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Gursant Atwal, MD

Assistant Professor, Neuroendovascular/Neurovascular

University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System

Pronouns: He / Him


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UIC Department of Neurosurgery

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MC 799


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Dr. Gursant Atwal practices in the Department of Neurosurgery at UI Health. Dr. Atwal is fellowship-trained in both open vascular and endovascular neurosurgery, and he specializes in treating disorders involving the blood vessels of the brain and spinal cord, including stroke, brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM), cavernomas, vertebrobasilar disease, and carotid artery disease. As a member of the Neurovascular Team, he has a multidisciplinary approach to help devise the best possible solutions to some of the most complex neurovascular problems and provide patient-centric care for their unique condition. In collaboration with the Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, Dr. Atwal also focuses on treating skull base tumors using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques. His research interests include cerebrovascular physiology, clinical outcomes in vascular diseases, and methodologies to improve neurosurgical training.

Selected Publications

  • Richard Bram, Gursant S Atwal. Clipping of an Unruptured Middle Cerebral Artery Aneurysm Recurrence Previously Treated With Woven EndoBridge: 2-Dimensional Operative Video. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown) 2023 Aug 14. doi: 10.1227/ons.0000000000000856.
  • Richard Bram, Gursant Atwal. Transradial flow diversion with an aberrant right subclavian artery. J Neurointerv Surg 2023 Mar 23;jnis-2023-020182. doi: 10.1136/jnis-2023-020182
  • Richard Bram, Jason L Choi, Alfred P See, Gursant S Atwal. A persistent trigeminal artery demonstrates cerebrovascular embryologic development. Surg Neurol Int 2023 Feb 3;14:40. doi: 10.25259/SNI_950_2022. eCollection 2023.
  • Denise Brunozzi, Laura Stone McGuire, Jessica Hossa, Gursant Atwal, Fady T Charbel, Ali Alaraj. Preoperative embolization of brain arteriovenous malformation and efficacy in intraoperative blood loss reduction: a quantitative study. J Neurointerv Surg 2023 Jul 4;jnis-2023-020142. doi: 10.1136/jnis-2023-020142
  • Richard Bram , Amanda Kwasnicki , Gursant S Atwal. Microsurgical Clipping of Ruptured Basilar-P1 Junction Aneurysm. World Neurosurg. 2021 Dec 18; 159:12. Doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2021.12.037


Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo — Buffalo, NY

Licensures and Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery (RFP in CNS Endovascular Neurosurgery)

Professional Memberships

Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Academy of Neurosurgeons

Selected Presentations

  • Atwal, G. SITL: Applying Psychology of Learning to Surgical Education. Winter Forum, Steamboat Springs, Colorado. February 2022.
  • Atwal, G. Simulation in Surgical Training. Grand Rounds Presentation. Oschner Medical Center/Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. August 2019.
  • Stapleton C, Atwal GS, Hanjani SA, Charbel FT: The Cut Flow Index-Revisited: Utility of Intraoperative Blood Flow Measurements During Extracranial-Intracranial Bypass for Ischemic Cerebrovascular Disease, Oral Presentation 2019 AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section, Honolulu, Hawaii.