Top Neurosurgeons in the World

icon-blog By -Dr Aaksha Shukla
icon-blog By -January 20, 2024


Top Neurosurgeons in the World

Neurological conditions are increasing globally day by day, which has made the need for neurosurgeons exponential when compared to previous years. There are several neurological cases in the world that need attention. Every year, nearly 22.6 million people suffer from neurological illnesses or accidents that require a neurosurgeon’s help, and 13.8 million are in need of surgery.The number keeps increasing every year, and the need for experienced and skilled neurosurgeons is becoming critical. This blog has listed the top neurosurgeons across the world to help you with your search, and you or your loved ones can get the best treatments in the world.This blog takes you through the neurosurgeons expertise, commitment,  and specific treatments in the field of neurosurgery.

List Of Top Neurosurgeons in the World

1. Dr. Bartolome Oliver, Spain

  • Experience: 45 years
  • Designation: Neurosurgeon at the Neuroinstitut Barcelona-Teknon Hospital

Dr. Bartolomé Oliver is the leading neurosurgeon in the world and the most famous neurosurgeon. Dr. Oliver belongs to Spain and is currently a neurosurgeon at the Neuroinstitut Barcelona-Teknon Hospital. He is renowned for performing microsurgical procedures with small incisions, CyberKnife, and Novalis. He has more than four decades of experience in the fields of spinal surgery and neurosurgery.

Dr. Oliver is also an excellent tutor; he has taught neurosurgery at the University of Barcelona. He has to his credit more than 150 articles in national and international journals. He actively participates in various conferences and congresses. He is also a dynamic member of various medical associations.

Presently, Dr. Oliver holds the following positions:

  • Director of Neurosurgery at Neuroinstitut Oliver-Ayats
  • Neurosurgeon at Teknon Medical Center
  • Co-Director of the Epilepsy Surgery Center
  • Co-Director of the Neuro Spine Center for the Minimally Invasive and Motion Preservation Surgeries of the Spine
  • Co-Director of the Pituitary Adenoma Center for the Endonasal Resection of Pituitary Adenomas and Other Skull Base Tumors

Professional Membership:

  • President of the Catalan Neurosurgical Society (2009–present)
  • President of the European Skull Base Society (2003–2005)
  • Member of the Functional Neurosurgery Foundation
  • Member of the Spanish Neurosurgical Society
  • Member of the American Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine and Surgery (AAMISMS)
  • Member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (USA)

2. Dr. Gerardo Conesa Bertran, Spain

  • Experience: 30+ years
  • Designation: Chief of Neurosurgery and Director of the Teknon Neuroscience Institute at QS Teknon Medical Center, Barcelona

Gerardo Conesa Bertrand is a world-renowned neurosurgeon with more than three decades of experience in this field. He is currently working as Chief of Neurosurgery and Director of the Teknon Neuroscience Institute at QS Teknon Medical Center, Barcelona. He has extensive knowledge of surgery in highly functional areas. Dr. Gerado’s expertise includes minimally invasive spine surgery, tumor removal, and surgical epilepsy therapy, both in children and adults.

Dr. Gerardo is currently holding the following positions:

  • 2000-now: Chief of Neurosurgery, Neurogrup (private practice group)
  • 2006-now: Chief of Neurosurgery, Hospital del Mar University Hospital
  • 2007-now: Associate Professor Neurosurgery, Autonomous University Barcelona
  • 2018-now: Chief of Neurosurgery, Hospital de Sant Pau and H. del Mar University Hospitals

Professional Experience:

  • 1990-2003: Neurosurgery Staff, Hospital de Bellvitge
  • 1995-2000: Neurosurgery resident, Hospital de Bellvitge
  • 1996-2007: Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Barcelona
  • 2003-2006: Neurosurgery Consultant, Hospital Clinic Barcelona 

Professional Membership:

  • The Walter Dandy Society (Ambassador for Spain 2013-2015).

