Kurtis Auguste MD

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Associate Physician, Neurological Surgery

Chief of Surgery, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program at UCSF and Children’s Hospital Oakland

 

 

 

Dr. Kurtis Auguste received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University. He conducted his medical training, internship and neurosurgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. His research interests have included neural stem cell transplantation for the study of central nervous system migrational disorders and the role of aquaporin water channels in hydrocephalus, seizure propagation and astroglial migration. He was named the 2006 recipient of the AANS/CNS Hydrocephalus Association Award and the 2007 recipient of the UCSF Naffziger/Harold Rosegay Neurosurgery Resident of the Year Award.

Dr. Auguste was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His family is from the Caribbean islands of Trinidad & Tobago. He is fluent in Spanish and continues to mentor at-risk youth and minority scholars in his free time. In 2008, he returned from a 1-year fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada to become the Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program at UCSF and Oakland Children’s Hospital. Dr. Auguste specializes in a variety of surgical procedures for epilepsy, including a new laser surgery technique to treat seizures. In addition to the surgical management of pediatric seizure disorders, his practice focuses on general pediatric neurosurgery including the management of complex hydrocephalus, spinal dysraphism, pediatric neuro-oncology, pediatric neurotrauma, and craniofacial disorders.

Education, Training, and Previous Positions

1996: BA, Harvard University
2001: MD, University of California, San Francisco
2001-2002: University of California School of Medicine, Intern, General Surgery
2002-2006: University of California School of Medicine, Resident, Neurological Surgery
2006-2007: University of California School of Medicine, Chief Resident, Neurological Surgery
2007-2008: The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Fellow, Pediatric Neurosurgery

Selected Professional Memberships and Appointments

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
AANS/CNS Young Neurosurgeons Committee
AANS International Outreach Committee

Selected Honors and Awards

1995: Harvard University Dean’s List
1996: Harvard College Scholarship
1996: Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations Award
1997: UCSF/SKB Foundation Scholarship
1998: SEP MedTeach & HealthTeach Award of Recognition
1999: UCSF Scott Scholarship
2000: UCSF Lilly S. Krug Alberts Scholarship
2001: UCSF Class of 1956 Alumni Scholarship
2006: AANS/CNS Hydrocephalus Association Award
2007: UCSF Harold Rosegay Neurosurgery Resident of the Year Award
2016: America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly

Selected Recent Publications

Baird LC, Mazzola CA, Auguste KI, Klimo P Jr, Flannery AM. Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines. Part 5: Effect of valve type on cerebrospinal fluid shunt efficacy. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Nov;14 Suppl 1:35-43.

Mazzola CA, Choudhri AF, Auguste KI, Limbrick DD Jr, Rogido M, Mitchell L, Flannery AM. Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines. Part 2: Management of posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus in premature infants. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Nov;14 Suppl 1:8-23.

Flannery AM, Mazzola CA, Klimo P Jr, Duhaime AC, Baird LC, Tamber MS, Limbrick DD Jr, Nikas DC, Kemp J, Post AF, Auguste KI, Choudhri AF, Mitchell LS, Buffa D. Foreword: Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Nov;14 Suppl 1:1-2.

Wang DD, Martin KW, Auguste KI, Sun PP. Fast dynamic imaging technique to identify obstructive lesions in the CSF space: report of 2 cases. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 May;15(5):519-23.

Wang DD, Benkli B, Auguste KI, Garcia PA, Sullivan J, Barkovich AJ, Chang EF, Tihan T. Unilateral holohemispheric central nervous system lesions associated with medically refractory epilepsy in the pediatric population: a retrospective series of hemimegalencephaly and Rasmussen's encephalitis. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Dec;14(6):573-84.

Englot DJ, Raygor KP, Molinaro AM, Garcia PA, Knowlton RC, Auguste KI, Chang EF. Factors associated with failed focal neocortical epilepsy surgery. Neurosurgery. 2014 Dec;75(6):648-5;discussion 655; quiz 656.

Szczepanski SM, Crone NE, Kuperman RA, Auguste KI, Parvizi J, Knight RT. Dynamic changes in phase-amplitude coupling facilitate spatial attention control in fronto-parietal cortex. PLoS Biol. 2014 Aug 26;12(8):e1001936.

Cheng JS, Ivan ME, Stapleton CJ, Quinones-Hinojosa A, Gupta N, Auguste KI. Response. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Jun;13(6):590.

Cheng JS, Ivan ME, Stapleton CJ, Quinones-Hinojosa A, Gupta N, Auguste KI. Intraoperative changes in transcranial motor evoked potentials and somatosensory evoked potentials predicting outcome in children with intramedullary spinal cord tumors. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Jun;13(6):591-9.

Sun MZ, Oh MC, Ivan ME, Kaur G, Safaee M, Kim JM, Phillips JJ, Auguste KI, Parsa AT. Current management of choroid plexus carcinomas. Neurosurg Rev. 2014 Apr;37(2):179-92; discussion 192.

