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Gene H. Barnett, MD, Dir of Cleveland Clinic’s Brain Tumor/Neuro-Oncology Center

Gene H. Barnett, MD, is Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center; Director of the Cleveland Clinic Health System Gamma Knife Center; and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery. He has served on the Board of Governors of Cleveland Clinic for a five-year term and was President of the Staff.


He has authored more than 210 articles published in leading medical journals and has a particular interest in the areas of neuro-oncology, computer-assisted surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery. In the late 1980s, Dr. Barnett created the Center for Computer-Assisted Neurosurgery at Cleveland Clinic, which established Cleveland Clinic's neurosurgery program as an innovator in following:

  • Advanced stereotaxis, or the identification of discreet areas of the brain that control specific functions
  • Computer applications resulting in the creation of a powerful surgical navigation system called frameless stereotaxy.


He holds several patents in these areas and continues work on the development of technology in neurosurgery including laser lesioning systems for brain tumors.

Gene H. Barnett, MD, Dir of Cleveland Clinic’s Brain Tumor/Neuro-Oncology Center

  • Dr. Barnett is a past-president of the Ohio State Neurosurgical Society, and the Northeast Ohio Neurosurgical Society. He was a state representative for the Joint Council of State Neurosurgical Societies, and he has served as Chairman of its Northwest Quadrant. He also has served on the Executive Committee of the Section on Tumors and has been on the Board of Directors of the Joint Section of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. In addition, he has served on a number of editorial boards and is a reviewer for several neurosurgery journals.

    He received his degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Department of Neurosurgery and his fellowship in Neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he was a clinical and research fellow at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.  He completed his Masters of Business degree at the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University

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