Dr. L. Nelson Hopkins joined UBNS in 1975. He served as the chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery from 1989-2013 and recently earned the title of Distinguished Professor of neurosurgery and radiology from the State University of New York. After completing his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, Dr. Hopkins earned a doctor of medicine degree cum laude from Albany Medical College. His post-graduate training included a surgical internship at Case Western Reserve, followed by neurology and neurosurgical training at UB.
Ranking seventh among the most published neurosurgical departments in North America, he has established UBNS as one of the most respected with patients traveling to Buffalo from around the world. Dr. Hopkins pioneered endovascular neurosurgery and has trained a new generation of neurosurgeon leaders skilled in catheter-based technology for minimally invasive neurosurgery.
Active in national neurosurgery, Dr. Hopkins has served as a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and of the Executive Committee of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association. He has served as Scientific and Annual Meeting Chairman for both the AANS and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is the former chairman of the Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery and president of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Hopkins has been the principal investigator of several national clinical trials testing catheter-based technologies for the treatment of neurovascular diseases. He is a member of the editorial boards of NEUROSURGERY and World Neurosurgery and the author of more than 300 publications centered on the prevention and treatment of stroke. Dr. Hopkins has served on the faculty of numerous symposiums nationally and internationally and each year hosts multidisciplinary seminars along with industry leaders focused on assessing and managing complications associated with minimally invasive catheter-based interventions.
Dr. Hopkins is an advocate of cross-specialty and multidisciplinary collaboration. He fostered the creation of the Toshiba (now Canon) Stroke & Vascular Research Center, bringing together physicists, chemists, aerospace engineers, neurosurgeons, cardiologists and radiologists to study the neurovascular circulation and develop innovative technologies and approaches for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of neurovascular diseases. Dr. Hopkins conceived a new way to organize the multidisciplinary treatment of vascular disease and brought experts from around the world together to design the Gates Vascular Institute and then recruited the necessary partners to bring the Jacobs Institute and Gates Vascular Institute to life. He serves as chairman of the board of the GVI and President/CEO of the Jacobs Institute and its Center for Innovation in Medicine (CIM).
A proponent of the global approach to revascularization for the improvement of outcomes for patients with vascular disease, Dr. Hopkins has served on the faculty of numerous symposiums nationally and internationally and each year hosts multidisciplinary seminars along with industry leaders focused on assessing and managing complications associated with minimally invasive catheter-based interventions.
He and his wife Bonnie live in Buffalo, New York and have three children and eight grandchildren.
Albany Medical College
Case Western Reserve, Surgery Intern
State University of New York at Buffalo, Neurology and Neurosurgery Resident
Dr. Hopkins has been a pioneer in the catheter-based treatment of stroke and has spearheaded one of the largest and most respected stroke treatment centers in the world where new innovative methods have been developed to reverse acute stroke in many patients.
Honored Guest, Congress of Neurosurgery, October 2013; Nichols Distinguished Alumnus Award; Business First’s “Healthcare 50 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award”; Business First’s “Most Influential Business Leaders in Western New York for 2012”; Kaleida Health Foundation Spirit Award; AANS Donaghy Lecture Award Recipient; National Federation of Just Communities Special Recognition for Devotion to the Community; Congress of Neurosurgeons Founders Laurel Award; Western Neurosurgical Society Award Cloward Medal for Epochal Innovation and Pioneering Application; AANS Schneider Lecture Award Recipient; Neurosurgery Society of America 2006 Medal; Gainey Lecture/Mayo Clinic 100 Years of Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic; 2005 Heroes of the Heart Award American Heart Association; The Charles Drake Lecture Award presented by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons; Buffalo Business First Health Care Heroes Award Academic Excellence for Achievement in Health Care Education; Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute’s George F. Koepf Award for Contributions to the Advancement of Biomedical Research; Lussenhop Award presented by AANS/CAS Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery’; and Mayfield-Aring Lecture Award presented by Mayfield Neurological Institute
American Academy of Neurological Surgery; American Back Society; American Association of Neurological Surgeons; American Heart Association; American Medical Association; American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology; Asian Conference of Neurological Surgeons; Buffalo Academy of Medicine; Cerebrovascular Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Congress of Neurological Surgeons; Eastern Neuroradiologic Society Associate membership; American Society of Neuroradiology Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery; International Society of Cardiovascular Interventionists; International Stroke Society; National Stroke Association; New York State Society of Surgeons, Inc.; North American Spine Society; Roswell Park Medical Society; Stroke Committee-WNY Chapter; Society of Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology; World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology; Force on Interventional Neuroradiology of the AANS/CNS; Washington Committee (AANS/CNS); Endovascular Task Force (AANS); Academy of Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (ATCT); and Stroke Council of the American Heart Association
View a partial list of Dr. Hopkins’ publications through the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed online database.