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Kiarash Shahlaie, M.D., Ph.D. View profile as PDF

Kiarash  Shahlaie

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.


Assistant Professor


Neurological Surgery


Neurological Surgery


Neurological Surgery


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Neurosurgery Clinic
4860 Y St., Suite 0100
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 916-734-4300

Additional Phone:

Clinic Phone: 916-734-4300
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

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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, 2002


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)

Select 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:

Feng JF, Zhao X, Gurkoff GG, Van KC, Shahlaie K, Lyeth BG. Post-traumatic hypoxia exacerbates neuronal cell death in the hippocampus. J Neurotrauma. 2012 Apr 10;29(6):1167-79. Epub 2012 Jan 30.

Gurkoff GG, Shahlaie K, Lyeth BG. In vitro mechanical strain trauma alters neuronal calcium responses: Implications for posttraumatic epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2012 Jun; 53 Suppl 1:53-60

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 following traumatic brain injury. J Neurotrauma. 2012 Sept 27

McLaughlin N, Vandergrift A, Ditzel Filho LF, Shahlaie K, Eisenberg AA, Carrau RL, Cohan P, Kelly DF.. Endonasal management of sellar arachnoid cysts: simple cyst obliteration technique. J. Neurosurg. 2012 Apr;116(4):728-40. Epub 2012 Jan 27

Nishijima DK, Shahlaie K, Echeverri A, Holmes JF. A clinical decision rule to predict adult patients with traumatic intracranial haemorrhage who do not require intensive care unit admission. Injury. 2011 Aug 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Shahlaie K, Larson PS, Starr PA. Intraoperative computed tomography for deep brain stimulation surgery: technique and accuracy assessment. Neurosurgery. 2011 Mar;68(1 Suppl Operative):114-24; discussion 124.

McLaughlin N, Ditzel Filho LF, Shahlaie K, Solari D, Kassam AB, Kelly DF. The supraorbital approach for recurrent or residual suprasellar tumors. Minim Invasive Neurosurg. 2011 Aug;54(4):155-61. Epub 2011 Sep 15

Utter GH, Shahlaie K, Zwienenberg-Lee M, Muizelaar JP. Anemia in the setting of traumatic brain injury: the arguments for and against liberal transfusion. J Neurotrauma. 2011 Jan;28(1):155-65. Epub 2010 Dec 2. Review.

Shahlaie K, Lyeth BG, Gurkoff GG, Muizelaar JP and RF Berman: Neuroprotective effects of selective N-type VGCC blockade on stretch-injury induced calcium dynamics in cortical neurons. Journal of Neurotrauma 27(1): 175-87, 2010. Cover illustration.

Shahlaie K, McLaughlin N, Kassam AB, Kelly DF. The role of outcomes data for assessing the expertise of a pituitary surgeon. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes 17(4):369-76, 2010.

Keachie K, Shahlaie K, Muizelaar JP. Upper thoracic spine arthroplasty via the anterior approach. J Neurosurg Spine. 2010 Aug;13(2):240-5.

Shahlaie K and JP Muizelaar: Hypertonic saline in neurocritical care: Is continuous infusion appropriate? Critical Care Medicine 37(4):1521-3, 2009.

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