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Neurosurgery at the UC San Diego Medical Center provides the full range of contemporary neurosurgical practice. The Neurosurgery Service uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders.  Our approach integrates our neurosurgical expertise into multi-disciplinary teams involving multiple specialities to provide a comprehensive strategy to help patients with neurological illness. 

Currently, the Neurosurgical Service continuously staffs medical facilities at UC San Diego Medical Center-Hillcrest, UC San Diego Medical Center-Jacobs Medical Center campus, the VA medical center, Rady Childrens Hospital, and Palomar Hospital Locations. Thirty-one neurosurgeons, 14 of whom are residents-in-training are on the staff. There are operating rooms dedicated to neurosurgical procedures and a continuously staffed Neurocritical Care Service Unit and Stroke ICU.

The Department of Neurosurgery has surgeons who specialize in all phases of neurological surgery for comprehensive management of brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve diseases and disorders. The subspecialties of the neurosurgical department include:

Brain Aneurysm & AVM Pediatric Neurosurgery
Functional Neurosurgery Pituitary Tumor
Movement Disorders Skull Base Center
Brain Tumor (Neurosurgical Oncology) Epilepsy
Spine Center Trigeminal Neuralgia
Peripheral Nerve Trauma and Critical Care

At UC San Diego Neurosurgery, we are proud to have assembled one of the nation's most outstanding group of neurosurgeons.  We invite you to explore our site, and please contact us directly, if there is additional information we can provide to you.


Alexander Khalessi, MD

Chairman, Department of Neurologic Surgery

Joseph Ciacci, MD

Acting Chief of Academic Affairs in Neurosurgery