The Department of Neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital engages in creative collaborations and changes the lives of people of all ages with neurosurgical needs. We work with colleagues in the hospital’s neurology, cancer care and radiology departments to care for patients with brain tumors; repair cells damaged by Parkinson’s disease to restore muscle function; reignite circuits to repair the spine and return paralyzed limbs to functionality; and reduce the electrical storms that cause epileptic seizures.
- More residents who train at Mass General Neurosurgery go on to become department chiefs than any other hospital training program in the country.
- Because we treat so many patients, our neurosurgeons have a remarkable breadth and depth of experience and a high degree of specialization, particularly in complex spinal deformities and tumors of the spinal column and spinal cord.
- Through our participation in Mass General’s Neuroscience Initiative and collaboration with the Mass General Cancer Center, we take an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to solving the health challenges our patients face.
Located within one of the nation’s most prestigious academic medical centers — and in the heart of Boston’s unparalleled health care and research ecosystem — Mass General Neurosurgery is poised to continue breaking new ground.
Imagine a future where ...
- Enhanced surgical techniques offer hope and options for patients with Parkinson’s disease, aneurysms and brain tumors.
- Nerve transplantation restores the use of paralyzed limbs, allowing patients to regain the ability to live independent lives.
- Patients affected by cancer, paralysis, movement disorders and epilepsy enjoy an integrated, collaborative approach for seamless care delivery.
With your support, we’ll bring this future to life and continue to create novel approaches to solving challenges of the nervous system.
Parkinson’s Disease: New Gift Seeks to Advance Treatment
In the fall of 2017, George “Doc” Lopez knew he was losing his battle with Parkinson’s disease. "Parkinson’s is like a cage around your body that gets smaller and smaller,” says Doc, now 72, who began his career as a physician.
But then Doc underwent an experimental procedure to replace the cells he’d lost to PD. Using cells from Doc’s skin, a team of physicians and scientists from Mass General’s Department of Neurosurgery and McLean Hospital was able to engineer and implant new dopamine cells. With the help of a transformational gift of $18.5 million from Doc, Mass General’s Department of Neurosurgery hopes to one day bring cell therapy to the millions of people suffering from PD and other neurological diseases.
We’re investing in …
We seek to recruit and retain a diverse range of talent to keep us at the forefront of research, training and clinical care in neurosurgery.
- Endowed chairs and professorships: These positions strengthen our capacity to attract top clinical and research faculty while allowing recipients to pursue more research and devote more time to educating the next generation of neurosurgeons.
- Endowed clinical scholars: These positions provide neurosurgery researchers with the time, resources and freedom to take investigative risks and explore out-of-the-box options that more traditional funding entities are less likely to support.
- Endowed fellowships: Philanthropy enables neurosurgeons to engage in training in a specific area of neurosurgery and to pursue collaborative training opportunities.
We want to ensure our faculty and staff have the space and resources they need to deliver the very best care.
- Cell Therapy Center: Autologous cell therapy has emerged as a revolutionary treatment for Parkinson’s disease. We’ll expand our global impact by establishing the leading stem cell therapy center — a one-stop hub for patients, collaborative space for caregivers and special facility to preserve cell matter for transplantation.
- Neurosurgery Innovation Lab: This lab will offer educational opportunities for residents and support all research projects within the department as needed, including brain, spine and peripheral nerve studies. We’ll also add a surgical learning center and facilities for data computing and analytics. The lab will support all research projects within the department as needed.
- Meningioma Center: This initiative will focus on developing personalized treatments to tackle genetic mutations found in brain tumors and strengthen our department’s collaboration with the Mass General Cancer Center.
We aim to lead the way in the neurosurgery field by continually investing in innovative programs.
- Cell therapy trial: The world’s first trial of its kind, this effort will enroll 10 patients with Parkinson’s disease to be treated with a stem cell therapy developed at Mass General. Over time, we expect to leverage the successes of this trial to obtain additional support to help move cell therapy forward.
- Neurosurgery collaborative with MIT: Our researchers are collaborating with colleagues at MIT to develop a first-of-its-kind implantable device that will stimulate key areas of the brain to alleviate the symptoms of various debilitating neuropsychiatric conditions.
By achieving advances in research and treatment, we can dramatically speed up recovery and improve patient outcomes. Please make a gift — and help us to continue making history and changing patients' lives.