Surgical Neurology Branch

 Welcome to SNB

Welcome to the Surgical Neurology Branch (SNB) of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The Surgical Neurology Branch is dedicated to the joint missions of offering outstanding neurosurgical care to patients in the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducting original basic, translational, and clinical research that advances fundamental knowledge about the human brain in both health and disease, and training the next generation of surgeon scientists and young investigators.

 The SNB includes a multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, neurosurgical residents and fellows, nurses and clinical staff, scientists and research trainees, and administrative staff. Our clinical team provides comprehensive patient care at the Clinical Center Hospital, including both world-class standard treatments as well as innovative first-in-person clinical trials. Our basic and translational research programs study disease mechanisms and develop new treatments for neurologic disorders such a glioblastoma and epilepsy. Integrated into these efforts, we have developed training programs for our residents, medical students, clinical, post-doctoral and post-baccalaureate fellows, and graduate students that are designed to develop tomorrow's leaders in neurosurgery and basic and translational research. We are privileged to work closely with our many collaborators within and outside the NIH Intramural Program. We encourage you to contact us if you are interested in joining our clinical and research team or participating in one of our clinical trials.

Surgical Neurology Branch staff

Mission and Vision of SNB

Mission Statement

To provide world class care and to produce high quality research to reduce the burden of neurological diseases. 


Our vision is to create a self-perpetuating center for excellence in clinical care, research and training in neurological diseases. 

Elements of our Mission

  1. Clinical Care: To provide highest quality clinical care and to advance to envelope of surgical practice for patients with neurological diseases. 
  2. Research: To engage in research that reduces the burden of neurological diseases. 
  3. Training: To train the next generation of clinicians and scientists that will tackle neurological diseases. 

Learn more about NINDS Intramural and the NINDS Mission


Message From the Chief
Read more about the Branch Chief, Dr. Zaghloul

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