Neurosurgery Expertise

At UCLA Health, you’ll find doctors who understand the finest details of the neurological system and offer you the most advanced paths to healing. Our neurosurgeons are committed to providing innovative diagnostic and treatment services for complex problems of the brain and nervous system. We care for people affected by a range of neurological conditions, including brain tumors, movement disorders, epilepsy and aneurysms.

Our surgeons are highly skilled in minimally invasive brain and spinal surgery, offering many patients outstanding results with a shorter recovery. We strive to ensure people across the globe can benefit from our exceptional neurosurgery care.

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UCLA Health’s Neurosurgery Care: Why Choose Us?

Our team of neurosurgeons offers a broad range of diagnostic, consultative and therapeutic services to address all neurosurgical problems.

Patients seek out UCLA’s neurosurgery program for our:

Renowned neurosurgery expertise: For more than 20 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has recognized UCLA Neurosurgery as one of the top neurosurgery programs in the nation. This recognition illustrates our dedication to excellence in neurosurgery care and research.

Several of our neurosurgeons are consistently named among the Super Doctors in America. Many of our research scientists are recognized leaders in clinical neurosciences and neurobiology, which translates to a high level of neurological expertise.

Advanced treatments: Our neurosurgeons have pioneered new methods of treating complex brain and spine diseases to improve and save lives. A team of UCLA surgeons helped develop a minimally invasive surgery that removes pituitary tumors more precisely. UCLA is also the only hospital in Southern California to offer a noninvasive treatment called magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) for essential tremor, a common movement disorder.

Sophisticated technologies: We are home to some of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the world. Our neurosurgeons use the latest robotic technology to perform complex surgeries more safely. Our neurosurgery intensive care unit employs a new kind of robot that allows doctors to virtually consult with patients, even when they are miles away.

Cohesive care team: UCLA neurosurgeons regularly consult with experts from other specialties, such as neurology, orthopaedics and bioengineering. This multidisciplinary collaboration helps ensure our treatment strategy is assessed from multiple perspectives. We consider every way a neurological condition may affect your health, now and in the future.

Online second opinions: Speak with one of our skilled neurosurgeons without leaving your home. Our doctors use secure video conferencing to provide second opinion consultations to patients around the world.

Our Neurosurgery Specialties

Our neurosurgeons diagnose and treat many common and rare neurological problems, including:

  • Cerebrovascular conditions, such as aneurysms
  • Brain tumors, such as glioblastoma, brain metastases and skull base tumors
  • Movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor
  • Pituitary tumors

Common medical records needed for review

(Please note, additional records may be requested depending on diagnosis)

  • MRI scans needed on disc (last 3 scans (including post op scan), which you can obtain from your hospital film library or medical record department.
  • Pathology report (including molecular markers, if possible)
  • Medical records concerning tumor treatment (radiation/chemo notes, surgery note, discharge note, & most recent progress notes, if possible)
  • Current status update (physical/cognitive functioning)

How to get your records & scans to us:

  • Our Patient Navigation team will provide you with secure links to upload any medical reports/imaging.
  • Please Note: If you have access to “Mychart” app, your outside hospital records may be able to link with UCLA. Please go to Mychart app, and link your local hospital with UCLA so we can share records. Medical records can be viewed, but not imaging scans (MRI, CT, etc).