Michel Kliot MD

Michel Kliot MD, Chief of Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery

Director, Center for Management and Surgery of Peripheral Nerve Disorders at UCSF









Dr. Kliot is an expert in treating peripheral nerve disorders. Before joining the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF, Dr. Kliot was a practicing neurosurgeon and professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Washington in Seattle for 20 years. His practice focuses on the evaluation and surgical treatment of patients with a wide range of peripheral nerve problems including common and uncommon entrapment syndromes, trauma to the brachial plexus and other nerves, and peripheral nerve tumors and other types of masses. During his career, Dr. Kliot has also served as Chief of Neurosurgery at the Seattle Puget Sound VA Health Care Center.

Dr. Kliot's research interests are in developing new surgical technologies and techniques, including new methods to splice axons back together in the setting of acute nerve injury instead of attempting to regenerate damaged nerves. He is also interested in developing new non-invasive methods of diagnosing peripheral nerve injury. In the area of tumor biology, Dr. Kliot is studying how some peripheral nerve tumors naturally enter quiescence and working to exploit those pathways to induce other tumors to stop growing. Dr. Kliot has a strong clinical and research interest in optimizing the medical and surgical treatment of patients with neurofibromatosis.

Education, Training, and Previous Positions

1977: BA, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA
1977: MA, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1979-1981: Graduate work, Neurobiology, Stanford University, CA
1984: MD, Yale Medical School, New Haven, CT
1984-1990: Residency in Neurological Surgery, Columbia University, New York, NY
1990-1991: Travelling Fellowship for Peripheral Nerve, University of Toronto; Louisiana State University
1991-1996: Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington
1997-2005: Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington
2003-2009: Acting Chief, Neurosurgical Section, Seattle VA Puget Sound Health Care System
2005-2011: Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington

Selected Professional Memberships and Appointments

Congress of Neurological Surgeons American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Sigma Xi
Society for Neurosciences
New York Academy of Sciences
International Stroke Society
American Society For Peripheral Nerve
The Sunderland Society
American Medical Association
MCRC Executive Committee
American Assoc. of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Selected Honors and Awards

1980: Epilepsy Foundation of America Medical Student Fellowship
1988: Resident Award for Research: NY Academy of Neurological Surgeons
1991: Charles A. Elsberg Fellowship In Neurological Surgery: NY Academy of Medicine
1994: Elected to membership of the Sunderland Society
1995-2000: Clinician Investigator Development Award from NINDS
1996: Certification by American Board of Neurological Surgeons
1997-2000: Dana Clinical Hypothesis In Neuroscience Research Program Grant
2000-03: Merit Review Rehabilitation VA Grant
2002-present: Member of NIH Clinical Neuroplasticity And Neurotransmitters ZRG1 BDCN-2 (01) Study Section
2002-present: Member of NIH Brain Disorders and Clin. Neurosci. SBIR SSS-S 10 Study Section

Selected Recent Publications

Dickey TC, Tych R, Kliot M, Loeser JD, Pederson K, Mourad PD. Intense focused ultrasound can reliably induce sensations in human test subjects in a manner correlated with the density of their mechanoreceptors. Ultrasound Med Biol 2012;38(1):85-90.

Chang W, Sretevan D, Kliot M. A tribute to Dr. David Kline: a new approach to an old peripheral nerve problem--splicing instead of regenerating disrupted axons [review]. Neurosurgery 2009;65(4 Suppl):A52-4.

Jarvik JG, Comstock BA, Kliot M, Turner JA, Chan L, Heagerty PJ, Hollingworth W, Kerrigan CL, Deyo RA. Surgery versus non-surgical therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome: a randomised parallel-group trial. Lancet 2009;374(9695):1074-81.

Chang WC, Kliot M, Sretavan DW. Microtechnology and nanotechnology in nerve repair. Neurol Res 2008;30(10):1053-62.

Hof JJ, Kliot M, Slimp J, Haynor DR. What's new in MRI of peripheral nerve entrapment? [review]. Neurosurg Clin N Am 2008;19(4):583-95, vi.

Robinson L, Kliot M. Stop using arbitrary grading schemes in carpal tunnel syndrome. Muscle Nerve 2008;37(6):804.

Jarvik JG, Comstock BA, Heagerty PJ, Haynor DR, Fulton-Kehoe D, Kliot M, Franklin GM. Magnetic resonance imaging compared with electrodiagnostic studies in patients with suspected carpal tunnel syndrome: predicting symptoms, function, and surgical benefit at 1 year. J Neurosurg 2008;108(3):541-50.

Spinner RJ, Amrami KK, Wang H, Kliot M, Carmichael SW. Cross-over: a generalizable phenomenon necessary for secondary intraneural ganglion cyst formation. Clin Anat 2008;21(2):111-8.

Chang WC, Hawkes EA, Kliot M, Sretavan DW. In vivo use of a nanoknife for axon microsurgery. Neurosurgery 2007;61(4):683-92.

Singh T, Kliot M. Imaging of peripheral nerve tumors [review]. Neurosurg Focus 2007;22(6):E6.

Kwok K, Davis B, Kliot M. Resection of a benign brachial plexus nerve sheath tumor using intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring. Neurosurgery 2007;60(4 Suppl 2):316-20.

Chan L, Turner JA, Comstock BA, Levenson LM, Hollingworth W, Heagerty PJ, Kliot M, Jarvik JG. The relationship between electrodiagnostic findings and patient symptoms and function in carpal tunnel syndrome. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2007;88(1):19-24.

Spinner RJ, Mokhtarzadeh A, Schiefer TK, Krishnan KG, Kliot M, Amrami KK. The clinico-anatomic explanation for tibial intraneural ganglion cysts arising from the superior tibiofibular joint. Skeletal Radiol 2007;36(4):281-92.

Sim HG, Kliot M, Lange PH, Ellis WJ, Takayama TK, Yang CC. Two-year outcome of unilateral sural nerve interposition graft after radical prostatectomy. Urology 2006;68(6):1290-4.