Jeffrey D. Klopfenstein, MD
Illinois Neurological Institute
Dr. Jeffrey Klopfenstein serves as assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP) and chief of the cerebrovascular section at the Illinois Neurological Institute (INI).
is responsible for the surgical care of patients with diseases and conditions that affect the blood vessels of the brain and spinal cord, as well as those with complex tumors that affect the base of the skull.
This involves operative and ICU care of a complex subset of patients who are frequently quite ill. As assistant professor at UICOMP
instructs neurosurgery residents and medical students on the management of cerebrovascular and general neurosurgical patients.
Just one year into his employment at INI, Dr. Klopfenstein was asked to be the chief of the cerebrovascular and brain tumor sections-an appointment usually offered to a neurosurgeon who has been on the job for three or four years.
Dr. Klopfenstein has received many awards and honors, including the National Institutes of Health Summer Research Fellowship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where he also served on the curriculum committee.
is extensively published and has given numerous presentations on various topics relating to neurosurgery.
Klopfenstein is active in various professional associations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
heavy workload, Klopfenstein
is able to spend quality time with his
wife and six children.
attends soccer games, school plays and other programs in which his
children are involved, and dedicates much of his
spare time to volunteering in the community and at his
takes mission trips to help the poor in Mexico and helps needy families in the local Peoria community.
Coming from a family of modest means, Klopfenstein
, the oldest of five supported himself throughout his
dream of becoming a doctor began when he
was a high school freshman, and despite the challenges of paying for college and medical school himself, Klopfenstein
goal in front of him every step of the way.
Taking out no student loans, Jeffrey Klopfenstein
paid for his
education by working more than 30 hours a week on top of a full-time student workload.
This hard work paid off when he graduated first in his class from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and was accepted into one of the finest residency programs in the country at Barrow Neurological Institute.
The challenges Jeffrey Klopfenstein
has overcome inspire his
students as they face similar issues in their own lives.