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Neurosurgery and Spine

WVU Medicine neurosurgeons provide advanced care to adults and children with disorders of the:

  • spine and spinal cord
  • brain, carotid, and vertebral arteries
  • pituitary gland
  • cranial and spinal nerves
  • autonomic nervous system

Expert treatment is given for spinal degenerative disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, neoplasms, and trauma.

Our faculty includes skilled surgeons at the forefront of new techniques in skull-base surgery, advanced stroke care, epilepsy surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, pain, and functional disorders.

State-of-the-art technology

WVU Medicine’s Center for Advanced Imaging offers state-of-the-art equipment that enables surgeons to diagnose and treat problems with a high degree of accuracy. This includes PET and a 3-Tesla MRI, which are twice as powerful as former MRIs. Three-dimensional angiography allows for better visualizations of complex aneurysms. Other technologies include a surgical aspirator and an 80-watt laser.

The Gamma Knife uses focused radiation to destroy lesions with pinpoint accuracy, while avoiding damage to surrounding tissue.

Advanced techniques

Our surgeons are skilled in the latest microsurgical techniques to treat aneurysms and AVMs, as well as pituitary, acoustic, and skull-base tumors in difficult-to-reach areas. Working with interventional neuro-radiologists, some lesions can be treated via blood vessels using catheters.

Patients can benefit from new advanced treatments, including those in clinical trials.

Treatments we perform include:

  • Surgery for spine trauma
  • Microsurgery of the brain and spine including the use of computer and endoscopic guidance
  • Treatment for benign and malignant brain tumors
  • Surgery for acoustic neuromas
  • Surgery for pituitary disorders
  • Surgery for spinal cord tumors
  • Surgery for hydrocephalus
  • Surgery for epilepsy
  • Dorsal root entry zone lesions
  • Cranial-facial reconstruction
  • Deep brain spinal cord, vagal nerve, and peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Surgery for trigeminal neuralgia

Dr. Ali Rezai, executive chair of the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, lays out his bold, new vision for neuroscience at WVU. Joining Dr. Rezai are WVU President Gorden Gee, Albert Wright, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia University Health System, and Clay Marsh, MD, vice president and executive dean for Health Science at WVU.

Research drives patient care at any large academic medical center. As stroke treatment has dramatically evolved in the past decade, WVU Medicine’s neurointerventionists have emerged as national leaders in their relatively new field. Here, Ansaar Rai, MD, WVU Medicine Radiology vice chair of clinical operations, discusses the past and present of stroke treatment.

Neurosurgeons treat their patients through the use of a delicate, targeted procedure; the best neurosurgeons are skilled at several. WVU Medicine neurosurgeon Robert A. Marsh, MD, PhD, says his best approach is unique to each patient, and considers wishes as well as needs.

WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute