Murat Gunel, MD, FACS, FAHA, FAANS

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

Departments & Organizations

Neurosurgery: Gamma Knife Center | Gamma Knife Radiosurgery | Gunel Lab | Neurovascular Surgery


Brain Tumor Program

Brain Tumor Research

Dean's Workshops

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Stroke Center

Vascular Biology and Therapeutics Program

Yale Cancer Center: Brain Tumor Program | Genomics, Genetics, and Epigenetics

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Computational Biology and Bioinformatics | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development | Neuroscience: Neural Disorders

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


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

MD Istanbul University (1991)
Chief Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital
Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital
Intern Yale-New Haven Hospital
Board Certification AB of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery (2002, recertified: 2013)

Honors & Recognition

  • Honorary Doctor of Philosophy DegreeBahcesehir University, Turkey (2010)

  • Outstanding Scientific Achievement AwardMinister of Health, Turkey (2010)

  • Honorary Master of Arts Privatim DegreeYale University (2010)

  • Nixdorff-German ProfessorYale University (2009)

  • Outstanding Poster Award in Basic Science5th Annual Meeting of the AANS/CNS Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery (2002)

  • Outstanding Poster Award in Basic Science4th Annual Meeting of the AANS/CNS Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery (2001)

  • Young Investigator AwardAmerican Epilepsy Society (1999)


  • Neurovascular Surgery Turkey (2008)

    Professor Gunel conducts collaborative work in Turkey on neurovascular surgery

  • Molecular Genetics Turkey (2007)

    Collaboration on genetics of malformations of brain development

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