Richard S. Zimmerman, M.D.

  1. Neurosurgeon



  1. Phoenix, Arizona



Richard S. Zimmerman, M.D., completed a residency in neurosurgery followed by a fellowship in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery. He has focused his patient-centered clinical practice on the following:

  • Surgical options to treat severe facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia)
  • Microsurgical treatment of hemifacial spasm
  • As a leading member of Mayo's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, provides individualized surgical options for patients with seizures including minimally invasive laser ablation, responsive neurostimulation (RNS), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and intracranial monitoring
  • Microsurgical treatment of aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and carotid artery disease
  • Surgery for brain tumors, including minimally invasive laser ablation

Dr. Zimmerman's expertise has been recognized nationally and internationally, and he serves on the medical advisory boards of the Epilepsy Foundation and the TNA — Facial Pain Association.

As a professor of neurosurgery, he knows the importance of educating the physicians of the future, and Dr. Zimmerman chairs the Mayo Clinic Education Committee and serves as medical director of education. As nothing is more important to him than excellent patient outcomes, he also chairs the Quality Outcomes Subcommittee, and has received Mayo Clinic's Lifetime Achievement Award for his career-long dedication to quality improvement and patient safety activities at Mayo Clinic.

  1. Aneurysm
  2. Arteriovenous malformation
  3. Brain tumor
  4. Epilepsy
  5. Hemifacial spasm
  6. Pain
  7. Trigeminal neuralgia
  1. Ablation
  2. Aneurysm surgery
  3. Arteriovenous malformation surgery
  4. Brain tumor surgery
  5. Carotid endarterectomy
  6. Epilepsy surgery
  7. Hemifacial spasm surgery
  8. Trigeminal neuralgia surgery
  • Epilepsy surgery (member of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center)
  • Stereotactic laser ablation procedures
  • Microneurosurgery (for trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm)
  • Brain tumor and skull-base surgery
  • Facial pain and trigeminal neuralgia
  • Vascular neurosurgery (AVMs, aneurysms, carotid endarterectomy)

Phoenix, Arizona

  1. 1990
    Fellow - NeurovascularBarrow Neurological Institute
  2. 1989
    Resident - NeurosurgeryMedical College of Virginia - Virginia Commonwealth University
  3. 1984
    Internship - General SurgeryMedical College of Virginia - Virginia Commonwealth University
  4. 1983
    MDBoston University School of Medicine
  5. 1983
    BA - Combined six-year program in Medical Education and Liberal ArtsBoston University


  1. 1993
    Neurological SurgeryAmerican Board of Neurological Surgery