Expertise and rankings


Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons have pioneered surgical techniques for spinal arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and treat about 40 people with this rare condition each year.

Imaging expertise

Mayo Clinic has radiologists who specialize in evaluating neurological disorders. These specialists have extensive experience distinguishing between spinal AVMs and other spinal lesions. This deep experience leads to more accurate diagnosis and more successful and appropriate treatment plans.

Mayo Clinic specialists also have access to the latest in 3-D imaging, which may be used in spinal AVM surgery planning for optimal results.


With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, Mayo Clinic experts are constantly seeking new medical knowledge and innovations for people with AVMs. Today's research teams are studying potential treatments, including new surgical options, innovations in imaging technology and better ways to predict risk of hemorrhage in people with AVMs.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurosurgery and neurology departments' expertise and rankings.