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Executive Board

Neil  A. Martin, M.D., FAANS
Neil A. Martin, M.D., FAANS
Chairman and W. Eugene Stern Professor in Neurosurgery
Linda  M. Liau, M.D., Ph.D.
Linda M. Liau, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs
David  A. Hovda, Ph.D.
David A. Hovda, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chair of Research Affairs
Marvin Bergsneider, M.D.
Marvin Bergsneider, M.D.
Professor and Co-Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs
Langston  T. Holly, M.D.
Langston T. Holly, M.D.
Associate Professor and Co-Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs
 

Physicians

James  I. Ausman, M.D., Ph.D.
James I. Ausman, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Professor

Dr. James Ausman is a Clinical Professor and former Chairman of Neurosurgery at Henry Ford Hospital and University of Illinois at Chicago and Editor of the new Open Access Internet journal Surgical Neurology International and former Editor of Surgical Neurology from 1994-2009. He is known for his expertise in cerebrovascular diseases, complex neurosurgical problems and microsurgery.
 
Ulrich Batzdorf, M.D.
Ulrich Batzdorf, M.D.
Professor and Executive Director of Spinal Neurosurgery

Dr. Ulrich Batzdorfs primary clinical and research focus is on the treatment of Arnold Chiari Malformationsyringomyelia.
 
Donald  P. Becker, M.D.
Donald P. Becker, M.D.
Professor

Dr. Donald Becker is an expert in surgery of skull base tumors, other benign brain tumors and pituitary tumors, and leads a nationally recognized program in brain injury.
 
Marvin Bergsneider, M.D.
Marvin Bergsneider, M.D.
Professor and Co-Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs

Voted Best DoctorDr. Marvin Bergsneider specializes in minimally-invasive and advanced endoscopic techniques for the treatment of pituitary tumors, skullbase tumors, and hydrocephalus.
 
Manuel  M. Buitrago Blanco, M.D., Ph.D.
Manuel M. Buitrago Blanco, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology and Neurocritical Care

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology and Neurocritical Care. Dr. Buitrago Blanco holds a doctoral degree in Neurosciences. As a board certified Neurologist, with training in Neurocritical Care, he specializes in the treatment of patients with brain related emergencies that require intensive care such as trauma, brain hemorrhages, seizures and stroke. Dr. Buitrago Blanco has conducted research to understand the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity that occur during recovery after neuronal injury, utilizing electrophysiology, proteomics and genomics techniques.
 
Melvin Cheatham, M.D.
Melvin Cheatham, M.D.
Clinical Professor in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dr. Melvin Cheatham is a Clinical Professor in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, member of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery Advisory Board, member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Surgical Neurology International, and assistant in Neurosurgical Development Planning at UCLA.
 
Antonio De Salles, M.D., Ph.D.
Antonio De Salles, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the of Stereotactic Surgery program
Co-Director of the Radiosurgery Program

Voted Best DoctorDr. Antonio DeSalles focuses on noninvasive techniques of surgery in the management and treatment of inoperable brain tumors using Novalis Shaped Beam Radiosurgery System. Dr. DeSalles also does research and surgery for Parkinsons disease and various movement disorders, as well as surgery for pain.
 
Duc  H. Duong, M.D.
Duc H. Duong, M.D.
Clinical Professor

Dr. Duc Duongs interests are in Skull Base approaches to complex intracranial pathology, neurotrauma and epilepsy surgery.
 
Fredric  L. Edelman, M.D.
Fredric L. Edelman, M.D.
Clinical Professor

Dr. Fredric Edelman treats all peripheral nerve injury and peripheral nerve tumors, with a special interest in brachial plexus injury.
 
Itzhak Fried, M.D., Ph.D.
Itzhak Fried, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the Epilepsy Surgery Program

Dr. Itzhak Frieds research and clinical work is dedicated to the treatment of intractable seizure disorders and epilepsy.
 
Nestor Gonzalez, M.D., FAHA
Nestor Gonzalez, M.D., FAHA
Associate Professor in Neurosurgery and Radiological Sciences

Dr. Nestor Gonzalez has a unique training having completed two separate and distinct residency training programs in both Radiology and Neurosurgery as well as a Fellowship in Interventional Neuroradiology. He specializes in the treatment of cerebrovascular diseases including intracranial and spinal aneurysms, vascular malformations and stroke using both minimally invasive endovascular techniques and neurological surgery.
 
