Pituitary Conditions

The Department of Neurological Surgery has one of the largest and most-established pituitary surgery programs in the United States. UCSF neurosurgeons complete over 250 pituitary operations and register over 1,500 outpatient visits annually. Published results demonstrate our success in achieving gross total resection, control of hormonal hypersecretion, and restoration as well as preservation of pituitary function for a majority of patients. Surgical approaches include endoscopic endonasal approach, transsphenoidal approach, and extended transsphenoidal approach. Gamma Knife radiosurgery is also a treatment option for select patients.

At the California Center for Pituitary Disorders a team of recognized experts in their fields – neurosurgery, neuroendocrinology, neuroradiology, radiation oncology, neuropathology, neurology, neuro-ophthalmology and psychiatry – has considerable experience in the evaluation and both medical and surgical management of patients with diseases of the pituitary gland and hypothal­amus. Our cure rates are above 90 percent and our complication rates are one-seventh of the national average for pituitary surgery.

Current research on pituitary disorders includes the genetic basis and natural history of different types of pituitary tumors pituitary tumors, as well as the improved classification of pituitary lesions by molecular features and mutations.

 

Faculty

Neurological Surgery

Manish Aghi, MD, PhD
Sandeep Kunwar, MD
Philip Theodosopolous, MD

Adult Neuroendocrinology

Lewis Blevins, MD

Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Nalin Gupta, MD, PhD
Sandeep Kunwar, MD

Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

Michael W. McDermott, MD
Sandeep Kunwar, MD

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Charlotte Huie, RN, NP

 

Contact

California Center for Pituitary Disorders

400 Parnassus Ave, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0350
tel (866) 559-5543
fax (415) 353-2889