Dr. Nelson Hopkins


Founder and Chief Scientific Consultant of the Jacobs Institute

Dr. L Nelson Hopkins was professor and chairman of the University at Buffalo (UB) Department of Neurosurgery and professor of radiology at the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences from 1989 to 2013. Dr. Hopkins was appointed SUNY Distinguished Professor, the highest rank of faculty in the SUNY system, in recognition of his extraordinary achievements, in January 2013. He is also founder of Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute (GVI).

He completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University and earned his medical degree cum laude from Albany Medical College. His post-graduate training included a surgical internship at Case Western Reserve, followed by neurology and neurosurgical training at UB.

Dr. Hopkins pioneered endovascular neurosurgery, a subspecialty dedicated to minimally invasive treatment of vascular diseases of the brain and spine and has trained a new generation of neurosurgeon leaders skilled in catheter-based technology for minimally invasive neurosurgery.

He has served as a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and of the Executive Committee of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association. He has served as Scientific and Annual Meeting Chairman for both the AANS and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is the former chairman of the Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery and president of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Hopkins has been the principal investigator of several national clinical trials testing catheter-based technologies for the treatment of neurovascular diseases. He is the endovascular principal for the editorial board of Neurosurgery, and the author of more than 300 publications centered on the prevention and treatment of stroke.