KU more than doubles neurosurgery department

The KU Medical Center, KU Hospital and KU Physicians Inc. have more than doubled the size of their neurosurgery department with the arrival of five neurosurgeons. All five join the KU Medical Center faculty and the hospital medical staff from the Kansas City Neurosurgery Group.

They are:

• Paul Camarata, who will serve as interim chair of the department

• Phillip Hylton

• Darren Lovick

• Matthew Rendel

• Timothy Stepp

“We’re incredibly excited to be part of an academic medical center, expanding and enhancing neurosciences at the premier center in the Midwest,” Camarata said. “One of the things that impressed me about KU is that, everywhere you go in the University of Kansas Hospital, you see the mission: to deliver world-class patient care and to ensure the excellence of future patient care through exceptional learning, teaching and research. We’re eager to be joining an institution with that mission.”

Rendel and Stepp will also practice at a North Kansas City clinic location, maintaining a previous relationship with the Clay County (Mo.) facility.

“These well-known and respected surgeons provide us with more depth in our subspecialties, and will make our training programs for residents even stronger,” said Barbara Atkinson, executive vice chancellor of the KU Medical Center.

Atkinson said the surgeons bring particular expertise in the areas of stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases.

“They complement a very strong existing program, which has been a national pioneer in such critical procedures as deep brain stimulation surgery to treat Parkinson’s and other movement disorders,” said Bob Page, president and chief executive officer of the KU Hospital.

“Our existing neurosurgery staff plays a major role in the extraordinary success of our multi-disciplinary spine center, as well as leading a remarkable team in successful brain cancer surgery,” Page said.

The arrival of the neurosurgeons also strengthens the opportunity for research at the medical center’s Institute for Neurological Disorders. Launched in March 2009, the institute’s mission is to turn scientific discoveries into preventions and cures for nervous system diseases. They will also coordinate with research at the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center.

“It’s imminently important that practicing neurosurgeons be involved in research, because we know the questions to ask,” Camarata said. “We are eager to participate in the research mission.”


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Kevin Liu, associate director, Confucius Institute

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