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Christopher Giza, MD


Christopher Giza, MD

UCLA Physician Christopher Giza, MD specializes in Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology.
Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology
Language Spoken
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
State License Number
(310) 825-6196 Clinical-Patient related
(310) 206-3480 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
Medical Degree
MD, West Virginia University Hospital, 1990
General Neurology, Head Trauma
Department Affiliation
Physician, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurology, The Ketogenic Diet Program
Research Interest

Metabolism of Alternative Fuels Following Developmental Traumatic Brain Injury. NINDS/NIH R01, NS052406, 6/1/05-5/31/09. Principal Investigator: Mayumi L. Prins. Investigators: CC Giza, B Bartnik, NG Harris, DA Hovda.

Loss of Developmental Plasticity after Head Injury. NINDS/NIH R01 NS27544, 1/1/06-12/31/09. Principal Investigator: DA Hovda. Investigators: CC Giza, F Gomez-Pinilla, GS Griesbach.

Restoration of Plasticity Following Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury. NINDS/NIH K02 NS057420, 9/1/07-8/31/12. Principal Investigator: CC Giza.

Enhancing Recovery after Pediatric TBI: Translating Basic Neurobiology to Clinical Intervention. Supported by the Winokur Family Foundation. Shields Fellow, 8/8/07-8/7/09. Principal Investigator: CC Giza.

Early Monitoring for Seizures and Long-term Global Outcomes Following Moderate to Severe Brain Injury in Children. Thrasher Research Fund. Funding period: 2/1/09-1/31/12. Principal Investigator: 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, concussive injury, sport-related brain injuries 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, and is actively involved in clinical investigations related to post-traumatic epilepsy and recovery of function.

Awards & Recognition
  • 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
  • 2005 UCLA Council on Research Conference Travel Grant for invited lectures at the 14th Annual Conference of 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 J. Athletic Training Clint Thompson Award 1st runner-up for Outstanding Non-Research Manuscript, "The Neurometabolic Cascade of Concussion"
  • 1998 International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Junior Delegate Bursary Award
  • 1996 Mead Johnson Award for Teaching Excellence in Pediatrics
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