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L. Dade Lunsford, MD

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L. Dade Lunsford, MD | UPMC Neurosurgeon

Lars Leksell Professor and
Distinguished Professor

DirectorNeurological Surgery

Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery
Residency Training Program

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Dr. Lunsford is the Lars Leksell Professor and Distinguished Professor of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery and the Residency Training Program at UPMC.

Dr. Lunsford is an internationally recognized authority on stereotactic surgery, radiosurgery, and minimally invasive surgery. In 1982 he established the first U.S. operating room with a dedicated CT scanner for intraoperative imaging. In 1987 he brought the Gamma Knife® to UPMC, which was the first center in North America to offer this state-of-the-art, minimally invasive form of brain surgery.

Dr. Lunsford received his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, completed his surgical internship at the University of Virginia Hospital, and completed his neurological surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He also completed a fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, with Gamma Knife pioneers Lars Leksell and Erik-Olof Backlund.

Dr. Lunsford is board-certified in neurological surgery. He is the author of more than 500 published articles and 250 book chapters as well as the editor or co-editor of 12 books.

Dr. Lunsford also served as department chairman for 10 years, stepping down in 2006 to devote more time to his clinical work, clinical investigation, and resident and fellow training.

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