Dr. Alexander Khalessi serves the Division of Neurosurgery as Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery and Surgical Director of Neurocritical Care. He specializes in cranial and endovascular neurosurgery.
Dr. Khalessi graduated Stanford University with departmental honors in public policy and masters of science training in health services research. After earning his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Khalessi completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Southern California and internationally recognized endovascular neurosurgery fellowship with Dr. Nick Hopkins at SUNY Buffalo. He comes to UC San Diego after expanding the endovascular neurosurgery service as a Clinical Instructor at LAC + USC.
Dr. Khalessi holds several national leadership positions in both graduate medical education and the treatment of cerebrovascular disease. He served as a member of the Residency Review Committee for Neurosurgery and Editorial Board for the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Khalessi further serves as the Associate Program Director of the Neurological Surgery Residency Program and chairs the Resident Work Environment Committee for the UCSD Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC).
Within his subspecialty, Dr. Khalessi is a member AANS/CNS Joint Clinical Guidelines Committee that defines clinical practice standards, Executive Committee of the Joint AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section, and is principal editor of a free standing Ischemic Stroke Supplement for World Neurosurgery, the official Journal of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. Dr. Khalessi further represents the AANS/CNS to the American College of Radiology and Quality Improvement Workgroup.
Dr. Khalessi maintains a strong local interest in integrated health systems delivery, and works to strengthen community relationships in the delivery of ischemic stroke, intracranial hemorrhage, and trauma care. To this end, he is a member of the AHA San Diego Regional Task Force on Comprehensive Stroke Care.
Dr. Khalessi's research interests include open surgical and endovascular therapies for intracranial aneurysms, extracranial carotid disease, large-vessel ischemic stroke, and intensive care management and prognosis in head injury.
Dr. Khalessi is accepting new patients. In offering a balanced open surgical and catheter-based approach to complex neurosurgical problems, Dr. Khalessi is well-positioned to offer the range of alternatives for cerebrovascular and complex cranial disease.
Dr. Khalessi comes to UC San Diego after expanding the endovascular neurosurgery service as a Clinical Instructor at LAC + USC. He holds several national leadership positions in both graduate medical education and the treatment of cerebrovascular disease. He serves as a member of the Residency Review Committee for Neurosurgery and Editorial Board for the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. He was named to the ACGME Working Group for Neurosurgical Milestones that will define the national standards of neurosurgical training.
University of Southern California, Clinical Instructor in Neurosurgery (2010-2011).
Associate Program Director of Neurosurgery Residency
Chair, Resident Work Environment Sub-Committee of GMEC
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