A large number of patients with intracranial aneurysms, vascular malformations and carotid stenosis are treated each year in the Cerebrovascular Surgery Section of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. The Cerebrovascular Section, headed by Dr. Jeff Klopfenstein, is the main tertiary referral center in Central Illinois for patients with intracranial aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations. Patients are evaluated and treated in a very collegial fashion by a dedicated group of neurosurgeons with fellowship training in cerebrovascular surgery and endovascular neurosurgery, interventional neuroradiologists and stroke neurologists. A weekly Carotid Clinic is maintained in conjunction with Interventional Radiology and Stroke Neurology.
The OSF Stroke Network, a network of over 25 hospitals connected by helicopter, provides a large population of patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Educational activities of this section include a weekly Cerebrovascular conference, various clinical research projects, and a dedicated microsurgical laboratory. In recent years, numerous clinical and laboratory projects have been published in the most prestigious neurosurgical journals.