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Department of Neurological Surgery

Ripul R. Panchal, D.O. View profile as PDF

Ripul R.  Panchal

Clinical Interests

Dr. Panchal’s clinical subspecialty is the management of spinal disorders including trauma, tumors (spinal and intradural), degenerative disease and osteoporotic fractures, adult deformity, infection, complex spinal revision and reconstructive surgeries. His surgical expertise includes minimal invasive spine surgery, computer-assisted surgery, and motion preservation surgery (disc replacement surgery).

Dr. Panchal’s research focuses on biomechanics of the spine, spine and spinal cord injuries, and spinal instrumentation. He also is involved in national clinical trials involving cervical spondylolytic myelopathy, spinal cord injury, biologics to enhance spinal fusion, and stem cells for lumbar disc regeneration and cervical fusion. Dr. Panchal has been invited to present his research at the national level and serves as a peer reviewer for Global Spine Journal, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, and World Journal of Orthopedics.

Dr. Panchal integrates his growing interest in spine pathophysiology and biomechanics with his humanistic inclinations to provide the most comprehensive, compassionate neurosurgical care. He uses telemedicine to bring care to patients who otherwise would not be able to receive neurosurgical consultation.


Assistant Professor


Neurological Surgery



Neurological Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation:


Cannery Building
Spine Center
3301 C St., Suite 1500
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Phone: 916-734-7463
Phone: 800-482-3284

Additional Phone:

Clinic Phone: 916-734-7463
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

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D.O., Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA, 2005
B.S., Benedictine University, Lisle, IL, 2001


Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Moreno Valley, CA, 2005-06


Arrowhead Regional Medical Center/Western University, Colton, CA, 2006-11


UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA, 2011-12

Board Certifications:

American Osteopathic Board of Surgery-Neurological Surgery, 2012

Professional Memberships:

American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS)
American Osteopathic Association
AO Spine
California Association of Neurological Surgeons
North American Spine Society
Sigma Sigma Phi Honorary Service Fraternity
The Osteopathic Cranial Academy

Select Honors and Awards:

George W. Northup, DO, Medical Writing Award, 2011

Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California’s Resident Research Paper Award, 2010

Scientific Poster Presentation in the field of Neurological Surgery, ACOS, 2010

Robert C. Erwin Literary Award, 2010

Residency Advisory Committee Service Award, 2007

Select Recent Publications:

Panchal RR, Hutton DS, Kim KD. Bilateral cerebellar infarcts from vertebral artery insufficiency caused by cervical osteophyte. Journal of Spine. July 2012; 1:122

Cramer D, Miulli D, Valcore J, Taveau JW, Do N, Hutton DS, Sonti G, Wogu E, Boorman CF, Panchal RR. The effects of osteopathic manipulation on intracranial pressure in patients with severe closed injuries. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. April 2010; 110(4): 232-238

Glick RP, Lichtor T, Panchal R, Mahendra A, Cohen EP. Treatment of allogeneic interleukin-2 secreting fibroblasts protects against the development of malignant brain tumors. Journal of Neuro-Oncology. August 2003; 64(1-2): 139-46

To see if Ripul R. Panchal is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).