Leo Nelson

Leo Nelson Hopkins

Other physician
University of Buffalo - Buffalo, United States


After completing his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, Dr Hopkins earned a doctor of medicine degree cum laude from Albany Medical College. His post-graduate training included a surgical internship at Case Western Reserve, followed by neurology and neurosurgical training at State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Leo Nelson Hopkins, M.D., FACS, served as Physician Advisor of BioStar Ventures LLC. Dr. Hopkins has served as a Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery at the State University of New York at Buffalo since January 1989 and as a Professor of Radiology at the State University of New York at Buffalo since July 1989. He currently serves as Secretary of the Academy of Neurological Surgery. He has served as Chairman of the Scientific Program and is a Board Member of both The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), and The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). He served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Micrus Endovascular LLC since September 1998. He serves as a Director of marketRx Inc. and are on the medical advisory board of several medical device companies.

Active in national neurosurgery, Dr. Hopkins has served on numerous national boards and committees. He has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association (AHA). He is a member of the editorial board of Neurosurgery.


A noted expert in Cerebrovascular disease, Dr. Hopkins is frequently invited to speak at national and international scientific meetings. He has addressed forums in Europe, Asia and North, South, Central America and Africa.

In 2012, Dr Hopkins was named SUNY Distinguished Professor, the highest academic award in the SUNY system.

Ranking seventh among the most published neurosurgical departments in North America and first per capita, he has established UB Neurosurgery as one of the most respected, with patients traveling to Buffalo from around the world. Dr Hopkins pioneered endovascular neurosurgery, a sub-specialty dedicated to minimally invasive surgery.