Critical care when you need it

Our patients are 20% more likely to live The Neurosurgery team at The University of Kansas Health System provides the highest level of medical care for people with serious injuries or disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord and nervous system.

With the largest neurosurgical group in the Kansas City area, our practitioners are specialists who:

  • Have performed thousands of successful surgeries and together have more than 25 years of experience.
  • Use leading-edge technology and pioneering research that can be found only at an academic medical center.
  • Have pioneered some of the most innovative treatments and complex surgeries to treat brain disorders. In many cases, we are the only hospital in the region where such surgeries are performed.
  • Regularly use a multidisciplinary approach, working together with other specialists such as oncologists and radiologists, to provide the best outcomes for patients.
  • Offer the very latest in advanced techniques and technologies to treat or remove brain tumors as safely as possible.

As a result, our patients experience shorter hospital stays and significantly lower bills than the average patient elsewhere in the country.

A higher standard in neurosurgical care

Cambridge Tower A introduced the region's first intraoperative MRI located within the surgical suite. The advanced technique provides real-time imaging during complex procedures, promoting safer, more effective neurosurgeries. View our video to see the innovative scanner and learn why Paul Camarata, MD, neurosurgery chief, believes this development elevates neurosurgery care standards in Kansas City.

Programs of Excellence:

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The University of Kansas Hospital's neurology & neurosurgery programs were nationally ranked on U.S. News & World Report 2018-19 Best Hospitals list

One of the top neurosurgery programs in the nation

  • Ranked among U.S. News & World Report's top 50 programs for 2018-19.
  • Only one of five healthcare facilities in the nation to be designated an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center.
  • The only hospital in the region recognized as a Level I Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons.
  • One of only 24 Centers of Excellence in the country certified by the National Parkinson's Foundation.
  • Designated as a Level IV Comprehensive Epilepsy Center from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC), the highest designation possible.
Neurosurgeons at The University of Kansas Hospital have an in-house 3D printer to help prepare for surgeries

3D technology maps out safer pathways

Typically used for brain tumors and brain aneurysms, the 3D-printed model of a patient's brain lets the surgeon plan and rehearse the procedure prior to entering the operating room. The University of Kansas Health System is one of only a few hospitals in the country to own a 3D printer in-house, providing neurosurgeons immediate and tailored access to this valuable resource.

The skull base surgical team at The University of Kansas Hospital is one of the only in the nation that specializes in skull base tumor removal by virtually all methods

Surgery gets patient back on the road

Kent McEvers lived with back pain for years – until it intensified to the point he could barely brush his teeth or stand or walk. Neurosurgeon Phillip Hylton, MD, provided care that got Kent back on his feet and behind the wheel for both work and play.

Jack McDonald

Finding a new calm

Deep brain stimulation gives Parkinson's disease patient more good days. Read more.