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The microRNA miR-21 conditions the brain to protect against ischemic and traumatic injuries

Posted: April 25, 2018



Welcome the 2019 Residents

Posted: April 24, 2018

Residency Match - 2018


This year the Department of Neurosurgery has matched with 3 new residents.


They are:

-Kelsey Bowman – She joins us from Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL.

- Naill Buckley – He is joining us from Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

- Youngwon Youn – She is joining us from Albany Medical College in Albany, NY.


We are excited for them to join us this June and welcome them to our program!

Recent publications of note & honors

Posted: April 24, 2018
Vemuganti Lab


Recent publications of note:


  1. Mehta SL, Vemuganti R (2018) Ischemic stroke alters the expression of the transcribed ultraconserved regions of the genome in rat brain. Stroke 49: 1024-1028.

Near-miracle stroke survivor heading for repeat vacation at “Stroke Camp”

Posted: July 31, 2017
Gary Gruenenfelder and his wife Muriel


The sliding doors on the house outside Blanchardville, Wisconsin, show a wall of corn, prospering in the mid-July sunlight. But the view is getting old to one born-and-bred farmer. “I’d go crazy if I had to sit and look at that corn all day,” says Gruenenfelder from his wheelchair.

That might seem ironic, considering that he grew up on a farm just five miles west of here, and has been farming in one way or another nearly all his life. But Gruenenfelder’s life changed forever on Nov. 20, 2010, when he collapsed to the floor with a brain bleed.

Translational Relevance of Swine Models of Spinal Cord Injury

Posted: January 26, 2017
Translational Relevance of Swine Models of Spinal Cord Injury

Translational Relevance of Swine Models of Spinal Cord Injury

Optical guided cancer surgery

Posted: January 25, 2017

Coming Soon: Glow-in-the-Dark Cancer Surgery

Congratulations to Ray Zhang (MD PhD Student, Kuo lab) First author of new Nature Review!

Posted: January 25, 2017
Congratulations to Ray Zhang (MD PhD Student, Kuo lab) First author of new Nature Review!

Beyond the margins: real-time detection of cancer using targeted fluorophores

Ray R. Zhang, Alexandra B. Schroeder, Joseph J. Grudzinski, Eben L. Rosenthal, Jason M. Warram, Anatoly N. Pinchuk, Kevin W. Eliceiri, John S. Kuo & Jamey P. Weichert

Published online: 17 January 2017 | doi:10.1038/nrclinonc.2016.212

WISC: UW Hospital Neuro ICU reunion brings lives full circle

Posted: August 11, 2016

"The doctors and nurses in the University of Wisconsin Hospital Neuro ICU see patients during the most critical moments in their lives.

In many cases, when those patients are moved from the Neuro ICU, the doctors and nurses don’t get the chance to follow their progress."


Please visit for the full news story:


WKOW: Columbia County hunter considered medical miracle after surviving freak accident

Posted: February 15, 2016


Dr. Azam Ahmed treated a patient with a large brain tumor that was found in a very surprising way.  Please visit for the entire story:

Joshua E. Medow, MD, MS: Critical care for the brain

Posted: September 4, 2015

"UW MADISON - At Dr. Joshua Medow's first job, in the Neurocritical Intensive Care Unit at UW Hospital and Clinics, he saves lives. His patients have endured strokes, car accidents and shootings. At his second job, he puts his engineering talents to work inventing devices to make his first job a bit easier, such as a new type of ventilator to help people breathe when their lungs are severely compromised.

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