Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Department of Neurosurgery

Gavin W. Britz MBBCh, MPH, FAANS

Gavin W. Britz, MBBCh, MPH, FAANS

Professor and Chairman Department of Neurological Surgery
Co-Director, Houston Methodist Neurological Institute
Co-Director of the Cerebrovascular Center

Co-Director of the Skull Base Program
Houston Methodist Hospital

Professor of Neurological Surgery Weill Cornell Medical College, NY

6560 Fannin St. Suite 944
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-441-3800 | Fax: 713-790-5122

Dr. Gavin W. Britz is Chairman of the Department. He leads an acclaimed team of neurosurgeons and affiliated professionals and is recognized as one of the nation’s foremost cerebrovascular, skull base and brain tumor surgeons.  He has received Best Doctor in America distinction six different years. He is on the advisory boards of the Joe Niekro Foundation and The Brain Aneurysm Foundation and serves on the editorial board for Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery, International Journal of Vascular Medicine, Surgical Neurology International and Dataset Papers in Medicine. He has authored more than 90 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and 28 chapters for various neurosurgical books.

Clinical Expertise

  • Brain Aneurysms
  • Brain Arteriovenous malformations
  • Moya Moya Disease
  • Brain and spine Dural fistulas
  • Brain tumors such as meningioma’s, chordomas, pituitary tumors, craniopharyngiomas, vestibular schwannomas, colloid cysts, gliomas, and glioblastomas
  • Microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm

Research Interests

He runs a laboratory that focuses on the understanding of the cerebral microcirculation, and also is involved including clinical research to evaluate and innovate novel tools to treat brain aneurysms and brain tumors.


  • MBBCh (MD-equivalent), University of the Witwatersrand School of Medicine, South Africa
  • Surgical Intern; General Surgery Fellow, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
  • Resident and Chief Resident, Neurosurgery, University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) Seattle
  • Neurosurgical Registrar and Senior Registrar, St. George’s Medical School, The University of London, UK
  • Cerebrovascular Fellow, Neuroradiology Fellow, Interventional Neuroradiology Fellow, (UWMC) Seattle
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle
  • MBA, The George Washington University, Washington D.C. (candidate)

Recent Publications