Langston  T. Holly, M.D.
Langston T. Holly, M.D.
Associate Professor and Co-Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs

Voted Best DoctorDr. Langston Holly is Co-Director of the UCLA Spine Center in Santa Monica and focuses on minimally invasive and image-guided techniques in the surgical management of degenerative, traumatic and neoplastic spinal disorders.
 
Jean-Philippe Langevin, M.D., FAANS
Jean-Philippe Langevin, M.D., FAANS
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Langevin specializes in the use of neuromodulation to treat movement disorders and in laser-assisted neurosurgical ablations. His research is focused on the use of neuromodulation to optimize recovery after traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
 
Linda  M. Liau, M.D., Ph.D.
Linda M. Liau, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs

Voted Best DoctorDr. Linda Liaus clinical expertise is in intra-operative functional brain mapping and use of intra-operative imaging for resection of brain tumors (gliomas, meningiomas, and metastatic tumors). Her research efforts are focused on the molecular biology of brain tumors, gene therapy, immunotherapy, and brain cancer vaccines. Dr. Liau is the current Editor-in-Chief of the the Journal of Neuro-Oncology.
 
Daniel Lu, M.D., Ph.D.
Daniel Lu, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Daniel Lu is a member of the Comprehensive Spine Center in Santa Monica. Dr. Lus clinical focus is on minimally invasive techniques in the surgical management of degenerative, traumatic, and neoplastic spinal disorders. His research efforts are focused on the molecular biology and regenerative treatment of traumatic spinal cord and brain injury.
 
Dennis  R. Malkasian, M.D., Ph.D.
Dennis R. Malkasian, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Dennis Malkasian is a Senior Clinical Anatomist for the Skull Base and Microneurosurgical Laboratory.  His focus is on training residents in the operative techniques and CNS/PNS anatomy as it applies to neurosurgical procedures. Also, correlated with developmental morphogenesis where clinically indicated.
 
Neil  A. Martin, M.D., FAANS
Neil A. Martin, M.D., FAANS
Chairman and W. Eugene Stern Professor in Neurosurgery

Voted Best DoctorDr. Neil Martin is Head of the UCLA Stroke Center and Director of the Aneurysm and AVM program. Dr. Martin specializes in the research and treatment of neurovascular disorders, including arteriovenous malformation, aneurysm and stroke.
 
Gary  W. Mathern, M.D.
Gary W. Mathern, M.D.
Professor in Residence
Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program and Pediatric Neurosurgery Program

Voted Best DoctorDr. Gary Mathern works in conjunction with the Epilepsy Program to provide surgical treatment for children with epilepsy.
 
Duncan  Q. McBride, M.D.
Duncan Q. McBride, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor
Chief of Neurosurgery at Harbor-Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Dr. Duncan McBride concentrates his efforts on spinal surgery, with a special interest in spinal fusion, degenerative traumatic disorders and tumors.
 
Nancy McLaughlin, M.D., Ph.D.
Nancy McLaughlin, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. McLaughlin holds a doctoral degree in Physiology. Dr. McLaughlin has a special interest in the surgical management of intracranial aneurysms, cavernomas, brain arteriovenous malformations, pituitary lesions, and complex skull base lesions, integrating open and minimally invasive techniques. Dr McLaughlin is actively involved in developing strategies to optimize surgical and perioperative care for patients undergoing a neurosurgical procedure.
 
Nader Pouratian, M.D., Ph.D.
Nader Pouratian, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Director of the Neurosurgical Movement Disorders Program and Peripheral Nerve Program

Dr. Nader Pouratian specializes in surgeries to restore and preserve brain function, including deep brain stimulation for movement disorders (and other emerging indications) and surgeries that require brain mapping. In addition, he treats peripheral nerve and brachial plexus injuries and tumors. His research focuses on developing novel interventions and technologies for neurological restoration.
 
Bob Shafa, M.D.
Bob Shafa, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Bob Shafa specializes in the surgical treatment of pituitary tumors as well as degenerative and traumatic spine disorders. Dr. Shafa also has a special interest in management of traumatic brain injury. His clinical interests also include surgical treatment of malignant and benign brain tumors, hemorrhagic stroke and stroke related conditions as well as general neurosurgery.
 
