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Board-certified neurosurgeon Dr. Denise Crute is also a fellowship-trained neurointensivist and neurophysiologist. She completed her Neurocritical Care Fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, her Neurosurgical Residency at Northwestern University Hospitals in Chicago, and her Fellowship in Neurophysiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Denise Crute completed her medical degree (MD) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her bachelor's degree (BS, Zoology) from Duke University. In addition, Dr. Denise Crute is an accomplished artist and illustrator, specializing in landcapes, anatomical still life, and portraits in all media. 


As a neurointensivist and experienced neurosurgeon, Dr. Denise Crute offers her patients a substantial and unique expertise. Dr. Crute specializes in the care and treatment of neurologic emergencies, neuromonitoring technology, informatics, and neurological intensive care management, as well as minimally invasive, image-guided, and computer-assisted treatment of stroke, cerebrovascular disorders, tumors, and cranial and spinal injuries. Dr. Denise Crute is active in international medical aid, organized neurocritical care, and organized neurosurgery. She is past president of Women in Neurosurgery (WINS), an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Foundation for International Education in Neurosurgery (FIENS), and the Neurocritical Care Society. She helped establish the first neurosurgical program in Western Honduras at Santa Rosa de Copan through Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO).

Dr. Denise Crute has served as Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Illinois. She has held many leadership, consulting and advisory appointments in Neurosurgery and Neurology, including:

  • Co-director, Organ Donor Council at Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Wellness Committee Member: Dr. Crute helped lead initiatives in strength training, exercise, and healthful eating for employees, staff, and physicians.
  • Strategic Alliance Committee Member at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center (OSF SAMC) in Rockford, Illinois. OSF SAMC achieved Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Designation and Alzheimer's Provider Site Designation during her tenure.
  • Ethics Committee Member at OSF SAMC.  Denise Crute helped establish the palliative care team that provides "on-call" services to patients, families, and physicians struggling with terminal care and brain death issues.
  • Physician Excellence Award Nominee at OSF SAMC.  This is a significant annual award to recognize physicians that demonstrate Repect and Dignity, Stewardship, Communication, Problem Solving, and Teamwork.
  • Trauma Liaison.  During Denise Crute's appointment, OSF Saint Anthony became the only hospital in the region and the second in Illinois to achieve American College of Surgeons Trauma Center Verification.
  • In association with her international medical aid work, Dr. Denise Crute led efforts to recycle or reprocess surplus or outdated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries.  Dr. Denise Crute has collected thousands of dollars worth of unused equipment and supplies destined for the landfill or incinerator and donated them to medical efforts in Honduras, Guatemala, and Nigeria.
  • Medical Director, Neurosurgical Associates of Southern Colorado: Led Quality Assurance, Compliance, Managed Care, and Electronic Health Record initiatives.


Denise Crute is an accomplished artist and medical illustrator. Her artwork was most recently published on the cover Of Currents, the Newsmagazine of the Neurocritical Care Society (2012, 2013) and  in Heart of A Lion, Hands of a Woman: What Women Neurosurgeons Do (2009). Her illustrations and paintings have received numerous accolades and awards. She is very interested in haptic and virtual technologies and their applicability to procedural and surgical education, simulation, rehearsal, and robotic procedures.  Dr. Denise Crute has also pioneered art education for medical students, based on the premise that there is no technological substitute for careful observation, and that formal art training improves physician’s observational, diagnostic, and communication skills. Examples of Dr. Denise Crute's artwork may be seen at:



The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Duke University
Dr. Denise Crute received her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with honors from Duke University