Rishi Wadhwa MD

Rishi Wadhwa MDAssistant Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery










Dr. Wadhwa specializes in complex and minimally invasive spinal surgery and has recently completed a fellowship in complex spinal disorders at UCSF. He practices at the UCSF Neurosurgery Specialty Care Clinic Marin. He is originally from Louisiana where he did his medical training and residency in neurological surgery. During his neurosurgical residency, Dr. Wadhwa completed additional training in neuromodulation and pain disorders, and has experience with spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal medication delivery systems.

In addition to spinal surgery, Dr. Wadhwa has expertise in treating chiari malformation, pain and spasticity, as well as expertise in general neurosurgery, including hydrocephalus and brain tumors.

Education, Training, and Previous Positions

2002: BS, Louisiana State University
2006: MD, LSU Health Sciences Center
2006-2013: Residency, Neurological Surgery, LSU Health Sciences Center
2012: Additional Training in Pain/Functional Neurosurgery
2013-2014: Fellow in Neurospinal Disorders, UCSF

Selected Professional Memberships and Appointments

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Honors and Awards

2013: Cloward Fellowship, AANS/CNS Spine Section
2012: Dr. Dean Echols Award for best scientific research presentation, Louisiana Neurosurgical Society
2009: AANS Poster: First Place in Trauma-Critical Care section
2006: Donald Smith, MD Award for Excellence in Neurosurgery, LSU Health Science Center

Selected Publications

Dhall SS, Wadhwa R, Wang MY, Tien-Smith A, Mummaneni PV. Traumatic thoracolumbar spinal injury: an algorithm for minimally invasive surgical management. Neurosurg Focus 2014;37(1):E9.

Mummaneni PV, Whitmore RG, Curran JN, Ziewacz JE, Wadhwa R, et al. Cost-effectiveness of lumbar discectomy and single-level fusion for spondylolisthesis: experience with the NeuroPoint-SD registry. Neurosurg Focus 2014;36(6):E3

Wadhwa RK, Thakur JD, Khan IS, James J, Ahmed O, Zhang S, Henderson B, Ogden A, Guthikonda B, Nanda A. Adjustment of Suboptimally Placed Lumbar Pedicle Screws Decreases Pullout Strength and Alters Biomechanics of the Construct: A Pilot Cadaveric Study. World Neurosurg 2014 May 2. Epub ahead of print.

Saigal R, Lau D, Wadhwa R, Le H, Khashan M, Berven S, Chou D, Mummaneni PV. Unilateral versus bilateral iliac screws for spinopelvic fixation: are two screws better than one? Neurosurg Focus 2014;36(5):E10

Tran M, Wadhwa R, Ziewacz J, Mummaneni P, Chou D. Comparison between C1-2 Fixation with and without Supplemental Posterior Wiring. Evid Based Spine Care J 2014;5(1):12-5.

Saigal R, Wadhwa R, Mummaneni PV, Chou D. Minimally invasive extracavitary transpedicular corpectomy for the management of spinal tumors. Neurosurg Clin N Am 2014;25(2):305-15.

Wadhwa R, Toms J, Chittiboina P, Tawfik T, Glenn C, Caldito G, Guthikonda B, Nanda A. Dysphagia Following Posterior Fossa Surgery in Adults. World Neurosurg. 2013 Jan 11. Epub ahead of print.

Zhang S, Wadhwa R, Haydel J, Toms J, Johnson K, Guthikonda B. Spine and spinal cord trauma: diagnosis and management. Neurol Clin 2013;31(1):183-206.