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Nader Pouratian, MD

UCLA Physician Nader Pouratian, MD specializes in Neurological Surgery.
Preferred Name
Nader Pouratian
Specialty
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Language Spoken
English, Farsi
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
State License Number
A109384
Contact
(310) 206-2189 Appointment Scheduling
Fax Number
(310) 794-1848
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PRACTICE LOCATION

Clinic
300 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite B200
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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

EDUCATION
Residency
Neurosurgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, 2004 - 2009
Internship
Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, 2003 - 2004
Medical Degree
MD, UCLA School of Medicine, 2003
CLINICAL INTEREST
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
AFFILIATION
WEBINARS
MORE INFORMATION
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
    • Meningiomas
    • Trigeminal neuralgia
Awards & Recognition
  • 2011 UCLA Neurosurgery Quality Care Award
  • 2010 UCLA Scholar in Translational Medicine
Publications
  • 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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