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1 . resultDr. Frank Jeffrey Coufal MD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

18313 Calle La Serra
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
(858) 677-1755

(rated an average of 4.8 in 10 ratings)

Clinical interests: Neurological Surgery, Spine, Neurological Surgery

Dr. Frank Coufal is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in La Jolla, CA and Costa Mesa, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Coufal include neurological surgery. Dr. Coufal is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest, and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Coufal is accepting new patients.

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2 . resultDr. Sohaib Ahmad Kureshi MD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

320 Santa Fe Drive; Suite 308
Encinitas, CA

(rated an average of 5 in 5 ratings)

Clinical interests: Neurological Surgery, Anterior Laminectomy, Back Evaluation/Treatment, Brain Tumor, Laminectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sohaib Kureshi is a neurosurgery specialist in San Diego, CA, Chula Vista, CA, and El Cajon, CA. His clinical interests include neurological surgery, laminectomy, and pituitary tumors. Patient reviews placed Dr. Kureshi at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Sharp Health Plan, AARP, and Anthem are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kureshi takes. Before completing his residency at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Kureshi attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Emergency & Acute Care Medical Corporation, and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. He has an open panel.

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3 . resultDr. Christopher Masanori Uchiyama MD, PhD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
(858) 554-8920; (858) 554-8877

(rated an average of 5 in 18 ratings)

Clinical interests: Neurological Surgery, Spine, Neurological Surgery

Dr. Christopher Uchiyama is a neurosurgeon in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. Dr. Uchiyama is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include neurological surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo, and Dignity Health. He honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Uchiyama's practice is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. Dr. Uchiyama has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors.

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4 . resultDr. Faith H Barnett MD, PhD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
(858) 554-8920; (858) 554-9100

(rated an average of 5 in 5 ratings)

Clinical interests: Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Dr. Faith Barnett is a neurosurgeon in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Barnett's clinical interests include neurological surgery. Her professional affiliations include Scripps Green Hospital, Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. She studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Barnett's medical residency was performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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5 . resultDr. Lokesh Shantanu Tantuwaya MD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

365 S Rancho Santa Fe; Suite 103
San Marcos, CA
(760) 564-7874; (760) 943-9052

(rated an average of 2.3 in 7 ratings)

Clinical interests: Neurological Surgery, Spine, Neurological Surgery, RADIOLOGY, Anterior Laminectomy, Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Lokesh Tantuwaya's medical specialty is neurosurgery. His clinical interests include neurological surgery, microsurgery, and skull base surgery. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. MultiPlan, Three Rivers, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tantuwaya takes. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Allegheny General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Tantuwaya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Sharp Memorial Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Tantuwaya welcomes new patients.

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6 . resultDr. Rene O Sanchez-Mejia MD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
(858) 554-8920

Clinical interests: Neurological Surgery, Cerebrovascular disease, Aneurysm coiling, Aneurysm clipping, Embolization ... (Read more)

Dr. Rene Sanchez is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include the following: neurological surgery, carotid artery stenting, and endovascular surgery. Dr. Sanchez accepts Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sanchez trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sanchez include: NIH Clinical Research Award; NIH National Research Service Award; and Ronald Tasker Clinical Investigator Award. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Green Hospital, Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, and Scripps Clinic Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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7 . resultDr. Scott Patrick Leary MD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 650
La Jolla, CA
(619) 229-4901; (858) 810-0386

(rated 5 in 1 rating)

Clinical interests: Neurological Surgery, Spine, Neurological Surgery, SPINE SURGERY, Back Evaluation/Treatment, Brain ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Leary specializes in neurosurgery. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Leary's medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. His areas of expertise include neurological surgery, laminectomy, and pituitary tumors. Dr. Leary honors MultiPlan, HealthSmart, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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8 . resultDr. Lance Luke Altenau MD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

320 Santa Fe Drive; Suite 308
Encinitas, CA

(rated an average of 4 in 8 ratings)

Clinical interests: Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Anterior Laminectomy, Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Lance Altenau works as a neurosurgeon. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Altenau include neurological surgery, microsurgery, and laminectomy. Dr. Altenau is in-network for several insurance carriers, including MultiPlan, Sharp Health Plan, and AARP. After attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Altenau is professionally affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Emergency & Acute Care Medical Corporation, and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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9 . resultDr. Sanjay Ghosh MD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

9850 Genesee Avenue; #650
La Jolla, CA
(619) 229-3105; (619) 810-1010

(rated an average of 4.1 in 14 ratings)

Clinical interests: Neurological Surgery, Spine, Neurological Surgery, Back Evaluation/Treatment, Brain Tumor, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sanjay Ghosh is a neurosurgeon in San Diego, CA and La Jolla, CA. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ghosh include neurological surgery, laminectomy, and pituitary tumors. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ghosh honors MultiPlan, Sharp Health Plan, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is open to new patients.

