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Department of Neurological Surgery

World Class Care

World class neurosurgical care in Northern California

The Department of Neurological Surgery is home to internationally recognized experts in neurosurgical disorders. We provide neurosurgical care for the majority of the Northern California area and collaborate closely with the University’s NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level I Trauma Center, Center for Neuroscience, and Stroke Program to ensure that patients have access to advanced, multidisciplinary, patient focused care. We offer a full-range of technologies and provide the most current and effective treatments for the entire spectrum of neurological disease. Our research programs have tested advances in neuroimaging and treatments that improve outcomes and quality of life for patients with brain aneurysms, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, seizures and degenerative disc disease.


Chair of Neurological Surgery

Griffith R. Harsh IV, M.D., M.A., M.B.A.
Professor and Chair
Julian R. Youmans Endowed Chair
Department of Neurological Surgery

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Craniopagus Conjoined Twins Separated

Pediatric neurosurgeons, Dr. Michael Edwards and Dr. Marike Zwienenberg and skull base surgery expert, Dr. Kia Shahlaie went through months long planning and preparation to separate conjoined twins Abigail and Micaela Bachinskiy.  We are proud of their collaborative efforts and the entire surgical and anesthetic team.  See the video featuring the family and surgical planning on KCRA's website.  

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Neurological Surgery 2020 Year In Review

The Neurological Surgery 2020 Year in Review highlights the many accomplishments of our faculty members and residents.  It includes patient success stories and a comprehensive list of our publishing and grant activities. Thank you for inspiring us to accomplish more! 

Learn more about how we're successfully treating cavernous malformations. Featuring Dr. Marike Zwienenberg and the Arredondo family.

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Dental X-Ray Leads to Life Saving Surgery

A suspicious cloudy area on Joseph Peterson's dental X-ray led to life saving open cerebral aneurysm surgery by Dr. Ben Waldau.  "An aneurysm is a thinning or weak spot on an artery in the brain that balloons or bulges as it fills with blood. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, approximately 30,000 Americans each year suffer a brain aneurysm that ruptures, which can be life-threatening."

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Mike's Journey

Mike's career as a pilot was at risk due to radiculopathy and neck pain caused by degenerative disc disease.  After undergoing successful disc replacement surgery by Dr. Kee Kim, Co-Director of the UC Davis Spine Center, Mike is back in the air, free from pain. 

To make an appointment with one of our spine surgeons contact:

UC Davis Spine Center
Phone: 916-734-7463
Fax: 916-734-6493

3301 C Street, Suite 1500
Sacramento, CA  95816