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"I love to find the problem, fix the problem, and let people get on with their lives"

Former Olympic athlete Leslie Lyness shares what inspired her to become a neurosurgeon.

Learn More About Our Team


At Baystate Health, our neurosurgeons perform the most advanced procedures with skill and compassion. You and your loved ones can rely on our team of brain and spine experts, whether it’s for emergency brain surgery, deep-brain stimulation, elective spine surgery, or minimally invasive treatment for stroke.


Nationally Recognized Care in Western Massachusetts

Based at Baystate Medical Center, which is consistently ranked among the highest performing hospitals in the nation, our highly trained group of surgeons performs more than 1,200 neurosurgical procedures per year at our 716-bed independent academic medical center.

We’ve been recognized by Healthgrades as one of the top 100 hospitals nationwide for spine surgery. Baystate Medical Center is also the area’s only level-1 trauma center. This means we provide care for every aspect of an injury, including emergency neurosurgery. Our program has no residents or trainees, so you can be confident that your neurosurgeon will perform every step of your procedure.

When you require surgery for a neurological disorder, you can remain close to home for expert care. For some procedures, we offer same-day discharge, which means you can go home the same day as your surgery if you’re a good candidate.

Neurological Conditions We Treat

Baystate neurosurgeons diagnose and treat a full range of problems related to the nervous system, including:

  • Brain aneurysms and vascular malformations
  • Brain tumors, such as meningiomas and gliomas
  • Craniofacial deformities
  • Degenerative spine and disc disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Herniated discs, sciatica, and pinched nerves
  • Hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid within the brain)
  • Neurological trauma
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Skull-base tumors
  • Spina bifida and other congenital brain and spine disorders
  • Spinal injuries
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis (a slippage of one spinal bone onto the bone below it) and spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (face pain)

Our Neurosurgical Treatments and Procedures

Neurosurgeons at Baystate are experienced in the latest neurosurgical techniques and treatments, including:

  • Awake craniotomy (awake brain surgery) and brain mapping
  • Brain tumor surgery for meningiomas, gliomas, and metastatic tumors
  • Cerebrovascular surgery
  • Deep-brain stimulation (DBS)
  • Endoscopic (minimally invasive) brain surgery
  • Intraoperative (during surgery) imaging for cranial and spine procedures
  • Minimally invasive and noninvasive treatments for strokes
  • Minimally invasive spine and spinal cord surgery for the neck and lower back
  • Neurovascular procedures to treat aneurysms, including traditional and minimally invasive options
  • Pediatric neurosurgery at Baystate Children’s Hospital, the only fully accredited, full-service children’s hospital in the region
  • Shunt surgery (a procedure to treat hydrocephalus)
  • Transsphenoidal surgery (minimally invasive brain surgery that we perform through the nose)
  • Trigeminal neuralgia treatment, including microvascular decompression (Jannetta procedure), injections, and other treatment options

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