Clark AJ, Cage TA, Aranda D, Parsa AT, Auguste KI, Gupta N. Treatment-related morbidity and the management of pediatric craniopharyngioma [published online ahead of print August 24, 2012]. J Neurosurg Pediatr. doi: 10.3171/2012.7.PEDS11436.

Cage TA, Auguste KI, Wrensch M, Wu YW, Gupta N. Self-reported functional outcome after surgical intervention in patients with idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus. J Clin Neurosci 2011 May;18(5):649-54.

Tarapore PE, Sughrue ME, Blevins L, Auguste KI, Gupta N, Kunwar S. Microscopic endonasal transsphenoidal pituitary adenomectomy in the pediatric population. J Neurosurg Pediatr 2011;7(5):501-9.

Deipolyi A, Auguste KI, Yang I, Tihan T, Parsa AT. Occipital ganglioglioma in an older adult. J Clin Neurosci 2010;17(11):1459-61.

Hess CP, Fullerton HJ, Metry DW, Drolet BA, Siegel DH, Auguste KI, Gupta N, Haggstrom AN, Dowd CF, Frieden IJ, Barkovich AJ. Cervical and intracranial arterial anomalies in 70 patients with PHACE syndrome. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2010;31(10):1980-6.

King JA, Auguste KI, Halliday W, Drake JM, Kulkarni AV. Ventriculocystostomy and endoscopic third ventriculostomy/shunt placement in the management of hydrocephalus secondary to giant retrocerebellar cysts in infancy. J Neurosurg Pediatr 2010;5(4):403-7.

Sanai N, Auguste KI, Lawton MT. Microsurgical management of pediatric intracranial aneurysms. Childs Nerv Syst 2010;26(10):1319-27.

Hess CP, Fullerton HJ, Metry DW, Drolet BA, Siegel DH, Auguste KI, Gupta N, Haggstrom AN, Dowd CF, Frieden IJ, Barkovich AJ. Cervical and intracranial arterial anomalies in 70 patients with PHACE syndrome. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2010;31(10):1980-6.

Deipolyi A, Auguste KI, Yang I, Tihan T, Parsa AT. Occipital ganglioglioma in an older adult. J Clin Neurosci 2010;17(11):1459-61. Du R, Auguste KI, Chin CT, Engstrom JW, Weinstein PR. Magnetic resonance neurography for the evaluation of peripheral nerve, brachial plexus, and nerve root disorders. J Neurosurg 2010;112(2):362-71.

Bhardwaj RD, Auguste KI, Kulkarni AV, Dirks PB, Drake JM, Rutka JT. Management of pediatric brainstem cavernous malformations: experience over 20 years at the hospital for sick children. Neurosurg Pediatr 2009;4(5):458-64.

Ahmed I, Auguste KI, Vachhrajani S, Dirks PB, Drake JM, Rutka JT. Neurosurgical management of intracranial epidermoid tumors in children. Clinical article. J Neurosurg Pediatr 2009;4(2):91-96.

Auguste KI, Jin S, Uchida K, Yan D, Manley GT, Papadopoulos MC, Verkman AS. Greatly impaired migration of implanted aquaporin-4-deficient astroglial cells in mouse brain toward a site of injury. FASEB J 2007;21(1):108-16.
 
Auguste KI, McDermott MW. Salvage of infected craniotomy bone flaps with the wash-in, wash-out indwelling antibiotic irrigation system. Technical note and case series of 12 patients. J Neurosurg 2006;105(4):640-4.
 
Auguste KI, Chin C, Acosta FL, Ames CP. Expandable cylindrical cages in the cervical spine: a review of 22 cases. J Neurosurg Spine 2006;4(4):285-91.
 
Bloch O, Auguste KI, Manley GT, Verkman AS. Accelerated progression of kaolin-induced hydrocephalus in aquaporin-4-deficient mice. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 2006;26(12):1527-37.
 
Auguste KI, Gupta N. Pediatric intramedullary spinal cord tumors [Review]. Neurosurg Clin N Am 2006;17(1):51-61.
 
Auguste KI, Quiñones-Hinojosa A, Berger MS. Efficacy of mechanical prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism in patients with brain tumors [Review]. Neurosurg Focus 2004;17(4):E3.
 
Auguste KI, Ware ML, Lawton MT. Nonsaccular aneurysms of the azygos anterior cerebral artery [Review]. Neurosurg Focus 2004;17(5):E12.
 
Auguste KI, Quinones-Hinojosa A, Gadkary C, Zada G, Lamborn KR, Berger MS. Incidence of venous thromboembolism in patients undergoing craniotomy and motor mapping for glioma without intraoperative mechanical prophylaxis to the contralateral leg. J Neurosurg 2003;99(4):680-4.
 
Auguste KI, Quiñones-Hinojosa A, Lawton MT. The tandem bypass: subclavian artery-to-middle cerebral artery bypass with dacron and saphenous vein grafts. Technical case report. Surg Neurol 2001;56(3):164-9.