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A UW Med Flight helicopter flies above the University of Wisconsin-Madison

A UW Med Flight helicopter flies above the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Capitol Building

The Wisconsin State Capitol building and Monona Terrace at night.

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An aerial photograph of the UWHealth medical campus.

Neurosurgery Dept Photo 2019


Neurosurgery News

Dr. Resnick

Dr. Daniel Resnick elected Secretary of the American Board of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Daniel Resnick was just elected Secretary of the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS). The ABNS is the regulatory body which determines the criteria necessary for being a neurosurgeon in the United States. The ABNS works with the ACGME via the Neurosurgical Residency Review Committee to establish the criteria necessary to complete a residency program. The ABNS creates and administers the written examination which every neurosurgery resident must pass prior to chief year, creates and administers the oral examination which every neurosurgeon must pass in order to have board certification, and has created a continuous certification program designed to …

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Aneurysm put Barbara’s life on the line

Barbara Ellingson-Raisbeck wasn’t looking forward to the day she had to return her two grandchildren, ages 5 and 7, back home to mom and dad. After spending 10 days with grandma and grandpa at their northern Wisconsin home during the summer of 2019, the time came to pack everything up for the 4 ½-hour drive from Sugar Camp, Wisconsin to Brooklyn and Devin’s home in Rockford, Illinois. “My husband, Tom, and I had so much fun entertaining our grandkids,” Barbara says. “It’s always kind of a letdown when we have to take them back.” With so many “treasures” filling the …

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2019 Neurosurgery Update

The latest Neurosurgery update has been released! See it here!

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Dr. Medow featured on the Larry Meiller Show – Coming Back From A Stroke

You are more likely to get a stroke over the age of 55, but as many as 10 percent of people in the U.S. who experience a stroke are younger. We talk about strokes with a neurosurgeon and a man who had a stroke at age 35. Dr. Joshua Medow was a guest on Larry Meiller’s radio broadcast on WPR to discuss recovery from a stroke. Click here for link to the website. Click here to listen to the interview. Click here to download the interview as an mp3.

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SMPH Quarterly Magazine Highlights Dr. Baskaya and the Neurosurgery Skills Lab

Click to download the article in pdf For more information on the Skills Lab, please see our page on the Lincoln Ramirez Neurosurgery Operative Skills Laboratory.

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Message from the Chairman

Dr. Robert J. Dempsey
Dr. Robert J. Dempsey

Welcome to the website for the University of Wisconsin Department of Neurological Surgery. In this website you will learn about our department, which is dedicated to providing the very best clinical neurosurgical care for the many disorders of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system, as well as the blood vessels which support them. You will learn about our work on disorders such as:

  • brain tumors
  • stroke
  • brain hemorrhages from aneurysms (congenital or acquired abnormalities)
  • spinal cord injuries or degenerations of the spinal and peripheral nerve disorders
  • pediatric and congenital disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems
  • degenerative disorders of the brain and spine

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Mission Statement

A W crest emblem is seen on the Field House from inside of Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Oct. 6, 2012. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)


The Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Wisconsin provides outstanding care and treatment for patients with brain, spine, and peripheral nerve diseases, disorders, and injuries; advances neuroscience knowledge through basic and clinical research; and trains students, residents, and fellows.