Meet Dr. Lopes

Demetrius K. Lopes, M.D., is the Director of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Surgery at Advocate Health and Professor of Neurosurgery at RUSH University. Previously, Dr. Lopes was also Surgical Director of Interventional Services and the Comprehensive Stroke Center at RUSH University. Dr. Lopes was the Founder and currently, a Member of the Cure4Stroke Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Lopes is the Editor-in-Chief of NVX is the largest independent not-for-profit neurovascular educational platform in the world.

Dr. Lopes

Rachel with Dr. Lopes and Kiffon Keigher, RN, MSN, ACPN, after surgery in May 2014.

A distinguished pioneer in neurovascular intervention, Dr. Lopes has been the principal investigator in multiple trials that have helped to shape the field including SAMMPRIS, PUFS, THERAPY, SWIFT PRIME, DAWN, PREMIER, LVIS, FRED, SCENT, WEB-IT and ANSWER and most recently the ADVANCE trial studying the value of surface modification of flow diverters on the treatment of patients with cerebral aneurysms.

Dr. Lopes is a co-Founder and Organizer of the World Live Neurovascular Conference (WLNC), the premier global meeting dedicated to neurovascular intervention ( He has been honored as visiting professor, proctor and invited speaker worldwide.

Dr. Lopes received his medical degree at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), completed surgical internship at the University of Illinois, neurology (PGY-2) at Indiana University and neurological surgery residency as well as neurovascular fellowship at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

He is a board-certified neurosurgeon, dual trained and highly skilled in the field of cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery.  Specifically, in the treatment of brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM), cavernous malformations and revascularization of the brain for cerebral ischemia, stroke and the conditions leading up to stroke such as carotid and intracranial artery stenosis and moyamoya disease.  He has performed well over 1000 brain aneurysm repairs in his surgical career.

Dr. Lopes, speaks fluently English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Dr. Lopes is an organizing committee member for WLNC.

Dr. Demetrius Lopes speaks about the TRAP technique and the first pass effect.


Dr. Demetrius Lopes been selected as a 2021 Castle Connolly Top Doctor, putting him among only 6% of all U.S. board certified physicians.