When you or a family member is dealing with a brain injury or disease, you will undoubtedly have many questions: What is the right treatment? How is my life going to change? What does this all mean? How will I manage this disease or injury and keep moving forward?

One question you shouldn’t have to ask is whether your physician is the right fit, whether your physician is highly trained and whether your physician is armed with the most comprehensive, life-extending therapies available?

Patients want answers to their questions and guidance down this uncertain path. It is our life’s work to care for patients at their most vulnerable, frightened, and sickest moments. UC Health neurosurgeons have spent their lives training for it, and we are backed by the facilities and resources of one of the nation’s top medical institutions.

Trust UC Health with Your Neurosurgical Needs

UC Health is the leading expert in the care, education and research of brain, spine and nerve disorders in Greater Cincinnati.

UC Health is proud to be the:

  • region’s only neuroscience intensive care unit
  • region’s only Level 1 trauma center
  • home of 10 neurosurgeons, the largest and most decorated in the region
  • home of the most skilled neurological nurses and therapists in Cincinnati
  • region’s referral destination

Our neurosurgeons are experts in neurological disorders with extensive years in sub-specialty training—making UC Health a regional referral destination and top choice for patient care.

What makes our team stand apart is the truly integrated services, coordinated across specialties. Not one team member works in a silo—we come together to develop a treatment plan that keeps the patient and family our top priority. Together, we touch every aspect of a patient’s life. We use the latest technologies for advanced diagnostic imaging, complex surgery, radiosurgery and radiotherapy, chemotherapy, inpatient and outpatient follow-up care, and neurologic rehabilitation. And we don’t stop there. Integrative medicine is a critical component as is caring for the caregiver.

We also lead and engage in diverse research and our investigations help advance the science and art of neurosurgery across the country.

Our Patients Come First. Always.


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“Providing excellent patient care is at our core. We devote that same level of service to our community providers and work together to ensure their patient needs are met.”

Joseph Cheng, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery; Frank H. Mayfield Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery

Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery, Spine Tumors, Spinal Deformity

Kerry Crone, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery

Jonathan Forbes, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery, Skull Base Surgery

“Every patient who we treat becomes the focus of a multidisciplinary team of specialists armed with the most comprehensive tumor-fighting and life-extending therapies available.”

Nicholas Marko, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery; Director, UC Brain Tumor Center

Neurosurgery, Brain Tumors, Stereotactic Radiosurgery

“We individualize every patient experience and offer our patients the full spectrum of spine care, ranging from state of the art minimally invasive to complex spinal deformity and tumor treatments.”

Rani Nasser, MD

Clinical Instructor of Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery, Spine Tumors, Spine Surgery

“It's an honor to work each day improving the outcomes of patients who have suffered mild and severe head injuries. As part of the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Cincinnati, we're proud that we offer the right mix of specialists and medical resources the patient needs in a moment’s notice.”

Laura B. Ngwenya, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery, Neurotrauma, Spine Surgery, Brain Injury, Brain Tumors

“We're the silent partner community providers have depended on for complex care. We serve as a resource when additional support is needed.”

Charles J. Prestigiacomo, MD, FAANS, FACS

Professor of Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery, Stroke, Neurovascular, Endovascular

“It is my passion to work with patients helping them to understand how behaviors influence genes and how healthy behaviors make it possible to live longer and better.”

John M. Tew, Jr., MD

Professor of Neurosurgery; Executive Director, Community Affairs

Neurosurgery, Oncology, Brain Tumors, Facial Neuralgia, Integrative Medicine, Integrative Oncology

“I'm proud to be a part of a team who has made it their life's work to improve the lives of people with epilepsy, Parkinson's and movement disorders. Our 30-year history of excellence ensures patients receive the highest level of care.”

Juan Torres-Reveron, MD/PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery; Director, Functional Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery, Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Spine Surgery

“A person who suffers a stroke, or is at risk of stroke, will receive the highest level of compassionate, comprehensive care regardless of the complexity of the cerebrovascular case.”

Mario Zuccarello, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery; Director, Skull Base Surgery

Neurosurgery, Neurovascular, Skull Base, Stroke, Brain Tumors

Scott Everhart, PA

Neurosurgery, Brain Tumors

Cesar Panganiban, Jr. FNP-C

Neurosurgery, Epilepsy, Movement Disorders

Amy Perkins, MSN, CNP

Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery, Nurse Practitioner

Andrea Thomas, NP

Neurosurgery, Neurotrauma

Honoring Our Past, Embracing Our Future

“As Cincinnati’s academic health system, the department of neurosurgery has a long history of innovation and collaboration. Our team works across the traditional boundaries of healthcare to bring together experts from over 15 specialties. It is an honor to serve our region and impact the lives of both our partners, patients and families.”

John M. Tew, Jr., MD
Professor of Neurosurgery;
Executive Director, Community Affairs,
Vice President of Community Affairs

View Historical Timeline

1930
Jan 01

American Academy of Neurological Surgeons Founded

American Academy of Neurological Surgeons Founded

Joseph Evans, MD and Frank Mayfield, MD, academic and clinical leaders of the University of Cincinnati division of neurosurgery, were among a group of seven young neurosurgeons who founded the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons.

