Line Jacques MD


• Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery

• Chief of Peripheral Nerve and Pain Surgery




Dr. Jacques is chief of peripheral nerve and pain surgery at UCSF. Her clinical specialty interests are in the treatment of entrapment syndromes, peripheral nerve tumors, and reconstructive procedures of the peripheral nerves and brachial/lumbosacral plexus. She also has extensive expertise in the treatment of chronic refractory peripheral neuropathic pain, including the use of spinal cord stimulation in patients with failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, and peripheral vascular disease; occipital nerve stimulation for the treatment of migraines; and implantable drug delivery systems for the treatment of nociceptive pain and movement disorders.

Education, Training, and Previous Positions

1985: B.Sc. Biology, Laval University
1990: MD, University of Montreal
1989: MSc, Neurophysiology, University of Montreal
1990-1996: Neurosurgical Residency, University of Montreal
1996-1997: Fellowship Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Louisiana State University
1997-2007: Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, McGill University, Montreal Neurological Institute
2003-2014: Neurosurgical Consultant, Montreal Children’s Hospital, MGH and Ste-Justine Hospital
2003-2014: Director, Pain Neurosurgery Program
2007-2014: Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, McGill University, Montreal Neurological Institute

Selected Professional Memberships and Appointments

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
AANS Peripheral Nerve Task Force
International Neuromodulation Society
North American Neuromodulation Society
Society of Neurological Surgeons of Quebec
Canadian Neurological Society/Canadian Neurological Science Federation
Nucleus Committee for the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Canada for Neurosurgery

Selected Honors and Awards

2012: McGill Tradition of Excellence Recognition Award - Maintaining McGill's world class reputation for excellence in teaching and research, McGill University
2009: “Program Director of the Year,” Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
2009: Best presentation, PROCESS Study - International Neuromodulation Society meeting
2002: 2nd place poster presentation,AANS/Spine and Peripheral Nerve
2007: Exceptional leadership as the Director of the Neurosurgical Training Program
1994: Best research presentation, Merck Frost Award, Quebec Neurological Science Annual meeting
1993: Best Research presentation, Surgical Day meeting U of M Department of Surgery
1992: Best intensive care resident, Notre-Dame Hospital (ICU department)
1987: Medical Scientist Fellowship, Canadian Heart Foundation

Selected Recent Publications

Rigoard P, Jacques L, Delmotte A, Poon K, Munson R, Monlezun O, Roulaud M, Prevost A, Guetarni F, Bataille B, Kumar K. An Algorithmic Programming Approach for Back Pain Symptoms in Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Using Spinal Cord Stimulation with a Multicolumn Surgically Implanted Epidural Lead: A Multicenter International Prospective Study. Pain Pract. 2014 Feb 27. doi: 10.1111/papr.12172. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24571497.

Al-Jehani H, Essawi W, Jacques L. Duration of intra-operative stimulation as a predictor of success of spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain syndromes. Turk Neurosurg 2012;22(5):588-90.

Al-Jehani H, Jacques L. Peripheral nerve stimulation for chronic neurogenic pain. Prog Neurol Surg 2011;24:27-40.

McLaughlin N, Guiot MC, Jacques L. Double myxopapillary ependymomas of the filum terminale. Can J Neurol Sci 2011;38(1):151-4.

Kumar K, Taylor RS, Jacques L, Eldabe S, Meglio M, Molet J, Thomson S, O'Callaghan J, Eisenberg E, Milbouw G, Buchser E, Fortini G, Richardson J, North RB. The effects of spinal cord stimulation in neuropathic pain are sustained: a 24-month follow-up of the prospective randomized controlled multicenter trial of the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation. Neurosurgery 2008;63(4):762-70.

Manca A, Kumar K, Taylor RS, Jacques L, Eldabe S, Meglio M, Molet J, Thomson S, O'Callaghan J, Eisenberg E, Milbouw G, Buchser E, Fortini G, Richardson J, Taylor RJ, Goeree R, Sculpher MJ. Quality of life, resource consumption and costs of spinal cord stimulation versus conventional medical management in neuropathic pain patients with failed back surgery syndrome (PROCESS trial). Eur J Pain 2008;12(8):1047-58.

Ahmed-Labib M, Golan JD, Jacques L. Functional outcome of brachial plexus reconstruction after trauma. Neurosurgery. 2007 Nov;61(5):1016-23.

Peng PW, Fedoroff I, Jacques L, Kumar K. Survey of the practice of spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal analgesic delivery implants for management of pain in Canada. Pain Res Manag 2007 Winter;12(4):281-5.

Kumar K, Taylor RS, Jacques L, Eldabe S, Meglio M, Molet J, Thomson S, O'Callaghan J, Eisenberg E, Milbouw G, Buchser E, Fortini G, Richardson J, North RB. Spinal cord stimulation versus conventional medical management for neuropathic pain: a multicentre randomised controlled trial in patients with failed back surgery syndrome. Pain 2007;132(1-2):179-88.

Golan JD, Marcoux J, Golan E, Schapiro R, Johnston KM, Maleki M, Khetarpal S, Jacques L. Traumatic brain injury in intoxicated patients. J Trauma 2007;63(2):365-9.

Châtillon CE, Guiot MC, Jacques L. Lipomatous, vascular, and chondromatous benign tumors of the peripheral nerves: representative cases and review of the literature. Neurosurg Focus 2007;22(6):E18.

Châtillon CE, Guiot MC, Corriveau MM, Jacques L. Superficial femoral vein invasion by a benign neurofibroma in a non-neurofibromatosis patient: case report. Neurosurgery 2006;58(5):E997.

Kumar K, North R, Taylor R, Sculpher M, Van den Abeele C, Gehring M, Jacques L, Eldabe S, Meglio M, Molet J, Thomson S, O'Callaghan J, Eisenberg E, Milbouw G, Fortini G, Richardson J, Buchser E, Tracey S, Reny P, Brookes M, Sabene S, Cano P, Banks C, Pengelly L, Adler R, Leruth S, Kelly C, Jacobs M. Spinal Cord Stimulation vs. Conventional Medical Management: A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled, Multicenter Study of Patients with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (PROCESS Study). Neuromodulation 2005;8(4):213-8.

Golan JD, Jacques L. Nonneoplastic peripheral nerve tumors [Review]. Neurosurg Clin N Am 2004;15(2):223-30.

Schievink WI, Jacques L. Recurrent spontaneous spinal cerebrospinal fluid leak associated with "nude nerve root" syndrome: case report. Neurosurgery 2003;53(5):1216-9.