Staff and specialities

Professor:  Kazuhiko NOZAKI
   Cerebrovascular disease, Brain tumor surgery, Skull base surgery, Spine surgery
Associate Professor:  Takuya NAKAZAWA
   Intravascular surgery, Cerebrovascular disease
Associate Professor:  Tadateru FUKAMI
   Brain tumor surgery, Endoscopic surgery
Assistant Professor:  Kazushi HIGUCHI
   Intravascular surgery, Cerebrovascular disease
Assistant Professor:  Junya JITO
   Integrated surgery, Endoscopic surgery , Imaging
Assistant Professor:  Naoki NITTA
   Epilepsy, Endoscopic surgery, Monitoring
Assistant Professor:  Toshihiro YOKOI
   Intravascular surgery, Cerebrovascular disease
Assistant Professor:  Kenji TAKAGI
   Spine surgery, Pediatrics
Assistant Professor:  Masao KIMURA

Outline of the department

<Clinical activities>
  There are nine regular posts for staffs at Department of Neurosurgery. All staffs have Japan Neurosurgical Society Board, and each staff has his own speciality board. We had 440 new out-patients, 388 admissions and 305 operations in 2011. In-patients are mainly with cerebrovascular diseases, neoplasms of the central nervous system, functional disorders, spinal cord diseases and congenital malformations. Cerebrovascular diseases include complex and/or large aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, carotid stenosis/occlusion. Tumor resection is conducted considering maximum preservation of neuronal functions under image guidance and monitoring including awake surgery. Endoscopic surgery is actively introduced in brain tumor surgery particularly in pituitary surgery. Endovascular surgery is also actively introduced as a main or adjunct treatment modality in patients with cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cerebral arterial stenosis, acute ischemic stroke, brain tumors. Acute brain hemorrhage/ischemia and severe head trauma are aggressively treated in collaboration with Emergency Service and Radiology Department and Intensive Care Unit.
Equipments and available modalities:
 Microscopes with ICG videoangiography and flow analysis, Intraoperative DSA
 Navigator system, Intraoperative monitoring system
 Endoscopic system
 Biplane flat-panel angiographic system
 3T MRI, Intraoperative MRI, 320- row multidetector CT
 SPECT etc
<Research activities>
  Main research projects include molecular mechanisms of brain ischemia; pathogenesis of cerebral aneurysms; molecular and immunohistochemical analysis of brain tumors; magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopic studies of cerebral ischemia, brain tumors, dementia and normal pressure hydrocephalus; functional brain mapping; hemodynamic studies in cerebral ischemia using magnetic resonance, computed tomography and single photon emission computed tomography; histological and pharmacological studies of experimental epilepsy.