Excellence in Clinical Education
Outstanding Clinical Programs
State of the Art Surgical Treatments
Quality Neuro Critical Care Programs
2013 Department Portrait
Revolutionizing Neuroscience Research from Discovery to New Treatments

Neurosurgery Leadership

Photograph of Dong Kim, M.D.

Dong Kim, M.D.


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Photograph of Arthur L. Day, M.D.

Arthur L. Day, M.D.

Vice Chair, Education
Director, Residency Program

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Photograph of David Sandberg, M.D.

David Sandberg, M.D.

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery

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Photograph of Kiwon Lee, M.D.

Kiwon Lee, M.D.

Vice Chair, Neuro Critical Care

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Photograph of Ying Xia, M.D., Ph.D.

Ying Xia, M.D., Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Research

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The Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery

Welcome to the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Our mission, driven by extensive access to complex neurosurgical cases, is to provide the best neurosurgical care to the citizens of Houston, to lead the world in advancing the art and science of neurosurgery, and to produce the next generation of neurosurgical leaders. Our academic home is at the University of Texas Medical School. Our clinical activities are performed at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Our mission is to be the best locally, nationally, and internationally. To achieve this goal, we will focus on providing:

Dong Kim, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Mischer Neuroscience Institute, Memorial Hermann Hospital