UNC Medical Center Neurosurgery


At UNC Medical Center, we place the highest priority on providing outstanding care, individually tailored for all patients. We understand that being referred to a neurosurgeon can be a daunting experience and our team is here to help you.

Our Specialties

Our team of neurosurgeons has expertise in a wide variety of sub-specialties, including aneurysms & cerebrovascular disease. We provide a multidisciplinary approach to care for cerebral hemorrhages and cerebrovascular diseases such as stroke. Our Intensive Care Unit is equipped with a portable CT scanner to identify progressive hemorrhages or swelling.

Brain Tumors

We strive to provide tailored care based on the characteristics of a patient’s tumor. We also partner with colleagues from neuro-oncology, radiation oncology, neuropathology, neuroimaging, neuropsychiatry and supportive care to provide the best possible care.

Deep Brain Stimulation

This treatment is used for movement disorders such as Parkinson’s, essential tremor and dystonia. In these procedures, electrodes are implanted into specific targets in the brain and then connected to a pacemaker device that is implanted underneath the collarbone. This provides constant electronic stimulation to the brain and in many cases has been shown to significantly improve the patient’s quality of life.


In many cases epilepsy can be controlled with medication, but in the most serious cases, surgery may be required to control a patient’s seizures.


Hydrocephalus is a condition where brain spinal fluid pressure is not controlled. The condition comes in many forms. UNC Medical Center is proud to offer state-of-the-art treatment for patients suffering from hydrocephalus.

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Some of the common conditions we treat include: craniosynostosis and craniofacial syndromes, hydrocephalus, epilepsy diagnosis and surgical treatment, brain and spinal tumors, in-utero and post-natal management of congenital spine and cranial defects.

Skull Base Neurosurgery

Removing tumors from the base of the skull is one of the most technically challenging procedures performed by neurosurgeons. At UNC, our skull base surgery program is one of the most extensive in the nation.

Spinal Neurosurgery

We treat a range of conditions including spinal fractures, spinal deformities/scoliosis, spinal tumors and degenerative lumbar/cervical disc disease. Please visit Spine Care for more information.


UNC Medical Center is a Level 1 trauma center. A board certified or eligible trauma surgeon is always in the hospital to assess trauma patients who arrive through our emergency room and to triage those with brain or spine pathology to neurosurgery.


Every neurovascular team member at UNC is highly specialized, and because patients have access to physicians in an array of specialties, they can be confident of being treated by the best available method, whether it’s medical management, radiation, or interventional procedures.

Learn More

A physician’s referral is required for neurosurgery care. Have your physician visit the UNC Neurosurgery website or call 919-445-2410 for referral information.

Find Us

UNC Medical Center offers neurosurgery clinic services in three locations:

  • UNC Hospitals Spine Center
    and Neurosurgery Clinic

  • UNC Hospitals Pain Management
    and Neurosurgery Clinic
    at Hillsborough

  • UNC Neurosurgery
    South Boston, VA

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