Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pathology



Neuropathology faculty specialize in biopsies or resections from Central Nervous System (CNS) tumors, infections, and epilepsy.


Neuropathology provides didactic lectures for medical students, including lectures in the Scientific Basis of Medicine (SBM) course for all medical students, in which the basics of neuropathology are covered. Residents in pathology, neurology, and neurosurgery all spend a month on a Neuropathology rotation.

Faculty lead a number of regular didactic sessions, including:


Neuropathology faculty have funded research programs in Alzheimer's disease, front temporal dementia, and developmental biology, and supports Feinberg’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Brain Tumor Institute.

Patient Care

Feinberg faculty offer clinical neuropathology services through the Northwestern Neuropathology Program. Comprised of three board-certified neuropathologists at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and one neuropathologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the program offers:

Learn more via the Anatomic Pathology section of the Northwestern Medicine Department of Pathology site.

Neuropathology Faculty

Eileen Bigio, MD, Director

Eileen Bigio, MD
Medical Director, Neuropathology 
Christina L Appin, MDDaniel J Brat, MD, PhDCraig M Horbinski, MD, PhDQinwen Mao, MD, PhD