Established in 1957, the Department of Neurosurgery of SAHZU is the oldest neurosurgery department in Zhejiang Province and one of the oldest in China. The department is ranked TOP 5 in China according to the Fudan Best Hospital rankings.
The Department offers the latest in neurosurgical care, including lifesaving and technically demanding procedures that help adults and children in complex and serious conditions. The SAHZU Neurosurgery is one of the first National Key Clinical Specialties, National Trauma Regional Medical Center and the Clinical Medical Research Center of Neurological Diseases in Zhejiang Province. The Department Chair also serves as the dean of the Zhejiang University School of Brain Science and Brain Medicine. In conclusion, the department is one of the leading and comprehensive neurosurgery centers in China that integrates clinical work, medical education and research. Therefore, it has long been the primary choice of the people in and around Zhejiang Province for neurosurgical treatment.
As the birthplace of neurosurgery and the cradle of neurosurgeons in Zhejiang Province, since establishment, it has educated more than 800 doctors for further training and more than 300 Postgraduate students from all over the province and the country, who have grown into the backbone of neurosurgery in hospitals at all levels. In fact, about 70% of the neurosurgical doctors in Zhejiang Province have received further training and education in SAHZU.
The department currently has 83 fulltime staff (more than 80% with PhD degrees), 45 of them with senior titles. 6 doctors are PhD supervisors and 20 Masters supervisors.
In 2004, a separate and modern building owned by Neurosurgery was opened, putting the department on an accelerated trajectory. The Binjiang Campus of SAHZU, which was opened in 2013, is an important space for further development of the department, and the Boao Campus, which is opening soon, will be a great addition to the development of the department.
At present, the department has 302 standard beds (261 general beds + 41 cerebral intensive care beds), in addition to 6 separate dedicated operating rooms and 2 compound operating rooms in operation.
The department has a large number of advanced professional surgical equipment and instruments such as hybrid operating room, intraoperative MRI, intraoperative CT, surgical robot, neuronavigation, high-definition 3D surgical microscopes with intraoperative fluorescence, neurophysiological monitor, long-range video EEG monitoring and epilepsy surgical positioning system, high-definition neuroendoscope, ultrasonic bone chipper, etc.
The department covers seven general wards, one epilepsy center ward, and eight subspecialty medical groups specializing in cerebrovascular disease, pituitary tumors, skull base surgery, brain tumors, cranial trauma, functional neurosurgery, spinal cord surgery, neurointervention, and pediatric neurosurgery. The department has a well-developed subspecialty, with outstanding characteristics, and is fully equipped to perform the corresponding core and difficult surgeries. Our teams include doctors well-trained in surgery for tumors in difficult areas such as brain stem, slope and cavernous sinus area；microsurgery treatment for giant complex intracranial aneurysms；intracranial and extracranial anastomosis；microdissection of giant cerebral arteriovenous malformation；interventional treatment of intracranial aneurysms and cerebrovascular malformations；Stereotactic precision aspiration of brainstem hemorrhage based on "SAHZU staging”； Microsurgery for spinal intramedullary tumors；endoscopic pituitary surgery；excision of functional area lesions under arousal anesthesia；epilepsy surgery based on an invasive EEG-monitors；Deep brain stimulation；functional neurosurgery such as pain and target specific therapy of glioma, etc. Moreover, our department is in the leading position in China and international advanced level especially in basic and clinical research and standardized treatment of cerebrovascular diseases, brain-computer interface of EEG research and clinical translation.
Our world-renowned neurosurgeons performed more than 10000 surgeries last year, ranked among the top in China. In the past 5 years, we have been granted two projects of National Key R&D Program of China and one Key R&D Program of sub-project as the leading unit. Meanwhile, the department honored 35 National Natural Science Foundation of China, published nearly 100 SCI papers (IF>5), granted one Provincial First Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress, one Chinese Medical Science and Technology Award, and one Pharmaceutical Science and Technology Progress Award, and eight national patents.