Dr. Aria Fallah is a fellowship trained pediatric neurosurgeon who practices at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is board certified in Neurosurgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is also board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. He is a thoughtful and meticulous surgeon specialized in research and treatment of pediatric neurosurgical conditions including medically intractable epilepsy, hydrocephalus and spasticity. He also has special expertise in brain tumors, arachnoid cysts, spinal dysraphism, craniofacial anomalies and other congenital malformations of the developing nervous system.
Over the past 4 decades, the world-class pediatric epilepsy surgery program at UCLA has pioneered novel treatments, established protocols, developed diagnostic tools and created evidence-based guidelines that have revolutionized the care of children with medically intractable epilepsy. We have the experience of over 800 curative epilepsy operations and have been one of the leading programs globally since inception. Working closely with expert colleagues from pediatric epileptology, pediatric neuroradiology, pediatric neuropathology, pediatric neuropsychology, child psychiatry and pediatric neuro-rehabilitation, we achieve the best outcomes for our patients.
We offer cutting edge and state-of-the art diagnostic surgeries including stereotactic electroencephalography and subdural grid implantation, resective epilepsy surgeries ranging from very focused microsurgical resections to large hemispheric resections as well as MR- guided laser thermal therapy for minimally invasive treatments. For children that are deemed not a candidate for resective surgery, we have access to implanting the latest generation of vagal nerve stimulators and responsive neurostimulation.
Dr. Aria Fallah trained at the neurosurgical residency program of the University of Toronto and completed his pediatric rotations at the prestigious Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He earned a graduate degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University under the tutelage of leaders in Evidence Based Medicine as he led an international multi-center study on Epilepsy Surgery for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. He rotated through the epilepsy surgery program at the Cleveland Clinic. Pursuing his passion, he trained at a top fellowship program in Pediatric Neurosurgery at Miami Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Aria Fallah is dedicated to clinical care and teaching in developing nations. He has participated in volunteer trips providing pediatric neurosurgical care for hydrocephalus in Haiti. In addition, Dr. Fallah has been invited to help perform complex surgical procedures, such as a peri-insular hemispherotomy, on the youngest child in Chile.
Dr. Fallah’s research interests are in Evidence Based Surgery, Clinical Trials, Observational Studies, Meta-Analyses and Umbrella Reviews, as it relates to Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery. His current research projects include a multicenter, international study to generate and validate a prognostic tool in pediatric hemispherectomy (HOPS Study), comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness studies in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex in children with medically intractable epilepsy, as well as the development of advanced decision making tools that evaluate individual values and preferences to be incorporated in the pre-operative discussion for children that are being considered for pediatric epilepsy surgery. Dr. Fallah has written extensively, having authored or coauthored more than 60 peer reviewed publications. He has written book chapters and has presented at many international and national conferences.
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