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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 groundbreaking 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. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or partnership ideas, and don't forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates on our efforts to improve neurological surgery.

Alexander A. Khalessi, MD, MBA

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

National Prominence


Ranking based on NIH funding jointly awarded with the Department of Neurosciences

$50 Million

NIH funding received to advance new discoveries and treatments for neurological diseases


Our U.S. News & World Report ranking for best Neurology and Neurosurgery services in the nation

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.

About our training programs


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.

About our research

Specialty Teams

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.

About our specialty care

Specialty Teams
Center for the Future of Surgery

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.

Our history

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.

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