Virtual sub-internship: events for medical students going into neurosurgery

Join us for one session or our entire series of one-hour events for medical students going into neurosurgery. Featuring discussions with Washington University neurosurgery faculty, the events will cover everything from advice about going into neurosurgery, the benefits of learning from the most complex cases, and becoming an innovative neurosurgeon-scientist. Bring your questions! To sign […]

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 […]

Q&A with Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery Brenton Pennicooke, MD

Brenton Pennicooke, MD, hiking in Sedona, AZ, with his baby Amelia.

Brenton Pennicooke, MD, joined Washington University last year after completing a post-residency fellowship in complex spinal reconstruction and minimally invasive spine surgery under the guidance of both neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons.  He is the first Black faculty member in the Washington University Department of Neurosurgery. His diverse training gives him a unique insight into […]

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 […]

Vellimana joins Neurosurgery faculty

Ananth Vellimana, MD

Ananth Vellimana, MD, is joining the faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery at Washington University as assistant professor on the investigator track beginning July 1. Currently an endovascular surgical neuroradiology fellow with the Department of Radiology, Dr. Vellimana completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in the lab of Gregory Zipfel, MD, followed by neurosurgery residency at […]