Peter J. Jannetta studied at the University of Pennsylvania as an
undergraduate and as a medical student. He interned and was chief
resident in general surgery at the Hospital of the University of
Then, as a young resident in neurosurgery at UCLA Medical Center, he
made the observation that would change neurosurgery—and relieve terrible
pain for thousands of patients—through a technique that has become
known as the Jannetta Procedure.
Change often meets resistance, but as colleagues and their patients saw
remarkable results, international acceptance and honors followed.
Dr. Jannetta has held distinguished positions including, for example,
Chairmanship of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of
Pittsburgh Medical Center; Directorship of the Cranial Nerve Center at
Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh; and Secretary of Health for
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Along the way, he has taught and mentored hundreds of talented young
neurosurgeons, written more than 400 articles, abstracts, and book
chapters, and received countless honors and awards.
Now retired from performing surgery, he has launched The Jannetta
Neuroscience Foundation, Inc. to educate patients who might be eligible
for the renowned Jannetta Procedure about possible next steps in treatment, and to continue research into the effects and treatment of conditions treatable with the procedure.
Many of the country’s leading neurosurgeons and neurosurgery centers
work closely with this public educational research Foundation.
In 2007, more than 500 colleagues, friends, and family members celebrated Dr. Peter Jannetta’s career. This video was created for the event. “He basically gave us techniques that have helped us cure generations of patients of the most devastating, difficult, agonizing pain that anyone can experience.” - Albert Rhoton, MD, Neurosurgeon, University of Florida