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Hunt Batjer, M.D.

Professor & Chairman
Neurological Surgery

Meet Dr. Hunt Batjer
Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery Specialist

Holder of the:

  • Lois C.A. and Darwin E. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery

Hunt Batjer, M.D., Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, is a national and international leader in neurosurgery. He brings far-reaching experience to his specialty of open neurosurgery for cerebrovascular disease.

Patients come to Dr. Batjer for treatment of arterial blockage from stroke, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous vascular malformations, and dural AV fistulas. He also is a leading authority on treating brain tumors.

Patient care has been paramount in the three decades of Dr. Batjer’s career, whether he is treating his own neurosurgical patients or serving as an advocate for athletes and others who sustain brain injuries, working with the National Football League to improve football safety for professional players, amateurs, and children.

“We’re embarking on ways to try to make the game as safe as we can – with the balance of preserving the integrity of the game,” he says.

Dr. Batjer also is actively involved in training the next generation of neurosurgeons, and he holds the country’s preeminent leadership role in evaluating hospital training programs. He values both the environment of inquiry and the added patient safety that neurosurgery residents bring to a hospital.

“Residents create new energy and have great ideas,” he says. “And hospitals with training programs create safer patient outcomes. There are a thousand reasons behind that, but there’s no doubt about it.”

Clinical Interests/Specialties

Neurovascular Disease

  • Aneurysms
  • Arterial blockage from stroke
  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Cavernous vascular malformations
  • Dural AV fistulas

Head Trauma

  • Brain tumors
  • Traumatic brain injury

Surgical Education