Department of Neurosurgery

Research Highlights


The Department of Neurosurgery advances the treatment of neurological disorders through its cutting-edge neurosurgery research programs based at Baylor College of Medicine and its hospital affiliates. These efforts include basic neuroscience research, translational research, and clinical research programs.

The department's many research programs are led by Sameer Sheth, M.D., Ph.D., vice-chair of research. Growth in research is a high priority, and new research faculty has been recruited and a new laboratory suite for neurosurgical research at Baylor has been constructed.

Our research programs are well supported by competitive National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, Veteran’s Affairs Merit Award, and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute grants. The vibrant collection of neurosurgical researchers forms the base for the department’s NIH R25 grant, which supports research education for our residents during their dedicated research year.

The past five years have also witnessed remarkable growth in our research programs. In 2015, the Baylor Department of Neurosurgery had $975,000 in NIH funding, ranking #25 in the nation (Blue Ridge).

This year, the department is projected to receive approximately $7,000,000 in NIH grants, which should place us well within the top 10 for 2019. When this figure is combined with NIH grants based in the hospital affiliates that form our neurosurgery residency program, the total approaches $10 million and would rank in the top three in the nation.