The European Union Congress of Neurosurgeons (CNS)

  • The Spanish Society of Neurosurgery (SENEC)
  • The European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS)

3. Dr. Enrique Ferrer Rodríguez, Spain

Dr.Rodriguez is a well-known and top neurosurgeon in the world, having experience spanning more than four decades. He is a flagbearer in this field and currently practices in Spain. He is a devoted researcher who contributes to the advancement of avant-garde neurosurgical methods. He is an avid teacher, too. He is working as a Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery) at the University of Barcelona. Clinic Campus, since April 1997.Some of his most remarkable contributions in the field of neurosurgery are:

  • Introduction and development of spinal and spinal microsurgery and endoscopy
  • Neurological and spinal restoration with minimally invasive techniques
  • Brain neuroendoscopy, minimally invasive, and computer-directed neurosurgery
  • Advanced Neuro-oncology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery.
  • Parkinson's and epilepsy surgery, and in general, the development of the most avant-garde neurosurgical techniques.

4. Dr. Henry Brem, M.D., USA

  • Experience:25+ years 
  • Designation: Harvey Cushing Professor of Neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins University

Director of the Department of Neurosurgery

Dr. Henry completed his professional education at Harvard and his training in neurosurgery at Columbia. He established one of the largest brain tumor research and treatment centers in the world at Johns Hopkins. He introduced new approaches for targeted therapy. He has revolutionized the entire neurosurgery field by introducing new tools and techniques.

Awards and Accolades:

  • 2000: Grass Award for meritorious research from the Society of Neurological Surgeons
  • 2004: Recipient of the New York University Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2005: Society for Biomaterials Technology Innovation and Development Award
  • 2013: The Abhijit Guha Award
  • 2015: Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence
  • 2021: The Society of Neurological Surgeons Medical Student Teaching Award

5. Dr. Philip E. Stieg,USA

  • Experience: 44+ years
  • Education: Ph.D., M.D.
  • Designation: Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Cent

Dr. Philip Stieg is a globally renowned neurosurgeon. He has over four decades of experience. He is the founding chair of Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery, one of New York City’s leading interdisciplinary neuroscience facilities. His new perspective on comprehensive care is part of Dr. Stieg’s vision for reshaping the delivery of care for patients with complex conditions of the central nervous system. His expertise includes cerebrovascular disorders and traumatic brain injuries. He is an internationally known lecturer and has been consistently named one of the country’s top doctors by Castle Connolly.

Dr. Stieg provides his expertise in head trauma and traumatic brain injury as follows:

  • Sideline consultant for the National Football League
  • A consultant neurosurgeon to the New York Giants
  • An advisor to the Department of Defense.

Professional Membership:

  • President of the Brain Tumor Foundation
  • President of the New York board of the American Heart and Stroke Association
  • Past Chairman of the Joint Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery of AANS/CNS
  • Past President of the Society of University Neurosurgeons

Professional Qualifications:

  • Graduation: University of Wisconsin at Madison with a B.S., 1974;
  • Ph.D.:Anatomy and Neuroscience, Union University, 1980,
  • M.D.: The Medical College of Wisconsin, 1983.
  • Fellowship in cell transplantation for restorative neurological function at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Trained with DRS. Duke Samson and Hunt Batjer at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (Parkland Memorial Hospital).

6. K. Daniel Riew, MD, USA

  • Experience: 25+ years
  • Designation: Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia
  • Specialty: Cervical Spine Disorders

Neurosurgeon at Weill Cornell Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Dan Riew stands out as a recognized authority worldwide in the field of cervical spine diseases. He is among two or three spine surgeons worldwide whose sole expertise lies in the cervical spine. He has been listed as one of the top neurosurgeons in the world several times. Patients from the USA and all over the world visit him for their spine problems. On average, he receives 3–4 consultations from a spine surgeon to get his opinion about his spine condition.

Professional Training:

  • Bachelors: Harvard
  • Medical degree: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
  • Residency: New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center,
  • Orthopedic surgery program: George Washington University Hospital.
  • Clinical Fellowship: Spine Surgery under the guidance of the renowned cervical spine surgeon, the late Henry Bohlman,


  • America’s Top Doctors
  • The Best Doctors in America
  • Top 28 Spine Surgeons in North America
  • The top 18 surgeons in North America
  • New York SuperDoctors
  • Vitals Top 10 Doctors (top 1%, based on patient ratings and reviews)

7. Dr. Gurneet Singh Sawhney, India

  • Experience: 18+ years
  • Education: MBBS, MS (General Surgery), MCh (Neurosurgery)

Dr. Gurneet is among the best neurosurgeons in India, with nearly two decades of experience treating complex neurological disorders. He is the clinical head of the Neurolife Brain and Spine Clinic and a senior consultant at Fortis Hospital, Mumbai. He is a specialist in diagnosing and treating conditions of the nervous system using surgical methods. Neurosurgery is more affordable in India as compared to the USA, UK, and other countries. He actively participates in conferences and has held distinguished teaching positions at prestigious hospitals.

