Bernard R. Bendok, M.D.

  1. Neurosurgeon
  2. Chair, Neurosurgery, Arizona
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When it came to choosing a career, for me there was nothing like brain surgery. My name is Bernard Bendok, I'm chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. We are entrusted with the most important piece of tissue — it's about the size of a football — in the universe. And that piece of tissue called the human brain, carries a person's humanity. So it's a sacred piece of tissue that we have to protect. And for me to be able to use my mental skills, my manual skills, my techniques, and also my compassion and empathy, bring that all together in one package, that's really what drew me to the field initially and what sustained my career thus far. Conveying the message that I care is probably the most important thing. I'm trying to understand, who is this person as a human being, what makes them happy, what makes them human, and how can I protect that, how can I potentially enhance that.

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  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Brain arteriovenous malformations  
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Brain tumors
  • Skull base tumors
  • Meningiomas
  • Cavernomas
  • Moyamoya disease and brain bypass surgery
  • Carotid stenosis, stenting, and endarterectomy
  • Spinal cord tumors and vascular malformations
  • Microsurgery, interventional surgery and radiosurgery
  • Precision medicine and patient specific simulation 
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  1. 2012
    MS - Clinical InvestigationNorthwestern University
  2. 2002
    Fellow - Neuroendovascular SurgeryDepartment of Neurological Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo
  3. 2001
    ResidentDepartment of Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  4. 2000
    Fellow - Neuroendovascular SurgeryDepartment of Radiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  5. 1996
    Internship - SurgeryDepartment of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
  6. 1995
    MDNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  7. 1991
    BS - Biology Honors ProgramWayne State University