Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery


Gerald Grant

Gerald A. Grant, MD, is the Allan H. Friedman Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Duke University.

Clinically, Grant specializes in treating brain tumors, medically refractory epilepsy, Chiari malformation, and concussion. He treats pediatric patients and young adults. His research focuses on innovative ways to open the blood-brain barrier to improve the delivery of novel drugs and immunotherapy to target brain tumors. 

Grant is an investigator on several initiatives funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) relating to brain tumors, focused ultrasound, brain tumor immunotherapy, and concussion. He is an author on more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, holds several leadership positions nationally, and serves on multiple editorial boards in neurosurgery.

Grant received his undergraduate degree in neurosciences at Duke University and his medical degree from Stanford University. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Washington in Seattle and fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

After residency, Grant fulfilled his commitment to the United States Air Force. He was chief of neurosurgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, and the USAF Neurosurgical Consultant for Aerospace Medicine from 2003-2006. He deployed to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and Balad Air Base in Iraq as chief of neurosurgery, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal prior to his separation. 

In 2006, Grant joined Duke’s faculty as an associate professor in the Department of Surgery. In 2013 he was recruited to Stanford as chief of pediatric neurosurgery and vice chair of neurosurgery.  He served as associate dean of academic affairs at Stanford from 2021-2022. In April 2022, Grant was recruited back to Duke as professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.