About Dr. Alksne

Neurosurgeon and Researcher, John F. Alksne, MD, is Professor of Surgery in the Division of Neurological Surgery at University of California San Diego

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. His clinical practice is performed at UC San Diego Health – La Jolla and UC San Diego Health – Hillcrest/Medical Offices North in San Diego, California. Dr. Alksne’s career highlights include his roles as Founding Chief of the Division of Neurological Surgery, Former Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, and Former Dean at UCSD School of Medicine. A well-reputed researcher as well, Dr. Alksne became part of the UCSD team in 1971 when he joined this prestigious organization as Professor of Neurological Surgery. For more information about John F. Alksne, MD, please visit http://neurosurgery.ucsd.edu/john-alksne-md/.

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. He is responsible for founding the Epilepsy Surgery Program at The University of California San Diego. He was subsequently given a Special Commendation by the Epilepsy society of San Diego County in 1992. In his capacity as dean, Dr. Alksne has proven instrumental in the establishment of the UCSD Program in Gene Therapy, which includes research, training, and clinical trials in the promising new field of gene therapy. For more information about John F. Alksne, MD, please visit https://www.findatopdoc.com/doctor/2576642-John-Alksne-neurosurgeon-San-Diego-CA-92103.

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). Prior to joining The University of California San Diego, Dr. Alksne was Chief of Neurosurgery at Harbor General Hospital at UCLA (1964-67) and Professor and Chair of Neurological Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia from 1967-71. For more information about John F. Alksne, MD, please visit http://doctors.ucsd.edu/details/11708/john-alksne-cancer-neurosurgery-surgery-san_diego.

Always looking to remain abreast of the latest developments, guidelines, and procedures in the neurosurgery arena, Dr. Alksne maintains memberships in various scientific and professional societies, such as the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Latin American Federal of Neurosurgeons, the World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Association of Academic Health Centers. As a result of his compassionate attitude, patient centric philosophy, and commitment to excellence in all facets of neurosurgery, John F. Alksne, MD, has been honored with a 2016 Top Doctor Award. Top Doctor Awards is dedicated to selecting and honoring those healthcare practitioners who have demonstrated clinical excellence while delivering the highest standards of patient care. Other honors include the Patients’ Choice Award (2015, 2016) and the Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2015). For more information about John F. Alksne, MD, please visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Alksne.


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