Hunt Batjer, M.D.
Hunt Batjer, M.D.

Hunt Batjer, M.D.

  • Lois C.A. and Darwin E. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Surgery for Brain Tumors

Biography

Dr. Hunt Batjer is the Lois C.A. and Darwin E. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery and Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is recognized internationally as a leading cerebrovascular surgeon.

Growing up in West Texas as a left-handed pitcher, he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1970. His father encouraged him to decline this offer and he accepted an athletic scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin. After a rotator cuff shoulder injury he left UT early and matriculated at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he received his M.D. degree in 1977. After training at his alma mater in neurological surgery under Drs. Kemp Clark and Duke Samson, he accepted a faculty position where he served until 1995. At that time he accepted the position as the Michael J. Marchese Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago where he served until September 2012. At that time he was recruited back to UT Southwestern to take over as Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery following Dr. Duke Samson’s tenure.

Dr. Batjer has had numerous roles in organized medicine. He is a past-President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Society of University Neurosurgeons, the Neurosurgical Society of America, the Society of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is past-Chairman of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Section on Cerebrovascular Disease. He is a past-Director and past-Chair of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and was Chairman of the Board of the Interurban Neurosurgical Society from 2001 to 2012. He is past-Chair of the ACGME Neurosurgical Residency Review Committee, and Co-Chair of the NFL Committee on Head, Neck, and Spine Injuries. 

In 2011 he was named Honored Guest of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. In 2016 he was the Medalist for Neurosurgical Society of America and was awarded the Founder’s Laurel by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.  In 2016 Dr. Batjer was nominated by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies to serve on the Board of Directors of The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and his term began in February 2017. He was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2018, and was named a Texas Monthly Super Doctor in 2018.

His academic pursuits and research in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke have resulted in over 440 peer-reviewed publications and books, and 19 books and chapters. He has presented 47 Endowed Lectureships and served as Visiting Professor in 61 medical institutions worldwide.

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Meet Dr. Batjer

Leader in Cerebrovascular Surgery and Brain Injury

Hunt Batjer, M.D., is an internationally recognized cerebrovascular surgeon specializing in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke states, as well as an authority on brain injury. As Chair of UT Southwestern’s Department of Neurological Surgery, he leads the largest group of neurosurgeons in North Texas – a team at the forefront of breakthroughs to treat conditions and injuries that affect the brain and spine. 

“We are in a period of rapid expansion of our understanding of the brain and the pathological processes involving cerebrovascular conditions. At the same time, the development of groundbreaking technology is expanding our capabilities to treat complicated conditions with open access surgery and minimally invasive techniques,” Dr. Batjer says.

“At UT Southwestern, our neurological surgery faculty has a history of leading discoveries that have advanced brain and spinal surgery and patient outcomes. Our experience is second-to-none in North Texas, and frankly in the United States,” he added. “Our expertise with the latest neurosurgical innovations ranges from improving approaches to remove brain tumors once considered inoperable to offering leading-edge endovascular procedures which can eliminate brain aneurysms and reduce recovery times from weeks to days.”

Dr. Batjer has dedicated his career to defining state-of-the-art neurosurgical innovations and training the next generation of surgeons. He has combined expertise in the operating room and highly personalized support for each of his patient with a willingness to advocate for medical progress. As examples, this includes activities such as testimony to the United States Congress on the future of medical manpower and serving as the Co-Chair of the National Football League (NFL) Head, Neck, and Spine Committee. 

He is currently President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, an international scientific and educational association with a membership of 9,000 neurosurgeons from all parts of the world. Dr. Batjer has served in leadership positions in a large number of other national organizations including as Immediate Past President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, as well as past roles as President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Society of University Neurosurgeons, Neurosurgical Society of America,  as well as Chair of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and Chair of the Residency Review Committee for Neurological Surgery under the ACGME.

Dr. Batjer is at the forefront of advancing clinical care and research on traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions. He serves as the Co-Director of the Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair at UT Southwestern which will serve both an educational, service, and research role to improve care in North Texas.

Dr. Batjer’s work with the NFL is helping to improve player safety due to concussive brain injuries and spinal injuries. His committee is involved in return to play protocols, equipment and safety, and in policy decisions with the NFL Competition Committee. He also serves as the Neurosurgical Consultant to the Dallas Cowboys.

“Head injury, including concussion, is a very high profile public health problem that affecting boys and girls, men and women of all ages, not just athletes,” he says. “Part of our work involves longitudinal studies to determine risk factors, including genetics, as to how the brain reacts to repetitive injury. We are tightly focused on developing preventive strategies and interventions to minimize the chance of athlete’s, soldiers, and civilian’s from becoming disabled due to the effects of brain injury.”

Dr. Batjer’s academic pursuits and research include more than 398 publications, including nine books; 42 endowed lectureships; and 57 visiting professorships at medical institutions worldwide.

Dr. Batjer received his medical education at UT Southwestern and then served as a resident in Neurological Surgery under Drs. Kemp Clark and Duke Samson. He joined the faculty following graduation and served at UT Southwestern until 1995 when he took the Chair of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Batjer returned to UT Southwestern in 2012 as Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery—where alongside Duke Samson, Bruce Mickey and an outstanding faculty, they have formulated plans to further advance UT Southwestern’s world-renowned reputation in Neurosurgery.

Prior to earning his medical degree, he attended the University of Texas on a baseball scholarship and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles as a left-handed pitcher.

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Education & Training
  • Medical School - UT Southwestern Medical School (1973-1977)
  • Internship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1977-1978), General Surgery
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1978-1982), Neurological Surgery
  • Fellowship - The University of Western Ontario (1981-1982), Cerebrovascular Disorders
  • Fellowship - University College London (1981-1981), Neurology

Clinical Focus

  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Surgery for Brain Tumors
  • Meningiomas
  • Neurosurgical Disorders

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Neurosurgery Clinic

at James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center 5303 Harry Hines Blvd., 6th Floor, Suite 110
Dallas, Texas 75390
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