience here at the University is one that we pride ourselves on. We are committed to excellence in patient care, research and teaching.

We are devoted to the evaluation and treatment of both pediatric and adult neurosurgical disorders. The section has been divided into subspecialty programs to better identify expertise within neurosurgery. Our programs in neurovascular surgery, neuro-oncology, epilepsy, spinal surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, functional and stereotactic neurosurgery are world renowned. We utilize a full-range of neurosurgical technologies to provide the most up-to-date and effective treatment for the entire spectrum of neurological disease.

Our expertise goes beyond that of delivering the best medical care. Research is an integral part of our mission. We are actively engaged in basic science investigations as well as clinical research within each of the neurosurgical subspecialties. The section receives NIH funding in addition to other external funding. We are committed to developing the therapies of tomorrow and advancing the science of neurological surgery.

In addition, the section is devoted to the teaching of medical students as well as post-graduate training of neurosurgeons at the resident and fellow level.

The Section of Neurosurgery utilizes its clinical expertise and advanced neurosurgical technology to provide the most effective treatment for the entire spectrum of neurosurgical disease. Building on a legacy of excellence in clinical care, research and education, the section's innovative programs include: neurovascular surgery, neuro-oncology, spinal surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, and functional and stereotactic neurosurgery.

Advanced Practice Providers

Judie Holleman, MSN RN CPNP-BC, PNP-AC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Amanda Johnson, APN

Paula Zakrzewski, RN, MSN, CPNP-AC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

The Section of Neurosurgery is leading the way in neurosurgical research and development. Currently, the Section supports ongoing investigations into treatments for brain tumors and epilepsy. Physicians at the Brain Tumor Center are developing new brain tumor models, drug delivery methods, anti-angiogenesis therapy, immunotherapy and gene therapy, all in an effort to bring new treatment options to the clinical setting. The University of Chicago Adult Epilepsy program collaborates with brain imaging experts to investigate ways to improve surgical epilepsy treatment with less invasive diagnostic techniques and more effective surgery. The Pediatric Neurosciences Center continues to define the field in cognitive outcomes after treatment for hydrocephalus and congenital anomalies, while providing Phase 1 trials for brain tumor treatment.

The Section of Neurosurgery offers Neurosurgery Fellowship programs in neurological subspecialties. Currently, a single position a one-year fellowship for pediatric neurosurgery is offered through the San Francisco Matching program. Fellowship training skull base/vascular neurosurgery and spinal neurosurgery is also available through direct application to the section.

The Safadi Program of Excellence in Clinical and Translational Neuroscience at the University of Chicago Medicine was launched on April 18, 2017, with the aim of facilitating this multidisciplinary interface, and creating opportunities for collaboration among scientists and clinicians engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders.

Faculty & Providers