Kurtis Auguste MD
Associate Physician, Neurological Surgery
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. 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
Selected Recent Publications
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 [published online ahead of print August 7, 2009]. J Neurosurg. doi: 10.3171/2009.7.JNS09414.
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.