Gregory J. Zipfel, MD
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

Our mission at the Department of Neurosurgery at Washington University School of Medicine is to make a difference in the lives of our patients.

We do this by:

  • Providing outstanding patient care in a compassionate, convenient environment.
  • Developing new knowledge to enhance the treatment of diseases of the spine and nervous system.
  • Teaching tomorrow’s leaders in neurosurgical patient care and research.

Our skilled neurosurgeons provide comprehensive patient care services, from initial diagnosis through treatment. Patients benefit from our team approach to care, in which highly experienced physicians and nurses from a variety of subspecialties collaborate to develop and provide the most appropriate treatment for each patient. 

We treat both pediatric and adult patients. Our adult services are offered at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, on the campus of Washington University Medical Center. Young patients are seen at the adjacent St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Both hospitals are nationally recognized for excellence and are the most technologically advanced in the region, offering patients the latest in diagnosis and treatment.

Clinical Faculty

The Washington University School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery is proud of its efforts to advance the field of neurosurgery by providing premier patient care and access to advanced procedures and clinical trials. Many of our neurosurgeons are ranked among the Best Doctors in America. We also are

  • Ranked #11 in the country by U.S. News & World Report for Top Neurology/Neurosurgery Programs in the country
  • Ranked #5 in the country for our pediatric program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Research Faculty

Many of our clinicians are actively involved in ongoing neurological research. We also have several nationally recognized neurosurgery researchers who are dedicated full-time to identifying the underlying causes of neurological disease with an eye toward translating that research into clinical trials to test the next generation of treatments.

The Department of Neurosurgery conducts both basic and clinical research. Faculty members are committed to gaining a better understanding of the underlying causes of neurological diseases and to applying this knowledge toward developing better approaches for diagnosis and patient care.

Faculty dedicated to the field of neurological research include:

Hiroko Yano, PhD 
Gabriel Haller, PhD
Allegra Petti, PhD
Peter Brunner, PhD
Ismael Seáñez, PhD

Our surgeons also continually contribute major advances in surgical techniques and conduct research to assess the efficacy of current therapies and outcomes. Patients benefit from access to investigational treatments through a variety of clinical trials.

We are privileged to work in an environment of discovery alongside neurosurgeon-scientists seeking solutions to debilitating human conditions. We encourage you to take a close look at what we have to offer as we strive to make a difference every day in our patients’ lives.


Gregory J. Zipfel, MD
Ralph G. Dacey Distinguished Professor of Neurological Surgery
Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Co-Director of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital