Itzhak Fried, MD, PhD

Itzhak Fried, MD, PhD

Primary Location
UCLA Neurosurgery
300 Stein Plaza 420
Los Angeles, California 90095


Professor In Residence and Director of the Epilepsy Surgery Program. Dr. Fried’s research and clinical work is dedicated to the treatment of intractable seizure disorders and epilepsy. He has performed more than 1,000 surgeries on patients with epilepsy, with many patients living seizure-free today. His precision in tailoring an individual approach to each surgery is why patients travel from around the world to UCLA. Dr. Fried uses a surgical protocol that was developed by his predecessor, Paul Crandall, MD, and Dr. Engel.

Clinical Subspecialty Expertise

  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Tumors and vascular malformations associated with epilepsy
  • Functional brain mapping for surgical planning

Hospital Positions

  • Director of Epilepsy Surgery, Department of Neurosurgery, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Co-Director, Seizure Disorder Center, UCLA Medical Center
  • Professor of Surgery/Neurosurgery and Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Professor of Surgery/Neurosurgery, Tel-Aviv Medical Center, Israel

Membership, Medical Organizations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American College of Neurosurgeons
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons


Medical Board Certification

Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery, 1995


Yale-New Haven Hospital, 1991


Yale-New Haven Hospital, 1991


Stanford University School of Medicine, 1986


Stanford University School of Medicine, MD, 1985
UCLA School of Medicine, PhD, 1981

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center



  • Moundinger Award, World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, 2017
  • Neuropsychiatric Association, 2015
  • Tsubokawa Award, World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, 2013
  • Ramon y Cajal Award, International