Feb 01

UC’s Postgraduate Surgical Program

UC’s Postgraduate Surgical Program

University of Cincinnati was amongst a handful of the first postgraduate surgical training programs in the U.S., joining Northwestern University, Rush University and Johns Hopkins.

1940
Jan 01

Neurosurgery Residency Program

Neurosurgery Residency Program

Joseph Evans, MD established the University of Cincinnati neurosurgery residency program, while simultaneously creating a name for himself in research.

Feb 01

ICP and Cerebral Blood Flow

ICP and Cerebral Blood Flow

Joseph Evans, MD and his team were among the first in the country to record intracranial pressure continuously and to quantify the relationship between ICP and cerebral blood flow, a breakthrough for the early adoption of computers in medicine.

1970
Jan 01

Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment

Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment

University of Cincinnati neurosurgeon Joseph Evans, MD develops electrodes that treat trigeminal neuralgia.

1980
Jan 01

Neurosurgery Department

Neurosurgery Department

Neurosurgery moved from a division to a department at University of Cincinnati.

Feb 01

Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Congress of Neurological Surgeons

John Tew, MD became chairman of the department of neurosurgery and serves as president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Mar 01

YAG laser usage

YAG laser usage

John Tew, MD earned international recognition when he became the first surgeon in the U.S. to use the YAG laser to vaporize previously inoperable brain tumors.

Mar 15

John Tew

When the University of Cincinnati neurosurgery department was established In 1984, John Tew, MD was named chair and served until 2001.

Apr 01

t-PA Pioneered

t-PA Pioneered

Use of t-PA – still the only FDA-approved treatment for ischemic strokes – was pioneered at UC Medical Center.

1990
Jan 01

Operating Arm System and the Optical Tracking System

Operating Arm System and the Optical Tracking System

John Tew, MD develops the Operating Arm System and the Optical Tracking System, products that made computer-assisted and image-guided surgery possible.

Feb 01

UC Brain Tumor Center

UC Brain Tumor Center

The UC Brain Tumor Center is created, one of only nine centers in the country.

Mar 01

LEXAR

LEXAR

UC Medical Center became the first medical institution in the world to provide treatment with LEXAR, equipment that targets tumors with precision radiotherapy.

2000
Jan 01

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Defense

John Tew, MD became chairman of the department of neurosurgery and received funding from the U.S. Department of Defense to study traumatic brain injury.

Feb 01

Cerebrovascular Surgery Fellowship

Cerebrovascular Surgery Fellowship

Under the tutelage of Mario Zuccarello, MD, University of Cincinnati becomes the first university to offer a cerebrovascular surgery fellowship ever accredited by the Society of Neurological Surgeons.

Mar 01

C-STARS

C-STARS

Research and education collaboration on traumatic brain injury began with the U.S. Air Force through the C-STARS program (Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills).

2017
May 01

StrokeNet

StrokeNet

The NIH named the UC Comprehensive Stroke Center as the National Coordinating Center for StrokeNET, a network of 25 regional stroke centers.

2000
Jun 01

UC Neurotrauma Center

UC Neurotrauma Center

UC Neurotrauma Center was chosen to take part in one of the largest international research collaborations ever coordinated for concussion and traumatic brain injury research.

Aug 01

Ekso Bionics

Ekso Bionics

UC Neurorecovery Program brings the first Ekso Bionics wearable exoskeleton to the region to help paralyzed patients walk again.

2010
Jan 01

3D Mapping

3D Mapping

John Tew, MD used 3D mapping of a patient’s brain to remove a fist-sized tumor.

Feb 01

Brain Tsunamis

Brain Tsunamis

Discoveries by Jed Hartings, PhD, demonstrate patients who suffer neurotrauma have “brain tsunamis” – electrical disturbances in the brain known as spreading depolarizations – that worsen outcomes.

Mar 01

Comprehensive Stroke Center

Comprehensive Stroke Center

UC Comprehensive Stroke Center was among the first 50 stroke centers in the U.S. to gain The Joint Commission’s Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation, signifying the highest quality measures for stroke care.

Apr 01

Acuity-Adjustable Unit

Opened the nation’s first Acuity-Adjustable Unit for neurosurgical patients, delivering the highest quality of care from the same care team without transferring rooms

May 01

Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

2017 -Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award Winner from the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association

2000
Apr 01

UC Epilepsy Center

UC Epilepsy Center

UC Epilepsy Center began participating in a study testing whether stress reduction could help prevent epileptic seizures as the first non-pharmacological intervention for this disease.

2010
Jun 01

Historical leadership

Historical leadership

The historical leadership of the department of neurosurgery; John Tew, MD, Mario Zuccarello, MD and Joseph Cheng, MD are the first, second and fourth chairs, respectively, of the department. Raj Narayan, MD served as the second chair.

2000
Jul 01

FDA

FDA

UC Epilepsy Center leads a study of generic antiepileptic drugs as part of an effort to provide the FDA with data that could lead to new regulations related to the approval of new generic drugs.

“Soon, neurologic and psychiatric patients will have a new home in Cincinnati. The UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute building will be tailored to our patients’ unique needs. Functionality and innovation will align, giving our patients the world-class care.”

Joseph Broderick, MD,
Director, UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute

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