Board certified in Neurological Surgery and a graduate of Rush Medical College, Jaimie Henderson, MD, co-founded and co-directs the Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory at Stanford University where he is John and Jene Blume – Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor (by courtesy) of Neurology at the Stanford University Medical Center. He also directs the Stanford program in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. Dr. Henderson is a preeminent expert in the use of image-guided surgical techniques to facilitate the placement of deep brain stimulators for movement disorders, epilepsy, pain, and psychiatric diseases. His pioneering contributions to these techniques have resulted in safer, shorter, and more effective operations.
At the Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory Dr. Henderson works to create interfaces between the human brain and external prosthetic assistive devices for people with paralysis and severe neurological disability. He has surgically implanted investigational devices for a clinical trial to assess an intracortical neural interface system for patients with ALS, allowing them to type and communicate through a brain-computer interface. His work translates laboratory insights into clinical interventions, including implantable sensors that translate brain-centered nerve activity into movements that can control computers, robotic limbs, and other devices, restoring record improvements in communication and movement in persons with paralysis.