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The UI Department of Neurosurgery provides a unique experience oriented toward patient care and basic research concerning diseases of the nervous system.

The department offers patient care and training in all aspects of neurosurgery. The Neurosurgical Service has won national recognition and is an accredited residency-training center for Neurological Surgery Board Certification. An active research program complements the clinical services offered by the department.

Treatments include head and spine trauma; vascular disorders; tumors of the brain and spinal cord; pain and peripheral nerve abnormalities; degenerative spine pathology; and the surgical treatment of epilepsy and other movement disorders.

As the preferred providers of tertiary care to patients in Iowa and beyond, Department of Neurosurgery clinicians have developed a national reputation for being leaders in their respective fields. Further, many patients have benefited clinically from the direct application of research conducted in the department.

In this important work, we are assisted by the generous support of alumni, grateful patients, colleagues, and other friends whose contributions help us sustain our excellence as we pursue this essential mission.

The John C. VanGilder Professorship in Neurosurgery
Dr. John VanGilder has devoted almost three decades of his career in medicine to The University of Iowa. To celebrate Dr. John C. VanGilder's commitment to medicine at Iowa, the Department of Neurosurgery seeks to establish the department's very first endowed faculty award, a named professorship in his honor. Gifts from colleagues, former trainees, friends, and the VanGilder family will establish the John C. VanGilder Professorship in Neurosurgery. This professorship will support research and teaching endeavors of early-career faculty within the Department of Neurosurgery. The ultimate goal is to one day upgrade the professorship to an endowed chair.

In partnership with private contributors, we can make a difference in the lives of the tens of thousands of patients who visit us each year, as well as the many others who benefit from research within the UI Carver College of Medicine or from care provided by graduates of the UI program.

Gift Amount

Neurosurgery Research and Development Fund


Neurosurgery Parkinson's Disease Research Fund


Brain Tumor Research and Patient Support Fund


Arnold Menezes Fund


John C. VanGilder Chair Fund


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