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New and Current Patients

For Referring Physicians

Meet Our Team

If you’ve been diagnosed with a neurological condition that requires surgery, you need a neurosurgeon who is highly trained and experienced.

Our patients get specialized, personal care throughout their entire medical journey. 

From your first visit with us, our team members provide committed, world-class service.


Why Choose Us?

Neurosurgical Care at UC San Diego Health has earned several distinctions:

USNWR 2020-21 Award winner badge for neurology and neurosurgery

  • #21 in US News & World Report for Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • #4 nationally for quality in Vizient, the nation's leading health care performance improvement company
  • The region's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • A Level 4 Epilepsy Center
  • The region's first Level I Trauma Center
  • Two Comprehensive Stroke Centers
  • The region's only intra-operative MRI
  • A world-class skull base surgery program

The Latest Treatment Options

Our neurosurgeons are experts in using innovative technology and therapies to deliver the best possible treatment for injuries and disorders of the brain, spine, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. This includes:

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

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 succeeded or needs more attention.

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, conducting new research, and training the next generation of neurosurgeons.

And our surgical oncologists are members of Moores Cancer Center, San Diego's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Neurosurgery Specialty Programs


Neurosurgeon Alexander Khalessi, MD, MBA, explains how UC San Diego Health provides the latest procedures for brain and spine surgery.