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A Letter from the Department Chair

The Department of Neurological Surgery at UMass Memorial Health and the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School was formed in 2012 after being a division of the Department of Surgery for several decades.  Since its inception, the Department has provided cutting-edge neurosurgical care for patients from Central Massachusetts and from around the world. As the Maroun Semaan Professor in Neurosurgery and the first Chair of the UMass Department of Neurological Surgery, I am excited to be a part of the ground breaking effort to transform neurosurgical care in New England.

The UMass Department of Neurological Surgery is working to provide the most advanced care available, with 10 neurosurgeons who are experts in treating a wide range of neurological disorders, including brain tumors, pituitary tumors, spine disorders, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, tremor, normal pressure hydrocephalus, spasticity, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury. In addition, our Department is dedicated to educating physicians-in-training who will become the neurosurgeons of tomorrow. Our neurosurgeons participate in a host of research activities designed to produce new discoveries and the treatments of tomorrow.

As Chair of the UMass Department of Neurological Surgery, I am committed to supporting our talented faculty as they work to deliver the highest quality and most advanced neurosurgical care available.  This is our charge and our enduring commitment to you. 


Mark D. Johnson, MD, PhD
Maroun Semaan Professor in Neurological Surgery
Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery
University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School
UMass Memorial Health