Michael J. Alexander, MD

Vice Chair, Neurosurgery

Director, Neurovascular Center and Endovascular Neurosurgery

Vice-Chair, Neurovascular and Education in the Department of Neurosurgery

Professor, Neurosurgery

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Michael J. Alexander, MD

Vice Chair, Neurosurgery

Director, Neurovascular Center and Endovascular Neurosurgery

Vice-Chair, Neurovascular and Education in the Department of Neurosurgery

Professor, Neurosurgery

  • Neurosurgery
  • Radiology
  • Neurovascular

AV Fistulas

Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)

Blood Disorders

Brain Aneurysm Coiling

Brain Aneurysms

Brain Hemorrhage

Carotid Artery Diseases

Carotid Artery Dissection

Carotid Stents

Carotid Surgery / Surgeries

Cavernous Malformations

EC/IC Bypass Surgery / Surgeries


Intracranial Stents


Moya Moya Disease

Radiofrequency Ablation

Skull Base Surgery / Surgeries

Skull Base Tumors

Spinal AVM (Arteriovenous Malformations)

Spine Fistulas

Stroke (Cerebrovascular Accident) - CVA

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Tumor Ablation

Tumor Embolization

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Michael J. Alexander, MD, has led and participated in numerous research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and industry. Over the past five years, his clinical research has focused on four primary areas: brain aneurysms (for example, Alexander was the institutional principal investigator for the Liberty trial and the FRED flow diverter trial), atherosclerotic disease (cholesterol plaque) of the carotid arteries and cerebral arteries (Alexander was a leader on the initial steering committee of the NIH-funded SAMMPRIS trial, was the institutional principal investigator on the SAPPHIRE WW carotid stent trial, and was the national principal investigator for the WEAVE intracranial stent trial), acute embolic stroke (he was co-investigator of the NIH-funded MR Rescue stroke trial and institutional principal investigator for the POSITIVE, THERAPY, START and PICS stroke trials), and cerebral (brain) hemorrhage (he was co-investigator in the NIH-funded MISTIE 3 and CLEAR 3 intracranial hemorrhage trials).

  • Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1991
  • Residency: Georgetown University Hospital, 1992
  • Residency: UCLA Medical Center, 1998
  • Fellowship: Barrow Neurological Institute, 1999
  • Fellowship: UCLA Medical Center, 2000

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  • Editor: Pediatric Neurovascular Disease textbook, Current
  • Best Doctors in America, Voted top 5% of Physicians by Peers, 2010-15
  • Invited Neurovascular Lecturer and Professorships on 6 Continents and 24 Countries, 2010-15
  • America's Top Surgeons, Consumers Research Council of America, 2007-15
  • Clinical Chief, Department of Neurosurgery, 2011-14
  • Executive Committee, Society of Neurointerventional Surgery, 2007
  • American College of Surgeons, 2003
  • Society of Neurointerventional Surgery, 2000
  • American Association of Neurological Surgery, 1998
  • North American Skull Base Society, 1999

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  • Eboli P, Ryan RW, Alexander JE, Alexander MJ. Evolving role of endovascular treatment for MCA bifurcation aneurysms: case series of 184 aneurysms and review of the literature. Neurol Res. 2014;36(4):332-338.
  • Jayaraman MV, Hussain MS, Abruzzo T, Albani B, Albuquerque FC, Alexander MJ, Ansari SA, Arthur AS, Baxter B, Bulsara KR, et al. Embolectomy for stroke with emergent large vessel occlusion (ELVO): report of the Standards and Guidelines Committee of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery. J NeuroIntervent Surg. 2015;7(5):316-321.
  • Choulakian A, Drazin D, Alexander MJ. Endosaccular treatment of 113 cavernous carotid artery aneurysms. J Neurointervent Surg. 2010;2(4):359-362.
  • Zaidat OO, Klucznik R, Alexander MJ, Chaloupka J, Lutsep H, Barnwell S, Mawad M, Lane B, Lynn MJ, Chimowitz M, et al. The NIH registry on use of the Wingspan stent for symptomatic 70-99% intracranial arterial stenosis. Neurology. 2008;70(17):1518-1524.
  • Alexander MJ, Tolbert ME. Targeting cerebral arteriovenous malformations for minimally invasive therapy. Neurosurgery. 2006;59(5 Suppl 3):S178-183; discussion S3-13.
  • Alexander MJ, Perna J. Endoscopic saphenous vein graft harvest for extracranial-intracranial bypass procedures. Surgical Neurology. 2005;63(6):565-568; discussion 568.

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