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First day of Neurosurgery at Jacobs Medical Center

Drs. Pamela Jones, Bob Carter, Joseph Ciacci, and Clark Chen on first day of neurosurgery at Jacobs Medical Center. On Monday, November 21st, the Jacobs Medical Center opened with a robust first day of Neurosurgery for both cranial and spinal neurosurgery.  The operating room is designed to bring natural light into the OR environment.  Faculty and staff were excited by the new environment and feel that this new facility will be a great boon to our patients and caregivers who are seeking to improve the delivery of neurological care at UC San Diego.  

We look forward to seeing the future of JMC unfold as a center for specialized neurological care. 


Jacobs Medical Center Will Soon Open

Dr. Bob Carter and Dr. Alexander Khalessi inside the iMRI rooms during the shielding placement. Jacobs Medical Center will open officially in just week.  This is an exciting journey for the Department of Neurosurgery.  When Carlos Amato and Dr. Bob Carter teamed up several years ago to design the intraoperative imaging suites, the goal was to create a state of the art operating room enivornment for neurosurgical procedures.  While the intraoperative imaging suite will open just a few months after the main JMC opening, this is an important milestone for the UC San Diego Health system and campus!  


Dr. David Gonda earns Whitehill Recognition for Teaching

Dr. Gonda and Dr. Jankowski (2017 Chief Resident)Dr. David Gonda was recently recognized for outstanding teaching with the UC San Diego School of Medicine Whitehill Award.  Dr. Gonda graduated from the UC San Diego neurosurgery residency and has returned to the Pediatric Neurosurgery faculty at Rady Children's Hospital. 


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.