John Alksne, M.D.
Professor of Surgery, Division of Neurological Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine
Founding Chief, Division of Neurological Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine
Former Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, UCSD School of Medicine
Former Dean, UCSD School of Medicine
Dr. John F. Alksne, a distinguished neurosurgeon and highly respected researcher in neurological disease, joined the UCSD Neurosurgery faculty in 1971 as a Professor of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Alksne served as Chief of Neurological Surgery at UCSD until 1995. He was appointed dean of the UCSD School of Medicine in 1992 and appointed Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences in 1994.
Dr. Alksne's clinical practice focuses on the care of patients suffering from trigeminal neuralgia (tic doloreux), facial tic, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and spasmodic torticollis.
Throughout his career, Dr. Alksne has pioneered new surgical techniques and technologies to advance the treatment of diseases and disorders of the central nervous system. He established the Epilepsy Surgery Program at UCSD, and in 1992 was honored with a Special Commendation by the Epilepsy society of San Diego County. As Dean, he has been instrumental in establishing the UCSD Program in Gene Therapy, which includes research, training and clinical trials in the promising new field of gene therapy.
Dr. Alksne earned his medical degree at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he also completed his training. He was Chief of Neurosurgery at Harbor General Hospital at UCLA from 1964-67, and Professor and Chair of Neurological Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia from 1967-71.
He is a member of numerous scientific and professional societies, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Latin American Federal of Neurosurgeons, the World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Association of Academic Health Centers.