Welcome to the Department of Neurosurgery

Yale’s Department of Neurosurgery traces its origins to 1918 with the appointment of Samuel Harvey, M.D., who had trained in Boston under Harvey Cushing, M.D., as chief resident and instructor in surgery. It was established first as an academic section within Surgery and became a free-standing department in 1997. Over the years, the department has contributed significantly to the development of the field and its subspecialties, as well as the basic and translational science underpinning neurosurgery. It has a ladder faculty of 22 with a census of 116 across non-ladder faculty, voluntary/adjunct faculty, residents, fellows, staff, and hospital affiliates.

Our physicians, scientists, practitioners and staff are devoted to providing the very best clinical care for all neurosurgical disorders of the central (i.e. brain, spinal cord) and peripheral nervous systems, as well as the blood vessels supplying them.

As part of our mission, we strive to excel on the three pillars of academic neurosurgery:

  • Dedication to providing the highest level of technically exceptional, compassionate and comprehensive neurosurgical care to our patients. 
  • Developing cutting edge research of a wide range of neurological diseases in an effort to ultimately translate new, more advanced treatment opportunities for patient care. 
  • Commitment to the education of our students and resident physicians, as well as the continuing medical education of our practicing physicians and providers.

We look forward to the opportunity to serve your patient care, referral, or educational needs.

For more information, please call 203-785-2807 or email neurosurgery@yale.edu.

Clinical Sections OR

Patient Care

Our department includes leading surgical experts in a number of different areas who specialize in cutting edge treatment options and patient care excellence.

Residents in Tux

Neurosurgery Residency Program

The Neurosurgical Residency Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital is a seven-year program under the direction of the Department of Neurosurgery. In addition to serving as the Department Chair,...

Charles A. Greer, PhD, reviews results with a Post-Doctoral Associate and a Medical Student.


Research in the Department of Neurosurgery, Yale University School of Medicine, covers a broad range of interests, reflecting the diversity of contemporary state-of-the-art neuroscience...

Chair's Message


Welcome to the Yale University Department of Neurosurgery! Since October 2014, it has been my honor and privilege to serve as the Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and Chief of Neurosurgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

About the Chair

On October 1, 2014, Murat Günel, MD, was appointed chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Yale School of Medicine and chief of the Department of Neurosurgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital