Functional NeurosurgeryStereotactic and functional neurosurgery procedures are used to treat complex disorders of the central nervous system. Our highly skilled neurosurgeons are leading experts in the field and are dedicated to offering our patients the highest quality care. All patients are carefully evaluated by our interdisciplinary teams of surgical and medical professionals and are then presented with the best surgical or medical options available based on their diagnosis.

For patients with epilepsy, a wide-variety of surgical techniques are used to diagnose and potentially cure seizures. Commonly used techniques include the placement of monitoring electrodes, the focused removal of tissue causing seizures, and vagus nerve stimulation. Read more about epilepsy treatment at University of Utah Health.

For patients with movement disorders, functional neurosurgery procedures performed include the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to profoundly improve the movement capabilities of patients with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. Read more about movement disorders, treatments, and support groups at University of Utah Health.

Fumisuke Matsuo, MD

Fumisuke Matsuo, MD is a long-time faculty member of the Department of Neurology. His main expertise as a clinical electroencephalographer is to develop and evaluate clinical neurophysiological testings in the assessment of episodic neurobehavior symptoms, and application to separating epileptic seizures from non-epileptic events. Recent research ... Read More


Neurology, EEG, Epilepsy, Intraoperative Monitoring, Seizures


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John D. Rolston, MD, PhD

Dr. John Rolston is a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist at the University of Utah, where he is the Director of Epilepsy Surgery and Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. Clinically, he specializes in epilepsy surgery, deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders (Parkinson’s, dystonia, tremor), trigeminal neuralgia, and neuromo... Read More

University Campus/Research Park

Clinical Neurosciences Center 175 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 585-7575