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Christopher Giza, MD


Christopher Giza, MD

UCLA Physician Christopher Giza, MD specializes in Pediatric Neurology.
Pediatric Neurology
Language Spoken
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
State License Number
(310) 825-6196 Clinical-Patient related
(310) 206-0588 Research only
Fax Number
(310) 825-5834 Clinical-Patient related
(310) 794-2147 Research only
Voted Super Doctor

200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 265
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1998, 2009
Neuroscience, UCLA School of Medicine, 1998 - 2000
Pediatric Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1994 - 1996
Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1991 - 1994
Internal Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1990 - 1991
MD, West Virginia University Hospital, 1990
General Neurology, Head Trauma
Department Affiliation
Provider, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurology, The Ketogenic Diet Program
  • February 11, 2014. Medill reports. Dr. Chris Giza was quoted commenting on 2 recent studies of concussion – one related to type of helmet, and the other related to altitude above sea level – as being protective. Read article »
  • November 26, 2013. In light of article showing persistent brain changes 4 months after concussion, Dr. Christopher Giza reviews important summary points of the recent American Academy of Neurology evidence-based guidelines for sports concussion on Healthline.com Read article »
  • October 30, 2013. Dr. Christopher Giza, a professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children Hospital UCLA, was interviewed Oct. 30 by CBS News about concussion in young athletes. The segment aired in 43 markets, including on KCBS-Channel 2 and KCAL-Channel 9 in Los Angeles, and on CBS Morning News.
  • October 27, 2013. NY Times article about “Concussions and the Classroom” regards current practices for ‘return to learn’ after concussion. Dr. Giza is quoted Read article »
  • October 25, 2013. CBS news (cbsnews.com) article “Brett Favre’s memory loss spotlights known concussion symptom” quotes Dr. Giza regarding chronic symptoms after multiple concussions, recent updated AAN concussion guidelines, uncertainties in current research and recent safety changes in sports rules. Read article »
  • October 21, 2013. KCRW Radio show “Which Way – LA?” with Warren Olney discussing Concussions, Brain Damage and High School Football. Read article »
  • October 11, 2013. New York Times article “Two Level Approach to Protecting Riders’ Head in Impacts. Dr. Giza describes biomechanics of concussion in food terminology and comments on new helmet design. Read article »
Research Interest
  • Reconnection of Neural Networks and Cognitive Recovery after Pediatric TBI. NINDS/NIH R01 HD061504. 5/1/10-4/30/15. Principal Investigator: RF Asarnow. Co-investigators: CC Giza
  • The National Sport Concussion Outcomes Study: Phase 1 – The Role of Equipment and Head Impact Exposure on Neurological Outcomes. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Sport Concussion Research Study. 2012-2016. Co-PIs: SP Broglio, JT Eckner, CC Giza, KM Guskiewicz, JS Kutcher, M McCrea.
  • High Frequency Oscillation as a Spatially Localizing and Temporally Predictive Biomarker in Childhood Epilepsy. NINDS/NIH R01. 2013-2018. Principal Investigator: JY Wu. Investigators: CC Giza, JT Lerner.
  • Using glutamatergic pharmacotherapy to optimize TBI recovery. NINDS/NIH R01 NS027544-14. May 1, 2013-April 30, 2018. Principal Investigator: DA Hovda. Investigator: CC Giza. It’s Not Child’s Play: Developing an Evidence-Based Approach to Youth Sports Concussions. Joseph Drown Foundation. June 15, 2013-June 14, 2014. Principal Investigator: CC Giza.
  • Augmentation of Cognitive Training in Children with TBI with D-Cycloserine. NINDS/NIH R21. 2014-2016. Principal Investigator: RF Asarnow. Co-investigators: T Babikian, CC Giza.
  • The Ketogenic Diet for Neuroprotection after Acute Brain Injury. UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute Seed Grant. 2013-2014. Principal Investigator: JH Matsumoto. Investigators: ML Prins, A Madikians, CC Giza.
Additional Information

Associate Professor In Residence with secondary appointment in Pediatric Neurology. Dr. Giza conducts research investigating the physiological and molecular response of the developing brain to traumatic injury. His current laboratory interests include neuroplasticity, recovery from injury, sport-related concussions, post-traumatic epilepsy and brain development. He runs the Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) clinic at UCLA that provides neurological follow-up of head-injured children with all severities of TBI. He also established the UCLA BrainSPORT program, which partners with local schools to provide prevention, outreach, research and treatment for sports concussions. His team's clinical research is related to post-traumatic epilepsy, sequelae of concussion and recovery of function.

Awards & Recognition
  • 2014 Matson Memorial Lecturer, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery
  • 2012 Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series, Children's Memorial Research Center, Northwestern University
  • 2010-2014 Selected to Southern California Super Doctors
  • 2011 Honored Guest and Speaker: J. Richard Baringer Graduation Symposium at the University of Utah
  • 2011 Professional in the Field Award, Brain Injury Association of California
  • 2010 Today's and Tomorrow's Children Fund (TTCF) Award
  • 2009 Paul R. Dyken Scholarship Lecturer at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Southern Pediatric Neurology Society
  • 2007-2009 Shields Fellow, UCLA; supported by the Winokur Family Foundation thru the Child Neurology Foundation
  • 2005 P.S. Ramani Oration Recipient at the 14th Annual Conference for the Neurotrauma Society of India
  • 2002-2003 UCLA Brain Injury Research Center Young Investigator Award
  • 2002-2003 American Alpine Club Research Grant Award
  • 2001-2002 Journal of Athletic Training Clint Thompson Award 1st runner-up for Outstanding Non-Research Manuscript, "The Neurometabolic Cascade of Concussion
  • 1996 Mead Johnson Award for Teaching Excellence in Pediatrics
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