Photograph showing Dr. Bendok in surgical gown and gloves demonstrating surgical techniques Innovation in neurovascular disease

In the Neurosurgery Simulation and Innovations Lab, we're improving surgical safety and outcomes and enhancing quality of life for people with neurovascular diseases.


The Neurosurgery Simulation and Innovations Laboratory of Bernard R. Bendok, M.D., reaches a new threshold in patient care.

Research in our lab focuses on the innovation of surgical methods and devices, clinical trials, mathematical modeling of neurovascular diseases, and patient-specific simulation.

Our multidisciplinary team in neurosurgery uses the most advanced technologies to create patient-specific simulations of surgery. Our techniques include 3D printing, synthetic creation and advanced technologies in holographic renderings. These techniques enable neurosurgeons to practice an operation before the actual surgery takes place.

Our lab focuses on three main objectives:

  • Advancing surgical simulation.
  • Developing new medical devices.
  • Conducting clinical trials.

Having the ability to see a patient's physical pathology using different modalities allows for simulation, which can result in better outcomes. Being able to simulate a surgery beforehand allows the surgical team to choose the right tools and approach. And if the right tools don't exist, our research team requests that the tools be engineered or better designed to suit the specific procedure. We have the ability to create a surgical approach best designed for each person's needs, which puts the needs of the patient first and gives them new hope for the best treatment.

About Dr. Bendok

Dr. Bendok is a practicing neurosurgeon and a professor of neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Bendok is chair of neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He also is the William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professor III. Dr. Bendok's main research interests are improving surgical safety and outcomes and quality of life for people who have neurovascular disease. Read Dr. Bendok's research profile.