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H. Richard Winn

  • ADJUNCT PROFESSOR Neurosurgery
  • ADJUNCT PROFESSOR Neuroscience
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  • Neurological Surgery


  • MD, University of Pennsylvania

  • Internship, General Surgery
    University Hospitals of Cleveland

  • Residency, Surgery
    University Hospitals of Cleveland

  • Residency, Neurological Surgery
    University of Virginia Health System


    Dr. Winn joined the faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai in 2003 as Director of Research. His own interest in Neurosurgical research began in 1971: as part of the University of Virginia residency, Dr. Winn spent a year in England where he had the opportunity to initiate clinical research on the natural history of cerebral aneurysms at Atkinson Morley's Hospital in Wimbledon and to pursue long-term outcome studies initiated by Sir Wylie McKissock. Following military service in Germany, Dr. Winn returned to a faculty position, joining John A. Jane, M.D., Ph.D., at the University of Virginia where he initiated his clinical activities while simultaneously pursuing basic science training in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular physiology. It was in this laboratory setting that he began his studies on the role of adenosine and cerebral blood flow regulation. He has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1974 for this ongoing effort. In 1983 Dr. Winn left Virginia to become Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has served on the American Board of Neurological Surgery (Vice Chairman, 2001-2002) and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery (Chairman, 2000-2001). He is a founding and consulting editor of Neurosurgery Clinics of North America and the editor-in-chief of Youman's Fifth edition, The Textbook of Neurological Surgery (Elsevier, 2003) and co-editor of The Management of Cerebral Aneurysms (Elsevier, 2003). Widely recognized for his clinical expertise, he has been named a "Best Physician" in multiple publications since 1991. His clinical specialty interests are cerebrovascular diseases, tumors, spine, radiosurgery and trauma.


  • 2009 -
    Dr. Winn received one of two Mount Sinai's Student Awards for Outstanding Clinical Faculty
    Mount Sinai Medical School student body

  • 2005 -
    Distinguished Service Award
    Society of Neurological Surgeons

  • 2000 -
    Distinguished Alumnus Award
    The Haverford School, Haverford, PA

  • 1999 -
    The Grass Foundation Award
    Society of Neurological Surgeons

  • 1995 -
    Nominee, Faculty Role Model, nominated by the Fourth-Year Medical Students
    University of Washington School of Medicine

  • 1995 -
    Nominee, Distinguished Teaching Award
    Undergraduate Education, University of Washington

  • 1992 -
    Inaugural Sir Wylie McKissock Neuroscience Prize Medal and Lecturer
    Division of Neuroscience, St. George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, and Atkinson Morley's Hospital, England

  • 1991 - 1998
    Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award
    National Institutes of Health

  • 1991 - 2001
    The Best Doctors in America

  • 1990 -
    Wakeman Award for Research in the Neurosciences


Control of cerebral blood flow, Aneurysms

Dr. Winn is the Research Director of the Cerebral Blood Flow Regulation Laboratory.


Kulik TB, Aronhime SA, Echeverry G, Beylin A, Winn HR. The Relationship between Oxygen and Adenosine in Astrocytic Cultures. Glia 2010 Aug; 15;58(11): 1335-44.

Sehba FA, Flores R, Muller A, Friedrich V, Chen JF, Britz GW, Winn HR, Bederson JB. Adenosine A(2A) receptors in early ischemic vascular injury after subarachnoid hemorrhage.. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Nov;: Epub ahead.

Kusano Y, Echeverry G, Miekisiak G, Kulik TB, Aronhime SN, Chen JF, Winn HR. Role of Adenosine A2 receptors in regulation of cerebral blood flow during induced hypotension. J CBF & Metabolism 2010 Apr; 30(4): 808-815.

Meyer SA, Gandhi CD, Johnson DM, Winn HR, Patel AB. Outcomes of carotid artery stenting in high-risk patients with carotid artery stenosis: a single neurovascular retrospective review of 101 consecutive patients. Neurosurgery 2010 Mar; 66(3): 448-453.

Liu S, Levine SR, Winn HR. Targeting ischemic penumbra: part I - from pathophysiology to therapeutic strategy.. J Exp Stroke Transl Med 2010 Mar; 15:3(1): 448-453.

Levine J, Kofke A, Cen L, Chen Z, Faerber J, Elliot JP, Winn HR, LeRoux P. Red blood cell transfusion is associated with infection and extracerebral complications after subarachnoid hemorrhage . Neurosurgery 2010 Feb; 66(2): 312-318.

Park IS, Meno JR, Witt CE, Chowdhary A, Nguyen TS, Winn HR, Ngai AC, Britz GW. Impairment of intracerebral arteriole dilation responses after subarachnoid hemorrhage.. J Neurosurg 2009 Nov; 111(5): 1008-1013.

Magge SN, Chen HI, Ramakrishna R, Cen L, Chen Z, Elliot JP, Winn HR, LeRoux PD. Association of a younger age with an increased risk of angiographic and symptomatic vasospasms following subarachnoid hemorrhage. J Neurosurg 2009 Oct;: epub.

Gilad R, Fatterpekar GM, Gandhi CD, Winn HR, Johnson DM, Patel AB, Bederson JB, Naidich TP. Intracranial tumors: cisternal angle as a measure of midbrain compression for assessing risk of postembolization clinical deterioration. Radiology 2009 Jun; 251(3): 892-900.

Miekisiak G, Yoo K, Sandler AL, Kulik TB, Chen JF, Winn HR. The role of adenosine in hypercarbic hyperemia: in vivo and in vitro studies of adenosine 2A receptor knock-out and wild type mice. J Neurosurg 2009 May; 110(5): 981-988.

Gologorsky Y, Meyer SA, Post AF, Winn HR, Patel AB, Bederson BB. Novel surgical treatment of a transverse sigmoid sinus aneurysm presenting as puldatile tinnitus: technical case report. Neurosurgery 2009 Feb; 64(2): 393-394.

Liu S, Zhen G, Meloni BP, Campbell K, Winn HR. Rodent stroke model guidelines for preclinical trials (1st edition). J Exp Stroke Transl Med 2009 Jan; 2(2): 2-27.

Britz GW, Winn HR. Assessing the constancy of intracranial aneurysm growth rates. J Neurosurg 2008 Aug; 109(2): 173-174.

Miekisiak G, Kulik T, Kusano Y, Kung D, Chen JF, Winn HR. Cerebral blood flow response in adenosine 2a receptor knockout mice during transient hypoxic hypoxia. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 2008 Jun 11; Epub ahead of print.

Kulik T, Kusano Y, Aronhime S, Sandler AL, Winn HR. Regulation of cerebral vasculature in normal and ischemic brain. Neuropharmacology 2008 Sep; 55(3): 281-288.

Winn HR, Temkin NR, Anderson GD, Dikmen SS. Magnesium for neuroprotection after traumatic brain injury. Lancet Neurol6 2007 Jun; 6(6): 478-479.

Meno JR, Nguyen TS, Jensen EM, Alexander West G, Groysman L, Kung DK, Ngai AC, Britz GW, Winn HR. Effect of caffeine on cerebral blood flow response to somatosensory. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 2005 Jun; 25(6): 775-784.

Winn HR, editor. Youmans Neurological Surgery. 5th edition. Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders Co; pp1-5296.

Le Roux PD. Winn HR, editor. Management of Cerebral Aneurysms. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders Co; pp1-1041.

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