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An extraordinary neurosurgeon with an outstanding parkour in the healthcare arena, John F. Alksne, MD, works at The University of California San Diego, where he serves as Professor of Surgery in the Division of Neurological Surgery at The UCSD School of Medicine. As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Alksne is interested in all aspects of neurosurgery but places a special emphasis on the care of patients suffering from trigeminal neuralgia (tic douloureux), facial tic, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and spasmodic torticollis. Dr. Alksne is highly regarded as a compassionate physician and surgeon as well as a pioneer of innovative surgical techniques and technologies to enhance the treatment of diseases and disorders of the central nervous system. John F. Alksne, MD, became a doctor of medicine in 1958 upon graduating from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. He spent his surgical internship year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and then served his residency training in neurosurgery at the University of Washington, which he completed in 1963. At the time, Dr. Alksne displayed an interest in electron microscopic neuroanatomy, which led him to apply for a one-year National Institutes of Health fellowship at the Anatomical Institute in Oslo, Norway. He trained under the tutelage of Professors Blackstad and Brodal (1963-1964). For more information about John F. Alksne, MD, please visit


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