What Is a Neurosurgeon?

The Lengthiest Training in Medicine

The central nervous system controls essential functions like breathing, heartbeat and consciousness. Even minor errors can lead to severe consequences, including loss of function, paralysis or death.

As a result, neurosurgeons feature the most extensive training regime in medicine.


Neurological surgery is a medical discipline dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and surgical management of disorders affecting the nervous system.


Many point to neurosurgery is the most demanding specialty, which is why it requires the longest amount of training of any medical speciality.  Unlike other parts of the human body, the nervous system does not tolerate mistakes well. Errors in judgement or technique can have very serious consequences for patients.

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