The Neurosurgery Department has grown over the last several years and has fellowship-trained neurosurgeons in nearly every neurosurgical subspecialty.
In August of 2017, we welcomed Department Head Clark Chen, MD, PhD. This gave us an opportunity to develop a renewed vision for the next chapter in University of Minnesota neurosurgery history:
Excellence in care for neurosurgical patients now and in the future drives the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota. By training neurosurgical leaders, innovating the treatments of tomorrow, and illuminating best practices, we ensure that our teams provide the safest and best care today and in the future, and that all patients benefit from our efforts.
We are committed to this vision. Through teamwork, we are dedicated to:
- Creating advanced therapies of the future
- Providing the safest and highest quality care
- Training neurosurgical leaders of the future
- Improving patient satisfaction
- Embracing technology and change
- Improving clinical operations and efficiency.
- Continually creating excellence and striving to improve.
Moving forward, our renewed mission statement guides us in all that we do. Over the next two decades, we are committed to developing into a neurosurgical program that will lead the way in safety and care for neurosurgical patients in Minnesota. We will do so through collaborative, multispecialty, disease-centered care, will incorporate discovery into every aspect of our practice and will educate the future leaders of neurosurgery.
“There is no bigger challenge…it’s audacious. That’s the kind of challenge I like.”
~ Stephen Haines, MD, Professor Emeritus, Neurosurgery Department
In describing why he loves being a neurosurgeon, Dr. Haines helps set the tone for this brief video that encapsulates the Neurosurgery Department’s Vision 2033, a 20-year plan for how the department aspires to deliver services to its home state of Minnesota. The video uses words and images to bring the Mission, Commitments and Strategies that form Vision 2033 to life. It highlights the department’s dedication to and appreciation for its community, its emphasis on caring treatment, the way it educates its residents, and the reciprocal relationship it has with its patients.
“Study the past if you would define the future.” ― Confucius
The short video (no audio) below helps give you a sense of our long history at the University of Minnesota. And this article, written by Professor Emeritus and former Department Head Stephen Haines, MD, summarizes his thoughts about the department's legacy. It also contains a link to an article written by former Department Head, Shelley Chou, MD.