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Patrick W Elwood, MD

Professor Emeritus

Department of Neurosurgery



530 NE Glen Oak Ave, Peoria, IL, 61637

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Dr. Patrick Elwood is a true Peorian, born and raised here, attending our public schools – and returning to serve our community with his neurosurgical skills. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, from 1952 to 1956, receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Bradley University with the Class of 1953 with transferred credits from the College of Medicine. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1954 and the M.D. with high honors was awarded in 1956.

Dr. Elwood entered the practice of neurosurgery in 1961 and has cared for patients at all three Peoria hospitals since that time.

One of the most significant contributions made by Dr. Elwood is his participation in the formation of the downstate educational programs of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in the late sixties. He spent several years extensively involved in the undergraduate medical program, and was subsequently appointed the first permanent department head at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. The department initially was a department of neuroscience, which involved adult and pediatric neurology and neurosurgery. A residency in neurology was formed in 1978 and in neurological surgery in 1980. The Illinois Neurological Institute was formed in 1992 as the clinical and research base for the residency programs in neurology and neurological surgery, and neurology and neurosurgery became independent departments ending a twenty-year attempt at a single department. The Neurosurgery Department now has eight full-time faculty with subspecialization in pediatric, spine, cerebrovascular, functional and pain, and tumor neurosurgery.

Dr. Elwood’s primary clinical interest has been in the acute management of aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, dural arteriovenous fistula, acute ischemia of the brain, and radiosurgery. He began a program of early surgery in aneurysms with microscope dissection in 1968. He has developed with the Department of Neurology a 23-hospital stroke network in downstate Illinois, serving about 1.25 million people. The network utilizes teleradiology and is developing treatment and research protocols.

Dr. Elwood and his wife Gladys enjoy flower gardening together in the Bradley-area home they have shared for 40 years. Two of his children are attorneys and his son, Dr. Eric Elwood, is a plastic surgeon practicing in Peoria.

Practice Specialty

Vascular, Gamma Knife / Radiology

Academic Rank at UICOMP

Professor of Neurological Surgery, Department of Neurosurgery

Board Certification

The American Board of Neurological Surgery, 1964


B.S. - Bradley University Salutatorian, 1952
M.D. - University of Illinois (Chicago), 1956
Internship - Minneapolis General Hospital, 1957
Junior Residency - University of Illinois
Research & Education Hospital (Chicago), 1958
Residency - Illinois Neuropsychiatric Institute (Chicago), 1961