Professor, Department of Neurosurgery – Rush University Medical Center
•Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Rush Medical College
•Board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery
•Clinical research interest in the development and refinement of MIS surgical procedures.
•Also interested in basic research and clinical trials involving stem cell transplantation to treat spinal cord injury and paralysis.
•Made significant contributions to endoscopic and microendoscopic surgical developments.
•Special interest in spinal cord transplantation. Dr. Fessler was the first physician in the United States to perform human embryonic spinal cord transplantation.
Education & Training:
•MD and Ph.D., University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
•Basic surgery residency, University of Chicago Medical Center
•Neurosurgery residency, University of Chicago Medical Center
•Postdoctoral research fellowship, Section of Neurological Surgery, University of Chicago Medical Center
•Postdoctoral research fellowship, Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago Medical Center