University of Wisconsin–Madison

Wendell Lake


Assistant Professor

Wendell B. Lake, MD, has joined our faculty as an assistant professor of neurological surgery and director of adult functional and stereotactic neurological surgery. He comes to us after completing his fellowship in functional neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. His neurosurgical residency was at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Lake specializes in functional neurosurgery, epilepsy and movement disorders including deep brain stimulation (DBS) and Parkinson’s disease. In addition, he will treat a broad range of general neurosurgical disorders. Dr. Lake will see patients at the UW Health Neurological Surgery Clinic and will perform surgery at UW Hospital and Clinics and Meriter Hospital beginning this summer.

Professional Certifications and Education

Medical School: University of Kentucky, College of Medicine
Internship: Department of General Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Residency: Department of Neurosurgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Fellowship: Functional Fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical Center


1. Research support awarded and continued:

Quantifying Changes in Neural Network Dynamics Elicited by Deep Brain Stimulation for the Treatment of Movement Disorders. MR Lease Account PRJ79UT
Supported by the Departments of Radiology and Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin   Awarded

2. Research support requested:

Wisconsin ICTR grant Application October 2016 – Rejected

Neuro Career Development Program Grant Application, NIH K12. Status rejected

UW Radiology Research Grant November 2016 – Pending

N/A(Lake)                           04/1/17-3/31/19
UW Radiology                    $50,000
Quantifying changes in neural network dynamics elicited by deep brain stimulation for the treatment of movement disorders

N/A (Lake/Suminski)            09/01/2018-08/31/20
Cala Health                            $50,000

N/A (Lake/Suminski)            10/1/18-9/30/19
WNPRC                                  $50,000

UW2020 Application Title: Developing the foundations for next generation treatments for brain-gut diseases using electroceuticals, molecular, behavioral, and simultaneous PET/MR imaging technologies. Collaborator. PI: Luis Populin

DARPA grant Studying Vagal nerve stimulation for modulation of memory. PI: Luis Populin.

3. Teaching Activities:

Created an extended learning objective lecture that was videotaped for the medical students covering the topic of brain tumors. Also designed a corresponding PowerPoint presentation as well as quiz questions for the purpose of the lecture November 2017 to present

Longitudinal Teach Coach Small Group leader. I participate in 2-4 hours of small group lectures with medical students each week. July 2016 to present.

Faculty mentor for Scientist, Aaron Siminski, PhD

Faculty mentor for (internationally, USA high school, medical graduates, medical student): Collin Hubler 7/23/2018 to 8/5/2018

Faculty mentor for (internationally, USA high school, medical graduates, medical student):   AnaElise Beckman

Faculty mentor for (internationally, USA high school, medical graduates, medical student): Bailey Salimes

Faculty mentor for (internationally, USA high school, medical graduates, medical student)  Samantha Crowley

4. Articles, abstracts, book chapters published

Sakul V, Lake W, Neimat DBS Implantation with 3D Printed Stereotactic Platforms and the CranialVaultTM. Functional Neurosurgery 2nd Edition. Editor Robert Gross. Chapter accepted following edits.

Weifeng Zeng1, Aaron M. Dingle1,  Aaron J. Suminski2,3, Conner Feldman1, Mark Austin1, Joseph Novello2, Sarah K. Brodnick2, Jared Ness2, Jacqueline Israel1, Jane Pisaniello2, Wendell B. Lake3 and Justin C. Williams2,3, Samuel O. Poore1  Anatomical and electrophysiological analysis of the mouse infraorbital nerve as a neural interface. Published JPNS

Suminski AJ, Ness JP, Zeng W, Novello J, Brodnick SK, Pisaniello J, Dingle AM, Poore SO, Lake WB, Williams JC. Characterizing cortical responses evoked by electrical stimulation of the mouse infraorbital nerve.
Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2018 Jul;2018:4756-4759. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2018.8513175.  PMID: 30441412
Lake WB.  Co-editor of the Neurosurgery Clinics of North America neuromodulation issue (submitted) Published “Neurosurgery Clinics of North America”
Lake WB. Intrathecal Baclofen For the Treatment of Spasticity. Neurosurgery Clinics of North America. (First Author) Published “Neurosurgery Clinics of North America”
Lake WB.  Deep Brain Stimulation for the Treatment of Tremor. Neurosurgery Clinics of North America. (First Author) Published “Neurosurgery Clinics of North America”

