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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.

UW Health

An aerial photograph of the UWHealth medical campus.

Neurosurgery Dept Photo 2019


Neurosurgery News

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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.

Jordan Dorf (seated) travelled from Denver to Madison to have his pituitary tumor removed by UW Health neurosurgeon Azam Ahmed, MD (standing, right). Jordan learned about Dr. Ahmed from UW Health neurosurgeon Josh Medow, MD (standing, left). Jordan and Dr. Medow have been friends since high school in Skokie, IL.

UW Health was worth a 1,000-mile trip for Jordan’s tumor surgery

Jordan Dorf of Aurora, Colorado had been walking around with a fatty lump on the side of his face since he was in high school. While typically harmless, these lumps – known as lipomas — can be surgically removed for cosmetic reasons, and Jordan finally decided to have his taken off in the spring of 2019. Before performing the procedure, Jordan’s physician ordered a routine CT scan which, unexpectedly, revealed a more serious problem. “All of a sudden, I’m hearing that they see a suspected mass near my brain, and I need an MRI. It knocked the wind out of …

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M & M

Wednesday, January 29
7:00 - 7:30 AM 


Wednesday, January 29
Justin Sattin, Associate Professor
Department of Neurology 
University of Wisconsin, Medicine Foundation Inc. 
"Brain Death: A Two Thousand Year Perspective" 
7:30 - 8:15 AM

Movement Disorder Conference

Tuesday, January 28
7:00 AM
K4/818 CSC Javid Room 

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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.