Our collaborations with basic and translational neurosciences, engineering, research institutes and the biotech community allow us to serve as an international clearinghouse for new surgical technologies.Our Research
Our neurosurgeons provide advanced treatments for injuries and disorders of the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves. We are a proud top 30 national destination for neurology and neurosurgery.Patient Care
Welcome to UC San Diego Neurological Surgery
It is my distinct privilege to lead a diverse group of faculty, residents, and staff specializing in every aspect of neurosurgical care. Our team performs world-class surgical procedures, conducts pioneering research to advance our understanding of neurologic disease, and educates the next generation of neurosurgical leaders.
We hope this site helps you explore our innovative work and inspires opportunities to collaborate with our Department. Exciting times ahead!
Alexander A. Khalessi, MD, MBA
Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery
Professor of Neurological Surgery, Radiology and Neurosciences
Don and Karen Cohn Chancellor's Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery
Training & Education
We offer residency, fellowship, clerkship and sub-internship opportunities with a mission to train the neurosurgical leaders of tomorrow. Trainees work in a high-volume setting, learn modern neurosurgery techniques and rotate among diverse clinical environments.
Research & Innovation
State-of-the-art infrastructure, world-class institutional partners at UC San Diego—including bioengineering and neuroscience leaders—and a robust biotech community uniquely position us to take on science's toughest questions and further our understanding and treatment of neurologic disease.
Treating neurologic disorders requires highly specialized, interdisciplinary care. With premier facilities and surgical thought leaders, we provide innovative, compassionate treatment for injuries and disorders of the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves. We are home to a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, two Comprehensive Stroke Centers and are the region’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
U.S. News & World Report ranks our Department #26 in the nation for Neurology and Neurosurgery care.
High-tech surgical suites let doctors scan patients without either leaving the operating room
Dr. Sharona Ben-Haim performs first-in-kind procedure to treat refractory epilepsy
Tradition of Excellence
First launched in 1971, our Department has grown tremendously under the guidance of chairs Drs. John Alksne, Lawrence Marshall, Bob Carter, and current chair Alexander Khalessi. Today we are home to state-of-the-art technologies and infrastructure that allow us to provide comprehensive, innovative care.
Support UC San Diego's Innovative Research, Education and Care
UC San Diego Neurological Surgery is part of a world-class academic health system that delivers cutting-edge neurosurgical care and research innovation to San Diego and beyond. We further view education and training as a core value. UC San Diego enjoys a steep trajectory as a distinguished destination for neurological surgery. Join us in our mission.