Chief of Neurological Surgery, Rady Children's Hospital & Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine
Dr. Michael L. Levy, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Levy, Chief Neurosurgeon at Children's Hospital of San Diego Division of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and the University of California San Diego Division of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. With 24 years of medical practice, Levy's current hospital appointments also include LAC-USC Medical Center Los Angeles and USC University Hospital Los Angeles. He has served as Clinical Instructor, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, and Associate Professor with Tenure of Neurological Surgery – all for the University of Southern California School of Medicine, as well as a Residency Program Director for the Division of Neurological Surgery at UC San Diego. Dr. Levy has been actively involved with ATPF since 2003.

Dr. Michael Levy, board-certified in neurological surgery and pediatric neurological surgery, joined Children's Specialists as director of the Neurosurgery Division in august 2002. He views his appointment as an opportunity to develop a unique pediatric neurosurgery center in the Western United States. Dr. Levy came to CSSD from the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. He was a tenured associate professor at the University of Southern California (USC) and on staff at USC University Hospital and USC/LAC Medical Center.

After earning his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, he completed neurological surgery residencies at USC and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, where he also completed a pediatric neurological surgery fellowship. Dr. Levy also has a Ph.D. in biophysics. A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he is a member of the California Neurological Association for Pediatrics.

Dr. Levy's primary surgical interests are in pediatric and vascular neurosurgery. His clinical interests are also numerous. He has evaluated the longevity and outcome in children with brain tumors and the relationship of certain variables and treatments in these children to survival. He has also evaluated survival and predicted models of outcome, including surgical management in pediatric and adolescent head trauma and community-based efforts at prevention and communication.

Dr. Levy's vascular research includes the relationships of cerebral blood flow to cardiac output in patients with aneurysmally induced subarachnoid hemorrhage and vasospasm. His research has led to methodologies by which patients are universally treated with both hyperdynamic protocols and the use of inotropes throughout the country. Further research involves the use of rheological agents to further increase cerebral blood flow and perfusion to ischemic regions of the brain during Cerebral vasospasm.

Additional interests of Dr. Levy include technical methodologies within neurosurgery. He has developed several novel endoscope based techniques of intervention for children and adults using modified endoscopes for catheter placement within the ventricular system of the brain and additionally using endoscopes as adjuvants during microsurgery. He has further developed picture-in-picture image graphics for the operating microscope, and the use of head-mounted display systems for both endoscopic and microscopic neurosurgical procedures. Further research efforts concern the 3-dimensional representation of the central nervous system and the relationship of neoplastic and vascular abnormalities to functional structures to maximize both neurosurgical approaches and patient outcomes.

Dr. Levy teaches in the residency program at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and is initiating a pediatric neurological surgery fellowship at UCSD/Children's. He travels extensively and has given more than 300 lectures and presentations at national and international neurosurgery meetings and symposiums.

A gifted teacher, Dr. Levy, serves as a Professor in the UCSD Neurosurgery resident training program, inspiring the next generation of pediatric neurosurgeons in the United States.

Michael Levy, MD, PhD - Neurosurgery  

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