Changing the Frontier of Neurosurgery

Dr. Fady T. Charbel, MD, FAANS, FACS

Dr. Fady T. Charbel, MD, FAANS, FACS
Professor and Head
Department of Neurosurgery
Richard L. and Gertrude W. Fruin Professor

The Department of Neurosurgery is part of the Neuropsychiatric Institute, a world leader in Neurosurgery established in the 1940’s. Our doctors have treated more than 4,000 brain aneurysms. The UIC Department of Neurosurgery ranks first in the state for treating the most aneurysm cases.

Neurosurgeons in our department have led the way in groundbreaking research in the areas of ischemic stroke, aneuryms, brain tumors, degenerative spinal disease and pain management. Currently, the Department of Neurosurgery is leading a nationwide study to evaluate blood flow and stroke risk.

The Department of Neurosurgery has internationally recognized experts in every subspecialty in the field. Several physicians among the UIC Neurosurgery staff have been named as The Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors. The combined expertise of neurosurgeons at UIC allows us to treat an extraordinary variety of conditions that is patient-focused.

AHA ASA Certification

The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, which means it is part of an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Complex Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly-specialized stroke care.

Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System underwent a rigorous onsite review in April 2015. Joint Commission experts reviewed compliance with the Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients. “By achieving this advanced certification, The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves

“The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association congratulates The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System on its Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification,” commented Mark J. Alberts, M.D., FAHA, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association spokesperson and incoming Vice-Chair of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Comprehensive Stroke Centers offer a high level of care for patients with the most severe and challenging types of strokes and cerebrovascular disease.”

For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center visit or

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Brain Aneurysm Awareness


brain (or cerebral) aneurysm forms in weak areas of
arteries that supply blood to the brain. They can happen
to anyone and cause an “out pouching” of the blood vessels
in the brain–like a small sac that bulges or balloons out
from the vessel wall. Over time the sac can expand and
be at risk for leaking or rupturing.

That’s why there are 2 types of aneurysms: unruptured
(when it is in your brain without knowing) or ruptured
(when it bursts and causes bleeding/leakage in the brain).
Both types can be treated surgically but outcomes are much better if an aneurysm is detected before it ruptures.

What is a brain aneurysm?


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