Tarun Arora MD, MSPT

Tarun Arora, MD, MSPT

Clinical Instructor of Neurological Surgery

Director of Community Extension Neurosurgery, UCSF

Director of Neurosurgery, Marin General Hospital





Dr. Arora’s clinical practice is focused on adult neurosurgery, including instrumented and minimally invasive techniques for degenerative and traumatic spinal disorders, cranial tumors (including posterior fossa, CP angle, and pineal region masses), spinal tumors (intradural and extradural), endonasal transsphenoidal surgery, intracerebral hemorrhage, stroke, cranial and spinal trauma, Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, and neurovascular disorders.

His research interests include developing novel techniques and technologies to repair skull base CSF leakage after transsphenoidal surgery. He is also involved in developing validated rehabilitation protocols for posture- and balance-associated disorders, spinal disorders, and brain injuries, with a focus on integration across the continuum of neurosurgical care. His goal is to develop meaningful ways of integrating rehabilitation protocols and functional outcome measures into neurosurgical practice and perioperative decision making. Dr. Arora received a master's degree in physical therapy (MSPT) prior to his medical degree, which allows him to provide his patients with in-depth understanding of the continuation of care that will be needed after surgery, particularly spine surgery, to complete their recovery and enhance their quality of life.

Dr. Arora serves as Director of the Department of Neurosurgery’s Community Extension program, overseeing UCSF extension practices at four Bay Area community hospitals. He is also Director of Neurosurgery at Marin General Hospital and the Neurosurgical Director of the Marin Spine and Brain Institute at Marin General Hospital.

Education, Training, and Previous Positions

1995: BS, Boston University
1997: MSPT, Boston University
1997-1998: Physical Therapist, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Spinal Cord Injury Center
2002: MD, Baylor College of Medicine
2002-2008: Resident in Neurological Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles
2009-2010: Department of Neurosurgery, Kaiser Permenente, Woodland Hills, CA
2010-Present: Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF

Selected Professional Memberships and Appointments

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Selected Honors and Awards

1995: Boston University, Professional Achievement Award
2002: Outstanding Student in Orthopedic Surgery
2002: Kenneth L. Burdon Award for Excellence in Microbiology.
2002: S. Carl Harvey Memorial Award in Gross Anatomy
2001: Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honors Society
2007: Great Catch Award for Patient Safety, Harbor UCLA Medical Center

Selected Recent Publications

Liu PK, Arora T. Transcripts of damaged genes in the brain during cerebral oxidative stress. J Neurosci Res 2002;70(6):713-20.

Mendez DR, Cherian L, Moore N, Arora T, Liu PK, Robertson CS. Oxidative DNA lesions in a rodent model of traumatic brain injury. J Trauma 2004;56(6):1235-40.

Weinstein BJ, Arora T, Thompson LD. Intradural, extramedullary spinal cord granular cell tumor: a case report and clinicopathologic review of the literature. Neuropathology 2010;30(6):621-6.