Fady Charbel

Richard L. and Gertrude W. Fruin Professor and head of neurosurgery


Fady Charbel

Dr. Fady Charbel

Dr. Fady Charbel, the Richard L. and Gertrude W. Fruin Professor and head of neurosurgery in the UIC College of Medicine, is internationally recognized for his research and clinical expertise in stroke, cerebrovascular disorders, cerebral blood-flow metabolism and complex cerebral tumors.

He is active in developing medical devices, and his work has resulted in innovations including the development of NOVA, or Noninvasive Optimal Vessel Analysis, a software program that can quantify the volume, velocity, and direction of blood flowing through any major vessel in the brain using standard MRI equipment.

NOVA technology has led to numerous discoveries about the nature of stroke. A 2015 paper published in JAMA Neurology reported that stroke patients with low blood flow in the back of the brain are at greater risk for a second stroke.

Charbel’s NOVA technology received runner-up recognition by the 2006 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards. Charbel was the 2002 UIC Inventor of the Year and has been named a Top Surgeon by Consumers’ Research Council of America.

Subject areas:

  • Cerebrovascular surgery
  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Brain tumor
  • Cerebrovascular disorders
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