William Chandler, M.D.

Professor Emeritus, Neurological Surgery
Professor Emeritus, Internal Medicine


Dr. William Chandler grew up in the Detroit area and attended Northwestern University in Chicago. He received his MD degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor in 1971.

After a surgical internship, he was a resident in neurosurgery from 1972 to 1977 at the University of Michigan. Dr. Chandler received the Van Wagenen Fellowship from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in 1977 and spent 6 months working at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He was board certified in 1980.

Dr. Chandler served as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Louisiana State University in New Orleans from 1977 to 1979. He then joined the Neurosurgery Department at the University of Michigan in 1979 and became full Professor in 1989. Through his close association with the Division of Endocrinology, he received the appointment of Professor of Medicine in 2003. Dr. Chandler has authored over 125 scientific papers and published 3 books.

Dr. Chandler has had a sustained interest in pituitary disorders and in 1995, along with members of the Endocrinology Division, started the multidisiplinary Pituitary Clinic. He has operated on nearly 2,000 patients with pituitary tumors. He also has a continued interest in neurooncology and served as Chairman of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors from 1995-1997. He has had a long standing involvement with cerebrovascular surgery and continues to care for patients with a variety of cerebrovascular and general neurosurgical disorders.

Dr. Chandler was president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in 1992 and served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons from 1998-2001. He was president of the Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons from 1986-1988. Dr. Chandler was elected to the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 2000 and served as the Board Chairman in 2006. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Clinical Interests

Pituitary and neuroendocrine, pituitary tumors, cerebrovascular disease, neurovascular disorders, brain tumors, arteriovenous malformations, acromegaly, aneurysms, carotid artery injuries, cerebral aneurysms, cerebrovascular disease, cervical spine disease, Cushing's disease, lumbar disc disease, spinal cord tumors, stereotaxic surgery, subarachnoid hemorrhage, TIA, stroke, hydrocephalus, trigeminal neuralgia, acromegaly, cerebral aneurysms, and craniopharyngiomas.


Medical School or Training

University of Michigan Medical School, 1971


University of Michigan Medical Center, Neurosurgery, 1977


Neurosurgery, Karolinska Hospital, 1978

Board Certifications

Neurological Surgery