Our advanced brain and spine experts are right here in Akron – because every minute counts.

For stroke and other threats to the brain or spine, prompt treatment is critical. Take comfort in knowing that our team of highly skilled doctors, surgeons, neurological intensive-care physicians, nurses and staff is nearby and ready to give you the very best care.

At Cleveland Clinic Akron General's Neuroscience Institute, recovering patients benefit from:

  • All the personalized care they need in one location, which includes a dedicated neuro intensive-care unit.
  • Advanced surgical and diagnostic technology.
  • Sophisticated techniques and procedures that help patients get back to living active lives quickly.

The Neuroscience Institute team is comprised of multidisciplinary physicians skilled in treating and researching complex neurological conditions such as epilepsy surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, brain tumors, spinal surgery, stroke care, traumatic brain injury and many other neurological conditions.

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What We Treat Services


Akron General’s Neuroscience Institute offers highly specialized neurosurgical procedures and intensive care for stroke, complex spinal conditions and peripheral nerve disorders, as well as neurologic oncology, brain tumors and skull base surgery.

Minimally Invasive & Robotic Spine Surgery

Our specialists, recognized in neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery, provide patients with the latest, most innovative, most effective surgical treatments available for back problems. A minimally invasive and robotic spine surgery approach may be used for patients with lumbar and cervical disc herniation, spinal stenosis, age-related wear on spinal discs, bones in the spine that slip out of place and disc degeneration.

Minimally invasive and robotic spine surgery offer several advantages over open surgery, including:

  • Minimally disrupting the normal tissues (muscles, ligaments, etc.).
  • A few tiny scars instead of one large scar.
  • Shorter hospital stay.
  • Reduced postoperative pain.
  • Shorter recovery time.
  • Less blood loss during surgery.

Our team evaluates each patient and their condition to determine the best form of treatment, whether it be minimally invasive surgery and/or robotic spine surgery.

Meet the team:

Gregory Hawryluk, MD, PhD
Jacob Hoffmann, MD
Enyinna Nwachuku, MD
Gordon Preston, DO
Sarah Woodrow, MD

To refer a patient, call 330.665.4100.

Brain Tumors & Neurosurgery

Brain tumors, lesions, aneurysms and other serious conditions affecting the brain are often located in hard-to-access areas, surrounded by delicate nerves and arteries. The Akron General Neuroscience Institute offers the skill of a multispecialty team, but also the advanced technology of Brain Lab - intraoperative MRI and CT - which makes treating some complex brain tumors and neurological conditions possible. Gamma Knife surgery can also be used to treat brain tumors and is offered at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.


Epilepsy is a neurological condition involving the brain that makes people more susceptible to having recurrent, unprovoked seizures. Akron General runs an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, a four-bed monitoring unit allowing epilepsy specialists to diagnose a seizure problem accurately and design the best possible treatment plan. Learn more about epilepsy and epilepsy treatment.

Neurological Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Akron General’s ICU is specifically for patients who are recovering or suffering from strokes or other life-threatening neurological diseases and injuries, including traumatic brain injury, brain surgery, coma and injuries to the spine. The Neurological ICU has a highly trained staff that includes neurological nurses and medical, surgical and neurological intensive care physicians. Learn more.

Cerebrovascular & Stroke Program

Learn more about Akron General’s Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center.

Our Team

Our Team



For neurosurgery physician outpatient appointments:

Akron General Medical Outpatient Center
762 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd.
Akron, OH 44333

Cleveland Clinic Akron General
1 Akron General Ave.
Akron, OH 44307

For more information about our specialists and services, call 330.665.4100.