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Murat Gunel

Nixdorff-German Professor of Neurosurgery and Professor of Genetics and of Neuroscience; Chair, Neurosurgery; Chief, Neurosurgery, Yale New Haven Health System; Chair, Perioperative Executive Leadership Committee; Member, National Academy of Medicine; Co-Director, Yale Program on Neurogenetics

Contact Information

Murat Gunel, MD, FACS, FAHA, FAANS

Patient Care Location

Mailing Address

  • Neurosurgery

    PO Box 208082

    New Haven, CT 06520-8082

    United States



Dr. Murat Gunel, Professor of Neurosurgery, assumed the position of chief of Neurovascular Surgery Program in January of 2001. Dr. Gunel is a board certified neurosurgeon and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has special interest in treating brain aneurysms and vascular malformations with special emphasis on arterio-venous malformations and cavernous malformations. He also has expertise in occlusive vascular disorders such as carotid disease and gamma knife surgery (radiosurgery).

His laboratory interests parallel his expertise in clinical neurovascular surgery and focus on gene discovery in disorders of the nervous system and its vasculature. Dr. Gunel's lab completed the two largest genome wide association studies (GWAS) aimed at understanding common variants that underlie intracranial aneurysm genetic risk based on the analysis of over 20,000 subjects. In addition, he is interested in the identification of genes important in human brain development through the study of rare, consanguineous families with recessive forms of malformations of cortical development.

Education & Training

  • Chief Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1998)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1997)
  • Intern
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1992)
  • MD
    Istanbul University (1991)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Ralph G. Dacey Medal for Outstanding Cerebrovascular ResearchAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons2022
Honorary Doctor of Philosophy DegreeBahcesehir University, Turkey2010
Outstanding Scientific Achievement AwardMinister of Health, Turkey2010
Honorary Master of Arts Privatim DegreeYale University2010
Nixdorff-German ProfessorYale University2009
Outstanding Poster Award in Basic Science5th Annual Meeting of the AANS/CNS Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery2002
Outstanding Poster Award in Basic Science4th Annual Meeting of the AANS/CNS Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery2001
Young Investigator AwardAmerican Epilepsy Society1999

Departments & Organizations