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Dr. Rahul Jandial, neurosurgeon

Rahul Jandial MD PhD

Neurosurgeon & Scientist

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Rahul Jandial, M.D., Ph.D. is a neurosurgeon and scientist with expertise in medical and surgical treatment of cancer that affects the brain, spine and spinal cord. Dr. Jandial is committed to pioneering new surgical devices and minimally invasive procedures, and leads research on the biology of cancer therapies and that may offer improved outcomes for all patients.

Jandial joined City of Hope from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center, where he served as chief resident neurosurgeon. Jandial began his surgical career at UCSD as a surgical intern in 2000. He then was a clinical instructor for the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and is adjunct professor in the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego.

Dr. Jandial is also active in the service of the larger community through his teaching, media outreach, and humanitarian efforts. He is a member of the faculty at City of Hope Cancer Center, and his work as an educator earned him a Distinguished Professor Teaching Award at the University of California. His published research has appeared in numerous journals, including Neurosurgery, Molecular Therapy and the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, and he has authored/edited 10 books on neurosurgery and brain injuries.

Dr. Jandial earned a B.A., Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of California at San Diego and Burnham Institute for Medical Research.

He received the Penfield Research Award from the Congress of Neurosurgeons, the Brain Tumor Award from the American Brain Tumor Foundation and the Excellence in Medicine award from the American Medical Association (AMA). He received an Oncology Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and research awards from Neurosurgery Research Education Foundation and the STOP Cancer Foundation. Dr. Jandial serves as a director of the International Neurosurgical Children’s Association, and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Society for Neuroscience and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, among other organizations. He currently serves as as the Medical Correspondent for KTLA-TV in Los Angeles.

Michael L. Levy MD PhD

Neurosurgeon & Co-Director
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Michael L. Levy, MD, PhD is currently Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Rady’s Children's Hospital San Diego (RCHSD). He is also Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Southern California (USC). He also obtained a PhD degree in biophysics from USC. He then completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric neurological surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and subsequently joined the USC faculty in 1993. Dr. Levy left USC to join CHSD in August 2002.

Dr. Levy's primary surgical interests are in pediatric and vascular neurosurgery. His clinical interests are also numerous. He has evaluated the longevity and outcome in children with brain tumors and the relationship of certain variables and treatments in these children to survival. He has also evaluated survival and predicted models of outcome including surgical management in pediatric and adolescent head trauma and community based efforts at prevention and communication.

Dr. Levy's vascular research includes the relationships of cerebral blood flow to cardiac output in patients with aneurysmally induced subarachnoid hemorrhage and vasospasm. His research has led to methodologies by which patients are universally treated with both hyperdynamic protocols and the use of inotropes throughout the country. Further research involves the use of rheologic agents to further increase cerebral blood flow and perfusion to ischemic regions of the brain during cerebrovasospasm.

Additional interests of Dr. Levy include technical methodologies within neurosurgery. He has developed a number of novel endoscope based techniques of intervention for children and adults using modified endoscopes for catheter placement within the ventricular system of the brain and additionally using endoscopes as adjuvants during microsurgery. He has further developed picture-in-picture image graphics for the operating microscope and the use of head mounted display systems for both endoscopic and microscopic neurosurgical procedures. Further research efforts concern the 3-dimensional representation of the central nervous system and the relationship of neoplastic and vascular abnormalities to functional structures in order to maximize both neurosurgical approaches and patient outcome.

A gifted teacher, Dr. Levy, serves as a Professor in the UCSD Neurosurgery resident training program, inspiring the next generation of pediatric neurosurgeons in the United States.

Dr. Mike Y. Chen MD PhD


Dr. Mike Y. Chen is a neurosurgeon and scientist at City of Hope National Medical Center. He specializes in complex operations for the removal of brain and spine tumors. His training has included a Masters in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, neurosurgical residency at the Virginia Commonwealth University Hospitals, a PhD in anatomy and neurobiology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Chen has an active lab focused on developing next generation therapies for the treatment of cancers that have metastasized to the central nervous system. He has published over 50 papers, book chapters and books and has given numerous talks and lectures. Dr. Chen was recently the president of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics.

Samuel A. Hughes MD PhD


Dr. Hughes received his B.A. in Classical Studies from University of Pennsylvania and then his medical degree from UCSD. His neurosurgical training occurred at Oregon Health Sciences University. He and his wife live in Portland Oregon.

Henry E. Aryan MD


Dr. Aryan received his B.A. from UCLA in cybernetics and then his M.D. from University of California at Irvine. His neurosurgery training was at UCSD with a fellowship in neurospinal oncology at University of California at San Francisco. He lives in Fresno, California with his wife and two children.

J Dawn Waters MD

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Dr. Waters graduated with honors with a B.A. in mathematics from the Johns Hopkins University. She received her medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine. She is currently chief resident of neurosurgery at the University of California San Diego. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Waters will join faculty at Stanford University's Department of Neurosurgery as a Clinical Instructor for skull base tumors.

Edward J. Hahn MD


Dr. Hahn graduated from University of California at Berkeley and received him medical training from USC. He lives with his wife Katie in Los Angeles.

Matthew Duenas BS

Executive Assistant

Matthew Duenas received his bachelors degree in Biology from Stanford University. He is currently employed at City of Hope Cancer Center and lives in Los Angeles.

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