The Duke Department of Neurosurgery comprises six divisions: Brain Tumor, Cerebrovascular and Skull Base, Functional, Global Neurosurgery and Neurology, Pediatrics, and Spine.

The school’s strong emphasis on research to improve clinical outcomes encourages collaborations among faculty members, departments, and other schools at the university and has resulted in the development of centers and programs, including the Duke Center for Brain and Spine Metastasis, the NeuroInnovations Program, and the Duke Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.

Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Division

Duke’s cerebrovascular and skull base neurosurgeons are part of a multidisciplinary team that specializes in cerebrovascular conditions such as brain aneurysms, anterior skull base tumors, arteriovenous malformations, carotid stenosis, Moya Moya disease, stroke, trigeminal neuralgia. The team combines the most advanced imaging technology with sophisticated surgical experience.

Duke Center for Brain and Spine Metastasis

As people live longer and better lives with cancer, more and more of them will face brain and spine metastasis. The Duke Center for Brain and Spine Metastasis (DCBSM) brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts who seek new answers for these patients. Duke offers the most advanced treatments, even for pa­tients who have been told they are out of options. Launched in 2017, the Center is now the fastest-growing clinical program at Duke.

Functional Division

Duke Neurosurgery's Functional Division brings together experts who focus on movement disorders, pain, and epilepsy. Duke neurosurgeons improve quality of life of patients with these disorders by using a variety of therapies, including deep brain stimulation (DBS) and neuromodulation, which provides a technologically advanced approach to the treatment of pain, movement disorders, and other challenging neurological disorders.

Global Neurosurgery and Neurology Division

Duke Global Neurosurgery and Neurology (DGNN) was founded in 2014 and is led by Duke Neurosurgery faculty members Michael Haglund, MD, PhD, director; and Tony Fuller, MD, associate director.

Neuroinnovations Program

Led by Duke neurosurgeon Nandan Lad, MD, PhD, Duke NeuroInnovations support health technology innovators to realize their potential for the greatest impact on health care. The program uses expertise across the Duke campus and a systematic approach to needs finding and the invention and implementation of new biomedical technologies.

Pediatrics Division

The Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery is at the forefront of the discipline, using the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to treat children with diseases of the brain and spine. The division is led by Herbert Fuchs, MD. Duke pediatric neurosurgery program is consistently named one of the best in the country by US News & World Report, ranking #1 in North Carolina and #3 in the Southeast.

Spine Division

The Spine Division combines the expertise of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. 

Duke Spine is a high-volume, comprehensive, interdisciplinary care center for people with complex disorders of the spine, including pain, deformity, spine trauma, disc disease, and benign or malignant tumor.

Duke neurosurgeons are innovators in spine surgery, specializing in advanced and emerging techniques including minimally invasive and robotic procedures, motion preserving surgery, predictive technology, and awake spinal fusion surgery.

The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke

Duke’s brain tumor program was one of the earliest in the country, founded in 1937. Today, the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke sees approximately 900 new adult brain tumor patients and 75 new pediatric brain tumor patients per year from across the country and around the world.