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Neurosurgery 2016 Match Announced

We are pleased to announce that Brian Hirshman  and Usman Khan have matched in neurosurgery at UC San Diego.

Dr. Khan obtained his Ph.D. with Dr. Scott Small at Columbia and his MD at SUNY Downstate.  Working with both human and mouse fMRI datasets, Usman developed a powerful post-acquisition analytic toolbox that integrated programing skills, neuroanatomy knowledge, and functional imaging principles to ask probing and complex questions about disorders that affect the hippocampal circuit—including Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive aging, and schizophrenia.  He is the lead author in two Nature Neuroscience publications and is co-author in publications in Neuron and Journal of Neuroscience.





Dr. Hirshman is graduating with an MD from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in Computer Science in the Computation, Organizations and Society Program at CMU with advisors Kathleen Carley and Clark Chen of UC San Diego. Dr. Hirshman's research work focusing on medical academic geneaologies was recently published in the Annals of Neurology. Dr. Hirshman was the student lead organizer of the ‘Big Data’ research group in 2015-2016 at UCSD and has developed R and Stata programming libraries to abstract data from the OHSPD and other large administrative data sets in that role.










Please join us in congratulating Drs Hirshman and Khan for their success and their new role as residents in the UC San Diego neurosurgery program.



Impact of medical academic genealogy on publication patterns: An analysis of the literature for surgical resection in brain tumor patients.

Hirshman BR, Tang JA, Jones LA, Proudfoot JA, Carley KM, Marshall L, Carter BS, Chen CC.

Ann Neurol. 2016 Feb;79(2):169-77. doi: 10.1002/ana.24569. Epub 2016 Jan 4.


Molecular drivers and cortical spread of lateral entorhinal cortex dysfunction in preclinical Alzheimer's disease.

Khan UA, Liu L, Provenzano FA, Berman DE, Profaci CP, Sloan R, Mayeux R, Duff KE, Small SA. Nat Neurosci. 2014 Feb;17(2):304-11. doi: 10.1038/nn.3606. Epub 2013 Dec 22.


Bob S. Carter MD PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery


Joseph Ciacci, MD

Residency Program Director



Brain Tumor Team Goes "Over the Edge" for Research

Members of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Brain Tumor Team went 'Over The Edge' for Brain tumor research. The event was hosted by Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure at the Manchester Hyatt on the San Diego Waterfront.  Over 60 'edgers' rappelled down from the 33rd floor of the Hyatt to raise over $130,000 for brain tumor research.  Many thanks to event organizer Danielle Rosenscruggs, ABC2 CEO - Max Wallace, co-edgers Dr. Clark Chen, Johnny Akers, Jie Li from the Center for Theoretical and Applied Neuro-oncology!!  

Left, 'Edgers' rappel down 365 feet; Upper right-Dr. Bob Carter and Monika A, edger extraordinaire, Middle Right-At the top, Lower Right-With supporter Jeff L.


Understanding the effects of Brain Radiation in the treatment of Brain Cancer

Publication Alert!

Dr. Clark Chen and colleagues from UCSD and Massachusetts General Hospital have highlighted the challenging problem of whole brain radiation in the treatment of brain metastases versus stereotactic treatment of multiple targets.   

Abstract of the article can be found here:  


Top Rankings in US News and World Report

We were pleased to be informed of the UCSD Adult Program Neurology and Neurosurgery Services achieving a top ranking in the US News and World Report in 2013, representing placement in the top 1% of hospitals for these services.  

Coupled with the top rankings of the UCSD Faculty in Neurology and Neurosurgery at Rady Children's Hospital, we are making great progress towards our goal of being a national leader in the treatment of neurological illnesses. 





UCSD Neurosurgery Matches 2013 Residents

UCSD Neurosurgery matched two outstanding candidates into the Neurosurgical residency program today.  Jeffrey Steinberg, of Albany Medical College and David Santiago-Dieppa of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Santiago-Dieppa is a native of Southern California and graduated in Biochemistry at UC-Riverside prior to attending medical school in Baltimore.  

Dr. Steinberg is a native of Northern California.  He graduated from the University of California-Santa Barbara in Biopsychology prior to attending medical school in Albany, New York. 

Please join us in welcoming Drs Steinberg and Santiago-Dieppa!


Dr. David Santiago-DieppaDr. Jeffrey Steinberg