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Spine scan San Diego Surgeon Pioneers Procedure for Scoliosis

NBC San Diego — Joseph Osorio, MD, PhD, director of Spinal Oncology and Deformity Surgery in the Department of Neurological Surgery at UC San Diego, discusses a personalized spinal rod—created using artificial intelligence (AI) and patient scans—that helped a life-long swimmer who developed scoliosis get back to the pool. This story was also featured in thisweek@ucsandiego.


Don-and-Karen-Cohn_200x127.pngDon and Karen Cohn Give $2.5 Million to UC San Diego Health Neurosurgery Program

Alexander Khalessi, MD, MBA, chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery and professor of neurological surgery, radiology and neurosciences, was named the inaugural chair holder of the Don and Karen Cohn Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery. The Cohns were inspired to give after Mr. Cohn received an innovative medical treatment which he credits with saving his life. 

Epilepsy-Grant.pngUC San Diego Leads a $12.25 Million Grant to Improve Epilepsy Treatment

The National Institutes of Health grant funds the development and enhancement of brain-sensing and brain-stimulating platform technologies to enable treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy. Co-investigators Alexander Khalessi, MD, MBA, chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery and professor of neurological surgery, radiology and neurosciences, and Sharona Ben-Haim, MD, neurosurgeon at UC San Diego Health, will team up with UC San Diego electrical engineering professor Shadi Dayeh, PhD, to advance the project.

UC San Diego Health Ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report

UC San Diego Health, the region's only academic health system, ranks #1 in San Diego and #5 in California, placing it among the nation's best hospitals, according to the 2021-2022 U.S. News & World Report survey. The Neurology and Neurosurgery program was also recognized for exceptional care, ranking #26 in the nation. The annual rankings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for a variety of health conditions, common elective procedures and complex surgeries.

Guiding Patients Through the Unfamiliar Landscape Of Neurological Disease

Chair Alexander Khalessi, MD, MBA, shares how our team is delivering the latest advanced treatments for injuries and disorders of the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves—all while conducting groundbreaking research and educating the neurosurgical leaders of tomorrow.

High-Tech Surgical Suites Let Doctors Scan Patients Without Either Leaving the Operating Room

Inside Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health in La Jolla resides the only intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging surgical suites in Southern California — a high-tech hybrid that gives surgeons access to advanced MRI technology during procedures.

Dr. Sharona Ben-Haim Performs First-In-Kind Procedure to Treat Refractory Epilepsy

With the aid of new upgraded technology in the Jacobs Medical Center Neurosurgery suites, UC San Diego Neurosurgeon Sharona Ben-Haim, MD, recently was able to perform what is thought to be a first-in-kind procedure on a patient suffering from refractory epilepsy, a type of epilepsy that can't be treated with medication.

UC San Diego Health Second Opinion Program Giving Patients New Hope

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — When faced with a hopeless medical diagnosis, a second opinion could save a person's life. Doctors at UC San Diego Health hope to make getting a second opinion easier and more affordable through their new Neurosurgery Second-Opinion Program.