Jamie J. Van Gompel, M.D.

  1. Neurosurgeon
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My name is Jamie Van Gompel. I'm a native of Wisconsin, transplant of Minnesota. I take care of complex cranial problems, so I label myself not so much as a skull-based surgeon or anything else. It's complex cranial surgeon.

My primary goal when I meet a patient is to be a speed bump in their life, not a permanent fixture, meaning that I want to meet them. I know surgery can be very scary, but get them back into a meaningful quality of life in all circumstances. And patients with tremors, I want to get them back out golfing. I want to get them back out playing cards, things that they enjoy to do-- going out to eat in public. I'm going to be honest. I'm going to do the best I can every day, and I'm going to work hard for them.

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The research of Jamie J. Van Gompel, M.D., complements his clinical focus and fellowship training in the neurosurgical treatment of pituitary tumors and skull base tumors, as well as epilepsy. Dr. Van Gompel publishes on clinical outcome projects centered on pituitary tumors, esthesioneuroblastomas, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, chordomas, chondrosarcomas, spontaneous cerebral spinal fluid leaks, as well as skull base anatomy and approaches.

Dr. Van Gompel works collaboratively with colleagues from Mayo Clinic's Epilepsy and Neurophysiology Lab, participating in clinical work relative to brain stimulation as an alternative restorative therapy for epilepsy rather than ablative or resective surgery.

Dr. Van Gompel's overall research goal is to develop the safest and most effective treatments for people with pituitary and skull base tumors. He is further involved in developing surgical options for patients with medically and, in some cases, surgically resistant epilepsy.

His clinical focus areas include:

  • Pituitary tumor outcomes
  • Vestibular schwannomas
  • Chordomas
  • Esthesioneuroblastomas
  • Skull base tumor outcomes
  • Epilepsy
  • Cortical and deep brain stimulation for medically resistant epilepsy
  1. Deep brain stimulation
  2. Endoscopic procedure
  3. Minimally invasive neurosurgery
  4. Pituitary tumor surgery
  • Endoscopic skull base
  • Skull base
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Pituitary surgery
  • Brain tumors
  • Meningiomas
  • Chordomas
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leaks
  • Epilepsy
  • Deep brain stimulation
  1. 2013
    FellowUniversity of South Florida, FL- Skull Base and Complex Cranial Surgery
  2. 2012
    Residency - Neurologic SurgeryMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 2010
    Certificate - Clinical and Translational ResearchMayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  4. 2005
    MDUniversity of Wisconsin
  5. 2000
    BS - Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology and ImmunologyUniversity of Wisconsin


  1. 2016
    Neurological SurgeryAmerican Board of Neurological Surgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2018
    Best Abstract award: First Place: North American Skull Base Society
  2. 2018
    Best Abstract award: Second Place: North American Skull Base Society
  3. 2018
    Best Poster award: North American Skull Base Society
  4. 2017
    Oral Presentation Award2017 Neurosurgery Research Symposium, Mayo Clinic
  5. 2017
    Faculty Teaching AwardMayo Clinic, Department of Neurologic Surgery
  6. 2012
    Resident paper, Second placeNorth American Skull Base Society
  7. 2012
    Mayo Resident Teaching AwardMayo Clinic
  8. 2011
    Third placeSANS Resident Challenge
  9. 2011
    Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship AwardMayo Clinic
  10. 2010
    Epilepsy Research Fellowship ($45,000)American Epilepsy Society
  11. 2010
    Loan Repayment Award ($75,000 - declined due to return to clinical services)National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Health
  12. 2009
    Award in Individualized Medicine ($100,000)Bernie and Edith Waterman
  13. 2009
    Mayo Resident Teacher AwardMayo Clinic
  14. 2009
    Runner up, Resident AwardMayo Neurosurgery Society
  15. 2005
    Senior Research AwardHerman and Gwen Shapiro Foundation
  16. 2005
    Neurosurgery AwardMark Gichert Memorial Award for Neurosurgery
  17. 2005
    Student Research AwardAssociation for Academic Surgery
  18. 2004
    Lyle Olson ScholarshipWisconsin Medical Society
  19. 2004
    MemberAlpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  20. 2004
    Resident Basic Research AwardWisconsin Surgical Society
  21. 2003
    FellowshipHoward Hughes Medical Institute
  22. 2002
    Lora L. Marshall AwardUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
  23. 2001
    Research GrantShapiro Center for Research and Collaboration
  24. 2000
    MemberNational Honor Society
  25. 2000
    Comprehensive Honors for School of Letters and SciencesUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
  26. 2000
    Departmental Honors in Biochemistry and MM/IUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
  27. 1999
    MemberGolden Key International Honour Society
  28. 1999
    Phi Beta KappaUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
  29. 1999
    Hilldale Research GrantUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
  30. 1998
    Sophomore Summer Honors Research GrantUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
  31. 1998
    Sophomore HonorsUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
  32. 1997
    Phi Eta SigmaUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
  33. 1997
    Dean's ListUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison

Professional memberships

  1. 2020
    Main Topics ChairNorth American Skull Base Society (NASBS) meeting in San Antonio 2020
  2. 2019 - present
    Appointed MemberNorth American Skull Base Society (NASBS), Research Committee
  3. 2017 - present
    MemberNeurosurgery Program Evaluation Committee, Education Committee, Department of Neurologic Surgery
  4. 2017 - present
    MemberDepartment of Neurosurgery, Executive Committee
  5. 2017 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Enterprise, Department of Neurosurgery, Education Committee
  6. 2016 - present
    MemberDepartment of Neurologic Surgery, Graduate Education Committee
  7. 2016 - present
    Residency Program DirectorDepartment of Neurosurgery
  8. 2016 - present
    Fellow MemberAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons
  9. 2016 - present
    Appointed MemberResearch Priorities Task Force, North American Skull Base Society
  10. 2015 - present
    Neurosurgical International Fellowship Program DirectorDepartment of Neurosurgery
  11. 2015 - present
    MemberAANS/ CNS Joint Section Guidelines Committee
  12. 2015 - present
    MemberCNS Education Committee
  13. 2015 - 2016
    Associate Program DirectorDepartment of Neurosurgery
  14. 2014 - present
    Skull Base Oncology Fellowship Co-directorDepartment of Neurosurgery
  15. 2014 - present
    MemberAmerican Association of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
  16. 2013 - 2016
    ChairNeurosurgery Program Evaluation Committee, Education Committee, Department of Neurologic Surgery
  17. 2013 - present
    MemberNeurosurgery Clinical Competency Committee, Education Committee, Department of Neurologic Surgery
  18. 2013 - present
    MemberNeurosurgery Education Committee
  19. 2013 - 2015
    MemberAANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  20. 2013 - present
    MemberAANS/CNS Section on Tumors, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  21. 2012 - present
    MemberMayo Foundation Chapter, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  22. 2005 - present
    MemberCongress of Neurological Surgery
  23. 2005 - present
    MemberAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons
  24. 2005 - present
    MemberMinnesota Medical Association
  25. 2005 - present
    MemberZumbro Valley Medical Society


Research activities

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