Eric C. Leuthardt, MD, MBA

Eric C. Leuthardt, MD, MBA

Shi H. Huang Professor of Neurological Surgery

Vice-Chair of Innovation, Department of Neurosurgery

Chief, Division of Neurotechnology

Professor of Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Director, Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology

Director, Brain Laser Center

Castle Connolly Top Doctor


  • Brain Laser Center
  • Brain tumors
  • Brain tumors requiring motor and speech mapping,
  • Gamma Knife
  • Laser ablation
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Surgical treatment of epilepsy

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I love caring for patients at WashU  because the unique environment enables renowned experts to come together to create, translate and deliver the leading edge of therapies for my patients.

Dr. Leuthardt


BS, Biology and Theology Saint Louis University
St. Louis, Missouri 

MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MBA, Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri


Intern, General Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

Resident, Neurological Surgery
Barnes-Jewish Hospital & Washington University School of Medicine 
St. Louis, Missouri 


Senior Registrar, Neurological Surgery
Beaumont Hospital 
Dublin, Ireland 

Fellow, Spine and Epilepsy 
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Washington School of Medicine & Harborview Medical Center 
Seattle, Washington

Research focus

Eric C. Leuthardt, MD, is a neurosurgeon who is currently a professor with the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.  He is Chief of the Division of Neurotechnology. He is also Director of the Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology and the Brain Laser Center. His research has focused on brain computer interfaces and brain mapping – using engineering approaches to decode the brain to create novel diagnostics and treatments for disease ranging from brain tumors, stroke, chronic pain, and spinal cord injury. Dr. Leuthardt uses an integrated approach by employing multiple domains of expertise ranging from biomedical engineering, clinical neurosurgery, mathematical modeling, complex signal analysis, and computer programming. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed publications, Leuthardt has numerous patents on file with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for medical devices and brain computer interface technologies. Neuroprosthetics – devices linked to the brain that may lead to cures for paralysis, allow patients to move artificial limbs or restore other neurological functions.

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Leuthardt Lab

Leuthardt Lab

The goal of the Leuthardt Lab is to understand brain computer interface (BCI) devices and their implications regarding patient care.

Honors & leadership roles

  • Daniel P. Schuster Award for Distinguished Work in Clinical and Translational Science, St. Louis, February 2020
  • Fellow, National Academy of Inventors, Washington DC, April 2018
  • Chancellor’s Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Washington University, St. Louis, MO, November 2017
  • Innovation Award, Academy of Science – St Louis – St. Louis, MO, April 2007
  • Technology Review’s Top 100 Young Innovators (TR100 Award),  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, September 2004
  • Health Innovators Fellowship – Aspen Institute, Aspen, CO, July 2014
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons Cushing Fellowship Award – Chicago, IL, October 2006
  • Annual Award of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery – Berlin, Germany, October 2004
  • James O’Leary Prize for Outstanding Neuroscience Research – Washington University. St Louis, MO, March 2004
  • Emmy Award for Informational/Instructional/Program Special – National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – Mid America Chapter, as playwright of BrainWorks, St. Louis, MO, October 2016

Board certification

American Board of Neurological Surgery (2010)

Hospital appointments

Barnes-Jewish Hospital 
St. Louis Children’s Hospital