Clinical Programs

UCSF’s Neurosurgery Service ranks in the top five of US News & World Report’s 2010 roster of best neurosurgery services in the United States and is the top-ranked program on the West coast. Our clinical programs provide the full range of adult and pediatric neurosurgery specialty services, including treatment planning, surgery, auxiliary therapies, and rehabilitation.


The adult neurosurgery services include the specialty programs of adult brain tumors, cerebrovascular disorders, epilepsy, movement disorders, pain and trigeminal neuralgia, peripheral nerve disorders, and radiosurgery. These programs all incorporate multi-disciplinary teams that include neuroradiologists, radiation oncologists, neurologists, and other specialists to provide patients with comprehensive care.


Our clinical neuro-oncology service specializes in treating patients with brain tumors of all grades and has an international reputation for excellence in testing experimental treatments for brain tumors.  It is also the center of operations for the Adult Brain Tumor Consortium – an nationwide organization of institutions that conduct clinical trials of new therapies for brain tumor patients.


Our neurospinal disorders service operates in conjunction with the orthopedic spine service in the UCSF Spine Center. We provide highly specialized care for all disorders affecting the spine and peripheral nerves, including advanced spine tumor and adult deformity surgery, as well as minimally invasive spine surgery.


The Department’s brain and spinal injury program is based at San Francisco General Hospital, where neurosurgeons specializing in traumatic brain and spinal cord injury provide advanced critical care, such as brain-tissue oxygen monitoring, cerebral blood flow monitoring, jugular venous saturation monitoring, and continuous electroencephalograms (EEG).


Pediatric neurosurgery services are based at both UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland. A team of pediatric neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists provide treatment for pediatric brain tumors, spina bifida, cerebrovascular disorders, epilepsy, and neurospinal disorders in children. They also have expertise in Gamma Knife radiosurgery procedures for pediatric patients. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is a major pediatric neurotrauma center and is also home to a comprehensive program for spasticity.