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Dr. Sharona Ben-Haim joined the faculty at UC San Diego neurosurgery in May of 2016.  

Dr. Ben-Haim performed her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, and her medical training at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. She completed her residency in neurological surgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, as well as a fellowship in Epilepsy and Functional neurosurgery with Dr. Dennis Spencer and Dr. Jason Gerrard at Yale University. She received additional fellowship training in Deep Brain Stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremor, and chronic pain syndromes at Oxford University under Professor Tipu Aziz.

Dr. Ben-Haim specializes in caring for people with treatment-resistant epilepsy, chronic pain including facial pain and trigeminal neuralgia, spasticity, and movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and essential tremor. She performs deep brain stimulation surgeries, including "awake" microelectrode-guided DBS and "asleep" MRI- and CT-guided DBS. She is an expert in leading-edge surgical epilepsy treatments, including selective temporal lobectomies, responsive neurostimulation, and MRI-guided laser induced interstitial thermotherapy (laser ablation) for treatment-resistant epilepsy as well as Gamma Knife Radiosurgery.  

For the past several years, she has served as a representative on executive councils including the AANS/CNS Section on Pain and the American Association of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgeons (ASSFN). She is also an officer of the Women in Neurosurgery committee (WINS).

Dr. Ben-Haim is appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute, working with Professor John Reynolds on mechanisms of seizure propagation. With a special focus in epilepsy, functional and pain neurosurgery, Dr. Ben-Haim has a hospital-based practice at TriCity Hospital in North County San Diego as well as UC San Diego Health in La Jolla. Additionally, she also serves as a neurotrauma consultant to the NFL. Dr. Ben-Haim is available for consultation and her office staff may be reached at 619-543-5540.  

Selected Publications: 

Fiducial registration with spoiled gradient-echo magnetic resonance imaging enhances the accuracy of subthalamic nucleus targeting.

Ben-Haim S, Gologorsky Y, Monahan A, Weisz D, Alterman RL.

Neurosurgery. 2011 Oct;69(4):870-5; discussion 875.


Transgressing the ventricular wall during subthalamic deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson disease increases the risk of adverse neurological sequelae.

Gologorsky Y, Ben-Haim S, Moshier EL, Godbold J, Tagliati M, Weisz D, Alterman RL.

Neurosurgery. 2011 Aug;69(2):294-9; discussion 299-300.


Risk factors for hemorrhage during microelectrode-guided deep brain stimulation and the introduction of an improved microelectrode design.

Ben-Haim S, Asaad WF, Gale JT, Eskandar EN.

Neurosurgery. 2009 Apr;64(4):754-62; discussion 762-3.