William E Thorell, MD

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William  E Thorell, MD


Can perform surgeries at: Nebraska Medical Center.


  • Medical School
    UNMC College of Medicine 1996
  • Internship
    UNMC College of Medicine 1997
  • Residency
    Neurological Surgery UNMC College of Medicine 2002
  • Fellowship
    Neurosurgery Cleveland Clinic Hospital 2004


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William (Bill) E. Thorell, MD is Director of the Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery for the Nebraska Medical Center and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Thorell received his BA with distinction in Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1992. He earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with highest distinction, where he also completed his internship and residency in Neurosurgery. He extended his training for two years at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, finishing a fellowship in Endovascular Neurosurgery.

In addition to maintaining a general neurosurgery practice encompassing the care and management of patients with tumors of the brain, skull base and spine, trauma, and peripheral nerve problems, Dr. Thorell is very interested in vascular disorders of the central nervous system, such as stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage from cerebral aneurysms, vascular malformations, and occlusive disease of the carotid and vertebral arteries.

His interests also include disorders such as Chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, pseudotumor cerebri.

Dr. Thorell has been instrumental in the development of The Nebraska Stroke Center, an inter-disciplinary stroke team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center/The Nebraska Medical Center. The Nebraska Stroke Center is the first nationally certified stroke center in the state of Nebraska.

Dr. Thorell is a native of Denver, Colorado, however, he has always been an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan. When not in scrubs, he enjoys running and spending time with his wife and two boys.