Leonard J. Cerullo, M.D., FA.C.S. was born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania in June of 1944. Following graduation from Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences with a major in English literature in 1966, he attended the Thomas Jefferson University Medical School. After earning his degree in 1970, Dr. Cerullo came to Chicago to pursue residency training in neurological surgery at Northwestern University Medical School under the direction of Paul C. Bucy and later Anthony J. Raimondi, where he was awarded an MS in surgery. During this time, he completed fellowships in interventional radiology with Dr. Sadek Hilal at the Neurological Institute of Columbia University in New York and in skull base surgery with Dr. Gerard Guiot at Hospital Foch, Suresnes, France. Dr. Cerullo remained on the faculty at Northwestern University Medical School, where he was appointed Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and later served as Acting Chief of Neurosurgery from 1984 through 1986. In 1987, he founded the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch, which has grown to become one of the largest neurosurgical practices in the country.
In 1999, he was named Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Rush University Medical School in Chicago. During this time Dr. Cerullo expanded the program to 22 faculty members, with all neurological surgery subspecialties represented.
Dr. Cerullos research interests include endovascular navigation and treatment, photobiology, image guidance technologies and stereotactic radiosurgery.
He married the former Cheryl Weir in 1972. The couple has three children. Katie and Lauren are twins, born in 1979, and Whitney was born in 1981.
Dr. Cerullos hobbies include food preparation and consumption and equestrian sports. He is a member of the AANS, CNS, NSA, and ASLMS. He is past president of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Laser Association of Neurological Surgeons International and the Midwest Bio-Laser Institute.