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Murat Gunel, MD, FACS, FAHA, FAANS

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Patient type treated
Accepting new patients
Referral required
From patients or physicians
Board Certified in
Neurological Surgery


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.


  • Nixdorff-German Professor of Neurosurgery and Professor of Genetics and of Neuroscience
  • Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Chief, Neurosurgery, Yale New Haven Health System
  • Chair, Perioperative Executive Leadership Committee
  • Member, National Academy of Medicine
  • Co-Director, Yale Program on Neurogenetics

Education & Training

  • Chief Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1998)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1997)
  • Intern
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1992)
  • MD
    Istanbul University (1991)

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Turkish

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