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Nader Pouratian, MD


Nader Pouratian, MD

UCLA Physician Nader Pouratian, MD specializes in Neurological Surgery.
Preferred Name
Nader Pouratian
Neurological Surgery
Language Spoken
English, Farsi
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
State License Number
(310) 206-2189 Appointment Scheduling
Fax Number
(310) 794-1848
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Edie & Lew Wasserman Building
300 Stein Plaza, Ste. 420
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Mailing Address
UCLA Neurosurgery Department
Box 957182
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7182

Neurosurgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, 2004 - 2009
Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, 2003 - 2004
MD, UCLA School of Medicine, 2003
Adult Tethered Cord, Anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III glioma), Astrocytoma (grade II gliomas), Baclofen Pump, Brachial Plexus, Brain Tumor, Chiari Malformation, CNS Lymphoma, Deep Brain Stimulation, Dystonia, Essential Tremors, Facial Pain, Facial/Hemifacial Spasms, General Neurosurgery, Gliobastoma (grade IV glioma), Hydrocephalus, Magnetic Resonance Neurography, Meningiomas, Metastatic Cancer - Brain Cancer from other organs, Movement Disorders, Muscle Biopsy, Nerve Entrapment, Nerve Tumor, Neuro Physiology, Oligodendroglioma, Parkinson's Disease, Peripheral Nerve, Rhizotomy Radiofrequency, Spastic Paraplegia, Spasticity, Stereotactic Biopsy, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Tic Douloureux, Trigeminal Neuralgia
Research Interest
Dr. Pouratian's primary neurosurgical interest is in surgeries that preserve and restore function to patients, including movement disorder surgeries, surgeries for psychiatric conditions, and surgeries for peripheral nerve injuries and tumors. In order to do these surgeries, Dr. Pouratian uses advanced neuroimaging and brain and nerve mapping techniques, including functional MRI, cortical stimulation mapping, electrocorticographic (ECoG) mapping, optical imaging of intrinsic signals, and intraoperative EMG and nerve conduction studies.

Dr. Pouratian's research focuses on further developing these mapping tools in order to expand the surgical indications and to develop new therapies for functional preservation and restoration. He is particulary interested in studying brain mapping signals to develop brain-computer interfaces to help patients with severe motor and langauge disabilities.

Additional Information
Dr. Pouratian areas of clinical expertise include:
  • Movement Disorders
    • Deep Brain Stimulation (Parkinson's, Tremor, Dystonia, Tourette's)
    • Intrathecal therapy (baclofen)
    • Microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm
    • Selective dorsal rhizotomy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
    • Brachial plexus injury and reconstruction
    • Nerve tumors
    • Nerve pain (including carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndromes)
    • Nerve stimulation
  • Headache
    • Microvascular decompression for trigeminal pain
    • Balloon compression for trigeminal neuralgia
    • Deep Brain Stimulation for cluster headaches
    • Occipital nerve stimulation for occipital neuralgia
    • Trigeminal stimulation for atypical facial pain
  • Radiosurgery
    • Brain metastases
    • Pituitary tumors
    • Arteriovenous Malformation (Brain AVM)
    • Meningiomas
    • Trigeminal neuralgia
Awards & Recognition
  • 2011 UCLA Neurosurgery Quality Care Award
  • 2010 UCLA Scholar in Translational Medicine
  • Pouratian N. The brain and computer: The neurosurgical interface. Surg Neurol Int. 2011;2:79.
  • Pouratian N, Zheng Z, Bari AA, Behnke E, Elias WJ, Desalles AA. Multi-institutional evaluation of deep brain stimulation targeting using probabilistic connectivity-based thalamic segmentation. J Neurosurg. 2011 Nov;115(5):995-1004.
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