Manuel M. Buitrago Blanco, MD, PhD

Neurology| Neurocritical Care
Accepting new patients
Primary Location
Westwood Neurosurgery
300 Stein Plaza Suite 420
Los Angeles, California 90095


Dr. Manuel Buitrago-Blanco is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is a Neurologist specialized in Critical Care and neurological emergencies such as brain hemorrhage, ischemic stroke, acute brain trauma, acute spinal cord injury, and acute infectious/inflammatory disorders affecting the nervous system. He is board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and board certified in Neurocritical Care by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.

Dr. Buitrago-Blanco earned his medical degree from Xaverian University in Colombia, followed by a doctoral research degree in neuroscience from the Max Planck School of Neuroscience at the University of Tuebingen in Germany. He graduated from the Neurology Residency program at Cleveland Clinic and earned a subspecialty degree in Neurosciences Critical Care at Johns Hopkins University.

At UCLA, Dr. Buitrago-Blanco actively collaborates with experts via the Comprehensive Stroke Center, the Trauma Center (Level 1) and the Brain Injury Research Center helping improve the care and treatment of all patients with acute neurological diseases in the Intensive Care Unit

Medical Associations:


English, Spanish


Medical Board Certification

Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2010


Neurocritical Care, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2012


Neurology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2010


Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2007


PhD, International Max Planck Research Sch., Univ. of Tubingen, Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience, 2005
MD, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, 2000


Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Areas of Focus

Spine injury
Cerebral hemorrhage
Neuroinflammatory disorders
Ischemic stroke
Traumatic brain injury
Brain injury


Meet Manuel M. Buitrago Blanco, MD, PhD