Murat Gunel MD, FACS, FAHA

Nixdorff-German Professor of Neurosurgery and Professor of Genetics and of Neurobiology; Co-Director, Yale Program on Neurogenetics; Director, Neurovascular Surgery

Biographical Info

Dr. Murat Gunel, Professor of Neurosurgery, assumed the position of chief of Neurovascular Surgery Program in January of 2001. Dr. Gunel is a board certified neurosurgeon and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has special interest in treating brain aneurysms and vascular malformations with special emphasis on arterio-venous malformations and cavernous malformations. He also has expertise in occlusive vascular disorders such as carotid disease and gamma knife surgery (radiosurgery).

His laboratory interests parallel his expertise in clinical neurovascular surgery and focus on gene discovery in disorders of the nervous system and its vasculature. Dr. Gunel's lab completed the two largest genome wide association studies (GWAS) aimed at understanding common variants that underlie intracranial aneurysm genetic risk based on the analysis of over 20,000 subjects. In addition, he is interested in the identification of genes important in human brain development through the study of rare, consanguineous families with recessive forms of malformations of cortical development.

International Activity

  • Neurovascular Surgery
    Professor Gunel conducts collaborative work in Turkey on neurovascular surgery
  • Molecular Genetics
    Collaboration on genetics of malformations of brain development

Education & Training

Istanbul University (1991)
Chief Resident
Yale-New Haven Hospital, Neurosurgery (1997 - 1998)
Yale-New Haven Hospital, General Surgery (1991 - 1992)
Yale-New Haven Hospital, Neurosurgery (1992 - 1997)
Board Certification
Neurological Surgery, Board Certified  (2002)

Honors & Recognition

  • Outstanding Poster Award in Basic Science
    5th Annual Meeting of the AANS/CNS Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery (2002)
  • Honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degree
    Bahcesehir University, Turkey (2010)
  • Nixdorff-German Professor
    Yale University (2009)
  • Honorary Master of Arts Privatim Degree
    Yale University (2010)
  • Outstanding Poster Award in Basic Science
    4th Annual Meeting of the AANS/CNS Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery (2001)
  • Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award
    Minister of Health, Turkey (2010)
  • Young Investigator Award
    American Epilepsy Society (1999)

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