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Ben Waldau, M.D., FAANS View profile as PDF

Ben  Waldau

Clinical Interests

Dr. Waldau is a specialist in open cerebrovascular and endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations. His dual training in open surgery and endovascular embolization allows him to choose the best treatment modality for his patients, and sometimes he uses a combination of both approaches to achieve the best results. He also has an interest in stroke and extracranial carotid disease which he can treat with carotid endarterectomy or carotid angioplasty and stenting. With the establishment of the stroke unit at UC Davis, we are striving to provide highly specialized care to our vascular patients to achieve the best outcomes.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Waldau's research focuses on transplantation of reprogrammed progenitor cells after stroke to enhance functional recovery. Human subventricular progenitor cells are harvested and reprogrammed to become motor neurons in collaboration with the UC Davis Stem Cell Program. The overall goal is to gather sufficient data to start clinical trials in stroke patients in the future.


Assistant Professor




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

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Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

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M.D., Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany 2002


General Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC 2004-2005


Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC 2005-2010


Endovascular Neurosurgery, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 2010-2011
Neural Stem Cell Research, William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship at Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, Dresden, Germany 2011-12

Board Certifications:

American Board of Neurological Surgery - Diplomate,

Professional Memberships:

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Society for Neuroscience

Select Honors and Awards:

UC Davis Stroke Center Award of Excellence, 2015

CNS Basic Science/Translational Research Resident Fellowship Award, 2007

Select Recent Publications:

Cary WA, Hori CN, Pham MT, Nacey CA, McGee JL, Hamou M, Berman RF, Bauer G, Nolta JA, Waldau B. Efficient Generation of Induced Pluripotent Stem and Neural Progenitor Cells From Acutely Harvested Dura Mater Obtained During Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Surgery. World Neurosurg. 2015 Nov;84(5):1256-66.e1.

Jamal AL, Walker TL, Waber Nguyen AJ, Berman RF, Kempermann G, Waldau B. Transplanted Dentate Progenitor Cells Show Increased Survival in an Enriched Environment But Do Not Exert a Neurotrophic Effect on Spatial Memory Within 2 Weeks of Engraftment. Cell Transplant. 2015;24(12):2435-48.

Lu A, Shen P, Lee P, Dahlin B, Waldau B, Nidecker AE, Nundkumar A, Bobinski M. CrossFit-related cervical internal carotid artery dissection. Emerg Radiol. 2015 Aug;22(4):449-52.

Walker TL, Wierick A, Sykes AM, Waldau B, Corbeil D, Carmeliet P, Kempermann G. Prominin-1 allows prospective isolation of neural stem cells from the adult murine hippocampus. J Neurosci. 2013 Feb 13;33(7):3010-24.

Waldau B, Zomorodi AR, Britz GW. Transient complete lower facial nerve palsy after craniotomy for aneurysm clipping. Br J Neurosurg. 2013 Apr;27(2):241-2.

Khaldi A, Fargen KM, Waldau B, Siddiqui AH, Hoh BL, Mack W, Carpenter J, Veznedaroglu E, Mocco J. The Orbit Galaxy XTRASOFT Coils: A Multicenter Study of Coil Safety and Efficacy in Both Ruptured and Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysms. J Vasc Interv Neurol. 2012 Jun;5(1):17-21.

Waldau B, Reavey-Cantwell JF, Lawson MF, Jahshan S, Levy EI, Siddiqui AH, Mocco J, Hoh BL. Intentional partial coiling dome protection of complex ruptured cerebral aneurysms prevents acute rebleeding and produces favorable clinical outcomes. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2012 Jan;154(1):27-31.

Waldau B, Fargen KM, Mack WJ, Wilson NM, Khaldi A, Hoh BL, Mocco J. Axium MicroFX coil for the completing endovascular aneurysm surgery study (ACCESS). A prospective evaluation of the safety and durability of Axium MicroFX PGLA coils. Interv Neuroradiol. 2012 Jun;18(2):200-7.

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