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Dr. John F Alksne M.D.

Neurosurgeon

5/5(9)
200 W Arbor Dr Mail Code 8893 San Diego CA, 92103
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5/5

About

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.

Education and Training

University of Washington School of Medicine Medical Degree 1958

Board Certification

Neurological SurgeryAmerican Board of Neurological SurgeryABNS

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Dr. John F Alksne M.D.
Dr. John F Alksne M.D.'s Expert Contributions

Areas of expertise and specialization

trigeminal neuralgia (tic douloureux), facial tic, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and spasmodic torticollis

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Professor of Surgery in the Division of Neurological Surgery University of California San Diego -

Awards

  • Special Commendation 1992 Epilepsy Society of San Diego County 
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition 2015 Vitals.com 
  • Patients’ Choice Award 2016 Vitals.com 

Professional Memberships

  • Latin American Federal of Neurosurgeons  
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons  
  • Association of American Medical Colleges  
  • World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery  
  • Association of Academic Health Centers  

Internships

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professional Society Memberships

  • 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

Areas of research

  • trigeminal neuralgia (tic douloureux), facial tic, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and spasmodic torticollis

Dr. John F Alksne M.D.'s Practice location

UC San Diego Health - Hillcrest Medical Offices N

200 W Arbor Dr Mail Code 8893 -
San Diego, CA 92103
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UC San Diego Health - Perlman Medical Offices

9350 Campus Point Drive -
La Jolla, CA 92037
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New patients: 619-543-5540

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Dr. John F Alksne M.D. has a rating of 5 out of 5 stars based on the reviews from 9 patients. FindaTopDoc has aggregated the experiences from real patients to help give you more insights and information on how to choose the best Neurosurgeon in your area. These reviews do not reflect a providers level of clinical care, but are a compilation of quality indicators such as bedside manner, wait time, staff friendliness, ease of appointment, and knowledge of conditions and treatments.

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Get to know Neurosurgeon Dr. John Alksne, who serves patients in the State of California. 

Dr. Alksne, a board-certified neurosurgeon, focuses on the care of patients with neurological conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia, tic douloureux, facial pain, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and acoustic neuroma. He practices at Jacobs Medical Center and the UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest, both of which are a part of UC San Diego Health.

UC San Diego Health is the academic health system of the University of California, San Diego. It is the only academic health system serving San Diego and has one of only two adult Level I trauma centers in the region.

With over fifty-five years of experience in the field of medicine under his belt, Dr. Alksne is a Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery and the former Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to his current endeavors, he served as the Chief of Neurosurgery at Harbor General Hospital at UCLA from 1964 until 1967 and as a Professor and Chair of Neurological Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia from 1967 until 1971. He completed his residency training at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he also earned his medical degree. 

Having pioneered new surgical techniques and technologies to advance the treatment of diseases and disorders of the central nervous system, he established the Epilepsy Surgery Program at UC San Diego Health. In 1992, he was honored with a special commendation by the Epilepsy Society of San Diego County. He was instrumental in establishing the UC San Diego Program in Gene Therapy, which includes research, training, and clinical trials. In 1993, he performed the first surgery at the John M. and Sally B. Thornton Hospital and Perlman Ambulatory Care Center at the University of California, San Diego. 

To further enhance his professional development, the doctor remains a member of many scientific and professional societies, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Latin American Federation of Neurosurgeons, the World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Association of Academic Health Centers. Additionally, Dr. Alksne is board-certified in neurological surgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS). The primary purposes of the ABNS are to conduct examinations of candidates who voluntarily seek certification and to issue certificates to those who meet the requirements of the board and satisfactorily complete its examinations.

Neurosurgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, surgical treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders which affect any portion of the nervous system including the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and extra-cranial cerebrovascular system. Neurosurgeons are doctors who diagnose and treat problems with the nervous system, often by performing surgery on the brain or spine. They treat strokes, tumors, certain types of birth defects, infections, and head or spinal cord injuries.

In his personal life, Dr. Alksne is married with four children. 

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