Care team


The John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute at United Hospital offers exceptional care for patients with brain aneurysms vascular malformations United's multidisciplinary team of specialists has the experience expertise to provide the highest quality of care at every step, from a patient's diagnosis treatment to rehabilitation. In total, the team has completed over 4,000 aneurysm procedures.

Vascular neurosurgeon

Eric Nussbaum, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has significant experience in diagnosis and treatment of brain aneurysms and vascular malformations. He leads the neurovascular neurosurgery program at United Hospital. Dr. Nussbaum specializes in surgeries to repair brain aneurysms.

Dr. Nussbaum is among a small group of surgeons worldwide who specialize in brain aneurysm surgeries. He performs more than 350 brain surgeries a year and has performed more than 2,000 of the complex surgeries to treat aneurysms.

Nurse practitioners

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced training and clinical education. Nurse practitioners who specialize in neuroscience work with aneurysm patients and families, coordinating closely with physicians.


At United Hospital, neuroradiologists from St. Paul Radiology work with patients who have brain aneurysms and vascular malformations. These physicians are radiologists who have additional training and experience in radiology interventions that involve the brain, spine and nerves. Neuroradiologists perform the treatment called endovascular coiling, which prevents further bleeding by filling the aneurysm with coiled wire.

Neuro-intensive care physicians

These are critical care doctors who specialize in neurology. They direct the care of patients in the Bentson Family Foundation Neurological Intensive Care Unit at United Hospital. Patients who have had surgery to repair a brain aneurysm or an endovascular coiling procedure receive care afterwards in this Neuro ICU. (The ICU also serves patients with stroke and other serious neurological conditions.)


Neurologists are doctors who specialize in disorders of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.

Physiatrists (physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors)

Physiatrists are part of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and serve patients in the Bentson Family Foundation Neurological Intensive Care Unit and United's neuroscience inpatient units. Physiatrists evaluate patients' physical and mental functioning, mood and motivation, and rehab needs.

Reviewed By: Eric Nussbaum, MD, medical director of United's neurovascular neurosurgery program
First Published: 09/17/2013
Last Reviewed: 09/17/2013