Charlotte G. Gunden, MS, NP-BC

Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Nurse Practitioner
Taubman Center 2750

University of Michigan Health System
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
3552 Taubman Health Care Center
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Telephone: (734) 936-8550
Fax: (734) 936-9294


  • Continuity of care
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Endocrine management of pituitary tumor patients
  • Family support/quality of life issues for brain tumor patients
  • Health issues in developing nations

Charlotte Gunden is an adult nurse practitioner who has worked with multiple patient populations in the Department of Neurosurgery. Her current practice involves care of patients with primary or metastatic brain and spinal cord tumors as well as patients with pituitary tumors. This involves the evaluation and management of patients from new tumor diagnosis through the preoperative and postoperative periods. In addition, she coordinates a program for patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus which includes initial evaluation, admission for inpatient lumbar drain trial, serial physical therapy evaluations, and decision-making regarding options. Ms. Gunden also assists in moderating a monthly Brain Tumor Support Group.


Ms. Gunden was the first adult nurse practitioner in the Department of Neurosurgery and has been a mentor to many nurse practitioners hired by the department over the past 25 years. She has been a preceptor for both undergraduate and graduate nursing students, focusing on care across the continuum of the pre-peri- and postoperative period. Ms. Gunden has given recent presentations on two areas of interest and expertise to nursing groups in the University of Michigan Health System: Normal pressure hydrocephalus and pituitary tumor management.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Michigan Nurses Association, 1981-present
  • Member, Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, 2009-present
  • Member, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 2008-present
  • Associate Member, American Association of Neurological Surgeons 1993-present


  • MS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1987
  • BSN, Goshen College, Goshen, IN, 1980