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10 . resultDr. Kenneth Henry Ott MD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

635 E Grand Avenue
Escondido, CA

(rated an average of 4 in 12 ratings)

Clinical interests: Neurological Surgery, Anterior Laminectomy, Back Evaluation/Treatment, Brain Tumor, Laminectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kenneth Ott is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in San Diego, CA, Chula Vista, CA, and La Jolla, CA. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Ott completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. These areas are among his clinical interests: neurological surgery, microsurgery, and laminectomy. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Sharp Health Plan, AARP, and Anthem, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Ott's professional affiliations include Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Emergency & Acute Care Medical Corporation, and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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11 . resultDr. Richard Cyrus Ostrup MD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 770
La Jolla, CA
(619) 297-4481

(rated an average of 4 in 19 ratings)

Clinical interests: Neurological Surgery, Anterior Laminectomy, Brain Tumor, Laminectomy, Minimally Invasive Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Ostrup is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include the following: neurological surgery, laminectomy, and pituitary tumors. Dr. Ostrup's hospital/clinic affiliations include Emergency & Acute Care Medical Corporation, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and Sharp Memorial Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Ostrup attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Ostrup is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Sharp Health Plan, AARP, Anthem, and more. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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12 . resultDr. Vrijesh Shantanu Tantuwaya MD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

12630 Monte Vista Road; Suite 105
Poway, CA
(858) 312-5016; (858) 513-1833

(rated an average of 4 in 9 ratings)

Clinical interests: Neurological Surgery, Spine, Anterior Laminectomy, Back Evaluation/Treatment, Brain Tumor, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vrijesh Tantuwaya's area of specialization is neurosurgery. He studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Dr. Tantuwaya has a special interest in neurological surgery, microsurgery, and laminectomy. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Tantuwaya honors MultiPlan, Aetna, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sharp Memorial Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Tantuwaya is open to new patients.

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13 . resultDr. Howard Tung MD
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Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery

9900 Genesee Avenue; Suite C
La Jolla, CA
(858) 643-5650; (619) 543-5540

Clinical interests: Neurological Surgery, Spine, Neurological Surgery

Dr. Howard Tung is a specialist in pediatric neurosurgery. He speaks Chinese. Clinical interests for Dr. Tung include neurological surgery. His professional affiliations include Sharp Memorial Hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Tung attended Dartmouth Medical School and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Sharp Health Plan, AARP, and Anthem are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tung honors. He has an open panel.

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14 . resultDr. David Barba MD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
(858) 552-8585; (619) 543-5540

(rated an average of 5 in 4 ratings)

Clinical interests: Neurological Surgery, SPINE SURGERY

Dr. David Barba's specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Barba is especially interested in neurological surgery and spine surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Medicare insurance. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Barba speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest, VA San Diego Healthcare System, and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Barba is open to new patients.

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15 . resultDr. Joseph Ciacci MD
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Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery

3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
(619) 471-0798; (619) 543-5540

(rated 5 in 1 rating)

Clinical interests: Neurological Surgery, SPINE SURGERY

Dr. Joseph Ciacci specializes in pediatric neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Ciacci include neurological surgery and spine surgery. Dr. Ciacci's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sharp HealthCare, UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest, and Scripps Green Hospital. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He takes Sharp Health Plan, AARP, Anthem, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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16 . resultDr. Thomas Joseph Marcisz MD
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Specializes in Neurosurgery

624 East Grand Avenue
Escondido, CA
(760) 739-8314

(rated an average of 3 in 3 ratings)

Clinical interests: Anterior Laminectomy, Back Evaluation/Treatment, Brain Tumor, Laminectomy, Pituitary Tumors, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Marcisz is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Escondido, CA. His areas of clinical interest consist of laminectomy, pituitary tumors, and brain tumor. Dr. Marcisz is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at George Washington University Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Marcisz honors Sharp Health Plan and Medicare insurance. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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What is Neurosurgery?

Neurosurgery is the highly skilled specialty devoted to the surgical treatment of issues affecting the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. It is similar to the specialty of neurology, which also treats disorders of the nervous system. Even though there is some overlap, neurosurgery focuses on the surgical treatment of nervous system disorders. However, not every neurosurgery job means surgery -- neurosurgeons may also provide a diagnosis, interpret imaging and test results, or provide non-surgical treatment, depending on the nature of the illness.

Neurosurgeons treat nervous system disorders such as:
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Brain or spine tumors
  • Blood clots in the brain
  • Hydroencephalitis
  • Aneurysms or stroke
  • Seizures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Carpal or cubital tunnel syndromes
  • Repair of severed nerves
  • Infections of the brain or spinal fluid

Because the nervous system is both so delicate and so complex, neurosurgery has one of the most rigorous and competitive medical education programs. After college and medical school, it is common for a neurosurgeon to require 7-10 additional years of intense training.

New discoveries in this field allow neurosurgeons to heal and accomplish more than ever before, and they are now able to treat many injuries and illnesses that were once fatal.

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