The Department of Neurosurgery at Rush University Medical Center is dedicated to excellence in neurosurgical education. Through our nationally recognized team of sub-specialized neurosurgical faculty, administrative and research staff, we offer a comprehensive educational curriculum, abundant operative experience, research and academic opportunities which together provide a firm foundation for future success. Our clinical rotations cover all fields of the specialty and thus provide each resident with a broad neurosurgical education. Focused elective and research blocks provide our residents with the time and mentorship to develop subspecialty academic interests and pursue innovation through research throughout their career. Our academic and research missions continue to grow each year. The members of the Rush Department of Neurosurgery are participating in over 60 clinical trials and/or basic science projects.
The last five years have marked the busiest years in our program’s history. We have the largest surgical volume in the 8 county region for the fifth straight year. This has been largely fueled by additional dedicated academic faculty, and the growth of programs in vascular neurosurgery, spine surgery, and brain tumor surgery. Our brain tumor program has been named a signature service line as the Rush Cancer Center applies for NCI designation. Although we are pleased by the growth in volume, our primary focus will always remain on quality. University Health Consortium (UHC) data on outcomes has routinely placed some of our programs among the top performers in outcome in the nation.
Our training program has continued to thrive and expand. In 2014, the RRC granted us a full accreditation for the maximum of five years with no citations. In three of the past five years, our residents scored among the top ten in the nation on the ABNS written boards. Our spine fellowship was one of 12 programs and our functional neurosurgery fellowship was one of six programs nationally to earn grants in 2012 from the NREF.
In January 2012, Rush opened a state-of-the-art hospital building. This brand new 14-story hospital holds 304 adult acute and critical care beds, as well as a dedicated 28 bed Neuro-ICU. There are 28 operating rooms accommodated with specialized equipment and technology including intraoperative imaging, microsurgery and robotics. In addition to the operating rooms, there are 14 interventional procedure rooms. Our Emergency Department expanded greatly and now holds 60 treatment rooms, which attributes to Rush being one of the busiest EDs in Chicago. These improvements in our physical plant provide the Rush Department of Neurosurgery with all of the tools necessary to remain at the forefront in patient care and resident education.
As a team, we offer an excellent experience in operative neurosurgery, a firm background in neuroscience, a commitment to innovative research, and a dedication to professionalism. Our goal at Rush is to train tomorrow’s leaders in neurosurgery.