Prof. Mustafa Kemal BaskayaUSA
Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine CSC, K4/822 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792
Current Position
March 2017 to present Professor with Tenure, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
May 2020 to present Endowed Professor of Robert J. Dempsey
2018 to present Fellowship Director of Cerebrovascular & Skull Base Surgery
Academic Experiences
May 2020 - presentEndowed Professor of Robert J. Dempsey
2018 - presentFellowship Director of Cerebrovascular & Skull Base Surgery
1/2023 - presentCo-director, Neurocritical Care Unit
Professional Experiences
11/2012 - 3/2017 Associate Professor of Neurosurgery (Tenure), Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
1/2006 - 11/2012Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery (Tenure Track), Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
1/2008 - presentDirector, Skull Base Surgery Program, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Specialty & Expertise
Mustafa K. Baskaya is the Director of Skull Base Surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics since 2008. In addition, he is a tenure Professor of Neurological Surgery and directs Skull Base Surgery Program. He is specialized in skull base surgery, cerebrovascular surgery, and complex brain tumor surgeries.
About Me
Some of Dr. Baskaya’s achievements include: The Professor Kenichiro Sugita Scholarship, University of Kentucky Post-doctoral Scholarship, Young Promising Neurosurgeon Award by Turkish Neurosurgical Society, Best Resident Presentation Award in 4th Rosomof Research Day, University of Miami, Resident Teaching Award, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Provider Champion Award (UW Patient & Family Experience in achieving highest level of communication, compassion and engagement).

Dr. Baskaya has a strong and diverse background in both research and clinical care. He specializes in surgery for cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous angiomas and revascularization for stroke such as carotid endarterectomy, bypass surgery, complex brain tumors with deep locations and tumors of the skull base.

Dr. Baskaya’s nation and international leadership roles involve World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies Skull Base and Cerebrovascular Surgery Committees, AANS/CNS Joint section of Cerebrovascular Surgery Executive Committee, AANS/CNS Joint section of Cerebrovascular Surgery Subcommittee for Cerebrovascular Research Award, and past-chair of International Division of Congress of Neurological Surgeons Executive Committee. Dr. Baskaya is a member of Turkish Association of Medical Doctors, European Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, North American Skull Base Society, and World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. Dr. Baskaya’s research interests include Neurogenesis and stem cells in cerebral ischemia, microsurgical anatomy and approaches to the Skull Base, and Neuronatomy. He is Director of Neurosurgery Skill Laboratory. Dr. Baskaya has been the catalyst of developing and has set in action a vast number of Skull Base Educational programs here at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine as well as bridging educational relationships with the Urbana-Champaign University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Medical College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Minnesota and Rush University.

Dr. Baskaya has published numerous papers concerning the surgical management of intracranial aneurysms, subarachnoid hemorrhage, microsurgical anatomy of the skull base and cerebral ischemia and brain injury after trauma. He serves as an associate editor and advisory of various neurosurgical and anatomical journals.

Dr. Baskaya is a native of Aydin, Turkey. Dr. Baskaya is married to Dr. Pelin Cengiz and has 2 children: Melis 20 and Pars 12 In his free time, Mustafa enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer, and traveling.