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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