Richard S. Zimmerman, M.D., completed a residency in neurosurgery followed by a fellowship in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery. He has focused his patient-centered clinical practice on the following:
Surgical options to treat severe facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia)
Microsurgical treatment of hemifacial spasm
As a leading member of Mayo's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, provides individualized surgical options for patients with seizures including minimally invasive laser.. ablation, responsive neurostimulation (RNS), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and intracranial monitoring
Microsurgical treatment of aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and carotid artery disease
Surgery for brain tumors, including minimally invasive laser ablation
Dr. Zimmerman's expertise has been recognized nationally and internationally, and he serves on the medical advisory boards of the Epilepsy Foundation and the TNA - Facial Pain Association.
As a professor of neurosurgery, he knows the importance of educating the physicians of the future, and Dr. Zimmerman chairs the Mayo Clinic Education Committee and serves as medical director of education. As nothing is more important to him than excellent patient outcomes, he also chairs the Quality Outcomes Subcommittee, and has received Mayo Clinic's Lifetime Achievement Award for his career-long dedication to quality improvement and patient safety activities at Mayo Clinic.