Welcome to the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair


Neurosurgery (or neurological surgery) is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders which affect any portion of the nervous system. This includes disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and extra-cranial cerebrovascular system.

As a residency training program our educational mission consists of three elements.

  • Clinical Excellence: We offer comprehensive services for the treatment of complex diseases of the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system. Over two thousand neurosurgical procedures are performed annually by members of the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair. Please visit our Patient Information section to see how we may be of assistance in the health care of you, your family, or your patient.
  • Comprehensive Education: The Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair has a strong and ongoing commitment to neurosurgical education both at the residency and fellowship level. We are also committed to providing ongoing educational efforts for practicing physicians. Please see our Education section for further information on the opportunities available for physicians and physicians-in-training sponsored by the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair.
  • Clinical and Basic Science Research: Multiple avenues of research are under investigation by our Department. We are currently conducting clinical research in the fields of complex spinal disorders, epilepsy, brain tumor treatment, and stroke care, among others. In the departmental laboratories studies of spinal biomechanics, neurodegenerative disorders, and microsurgical techniques are also underway. Please view our Research section for a more comprehensive explanation of how we are trying to improve the treatments available for our and other neurosurgical patients throughout the world.

The Cahill Legacy: The David W. Cahill MD Endowed Professorship Campaign Drive


Contributions are made payable to the USF Foundation. With donation please include a brief note stating that your donation be directed to the David W. Cahill Endowed Professorship-Fund #25-6052.

Mail contributions to:
Patricia Shirley
Senior Director of Development
12901 Bruce B Downs Blvd, MDC 70
Tampa, FL 33612
Questions may be directed to Patricia Shirley at
pshirley@health.usf.edu or 813-396-9665