Comprehensive Neuroscience Care

The threefold mission of UBNS is to improve the human condition through compassionate
clinical care, prepare the next generation of clinicians in academics and community
neurosurgery and explore evolving knowledge through impactful research.

Team approach to care.

UBNS follows a team approach to diagnosing and treating complex disorders of the brain and spine. Accordingly, patients treated by our group derive the unique benefit of having multiple, highly-regarded physicians and other clinical experts involved in their care. Each of our physicians is grouped into one of five specialized teams according to his or her area of expertise: neuroendovascular, movement disorders, pediatric neurosurgery, spine and skull base disorders, and/or minimally invasive endoscopy. Each team consists of at least one and up to three attending neurosurgeons; a cadre of nurses and nurse practitioners who are experts in the evaluation and management of brain and spine disease.

Our teams

Meet our Physicians

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Dr. Veetai Li


Dr. Veetai Li areas of expertise are: pediatric neurosurgery, including congenital neurosurgical conditions; brain tumors; surgical…

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100 years & counting

In the early 20th century, Buffalo surgeon Dr. Roswell Park (1852-1914) made significant contributions to the development of neurosurgery as a distinct medical specialty. Among other innovations, Dr. Park became the first American to successfully operate for simple partial motor epilepsy in the absence of external scar and was the first to remove an upper cervical spinal cord tumor. Many of his neurosurgical advances served as important precursors to modern practices.

By 1933, Buffalo had its first dedicated neurosurgery practice, founded by Dr. Wallace Hamby. Soon after, Dr. Hamby also established Buffalo’s first neurosurgery residency program, thus beginning a long local tradition of neurosurgical teaching and training. Many of the residents who trained under Dr. Hamby went on to establish successful private neurosurgical around the Western New York region. By the 1950s, Buffalo was well-known nationally as a center for neurosurgery and the treatment of cerebral aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations.

In 1961, the University at Buffalo Medical School was integrated into the State University of New York (SUNY) system of schools. Dr. Louis Bakay was recruited from Harvard Medical School to create and chair an academic neurosurgical division within the University. Upon his arrival, Dr. Bakay assumed the task of improving and integrating the existing neurosurgical service divided between three local hospitals: Buffalo…

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Convenient WNY locations

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  • Erie County Medical Center

  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Gates Vascular Institute

  • Summit Medical Campus

  • Oishei Children’s Hospital and Outpatient Center

  • Brook Bridge Medical Complex

  • Conventus Building

  • Comprehensive Neuroscience Center

Surgical Locations:  Sisters of Charity Hospital, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo General Medical Center, Gates Vascular Institute, Kenmore Mercy Hospital

In the news

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August 22, 2019

UB Neurosurgery providing stroke services to Niagara Falls Memorial

A new partnership will bring high-level stroke services to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, allowing patients to remain closer to home for less severe cases. Beginning Monday, Aug. 5, specialists from UB Neurosurgery will provide…

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July 31, 2019

UB Neurosurgery takes charge of stroke care at Niagara Falls Memorial

Doctors from University at Buffalo Neurosurgery will take charge of the stroke care program at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, offering the same treatments and equipment available at Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo….

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