Two neurosurgeons monitor brain surgery using an internal camera. Getting inside the brain

Dr. Van Gompel's lab is committed to developing and testing neurosurgical techniques and devices that can be used for treating conditions such as brain tumors and epilepsy.


Research in Mayo Clinic's Device Development and Experimental Therapeutics Lab focuses on the advancement of neurosurgery in techniques and technology to assist surgery. Most work concentrates on expanding indications for treatment of disease for neurosurgery and using brain stimulation for the treatment of epilepsy. The lab works on mechanical aspects of devices to improve current operative procedures as well as innovates new ways to treat diseases relevant to neurosurgery. Most treatments are focused on diseases relevant to our clinical practice of benign skull base tumors and epilepsy.

In addition, the lab employs outcome analysis, advanced imaging, and techniques for benign skull base tumors, such as pituitary adenomas, vestibular schwannomas and meningiomas, as well as malignant skull base tumors, such as esthesioneuroblastoma and chordoma.


Dr. Van Gompel's Device Development and Experimental Therapeutics Lab is affiliated with these Mayo Clinic research areas:

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About Dr. Van Gompel

Jamie J. Van Gompel, M.D., is a professor of neurosurgery and otolaryngology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minnesota. He also serves as the program director and vice chair of education in the Department of Neurologic Surgery, as well as the associate program director for the Neurosurgical Skull Base Oncology Fellowship and program director of the Neurosurgical International Fellowship.