University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Surgery

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Division of Neurosurgery

Residents in Skull Based Lab

At the Vermont Center for Neurological Surgery (CNS) at The University of Vermont Medical Center, our innovations in patient care, research and education are changing our patient’s lives. We are committed to providing state of the art neurosurgical care for all diseases affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nerves. Our dedicated faculty and staff are nationally recognized for providing patients with the highest quality, compassionate, patient-centered, healthcare available. We are dedicated to prompt quality clinical service in a personal fashion.


As full time faculty at the University of Vermont, we train a full complement of future neurosurgeons. Our residents are among the best and most diverse at The UVM Medical Center and Dr. Bruce Tranmer, our Residency Program Director, is tirelessly committed to their training. The Donaghy Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Laboratory, run by Dr. Michael Horgan, is the only facility of its kind in New England and is used to train residents throughout New England in hands-on surgical techniques.

Every year, we are visited by a complement of world renowned faculty to assist us in this endeavor. Dr. Ryan Jewell rounds out our service and commitment to teaching through his role of educational liaison to our medical students.

2016 Skull Base Dissection Course

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All of our physicians actively collaborate with nationally and internationally recognized researchers at the University of Vermont. Our specific interests range from novel treatment of brain tumors to the care of traumatically brain injured patients. We are steadfast believers in translational studies that change the way we treat our patients today and tomorrow.

Patient Care

Experienced and highly trained neurosurgeons, nurses and support staff help work with patients, their family and friends through evaluations, operations and post-surgical follow-ups to assure high quality care. Our team therefore offers multidisciplinary outpatient and inpatient care for patients with:

  • Head, spinal cord or peripheral nerve injury
  • Brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerve tumors
  • Cerebrovascular disease and stroke
  • Degenerative spine disease
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Medically intractable epilepsy
  • Deep brain stimulation for movement disorders
  • Chronic pain from neurological disease
  • Pituitary disorders
  • Brain and spine trauma
  • Skull Base Surgery

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Last modified May 23 2016 12:12 PM