Paul  M. Vespa, M.D., FCCM, FAAN
Paul M. Vespa, M.D., FCCM, FAAN
Professor In Residence of Neurosurgery and Neurology and Director of the Neurocritical Care Program

As a neurologist working within Neurosurgery, Dr. Paul Vespa focuses on critical care for the treatment of neurosurgical and stroke patients.
 
Isaac Yang, M.D.
Isaac Yang, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Isaac Yang is experienced in the surgical treatment for patients with skull base tumors, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas, anaplastic astrocytomas, and glioblastomas. As a principal investigator at the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, his extensive research interests include optimizing brain tumor clinical outcomes, novel nanoparticles against brain tumors, and experimental glioblastoma therapies like brain tumor vaccines.
 
 

Research Scientists

Christopher  C. Giza, M.D.
Christopher C. Giza, M.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Christopher Giza conducts research investigating the pathobiology of and recovery from developmental traumatic brain injury.
 
Thomas  C. Glenn, Ph.D.
Thomas C. Glenn, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Co-Director Cerebral Blood Flow Laboratory

Dr. Thomas Glenns research and clinical work is dedicated to the treatment of traumatic brain injuries.
 
Grace Griesbach, Ph.D.
Grace Griesbach, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Grace Griesbach has focused her research on enhancing molecular mechanisms of neuroplasticity following traumatic brain injury.
 
Neil  G. Harris, Ph.D.
Neil G. Harris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor In Residence

Dr. Neil Harris is co-scientific director of the new 7 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy facility and his research is focused on recovery of function after traumatic brain injury.
 
David  A. Hovda, Ph.D.
David A. Hovda, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chair of Research Affairs

Dr. David Hovdas research is dedicated to the understanding of the pathobiology of traumatic brain injury and the recovery of function after brain injury.
 
Carol  A. Kruse, Ph.D.
Carol A. Kruse, Ph.D.
Professor in Neurosurgery

Her research focuses on understanding the immunology of the brain and immunoresistance mechanisms used by tumor cells that will allow development of alternative therapies for treating patients with primary malignant brain tumors.
 
Valeriy  I. Nenov, Ph.D.
Valeriy I. Nenov, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor and Director of the Brain Intensive Monitoring and Modeling Laboratory

Dr. Valeriy Nenov works in conjunction with the Neurocritical Care Program to provide state-of-the-art computerized intensive care monitoring.
 
Fernando Pinilla, Ph.D.
Fernando Pinilla, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the Neurotrophic Research Laboratory with secondary appointment in Physiological Science

Dr. Fernando Pinilla conducts research on mechanisms of repair following traumatic injury to the brain and spinal cord.
 
Mayumi Prins, Ph.D.
Mayumi Prins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Residence
Director BIRC Education Program

Dr. Mayumi Prinss research focuses on the pediatric response to traumatic brain injury.
 
Robert  M. Prins, Ph.D.
Robert M. Prins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Residence

Dr. Robert Prins conducts pre-clinical brain tumor immunotherapy research and Phase I clinical trials for malignant brain tumor patients.
 
Richard  L. Sutton, Ph.D.
Richard L. Sutton, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr. Richard Suttons academic focus is on development of injury models and improving recovery of function after TBI.
 
 

Joint Appointments

Nasim Afsarmanesh, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Internal Medicine and Neurosurgery
 
Gary Duckwiler, MD
Professor

Interventional Neuroradiology and Neurosurgery
 
V. Reggie Edgerton, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor

Neurobiology, Integrative Biology, and Physiology
 
Anthony P. Heaney, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Endocrinology and Neurosurgery
 
Reza Jahan, MD
Assistant Professor

Interventional Neuroradiology and Neurosurgery
 
Scott Krahl, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Neurophysiologist

Department of Neurosurgery
 
Joseph Lasky, MD
Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics
 
Nick Shamie, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery

Dr. Shamie has a primary appointment in Orthopaedic Surgery with a secondary appointment in Neurosurgery. Dr. Nick Shamies primary specialties are in minimally invasive spine surgery, cervical surgery, thoracic surgery and lumbar surgery.
 
Fernando Vinuela, MD
Professor of Interventional Neuroradiology and Neurosurgery
 
 

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