The Neurosurgical Atlas (ATLAS) is the largest not-for-profit association for neurosurgical education and research in the world. With 53,000 members (as of March 2021,) the ATLAS affects the care of many patients daily. A recent survey demonstrated that the ATLAS is considered internationally as the Bible of neurosurgery.

The mission of the ATLAS is to advance the care of patients suffering from neurosurgical disorders via introduction of novel and efficient surgical techniques into practice. Our unwavering commitment to technical excellence through research and education is demonstrated via our goal to remain the most innovative and comprehensive platform for advancement of neurosurgical techniques.

Each video or chapter in the ATLAS describes the unspoken secrets for safe and efficient performance of complex brain operations. In essence, using the ATLAS, the surgeon can practice the operation the night before the surgery. The ATLAS has transformed neurosurgical education across the globe.


Dr. Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD, MSc, MBA

Dr. Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD, MSc, MBA is the President and the founder of The Neurosurgical Atlas. He performed his undergraduate and medical school trainings at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and University of Southern California (USC), respectively. He then completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He also completed fellowship training in two subspecialties: Epilepsy surgery (Yale University) and skull base/cerebrovascular surgery (University of Arkansas.) Dr. Cohen has a Masters Degree in Clinical Research. He also completed an MBA degree from the Kelley School of Business.

His areas of interest include surgical treatment of complex intracranial tumors and vascular lesions. He is a professor at Indiana University Department of Neurosurgery. He is also the director of neurosurgical oncology and its fellowship, and co-director of the Neurological Tumors Signature Center at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center.

His clinical research interests include neurosurgical operative anatomy, innovative operative approaches to deep lesions, and intraoperative fluorescence/mass spectroscopy. His basic science research is focused on novel drug therapies for glioblastoma. He has published over 400 publications on the aforementioned topics.

For more information on Dr. Cohen, please see his CV in this PDF and Wikipedia. Please refer to this editorial in the Journal of Neurosurgery on the work related to the Atlas. In addition, please see this Preface Chapter and its associated video introductions by Dr. Cohen to the Atlas.

Dr. Ben Hendricks, MD

Dr. Benjamin K. Hendricks, MD is a neurosurgery resident at the Barrow Neurological Institute and a major contributor to the content within The Neurosurgical Atlas. He oversees the strategic planning for the Atlas projects. Ben's leadership and expertise have been instrumental to our success. He is also an executive member of the Board of Directors of the Atlas.

He is from Indiana and attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. He has future career interests in the area of neurosurgical oncology and neurosurgical education.

Juan Carlos Fernandez-Miranda, MD

Juan Carlos Fernandez-Miranda, MD is Professor of Neurosurgery and Chief of the Pituitary and Skull Base Division at Stanford University. He is internationally renowned for his expertise and innovative contributions in endoscopic skull base and pituitary surgery, open skull base surgery, and complex brain tumor surgery. He is also an executive member of the Board of Directors of the Atlas and director of the Neurosurgical Atlas Surgical Neuroanatomy Research fellowship at the Stanford Neurosurgical Training and Innovation Center.

Dr. Fernandez-Miranda completed neurosurgery residency at La Paz University Hospital in Madrid, Spain. From 2005 to 2007, he underwent fellowship training in microsurgical neuroanatomy at the University of Florida under legendary neurosurgeon Albert L. Rhoton, Jr. From 2007 to 2010 he continued subspecialty clinical training in cerebrovascular surgery at the University of Virginia, and endoscopic endonasal and open skull base surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). During his 10-year tenure at UPMC, he pioneered endoscopic endonasal approaches to highly complex pituitary and skull base tumors, developed a world-class complex brain surgery program, and led a premier training and research program on surgical neuroanatomy and skull base surgery. 

Joshua Klein, MSMI 

Joshua Klein, MSMI gained his Master of Science in Medical Illustration from Augusta University and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Toledo. 

He spent several years interning at the Center for Creative Instruction at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus, where he contributed illustrations to various projects including a clinical anatomy textbook. He has worked as an illustrator, 3D animator, as well as a department manager in medical animation in the fields of medical education, personal injury law, and pharmaceutical industry.

Growing up in Ohio, he has developed an insatiable curiosity and is a lifelong learner and hobbyist, always looking for new inspiration to inform his work and seeking tools of the future for medical education. His unparalleled and artistic illustrations have transformed the beauty of The Neurosurgical Atlas

Marilyn Michael Yurk

Jill M. Sebra has worked for more than 18 years as an STM copy editor, trainer and freelance copy editor for numerous well-known journals (including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Pediatrics, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and journals of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Society for Microbiology, and American Society of Civil Engineers).  Her unparalleled editorial efforts have transformed the readability of this Atlas to a new level. 

Tao Xu, M.D Ph.D

Dr. Tao Xu, MD, PhD is an attending neurosurgeon at Changzheng Hospital, Navy Medical University, Shanghai, China. He is the major driving force to make the Atlas translation to Chinese language possible.  His immense contributions have made the Atlas available to our Chinese colleagues and have advanced neurosurgical training in China.  

He graduated from the Navy Medical University and finished his residency in Changzheng Hospital. He also completed fellowship training in skull base surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical college. His clinical interests include skull base surgery, neurosurgical oncology and neurosurgical education.