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Department and Faculty

The neurosurgical service at Mayo Clinic is one of the largest in the United States. Each year, the entire spectrum of neurosurgical conditions and disease is treated essentially at one site, which ensures an unparalleled training experience.

Many cases are "straightforward" neurosurgical problems, which include brain tumors, cerebral aneurysms, and spinal disease. This allows neurosurgical residents to become skilled in the management of typical neurosurgical problems. However, there are also many complex cases which are referred to Mayo neurologists and neurosurgeons for evaluation and treatment. These difficult cases will often require a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care which broadens the educational opportunities for residents.

The average neurosurgical caseload is approximately 3,800 major operations per year, which includes:

  • 600 operations for brain tumor
  • 100 for trauma
  • 230 for vascular diseases (aneurysm, AMV, carotid, bypass)
  • 110 transsphenoidal operations
  • 290 operations for functional disorders (epilepsy, movement, pain)
  • 250 peripheral nerve procedures
  • 150 endovascular procedures
  • 1,270 spinal procedures including 70 for intraspinal tumor and many cases of complex spinal disease involving instrumentation
  • The average chief resident operative caseload is approximately 400 operations per year


In addition to caring for patients in their clinical practices, Mayo Clinic's 13 faculty members are committed to teaching and facilitating the resident's development as a neurosurgeon. Many of the department faculty have published and lectured extensively and are well regarded for their specialty and subspecialty expertise.

Visiting Professors

Many prominent neurosurgeons visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work at scheduled conferences and/or morning lectures and participate in hospital rounds. These visits are scheduled to include time for informal interaction between the visitor and residents

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