Grants awarded to advance treatment for brain tumors, nervous system, and to improve spine surgery outcomes

Photos of residents and faculty who have recently received research grants

Announcing new grants to faculty and residents of the Department of Neurosurgery between March 1, 2021 and May 21, 2021. Faculty Peter Brunner, PhD – McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience Small Grant Neural Mechanisms Underlying Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation 7/1/2021 – 6/30/2023 Total 2 year award $80,000 (directs + indirects) Gabe Haller, PhD, and […]

Washington University celebrates inventors, including Department of Neurosurgery faculty

Washington University will celebrate innovations and inventors, including those developed by Department of Neurosurgery faculty members, at the annual 2021 WashU Celebration of Inventors on April 15. Washington University inventors who have received patents in the last year will be recognized at the event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Central Time via Zoom. Several startups involving or […]

Growing up with epilepsy, Emma celebrates a year without seizures

Emma Beutow can’t remember life without epilepsy, but her mom Misty recalls the first time Emma had a seizure at age 3. Actually, she didn’t know it was a seizure until later.  Like many people, Misty associated seizures with dramatic convulsions. Emma’s seizures were more subtle.   “She would do these weird things where she would […]

Neurosurgeon restores mobility for thousands of children with cerebral palsy

Pediatric Neurosurgeon T.S. Park, MD celebrates with his patients.

To thousands of families worldwide, T.S. Park, MD, is known as the hero who developed minimally invasive “selective dorsal rhizotomy” surgery that helped their children gain mobility. Not only has he performed more than 4,600 surgeries to treat spastic cerebral palsy patients from 80 countries, and traveled to follow up with many of them, he […]

Q&A with alumnus Washington, leader in academic neurosurgery

Alumnus Chad Washington, MD and his family

Six months before COVID-19 hit, Chad Washington, MD, MS, was promoted to chair of Neurosurgery at University of Mississippi Medical Center, the only academic medical center in the state. Specializing in adult cranial neurosurgery and vascular neurosurgery, Dr. Washington credits his training at Washington University – and some key people – for profoundly influencing his […]

Senior Resident Patel awarded prestigious fellowship

Bhuvic Patel, MD, performs a tumor dissociation in the lab of Albert H. Kim, MD, PhD.

Neurosurgery Senior Resident Bhuvic Patel, MD, has been awarded the prestigious William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship, given each year to one senior neurosurgery resident in North America to study overseas.  At Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Patel’s basic science research focus is on the molecular and genetic analysis of brain tumors. His clinical research […]

Washington University Neurosurgery welcomes two new spine faculty

Leading spine surgeons join Washington University neurosurgery faculty

Washington University’s group of spine specialists continues to expand, building on its position as a global leader advancing innovations in spine surgery. Spinal neurosurgeons Nitin Agarwal, MD, and Daniel Hafez, MD, PhD, are joining the Washington University Department of Neurosurgery faculty, a team of leaders who care for the most complex spinal conditions with the […]

Neurosurgery and neurotechnology grants to improve patients’ lives

Announcing new grants of greater than $100,000, awarded to faculty and residents of the Department of Neurosurgery, between Nov. 1, 2020 – Feb. 28, 2021: Eric Leuthardt, MD – National Security Innovation Network Washington University in St. Louis National Security Academic Accelerator 10/28/20 – 9/30/21 Total 1-year award $500,000 (directs + indirects) The purpose of […]

Q&A with new faculty member and neurotech expert Séañez

Ismael Seáñez, PhD, assistant professor, Biomedical Engineering & Neurosurgery, playing tennis in Wengen, Switzerland.

Ismael Séañez, PhD, joined the department this month. He is assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering and Neurosurgery. Q. Your work seems to exist at a very potent intersection of fields. How did you end up here, and was this always the plan? A. I have been fascinated by neurotechnologies since I was young, but I […]

Q&A with Elvisa Kurtovic, NP

When did you join the Department of Neurosurgery?  I joined in January of 2015 as a Nurse Practitioner. What do you enjoy most about your job? I enjoy taking care of my patients. Each interaction I have with a patient is an opportunity to catch any worrying signs and symptoms that need immediate attention. I […]