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The Duke Department of Neurosurgery maintains an active clinical service with 11 staff neurosurgeons and a floor in Duke University Hospital shared with the Department of Neurology. In keeping with the vision of Duke Medicine, we are dedicated to the trifold mission of advancing patient care, physician training, and groundbreaking research.

Patient Care

The neurosurgical service at Duke University Medical Center is committed to the quest for the best possible treatment of diseases that affect the nervous system.

Working as a team with other medical specialists, the neurosurgeon can advise the patient as to the appropriate options for diagnosis and treatment for their conditions.

As a division within a nationally recognized medical center, we are committed to shepherding the most promising treatments from the laboratory to the clinic for previously incurable conditions. Each faculty member, while fully trained in all aspects of neurosurgery, has identified areas of particular expertise.

Neurosurgery Training

The neurosurgical faculty at Duke University is committed to the education of the next generation of neurosurgeons.

In an environment that provides exemplary patient care, residents are educated in clinical decision making, technical neurosurgery, continuing education, and interpersonal and communication skills. Residents participate and initiate both clinical and laboratory-based research.

The neurosurgical service has a tradition of educating undergraduate students and medical students as well as residents.


The Department of Neurosurgery engages in basic, translational, and clinical research aimed at conquering diseases of the nervous system. The division emphasizes clinical and translational research to improve the therapy we can give our patients.


John H. Sampson, MD, PhD, MBA, MHSc
Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery