Shekar N. Kurpad, MD, PhD

Sanford J. Larson Professor and Chairman
Department of Neurosurgery

Shekar N. Kurpad, MD, PhD


Dr. Kurpad specializes in the treatment of a wide variety of spinal and cranial disorders. His expertise lies in the surgery for malignant brain tumors, degenerative disease of the spine, tumors of the spine, spine trauma and skull base tumors, and minimally invasive methods for the treatment of spinal disorders.

Dr. Kurpad has extensive research experience in both brain tumor biology and spinal cord injury and has authored several peer reviewed publications and book chapters in these areas. As the recipient of the prestigious Van Wagenen fellowship from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, he conducted cellular transplantation research for spinal cord injury at the internationally recognized Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He runs a laboratory at the Medical College of Wisconsin with international collaborators for the study of spinal cord injury.

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Patient Care

Patient Care Focus


  • Cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine
  • Disc herniations
  • Spinal degenerative disease
  • Spinal stenosis and spinal instability

  • Spinal tumors
  • Fractures
  • Trauma and infections
  • Spine disorders

Surgical Services

  • Kyphoplasty
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Spinal fusion and instrumentation

Hospital Affiliations

  • Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI
  • Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center – Milwaukee, WI
  • Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital – Menomonee Falls, WI

Education, Training & Board Certification


  • Doctor of Medicine, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India, 1991
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 1995


  • Fellowship, Spinal Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2001
  • Residency, Neurological Surgery, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, 1995-2001
  • Fellowship, Skull Base Surgery, University of Tennessee – Memphis, TN, 1998

Board Certification

  • Neurological Surgery

Introductory Video
Research & Publications

Primary Research Area

Brain tumor biology, spinal cord injury and translational applications of neural and mesenchymal stem cells in neurotrauma and neurooncology