Navigate Up
UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
L. Dade Lunsford, MD
For Journalists
Senior Manager
Telephone: 412-578-9193 or 412-624-3212

 
Other Inquiries

L.  Dade  Lunsford, MD

  • ‚ÄčLars Leksell, MD, Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Professor of Radiation Oncology
  • Professor of Radiology
  • Co-Director of the Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery

Dr. Lunsford is an internationally recognized authority on stereotactic surgery and has extensive experience with the gamma knife which destroys brain tumors and vascular malformations that were once considered inoperable. It uses 201 sources of cobalt radiation to focus precisely on targeted tissue, minimizing effects on surrounding brain and other critical neural and vascular structures. The treatment is unique because no surgical incision is performed to expose the tumor.

In 1980, he studied for a year at the Karolinska Institute under Dr. Leksell. In 1987, Dr. Lunsford brought the gamma knife to the UPMC, the first center in the United States to use it clinically. In 1996, a second gamma knife unit opened at the UPMC. Since 1987, more than 12,000 patients have undergone gamma knife surgery.

In addition to clinical uses the gamma knife is the focus of various research efforts to enhance the understanding of its effects on the management of pain, movement disorders and epilepsy. Under Dr. Lunsford's leadership, UPMC physicians also pioneered the use of the gamma knife to treat selected cases of brain cancer.

Dr. Lunsford received his medical degree in 1974 from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his internship in surgery at the University of Virginia Hospital and his residency in neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Following his one-year fellowship at the Karolinska Institute, he joined the department of neurological surgery as an assistant professor in 1980. He was appointed associate professor in 1985 and professor in 1990.

©  UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Supplemental content provided by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions. All rights reserved.

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on UPMC.com is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, UPMC.com is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

For UPMC Mercy Patients: As a Catholic hospital, UPMC Mercy abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, as determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As such, UPMC Mercy neither endorses nor provides medical practices and/or procedures that contradict the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

© UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA, USA UPMC.com