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The Neurosurgery Clinic provides neurosurgery outpatient care in the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health.  Patients who require neurosurgical operations are usually seen first in the Neurosurgery Clinic before being admitted later to the Clinical Center as inpatients.  After surgery, follow-up care is again provided in the Neurosurgery Clinic.  All patients in the clinic receive outstanding care and participate in at least 1 research study.  The Neurosurgery Clinic evaluates patients with brain tumors including gliomas and glioblastomas, spine tumors, tumors of the peripheral nervous systems, Epilepsy, Cushing's disease and other pituitary tumors, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2), von Hippel Lindau (VHL) disease, syringomyelia/Chiari malformation, cancer pain, and other neurosurgical conditions.  Patients undergo tests, medical treatment, and/or surgical operations to help diagnose and treat their conditions. The study and treatment of patients with central and peripheral nervous system tumors provides a vast array of clinical, imaging, laboratory, and pathologic information that can be analyzed scientifically to better understand tumor biology, therapeutic targets, and optimal timing of treatment.  The clinic facilitates the conduct of clinical studies that evaluate innovative diagnostic techniques and new treatments that may lead to improved care of patients with neurosurgical conditions, including those with rare diseases and nervous system tumors.

If you are a patient interested in neurosurgical treatment and participating in one of our research studies, please contact:

Surgical Neurology Branch
Building 10, Room 3D20
Bethesda, MD 20892-1414
Phone: 301-496-2921
Fax: 301-480-1615


Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office toll-free at:
TTY: 1-866-411-1010

For more information about the Neurosurgery Clinic, please visit the Surgical Neurology Branch web-page.

Neurosurgery Care Providers at NIH:

 Heiss, John 2  KZsuit  Chittiboina, Prashant
 John  D. Heiss, MD
Surgical Neurology Branch
  Kareem Zaghloul, MD, PhD
Tenure-Track Investigator
Prashant Chittiboina, MD, MPH
Tenure-Track Investigator
 Fredric Cantor  Nduom, Edjah  Jackson, Sadhana
 Fredric Cantor, MD
Adjunct Investigator
 Edjah Nduom, MD
Assistant Clinical Investigator
 Sadhana Jackson, MD
Assistant Clinical Investigator

Research Nurses

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Gretchen Scott, BSN, RN Michaela Cortes, BSN, RN

Nurse Practitioners

Christi Hayes Samantha Dill
Christi Hayes, CRNP
Nurse Practioner
Samantha Dill, CRNP
Nurse Practioner


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Rovella Hyman
Patient Care Coordinator
Cecile Shindell
Patient Care Coordinator
Isac Kunnath
Patient Care Coordinator

Studies within the Surgical Neurology Branch:

Brain Tumors, Pituitary Tumors, and Tumors of the Peripheral Nervous System
03-N-0164:  Evaluation and Treatment of Neurosurgical Disorders
16-N-0041:  Tumor Related Epilepsy
18-N-0087:  Cytokine Microdialysis for Real-Time Immune Monitoring in Glioblastoma Patients Undergoing Checkpoint Blockade  
18-N-0133:  Feasibility of Endosphenoidal Coil Placement for Imaging of the Sella During Transsphenoidal Surgery


11-N-0051:  Surgery as a Treatment for Medically Intractable Epilepsy
02-N-0014:  Research Study of Specimens Obtained During Epilepsy Surgery
15-N-0081:  A Study of Direct Brain Recording and Stimulation for Memory Enhancement

Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders

11-N-0211:  DBS Surgery for Movement Disorders
12-N-0137:  A Phase 1 Open-Label Dose Escalation Safety Study of Convection Enhanced Delivery (CED) of Adeno-Associated Virus Encoding Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (AAV2-GDNF) in Subjects with Advanced Parkinson's Disease

Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2)

08-N-0044:   A Prospective Natural History Study of Patients with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2)

Von Hippel Lindau (VHL)

00-N-0140:   A Prospective Natural History Study of von Hippel Lindau (VHL) Patients w/ CNS Hemangioblastomas

10-N-0143:   A Prospective Natural History Study of Patients with Syringomyelia
00-N-0089:   Genetic Analysis of Arnold Chiari Malformation

Cancer Pain

15-N-0175:   A Multicenter, Open-Label, Phase 1b Safety and Efficacy Trial of Periganglionic Resiniferatoxin (RTX) for the Treatment of Cancer-induced bone pain
09-N-0039:   A Phase I Study of Intrathecal Resiniferatoxin (RTX) for Cancer Pain

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