Kiarash Shahlaie, M.D., Ph.D.

Kiarash Shahlaie, M.D., Ph.D.


Neurological Surgery


  • Associate Professor
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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 0100
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinic Phone: 916-734-4300
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Clinical Interests

Dr. Shahlaie works to minimize the risks of surgery and facilitate rapid recovery by utilizing minimally invasive surgical techniques, including endoscopy and 'keyhole' access surgery. He provides innovative surgical treatment options for patients with Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and other movement disorders, as well as patients with certain psychiatric and pain conditions. Dr. Shahlaie closely involves the families and caretakers of patients with severe traumatic brain injury during both the acute and chronic stages of recovery.


Neurological Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Neuroscience
Center for Skull Base Surgery
UC Davis Medical Group


M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, California, 2001

Ph.D., UC Davis, Davis, California, 2006

B.S., UC Davis, Davis, California, 1997


UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 2009


John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, California, 2010

UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 2003-2005

UC San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 2009

Professional Memberships

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)

National Neurotrauma Society (NNS)

Neurocritical Care Society (NCS)

Honors and Awards

Appreciation Award, Medical Student Research & Poster Forum, UCDSOM, 2010

House Staff Professionalism Award, UCD School of Medicine Alumni Association, 2009

UC Davis Medical Center ?Outstanding Interdisciplinary Team Experience?, 2008

Teaching Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, 2006

Undergraduate Honors Thesis with Highest Honors, 1997

Phi Sigma National Research Honors Society, 1997

Cal Aggie Alumni Association Outstanding Graduating Senior, 1997

Division of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Student of the Quarter, 1996

Select Recent Publications

For a complete list of Dr. Shahlaie's publications, please click here

Septohippocampal neuromodulation improves cognition after traumatic brain injury. Lee DJ, Gurkoff GG, Izadi A, Echeverri A, Melnik M, Berman RF, Ekstrom AD, Muizelaar JP, Lyeth BG, Shahlaie K. J Neurotrauma. 2015 Jun 21. [Epub ahead of print]

Intraoperative computed tomography for intracranial electrode implantation surgery in medically refractory epilepsy. Lee DJ, Zwienenberg-Lee M, Seyal M, Shahlaie K. J Neurosurg. 2015 Mar;122(3):526-31. Epub 2014 Oct 31.

Lee DJ, Latchaw RE, Dahlin BC, Dong PR, Verro P, Muizelaar JP, Shahlaie K. Antegrade rheolytic thrombectomy and thrombolysis for superior sagittal sinus thrombosis using burr hole access. J Neurointerv Surg. 2014 Apr 3. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2013-011087.rep. [Epub ahead of print]

Sarkar K, Keachie K, Nguyen U, Muizelaar JP, Zwienenberg-Lee M, Shahlaie K. Computed tomography characteristics in pediatric versus adult traumatic brain injury. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Mar;13(3):307-14. doi: 10.3171/2013.12.PEDS13223. Epub 2014 Jan 10.

McLaughlin N, Kelly DF, Prevedello DM, Shahlaie K, Carrau RL, Kassam AB. Endoscopic endonasal management of recurrent petrous apex cholesterol granuloma.  J Neurol Surg B Skull Base. 2012 Jun;73(3):190-6. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1312706.

Kerr EE, Shahlaie K, Schrot RJ. Use of the O-arm® for skull base resection in a sphenoorbital meningioma. J Clin Neurosci. 2013 Aug;20(8):1149-51. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2012.08.016. Epub 2013 May 7.

Oladunjoye AO, Schrot RJ, Zwienenberg-Lee M, Muizelaar JP, Shahlaie K. Decompressive craniectomy using gelatin film and future bone flap replacement. Neurosurg. 2013 Apr;118(4):776-82. doi: 10.3171/2013.1.JNS121475. Epub 2013 Feb 8.

Lee DJ, Gurkoff GG, Izadi A, Berman RF, Ekstrom AD, Muizelaar JP, Lyeth BG, Shahlaie K. Medial septal nucleus theta frequency deep brain stimulation improves spatial working memory after traumatic brain injury. J Neurotrauma. 2013 Jan 15;30(2):131-9.

Shahlaie K, Keachie K, Hutchins IM, Rudisill N, Madden LK, Smith KA, Ko KA, Latchaw RE, Muizelaar JP. Risk factors for posttraumatic vasospasm. J Neurosurg. 2011 Sep;115(3):602-11. doi: 10.3171/2011.5.JNS101667. Epub 2011 Jun 10.

Kerr EE, Borys E, Bobinski M, Shahlaie K. Posterior fossa calcifying pseudoneoplasm of the central nervous system. J Neurosurg. 2013 Apr;118(4):896-902. doi: 10.3171/2013.1.JNS121755. Epub 2013 Feb 8. Review.