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John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute

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Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best hospitals in Neurology & Neurosurgery

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call 612-863-3200.

913 East 26th Street, 304 Piper Building
Minneapolis, MN 55407
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Exceptional care. Excellent outcomes.

John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute at Abbott Northwestern is the leading center for neurological care in the Twin Cities.

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The John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute at Abbott Northwestern is the leading center for neurological care in the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest. Each year, we perform more than 2,000 major neurological surgeries and 1,000 neuro interventional procedures. We also treat patients for neurological conditions such as stroke, tumors of the brain and spinal cord, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, balance and movement disorders, headaches and sleep disorders.

Advanced technology is combined with specialized physicians, skilled staff, dedicated facilities and focused programs to make John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute a comprehensive resource for neurological care and information. Recent technological enhancements include: Intraoperative MRI Suite (iMRI) and Varian Trilogy.

Learn more about the accomplishments of the John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute:

Team approach

At the John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute, the multidisciplinary staff of dedicated physicians, professional neuroscience nurses and skilled technical staff provide comprehensive neurological care for patients. Our team also includes physical therapists, occupational therapists and technical staff.

Our doctors

We have the largest concentration of board-certified neuroscience doctors in the region.

See a list of neurologists

See a list of neurosurgeons

Our nurses
Our facilities

Other clinical services

Neurophysiological testing
Skull Base Center
Sleep Center


Program to monitor neurosurgical patients is first accredited in Minnesota

Abbott Northwestern Hospital recently received accreditation from the Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring Laboratory Accreditation Board of ABRET (LAB-NIOM). It is one of 17 accredited programs in the U.S. and the only one in Minnesota. Learn more.

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The John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute at Abbott Northwestern cares for more than 2,000 neurosurgical patients each year and performs the most neurologic surgeries in the Twin Cities.

We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • aneurysm
  • arteriovenous malformation
  • brain tumor
  • Chiari malformation
  • epilepsy
    • surgical and non-surgical management
  • hydrocephalus
  • intracranial hemorrhage
  • movement disorders
  • skull base tumors and disease
  • spinal cord tumor
  • spine surgery
    • herniated disks
    • spinal instability
    • spinal stenosis
  • subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • tethered cord syndrome
  • vascular malformations

A team of neurosurgeons, neurophysiologists, neuro- and interventional radiologists, neurologists, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists and a neuropathologist work collaboratively to address all aspects of diagnosis and treatment of neurosurgical problems.

Highly skilled and experienced nurses and technicians in the neuro-operating rooms, neuro-critical care unit and neuroscience unit provide specialized care throughout a patient's hospital stay.

In addition to traditional neurosurgery, the Abbott Northwestern Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program uses focused-beam radiation to treat some disorders that would otherwise require traditional surgery. Radiosurgery may also be used as an adjunct to traditional surgery for some types of brain tumors.

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Highly skilled and experienced nurses on Abbott Northwestern's Neuroscience Unit and Neuro Critical Care Unit work collaboratively with neurologists, epileptologists, neuro- and interventional radiologists, and neuro-oncologists to provide specialized neurologic care throughout a patient's hospital stay.

We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • brain tumors
  • epilepsy
  • Guillain-Barre
  • movement disorders
    • dystonia
    • essential tremor
  • multiple sclerosis
  • sleep disorders
  • stroke
  • transient ischemic attack

Interventional Neuroradiology

Abbott Northwestern Hospital offers two biplane neurointerventional suites with modern 3D vascular imaging and on-the-fly CT imaging

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Experience, collaboration, quality

Interventional neuroradiologists specialize in minimally invasive, image-based technologies used in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the head, neck and spine. These specialists guide catheters into the arteries of the brain to treat aneurysms or stroke without open surgery.

One of the nation’s busiest and most sophisticated interventional neuroradiology practices is located at Abbott Northwestern, with three full-time interventional neuroradiologists and a 25-year history. Two experienced nurse practitioners, and patient care and research coordinators support the program.

Interventional neuroradiology is a technically demanding specialty and requires highly specialized equipment. At Abbott Northwestern, physicians use the most advanced techniques to treat some of the most difficult cases. The program integrates care with colleagues in neurosurgery, neurology, neuro-oncology, intensive care and otolaryngology.

Our providers

Conditions evaluated and treated include:

  • ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes
  • extracranial carotid and intracranial occlusive disease
  • cerebral aneurysms
  • arteriovenous malformations and fistulas
  • head and neck vascular malformations
  • spine and spinal cord vascular malformations.

Procedures to manage spinal and sacral pain include:

  • vertebral augmentation (vertebroplasty and kypohoplasty) and sacroplasties for symptomatic pathologic and osteoporotic compression fractures
  • therapeutic injections for relief of radiculopathy.
John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute

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The Minneapolis John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute and the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute partner to offer Abbott Northwestern's Neuro-oncology Program. This unique service provides comprehensive care for patients with tumors of the brain and spine. Patients of this program may have the opportunity to participate in leading-edge research programs that could help advance their care and the care of other patients. The Neuro-oncology Program also offers support of the entire hospital's services, including the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

Neuro-oncology care coordination

The care team assists patients with brain tumors and their families as they move through the various stages of diagnosis and treatment. In addition, they review patient cases and discuss diagnostic and treatment recommendations.