His areas of interest include:

  • Neurooncology
  • Neurotrauma
  • Vascular Neurology
  • Neuroendoscopy

Awards and Accolades:

  • Top Neurosurgeon in Mumbai by Times Magazine
  • The most promising neurosurgeon in Maharashtra by the Times CyberMedia International Leadership Awards.
  • I achieved 1st place in the MCH Neurosurgery Exam at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.
  • Finalist for the Torrent Young Neurosurgeon Scholars Award

8. Dr. Sandeep Vaishya, India

  • Experience: 27+ years
  • Education: MBBS, MS (General Surgery), MCh (Neurosurgery), Sundt Fellowship (USA)
  • Designation: Executive Director & HOD Neurosurgery, Fortis Gurgaon

Dr. Sandeep is a renowned neurosurgeon in India. He has gained his experience from some of the top hospitals in India and abroad. He is currently working as Executive Director and HOD in the department of neurosurgery at Fortis Hospital, Gurugram. He received his professional training from prestigious institutes in India.

Area of expertise:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Image-Guided Neurosurgery
  • Brachial plexus surgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • Intracranial brain tumor surgery
  • Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery
  • Minimally invasive brain surgery 

Awards and Accolades:

  • Mayo Alumni Association Life Membership Award
  • Gold Medal in Medical School
  • Herbert Krause Medal for Best Paper in Neuro-Oncology (NSI 2001)
  • Karachi, Pakistan: Dr. Majeed Memorial Oration (2008)

9. Dr. Rana Patir, India

  • Experience: 32+ years
  • Education: MBBS, MS (General Surgery), MCh (Neurosurgery), Fellowship in Neurosurgery (UK)
  • Designation: Chairman Neurosurgery, Fortis Gurgaon

Dr. Rana Patir is a neurosurgeon in India with more than three decades of experience in the field of advanced neurosurgery. He is currently working as chairman in the department of neurosurgery at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram. He is a passionate teacher at heart, as he has been teaching faculty at AIIMS and at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, and as a professor of neurology at the Guwahati Medical College. He has, to his credit, more than 10,000 neurological procedures.

Area of Expertise:

Minimal Invasive Brain and Spine Surgery, Neurovascular Surgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Extracranial-Intracranial Bypass Surgery,Skull Base Surgery, and Epilepsy Surgery.

10. A. K. Banerji, India

  • Experience: 50+ years
  • Education:MBBS, M.S. (Surgery), M.S. (Neurosurgery)

Visiting Consultant, Neurosurgery, Institute of Neurosciences, Medanta Hospital

Dr. Ajit is a legend and pioneer in the field of neurosurgery in India. He has, to his credit, established microneurosurgery in India, regulated neurosurgical training and evaluation in the country, and played a major role in the development of various neurosurgical subspecialties. He systematically developed aneurysm surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, transsphenoidal surgery, and surgery for pineal region tumors, among other pioneering interventions.

Prof. Banerji joined AIIMS in 1965 and was instrumental in setting up the Neurosurgery Department. In 1988, he became the chief of the Neurosciences Center at AIIMS until his retirement in 1995. After that, he launched VIMHANS New Delhi, which was the country’s first mental health and neurosciences center in the private sector. He has the rare distinction of having two orations named after him.

Area of Expertise:

  • Brain tumors (neoplasms)
  • Head Injuries
  • Spine Injuries
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Disc Prolapses

11. Dr. Paresh Doshi,India

  • Experience: 30+ years
  • Education: MBBS, M.S. (General Surgery),M.S.(General M.Ch. (Neurosurgery), Fellowship in Functional Neurosurgery, UK
  • Designation: Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery,Jaslok Hospital

Prof. (Dr.) Paresh Doshi has rich experience spanning more than three decades. He has to his credit various firsts, from the first deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery in India to operating the youngest and oldest Parkinson's disease patients in the world. He was the first neurosurgeon to perform surgery for depression on the Asian-Australian subcontinent. Jaslok. The department of neurosurgery in Jaslok Hospital also runs the DNB Neurosurgery program under him. This program trains one neurosurgeon every year. He also runs a fellowship program in functional neurosurgery to give training to neurosurgeons from India and abroad.

