Stanford University School of Medicine: Our Neurosurgical Heritage. Neurosurgery Veeravagu, A., Kim, L. H., Rao, V. L., Lim, M., Shuer, L. M., Harris, O. A., Steinberg, G. K. 2023


The legacy of Stanford University's Department of Neurosurgery began in 1858, with the establishment of a new medical school on the West Coast. Stanford Neurosurgery instilled an atmosphere of dedication to neurosurgical care, scientific research, education, and innovation. We highlight key historical events leading to the formation of the medical school and neurosurgical department, the individuals who shaped the department's vision and expansion, as well as pioneering advances in research and clinical care. The residency program was started in 1961, establishing the basis of the current education model with a strong emphasis on training future leaders, and the Moyamoya Center, founded in 1991, became the largest Moyamoya referral center in the United States. The opening of Stanford Stroke Center (1992) and seminal clinical trials resulted in a significant impact on cerebrovascular disease by expanding the treatment window of IV thrombolysis and intra-arterial thrombectomy. The invention and implementation of CyberKnife® (1994) marks another important event that revolutionized the field of radiosurgery, and the development of Stanford's innovative Brain Computer Interface program is pushing the boundaries of this specialty. The more recent launch of the Neurosurgery Virtual Reality and Simulation Center (2017) exemplifies how Stanford is continuing to evolve in this ever-changing field. The department also became a model for diversity within the school as well as nationwide. The growth of Stanford Neurosurgery from one of the youngest neurosurgery departments in the country to a prominent comprehensive neurosurgery center mirrors the history of neurosurgery itself: young, innovative, and willing to overcome challenges.

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