Penn State Neurosurgery
Penn State Neurosurgery is actively involved in the treatment of conditions involving the brain, skull, spine, and nervous system.
Nationally and Internationally Recognized Staff
Our staff has received national and international recognition with expert physicians and researchers in every subspecialty of neurosurgery. Our staff cares for patients of all ages and from all walks of life, and is equipped with the knowledge and experience to treat many different kinds of conditions.
Leading the Medical Community
Penn State Neurosurgery is among the first to offer the latest procedures and the most modern multidisciplinary approach to treatments. Neuro-oncology offers protocols for the treatment of patients with benign and malignant brain and spinal cord tumors.
Harbaugh Named Society of Neurological Surgeons President
Robert E. Harbaugh M.D., FAANS, FACS, FAHA, director of the Penn State Neuroscience Institute and distinguished professor and chair of Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery, was selected as President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) at its annual meeting June 8, 2015. Harvey Cushing, M.D., the founder of neurosurgery, was the first president of the SNS in 1920, making it the oldest neurosurgical society in the world.
The SNS, comprised of Neurosurgical Department Chairs and other senior educational leaders, holds the following as its principal missions: fostering neurosurgical research, developing neurosurgical curricula and educating medical students, neurosurgical residents and neurosurgery fellows. Membership in the SNS is limited to 200 active members.
Zacko Receives Citation from Neurocritical Care Society
Christopher Zacko, M.D., Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of Neurotrauma and Neurocritical Care, has been presented with the Presidential Citation from the Neurocritical Care Society. He was given this citation for his continual support and dedication to the society, as well as strengthening the Society's neurocritical care community through his extraordinary efforts and contributions.
Semyon Slobounov Publishes Book on Concussions in Athletics
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Semyon (Sam) Slobounov, professor of kinesiology and neurosurgery at Penn State, has published a book titled "Concussions in Athletics: From Brain to Behavior." The book offers state-of-the-art clinical guidance on diagnosing and treating concussion, the latest research findings and implications written by an international panel of experts and advanced brain imaging findings to delineate the hidden symptoms of concussion. Learn More >>
Penn State Hershey performs 1,000th Gamma Knife procedure
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center recently completed its 1,000th Gamma Knife radiosurgery procedure. Gamma Knife radiosurgery uses a single dose of radiation instead of a surgeon's scalpel to treat a wide range of diseases, including both benign and malignant tumors, Parkinson's disease, vascular malformation and lesions that cause epilepsy.
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Penn State Hershey Recognized for Quality Care for Heart Failure and Stroke Patients
Medical Center receives Gold Plus and Honor Roll designations for both programs
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has recognized Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for its ongoing commitment to providing high-level care to heart failure and stroke patients.
The Medical Center has received the Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award through the Get With The Guidelines program. Learn More >>
Experts and patients discuss brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and recovery
Stroke survivor stories
Patients and physicians discuss the latest treatments of back pain and spinal injuries
Discovering treatment options for essential tremor
Experts and patients discuss the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of carotid artery disease
Restless legs syndrome
- Gomez and Hafenstein awarded collaborative grant to study virus structures Esther Gomez, assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering in Penn State’s College of Engineering, and Susan Hafenstein, associate professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology in Penn State’s College of Medicine, have been awarded one of two Grace Woodward Grants for Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine for the 2016-17 project period.More...
- Physicians help develop national treatment guidelines for pancreatic cancer Practice guidelines for physicians treating a wide range of diseases have become a frequently used, if not required tool, for every physician in daily medical practice.More...
- The Medical Minute: Disease causes tumors to form on nerve tissue Although neurofibromatosis (NF) is not commonly discussed, it affects more than 2 million people worldwide. According to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, NF is more common than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Huntington’s disease combined.More...
- Innovation Cafe is about connections and advancing ideas Innovation and music may not be an obvious connection, but it created perfect harmony at Penn State’s latest Innovation Cafe, a networking program organized by the Penn State College of Medicine’s Office of Technology Development.More...