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Expert Care for CCMs


If you’re looking for experts to diagnose and treat a cavernoma, you need highly trained and experienced neurosurgeons. Turn to our team at UC San Diego Health to help you achieve the best outcome to meet your needs.

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Meet Our Neurosurgeons

World-Class Care, Customized for You

A cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM), also called a cavernoma, is a group of small blood vessels (capillaries) in the central nervous system that is enlarged and irregular in structure. 

Most of the time, these lesions cause no problems. But in some people, these malformations can cause seizures, stroke symptoms, hemorrhages and headaches.

Our neurosurgical specialists can diagnose and precisely remove these lesions with state-of-the-art imaging guidance and neuromonitoring. 

Our intraoperative MRI suite allows our neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists to monitor patients in real-time to ensure that the procedure is safe and successful.

Why Choose UC San Diego Health?

As part of the Neurological Institute at UC San Diego Health, we provide comprehensive care informed by the latest research – often conducted by our own faculty. As national leaders in the field, we’ve earned several distinctions:

  • #21 in US News & World Report for Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • #3 nationally for quality in Vizient, the nation's leading health care performance improvement company
  • Two Comprehensive Stroke Centers
  • The region's first Level I Trauma Center
  • The region's only intra-operative MRI