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Neurosurgeons at UC San Diego Health provide advanced treatment for injuries and disorders of the brain, spine, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. They are experts in using innovative technology and therapies to deliver the best possible care, including:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Intraoperative MRI
  • Computer-assisted brain surgery
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Awake brain surgery
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Neuro critical care

UC San Diego Health is ranked among the top 25 programs in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News and World Report.

Intraoperative MRI

The intraoperative MRI suite at Jacobs Medical Center allows neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists to monitor patients in real time. In brain tumor patients, a guidance system can create a color-coded 3D image of the brain that depicts structures critical to speech, motor and cognitive functions. Surgeons can make sure to avoid sensitive brain regions and may re-scan the brain during surgery to assess whether the procedure has been successful or requires further work.

Expert Team

Our neurosurgery program is led by Alexander Khalessi, MD, and includes a group of talented neurosurgeons who are committed to providing compassionate treatment, performing new research and training the next generation of neurosurgeons.

Neurosurgery Specialty Programs

Online Second Opinions

If you've received a diagnosis that requires neurosurgery and would like one of our neurosurgeons to review your X-rays and other imaging studies, UC San Diego Health offers online imaging reviews. It's an easy and affordable way to help you make an informed decision before neurosurgery. For more information, see Online Second Opinions.

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