12. Dr. Ali Zirh, Turkey

  • Experience: 38+ years
  • Specialty: Functional Neurosurgery

Dr. Ali Zirh has nearly four decades of experience in the field of functional neurosurgery. including his work at Johns Hopkins University in the USA. He is a leading neurosurgeon in Turkey. He has to his credit more than 1700 surgical interventions for Parkinson's and other movement disorders and over 1300 DBS surgery applications, which he has successfully performed. His achievements made his name first come to mind in movement disorder surgery in Turkey, and he made the center where he performs these surgeries the International Training and Reference Center in the international arena.

He completed his Doctor of Medicine from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine in 1983 and gained his Master's degree at Marmara University. Dr. Ali Zırh returned from the United States in 1997 and started to work at the VKV American Hospital. He actively takes part in congresses, symposiums, and meetings to share his knowledge with his colleagues.

Awards and Accolades:

  • Brain Research Foundation Award, 1995
  • Turkish Neurosurgical Society Award, 1997
  • Encouragement Award for Science, Research, and Medicine
  • Elekta International Award
  • Golden Palm Award, 2017
  • Finest neurosurgeon of the year at the Global Health Awards 2021 in Baku.

13. Dr. Serdar Kahraman, Turkey

  • Experience: 22+ years
  • Specialty:Head of Department of Neurosurgery, Anadolu Medical Center (Johns Hopkins Medicine)-İstanbul

Dr. Serdar Khahraman has more than two decades of expertise as a neurosurgeon. He completed his graduation and post-graduation from the Gülhane Military Medical Academy and gained his fellowship from the University of Berlin. 

Professional Membership:

  • Turkish Neurosurgery Society
  • Turkish Spine Society
  • The European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS)
  • European Spine Foundation (AO Spine)
  • European Spine Society (Eurospine)
  • Minimal Invasive Spine Society, Turkey
  • Gülhane Military Medical Academy

His specializations include:

  • Brain and nerve surgery
  • Spinal surgery
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Spinal endoscopic surgery
  • Work experience:

Professional Experience:

  • 1989–1992, Chief Doctor at the Air Force Command Headquarters, Ankara.
  • 1997–2000, Neurosurgeon, Turkish Etimesgut Air Base.
  • 2010-2016, Head of the Department, Neurosurgery Department, YeniYüzyl University
  • 2016: Present Head of the Neurosurgery Department, Anadolu Medical Center.

14. Dr. B. Roy Chaudhary, United Kingdom

  • Experience: 28+ years

Dr. Chaudhary is one of the highest-rated neurosurgical spinal consultants in the United Kingdom. He is a phenomenal neurosurgeon and spine surgeon practicing privately in Oxford. His patients consistently provide exceptional feedback, further solidifying his expertise and reputation. He is in his 28th year of practicing medicine.

His area of expertise lies in performing minimally invasive spine surgery, commonly known as keyhole surgery, along with day-case spinal operations like lumbar discectomy and decompression. He excels at conducting advanced cervical spinal fusion procedures.

Awards and Accolades:

  • President's Fellowship Award from BASS/BSS
  • Codman Neurosurgical Travelling Fellowship Award from the UK HCA Foundation.
  • Fellow of the Harry Morton Research Fellowship from England's Royal College of Surgeons
  • The EOE Deanery bursary for Masters in Medical Education studies
  • PG Certificate in Medical Education bursary by the EOE Deanery.

15. Dr. Ralf Buhl, Germany

  • Experience: 22+ years

Dr. Ralf Buhl is a highly renowned neurosurgeon globally, specializing in the excellent care and treatment of brain tumors, epilepsy, malignancies, meningioma, and other complex conditions affecting the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous system. He specializes in craniotomy, brain injury treatment, microneurosurgery, and endoscopic neurosurgery.

He also performs microsurgeries with computer-assisted navigation and has carried out approximately 4,000 such operations.

He actively conducts research and regularly publishes reputable scholarly papers in the fields of surgical treatment for brain metastases, intracranial cavernomas, and various other neurosurgical procedures.

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