Stephen Haines

Professor Emeritus


Professor Emeritus Stephen Haines received his MD from the University of Vermont and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He was the 1981 Van Wagenen Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. From 1982 to 1997, he rose from Assistant to Full Professor at the University of Minnesota. He spent 1997-2003 as Department of Neurological Surgery Chairman and a founding Co-Director of the Neuroscience Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina. He was board certified in Neurological Surgery in 1984.

From 2003 to 2017, Dr. Haines served as the Lyle A. French Chair in Neurosurgery and Head of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota.


  • Fellowship in Clinical Trials, Oxford University, Oxford, England
  • Residency in Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania
  • MD, University of Vermont, College of Medicine, Burlington
  • AB, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Neurological Surgery
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Neurosurgical Society of America     
  • Society of Neurological Surgeons

Honors and Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Neurosurgical Society of America Medalist, 2019
  • Best Doctors in America, 2000-2019
  • Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, Medical Alumni Association, The University of Vermont College of Medicine, 2010        
  • Elected honorary member, American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, 2008

Research Summary

Dr. Haines’ primary research interest focuses on applying advanced clinical research techniques to neurosurgery and developing resources for the evidence-based practice of neurosurgery. He has published and lectured extensively on these subjects. He is a past member of the Editorial Board of the Cochrane Stroke Group and led the department's involvement in numerous clinical trials.

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Clinical Summary

Dr. Haines’ clinical interests were in surgery of the posterior fossa and cranial nerves and open and endoscopic skull base surgery. He had an active practice in trigeminal neuralgia, complex hydrocephalus, the treatment of Chiari malformations, and of adults with congenital structural abnormalities of the nervous system.

Clinical Interests
Pediatric neurosurgery, skull-base surgery, acoustic neuroma, stereotactic radiosurgery, trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, benign intracranial tumors, spina bifida

Grants and Patents

Grants and Patents

Selected Grants

Award: National Institutes of Health: Hollow Fiber Catheter for Drug Delivery into the Brain, Elizabeth Pluhar, Principal Investigator, Stephen J. Haines, Coinvestigator. 9/22/2009 – 9/21/2010
Award: Koronis Biotech - National Institutes of Health, Non-Invasive Intracranial Pressure Monitor using Otoacoustic Emissions, PA Lichter, PI. Role: Consultant and University of Minnesota institutional PI for clinical evaluation only, 2011 – 2014.
Award: National Canine Cancer Foundation: Treatment of Canine Glioma with Immuno-gene Therapy, Elizabeth Pluhar, Principal Investigator, Stephen J. Haines, Coinvestigator, 10/1/2007 – 10/1/2010
Award: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms: Neurologic Outcome, Co-Investigator, 4/2004 – 3/2008
Award: National Institutes of Health: Conventional vs. Percutaneous Discectomy: A Clinical Trial, Principal Investigator, 8/1994 – 7/1998
Award: National Institutes of Health: Conventional vs. Percutaneous Discectomy: A Clinical Trial, Principal Investigator, 8/1994 – 7/1998
Award: NIH – NINCDS: North American Symptomatic Carotid Endarterectomy Trial, H. J. Barnett, S. J. Peerless, Principal Investigators, S. J. Haines, University of Minnesota Clinical Center, Site Principal Investigator, 1988 - 1997



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