The Department of Neurosurgery is nationally wellknown for its surgical management of neurological diseases. It ranks the fifth in China according to the 2020 Best Chinese Hospital Ranking by the Fudan Hospital Management Institution. It is now working hard with an aim to become the National Regional Medical Center in Neuroscience.

The department was established in 1957 by Prof. Zhu Yan and Prof. Tao Xiangluo. It was the first neurosurgery department founded in Zhejiang Province and one of the first in China. During the last five decades, the department played a leading role in neurosurgery in Zhejiang Province and the country, in terms of clinical practice, education, and scientific research. 

The department has  over 230 open hospital beds in six inpatient wards, and a separate Neuro-ICU with over 30 hospital beds and 6 neurosurgery operation rooms, all equipped with advanced facilities. There are eight clinical groups within the department, respectively focusing on skull base tumors, cerebral vascular diseases, functional neurosurgery, supra-tentorial diseases, infra-tentorial diseases, brain trauma, spinal disorders, intravascular treatments and pediatric neurosurgery. Last year, it provided medical care for more than 48,000 outpatients and 5,800 inpatients, and performed more than 4,000 operations.  The department also has close cooperation with the hyperbaric oxygen therapy team and the Department of Radiotherapy. 

The department is a leader in the research of brain-computer interface. Inspiring results have been achieved by SAHZU neurosurgeons. The technology has enabled a 72-year-old quadriplegia patient to use his "mind power" to perform major upper limb movements and provided a refractory epilepsy patient with neurostimulation therapy to effectively control her seizure attack.

As an academic department, it carries out training programs for most of the neurosurgeons in Zhejiang Province as well as in the other parts of the country. Around 70% of the neurosurgeons in Zhejiang Province have taken training programs in the department. Up to now, about 500 doctors from other hospitals have taken advanced training in our department. Over 100 post-graduates were trained for master and doctoral degree in our department. Some excellent postgraduates have become the leading neurosurgeons in Zhejiang Province and in the northern and northern-west parts of China.

The department has good collaboration with international partners. It works closely with the neurosurgeons from the University of California Los Angeles and the Weill Cornell Medicine of the United States. Its short-term training programs have attracted many international residents, fellows and medical students to come for clinical experience before the pandemic. 

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