5. Articles, abstracts, book chapters accepted and submitted:

Gurwattan, S M, Sillay, K, Lake, W & Resnick, D “Practical Considerations of Convection Enhanced Delivery for Novel Therapies Treating Spinal Cord Injury Related Neuropathic Pain” ARC Journal of Neuroscience

Strayer, A. & Lake, W. (In process, publication December, 2017). Brain abscess. In Wang, Strayer, Mummaneni, Harris, & Rosenberg (Eds), “Handbook of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Spinal Medicine for Nurses and Advanced Practice Health Professionals”.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press

Block Weifeng Zeng, MD, Aaron M. Dingle, PhD, Aaron J. Suminski, PhD, Conner Feldman, BS, Mark Austin, BS, Joseph Novello, MS, Sarah K. Brodnick, BS, Jared Ness, MS, Jacqueline Israe, MD, Jane Pisaniello, BS, Wendell B. Lake, PhD, Justin C. Williams, PhD, Samuel O. Poore, MD PhD.    “Anatomical Andelectrophysiological Analysis Of The Mouse Infraorbital Nerve As A Neuralinterface.”  University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA.

Lake W.  “Intrathecal Baclofen Infusion: A Treatment for Spasticity
and Secondary Generalized Dystonia”  Contemporary Neurosurgery volume 40-Number 14, September 30, 2018

“Progress in the Field of Micro-Electrocorticography” Mehdi Shokoueinejad, Dong-Wook Park, Yei Hwan Jung, Brodnick  S, Novello j, Dingle A, Swanson K, Baek DH, Suminski A, Lake WB, Ma Z,  Williams J  [Micromachines] Manuscript ID: micromachines-413915


Aaron Suminski (52501), Jared P. Ness (128385), Weifeng Zeng (128389), Joseph Novello (128391), Sarah Brodnick (58212), Jane  Pisaniello (128393), Aaron Dingle (128396), Samuel Poore, (83073), Wendell B. Lake (128399), Justin Williams (22802), corresponding author or proposer: Aaron Suminski,   “Characterizing cortical responses evoked by electrical stimulation of the mouse infraorbital nerve”  Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference, a peer reviewed conference paper.  (Submitted to Engineering in Medicine and Biology)  February 16, 2018)

6. Participation in continuing medical education, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally:

Neurosurgery Case Conference (Weekly)

Department M & M Conference (Weekly)

Epilepsy Case Conference (Weekly)

Department Grand Rounds (Weekly)

Resident Journal Club (Annual)

“Ethics.” Neurosciences Medical School, UW-Madison, Madison, WI September 11, 2018


Committee Member of Elsevier’s Neurosurgery Clinics on Neuromodulation. Role of contracting potential neurosurgeons to submit articles for publishing.

Invited Faculty Goodman Oral Board Prep Course.  October 30, 2018 to November 2, 2018  Phoenix, AZ USA


7. National, state, local and University committees and office positions:

International Neuromodulation Society: Member of the Education Committee.

8. Role in program development for the University; this should include establishment of research laboratories, leadership in special multidisciplinary programs and clinics:

Wellness Committee, UW-Madison, Madison, WI. June 2018 to the present

Credentials Committee, UW-Madison, Madison, WI. Sept 2018 to present

Development of Multidisciplinary Movement Disorders Conference (monthly).  Organize, direct, implementing within its structure: Patient videos, and Neuropsychology participation

Director of Functional Neurosurgery:   Have orchestrated the purchase of new microelectrode recording equipment.

Collaboration and development of training an inhouse scientist to assume microelectrode recording responsibilities.  UW no longer has to contract these services beginning January 2017 to present.

Organized quality improvement and metrics for the surgical movement disorders program in conjunction with the neurology team.

Collaboration with Dan Prueher, revision of “the Deep Brain Stimulation” educational brochure.

9. Administrative contributions:
2018- Present Substitute
2017 – Present  Medical Board Representative; serves as a substitute for Dr. Nathanial  Brooks.

April 2017 – Present   Member of the IRB committee

2017 – Present Member of the Tech Assessment Committee

March 2018 to present   UWHC Department Representative for the Wellbeing Committee

Rosa Robot Committee Member

Resident applicant interviews

Participation in UWHC – Epilepsy Conference

Participation in Neuro Onc Conference

Contributor for the UW Hospital and Clinics Neurosurgery web site development

Ad Hoc reviewer:  Operative Neurosurgery