Dr. Gavin W. Britz is Chairman of Neurosurgery at Houston Methodist Hospital and Co-Director of the Methodist Neurological Institute. He leads an acclaimed team of neurosurgeons and affiliated professionals and is recognized as one of the nation’s foremost cerebrovascular and skull base surgeons.
Dr. Britz is one of the most experienced surgeons for brain aneurysm procedures, including highly complex cases that require cardiac standstill or complex bypasses. He treats brain aneurysms using the traditional microsurgical techniques but also performs endovascular treatment with coiling and stenting of aneurysms as he has trained in both neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology. He additionally specializes in the treatment of arteriovenous malformations, dural fistulas, arterial dissections, atherosclerotic disease, Moya Moya disease and diseases affecting the skull base. This includes brain tumors such as meningioma, chordomas, pituitary tumors, craniopharyngiomas, vestibular schwannomas and performs microvascular decompressions. He is among the first surgeons to test and use the latest devices for endovascular treatments.
He came to Houston from Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina where he served as Director of the Cerebrovascular Center and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery. Earlier in his career, he was Co-Director of the Neurological Surgery Unit and Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery at Harborview Medical Center while serving as Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He leads basic science and clinical studies to understand stroke causation and evaluates novel tools to treat brain aneurysms and skull base tumors.
The chairman has received Best Doctor in America distinction five different years. He is on the advisory boards of the Joe Niekro Foundation and The Brain Aneurysm Foundation. He 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 80 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and 25 chapters for various neurosurgical books.
- Brain Aneurysms using multiple modalities including microsurgical clipping, coiling, flow diversion and complex bypasses
- Brain Arteriovenous malformations using multiple modalities including microsurgical removal, embolization and radiosurgery
- Moya Moya Disease
- Brain and spine dural fistulas using multiple modalities including microsurgical removal or embolization
- Brain tumors such as meningioma’s, chordomas, pituitary tumors, craniopharyngiomas, vestibular schwannomas, colloid cysts
- Microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia
- Understanding cerebral microcirculation, including clinical research to evaluate novel tools to treat problems such as brain aneurysm and skull base tumors
- Causes of stroke and poor outcomes following ruptured aneurysms
- 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)
- Ngai AC, Nguyen TS, Meno JR, Britz GW. Post ischemic Augmentation of Conducted Dilatation in Cerebral Arterioles. Stroke. 2007 Jan 38(1):124-30
- Britz GW, Meno JR, Park IS, Abel TJ, Chowdhary A, Nguyen TS, Winn HR, Ngai AC. Time-dependent alterations in functional and pharmacological arteriolar reactivity after subarachnoid hemorrhage. Stroke. 2007 Apr; 38(4):1329-35.
- Park IS, Meno JR, Witt CE, Suttle TK, Chowdhary A, Nguyen TS, Ngai AC, Britz GW. Subarachnoid hemorrhage model in the rat: modification of the endovascular filament model. J Neurosci Houston Methodist . 2008 Jul 30;172(2):195-200
- Powers CJ, Zomorodi AR, Borrel C, Wright D, Britz GW. Transient Adenosine Circulation Arrest for Anterior Circulation Aneurysm. Neurosurgery. 2010 Dec;67(2 Suppl Operative):461-70.
- Guinn NR, McDonagh DL, Borel CO, Wright DR, Zomorodi AR, Powers CJ, Warner DS, Lam, AM, Britz GW. Adenosine-induced transient asystole for intracranial aneurysm surgery: A retrospective review. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2011 Jan;23(1):35-40.
- Golshani K, Ferrell A, Zomorodi A, Smith TP, Britz GW . A review of the management of posterior communicating artery aneurysms in the modern era. Surg Neurol Int. 2010 Dec 22;1:88.
- Lessne ML, Shah P, Alexander MJ, Barnhart HX, Powers C, Golshani K, Ferrell A, Enterline D, Zomorodi A, Smith T, Britz GW. Thromboembolic Complications After Neuroform™ Stent Assisted Treatment of Cerebral Aneurysms: The Duke Cerebrovascular Center Experience in 235 Patients with 274 Stents. Neurosurgery. 2011 Aug;69(2):369-75
- Golshani K, Ferrel A, Lessne M, Shah P, Chowdhary A, Choulakian A, Alexander MJ, Smith TP, Enterline DS, Zomorodi AR, Britz GW. Stent-assisted coil emboilization of ruptured intracranial aneurysms: A retrospective multicenter review. Surg Neurol Int. 2012;3:84
- Ryan RW, Chowdhary A, Britz GW. Hemorrhage and risk of further hemorrhagic strokes following cerebral revascularization in Moyamoya disease: A review of the literature. Surg Neurol Int. 2012;3:72.