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Clinical Services at Rush Richard W. Byrne, MD

Richard W. Byrne, MD, is chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, medical director with University Neurosurgery and the Roger C. Bone, MD, Presidential Professor at Rush University.

Byrne completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in 1987 and received his medical doctorate at Northwestern University Medical School in 1991. Byrne graduated from the neurosurgical residency training program at Rush University Medical Center in 1997 and joined the faculty after additional training in epilepsy and brain tumor surgery.

Byrne is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in surgical treatment for epilepsy, skull base and brain tumor surgery, pituitary surgery, trigeminal neuralgia and radiosurgery. He has been actively involved in a number of epilepsy and brain tumor surgery trials, basic science research in epileptogenesis and brain tumor genetics and has authored more than 90 manuscripts and book chapters on these subjects. Byrne has been in practice for over 15 years and has performed over 1,000 brain tumor operations and over 500 epilepsy surgeries.

Byrne is an active member many professional societies and has served as:

  • President of the Rush Surgical Society
  • President of the Chicago Neurological Society
  • President-elect of the Illinois State Neurosurgical Society
  • Executive committee (Board of Directors) of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Treasurer of the Neurosurgical Society of America
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Interurban Neurosurgical Society
  • Member, FDA Neurological Devices Committee
  • National course director of the Society of Neurological Surgeons resident courses
  • Board of Directors, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Foundation

As a thought leader in his field, industry will sometimes ask for Byrne’s input in development. Byrne currently has a consulting contract with Stryker Biotech. He also has stock in Lanx, Inc. Your surgeon may or may not use products from one of these companies, and your surgeon receives no compensation for his clinical use of any products from these companies. If you have any questions regarding these arrangements, please ask your surgeon.

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