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About Us

UCSF is home to one of the largest, most comprehensive programs for brain tumor treatment in the United States.

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The UCSF Neurosurgery Residency Program is consistently ranked as the #1 neurosurgery residency program in the country.


Surgical Videos

 Vascular Neurosurgery

4K Ultra High Definition Brainstem Surgery. Cavernous Malformation via Far Lateral, Pontomedullary Sulcus.


Endoscopic Neurosurgery 

Removal of a meningioma of the tuberculum sella through an endoscope by a neurosurgeon and otolaryngologist at the UCSF Center for Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery.


Stent Assisted Coiling (staged) of Basilar Trunk Aneurysm, Giant, Fusiform and Thrombotic.

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Minimally invasive surgery for a suprasellar Rathke's cleft cyst.

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Patient Care

Neurosurgeon Edward Chang, MD, explains how trigeminal neuralgia occurs and breaks down three surgical treatment options: microvascular decompression, radiosurgery, and radiofrequency lesioning (or ablation).

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At UCSF, joint operations by neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons give patients the benefit of dual expertise and better outcomes. The two-surgeon approach to spine surgery reduces operating times, blood loss, and complications.


Patient Stories

After a long-standing herniated disc became unmanageable, scientist Amanda Woerman, PhD, turned to the UCSF Spine Center for minimally invasive surgery. Four months later she completed her first IRONMAN and today is pain free for the first time in over six years.

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Janet Choy underwent an awake transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) for degenerative spondylolisthesis - becoming one of the first patients on the west coast to undergo this procedure that shortens operating time and avoids side effects associated with general anesthesia.




Our research team integrates clinicians and scientists so that we can address the most pressing challenges of brain tumor treatment. Philanthropy has been especially critical in supporting high risk, high reward research.

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In an unprecedented finding, UC San Francisco scientists used an experimental drug to completely reverse severe learning and memory impairments caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) in mice. 



Pituitary Conditions & Treatment

Neurosurgeon Sandeep Kunwar, MD, discusses the anatomy of the pituitary gland and what happens when pituitary tumors form. 

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Neurosurgeon Manish Aghi, MD, PhD, discusses Rathke's Cleft Cysts, their celluar origins, symptoms, and indications for surgery.