Richard Zimmerman, M.D., is a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and the dean of education in Arizona at the Mayo School College of Medicine and Science.
Dr. Zimmerman completed a residency in neurosurgery followed by a fellowship in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery. He has focused his patient-centered clinical practice on the following:
· Surgical options to treat severe facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia)
· Microsurgical treatment of hemifacial spasm
· As a leading member of Mayo’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, provides individualized surgical options for patients with seizures including minimally invasive laser ablation, responsive neurostimulation (RNS), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), deep brain stimulation (DBS) and intracranial monitoring
· Surgery for brain tumors, including minimally invasive laser ablation
· Microsurgical treatment of aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and carotid artery disease
Dr. Zimmerman’s expertise has been recognized nationally and internationally, and he serves on the medical advisory boards of the Epilepsy Foundation and the TNA — Facial Pain Association.
Dr. Zimmerman has been the dean of education since 2013. As a professor of neurosurgery, he knows the importance of educating the physicians of the future, and Dr. Zimmerman chairs the Mayo Clinic Education Committee and serves as medical director of education. As nothing is more important to him than excellent patient outcomes, he has focused his practice and institutional leadership to improve the level of medical care at Mayo, and has received Mayo Clinic’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his career-long dedication to quality improvement and patient safety activities at Mayo Clinic.