Mayo Clinic's approach

At Mayo Clinic, your team of specialists will take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor your care to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to work together to provide the very best possible results, safety and service.

Your Mayo Clinic Care team

Your integrated Mayo Clinic neurology team includes brain surgeons (neurosurgeons) and doctors trained in brain conditions (neurologists), anesthesia specialists (anesthesiologists), speech and language experts (speech-language pathologists), and other experts. Your team cares for you before, during and after awake brain surgery. Your care team also works with computer engineers, language interpreters and other specialists to help meet all of your needs.


Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons are experienced in performing awake brain surgery to remove brain tumors or epileptic foci that doctors previously thought couldn't be surgically removed. Mayo Clinic surgeons perform over 1,000 brain surgeries each year.

Advanced technology

Mayo Clinic doctors use the latest technology to perform computer-assisted brain surgery and intraoperative MRI during awake brain surgery. Doctors may also conduct deep brain stimulation during awake brain surgery.


Mayo Clinic is constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Mayo Clinic researchers study different types of neurosurgery, imaging and surgical techniques for awake brain surgery. Learn more about neurosurgery research.

Nationally recognized expertise

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

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.

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