Wendell Lake, MD

  • Neurosurgery
Wendell Lake, MD


Wendell Lake, MD, is a UW Health neurosurgeon (brain, spine and nerve surgeon). He’s also an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in the Department of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Lake diagnoses and treats people with brain and spine diseases. These conditions include epilepsy, essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. He also treats trauma (sudden injury), fractures and degenerative (worsening) spine conditions.

As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Lake often performs advanced brain and spine surgery and other procedures, such as deep brain stimulation.

To deliver the best care, Dr. Lake listens closely to patients and their families. He works to learn how their disorder impacts their daily lives. Then, he carefully outlines treatment options that will help to address their needs. His goal is to improve each person’s function and quality of life as much as possible.

To advance patient care, Dr. Lake’s research focuses on learning more about epilepsy and other diseases in which the nerve cells lose function.

During his free time, Dr. Lake enjoys spending time with his family and commuting to work on his bicycle.

We use the latest advancements in science and technology to improve each patient’s quality of life.

Languages spoken
  • English

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Neurological Surgery
Medical School
  • University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY

Functional Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

  • University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI
  • University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI

Areas of expertise

  • Chiari malformations
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Head Trauma
  • Hydrocephalus (Adult)
  • Intraoperative MRI (iMRI)
  • Intrathecal Drug Pumps
  • Laser Ablation
  • Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT)
  • Movement Disorders
  • Movement disorders
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pain Syndromes
  • Spasticity
  • Spine Trauma
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia