L. Dade Lunsford, MD

L. Dade Lunsford, MD, is a specialist in neurological surgery at UPMC CancerCenter
  • Specialty:

  • Secondary Specialty:

    Radiation Oncology Neuro-Oncology Cranial Base Surgery
  • Board Certifications:

    Neurological Surgery
  • Education:

    MD, Columbia University Hospital, New York, NY
  • Residency:

    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Fellowships:

    Karolinska Institute, Sweden, Stockholm,
  • Affiliations:

    UPMC Shadyside UPMC Presbyterian UPMC St Margaret UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh


Dr. Lunsford is the Lars Leksell Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and the Director of the Center for Image Guided Brain Surgery at UPMC. His specialties includes the use of image guided technologies to surgically remove or inactivate brain tumors. His experience includes more than 8200 patients who have had Gamma Knife radiosurgery, a powerful tool that destroys deep brain tumors and vascular malformations which otherwise cannot be treated. Dr. Lunsford is board certified in neurosurgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Lunsford's medical training was completed at Columbia University in New York City. His residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, followed by a fellowship at the Karolinska Institute located in Stockholm, Sweden - one of Europe's most prestigious medical schools. Dr. Lunsford was the first US Neurosurgeon to develop a dedicated CT scanner-equipped operating room as well as the first to introduce the Gamma knife and all subsequent Gamma technologies to the US.