Clinical Neurosurgery Unit

Welcome to the Clinical Neurosurgery Unit (CNU), where our mission is aligned with the objectives of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Our primary goal is to alleviate the burden of neurological diseases while nurturing the growth of exceptional physician-scientists. We provide clinical care to neurosurgical patients through NINDS research protocols and serve as a referral and consultation service for various research initiatives.

At our core, we support ethically and scientifically rigorous research. Our efforts focus on uncovering the underlying causes and innovative treatments for neurological conditions. The knowledge we gain fuels improvements in neurosurgical care, bridging the gap between research and clinical practice to enhance the lives of those affected by neurological conditions. 

Lab Members:

Selected Publications:

  • Dimitrov L, Hong CS, Yang C, Zhuang Z, Heiss JD: New developments in the pathogenesis and therapeutic targeting of the IDH1 mutation in glioma. Int J Med Sci Jan 20; 12(3):201-213, 2015
  • Heiss JD, Snyder K, Peterson M, Patronas NJ, Butman JA, Smith RK, DeVroom HL, Sansur CA, Eskioglu E, Kammerer WA, Oldfield EH: Pathophysiology of primary spinal syringomyelia. J Neurosurg Spine 17(5):367-80, 2012
  • Heiss JD, Suffredini G, Bakhtian KD, Sarntinoranont M, Oldfield EH: Normalization of hindbrain morphology after decompression of Chiari malformation Type 1. J Neurosurg 117(5):942-6, 2012
  • Heiss JD, Suffredini G, Smith R, DeVroom HL, Patronas N, Butman J, Thomas F, Oldfield EH: Pathophysiology of persistent syringomyelia after decompressive craniocervical surgery. J Neurosurg Spine 13:729-742, 2010
  • Heiss JD, Patronas N, DeVroom HL, Shawker T, Ennis R, Kammerer W, Eidsath A, Talbot T, Morris J, Eskioglu E, Oldfield EH: Elucidating the pathophysiology of syringomyelia. J Neurosurg 91(4):553-562, 1999.


Patient Care
Learn more about neurosurgery clinic, protocols offered and how to join one of our research studies.