Moise Danielpour, MD

Vera and Paul Guerin Family Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Program

Medical Director, Center for Pediatric Neurosciences

Associate Professor, Neurosurgery

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Moise Danielpour, MD

Vera and Paul Guerin Family Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Program

Medical Director, Center for Pediatric Neurosciences

Associate Professor, Neurosurgery

  • Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery

Achondroplasia (Dwarfism)

Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)

Brain Cancers (Glioma)

Brain Stem Glioma

Brain Tumors - Pediatric

Cavernous Malformations - Pediatric

Cerebral Palsy

Chiari Malformation (CM)

Congenital Central Nervous System Malformations


Dermal Sinus Tracts


Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV)

Epilepsy Surgery / Surgeries



Moya Moya Disease

Pituitary Tumors

Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida - Pediatric

Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome

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Moise Danielpour, MD, is one of the few pediatric neurosurgeons in the world with experience with in utero surgical treatment for birth defects, such as myelomeningocele. He is a member of the international prenatal neurology and neurosurgery conference team as well as a member of the Cedars-Sinai International Skeletal Dysplasia Program. He is a world-renowned investigator and neurosurgical expert on Congenital Malformations of the Central Nervous System and acquired neurosurgical diseases such as Skeletal Dysplasia, Hydrocephalus, Chiari Malformations, brain tumors, Craniosynostosis and Vascular Malformations. Danielpour is also an expert in the use of minimally invasive surgical technology in the care of children with central nervous system disease. His expertise includes the use of minimally invasive techniques in the treatment of pediatric hydrocephalus (endoscopic third ventriculostomy, aquaductoplasty and endoscopic fenestration of intracranial cysts), specifically in neonates and children. In the laboratory, Danielpour seeks to discover the mechanisms regulating the pathological differentiation of neural stem cells into brain tumor progenitors. Using a next generation glioma models created by him and his colleague, Dr. Joshua Breunig, they introduce patient-specific mutations to create analogous tumors in animal models. From these cancer cells, they are uncovering the developmental origins of tumorigenesis and have begun researching new, more targeted treatments to halt the progression of these malignancies. Dr. Danielpour also investigates the molecular control of neural stem cell behavior in the brain, seeking to replace specific population of glia lost after intraventricular hemorrhage of prematurity.

  • Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1992
  • Fellowship: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1993
  • Residency: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 1999
  • Fellowship: Stanford Univ. Med. Center, 1999
  • Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, 2000
  • Member, American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery, 2010-present
  • Member, Western Neurosurgical Society, 2008-present
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Newsweek: Top Doctors in Cancer
  • Los Angeles Magazine Top Doctors: Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Hollywood Reporter Top Doctors: Neurosurgery
  • America's Top Doctors Castle and Connolly
  • America's Top Surgeons Castle and Connolly

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Click here for a list of peer-reviewed publications.

  • Akhtar AA, Molina J, Dutra-Clarke M, Kim GB, Levy R, Schreiber-Stainthorp W, Danielpour M, Breunig JJ. Transposon-Mediated System for Flexible Control of Transgene Expression in Stem and Progenitor-Derived Lineages Stem Cell Reports. 2015 Mar;4(3):323-331.
  • Danielpour M, von Koch CS, Ojemann SG, Peacock WJ: Disconnective hemispherectomy. Pediatr Neurosurg. 2001 Oct;35(4):169-172.
  • Mukherjee D, Pressman BD, Krakow D, Rimoin DL, Danielpour M. Dynamic cervicomedullary cord compression and alterations in cerebrospinal fluid dynamics in children with achondroplasia: review of a 11-year surgical case series. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Sep;14(3):238-244
  • Farmer DL, von Koch CS, Peacock WJ, Danielpour M, Gupta N, Lee H, Harrison MR. In utero repair of myelomeningocele: experimental pathophysiology, initial clinical experience, and outcomes. Arch Surg. 2003 Aug;138(8):872-878.
  • Conway RL, Danielpour M, Graham JM. Surgical management of cerebellar tonsillar herniation in three patients with macrocephaly-cutis marmorata telangiectatica congenita. Report of three cases. J Neurosurg. 2007 Apr;106(4 Suppl):296-301.
  • Akhtar, A. A.,Molina, J.,Dutra-Clarke, M.,Kim, G. B.,Levy, R.,Schreiber-Stainthorp, W.,Danielpour, M.,Breunig, J. J.; A transposon-mediated system for flexible control of transgene expression in stem and progenitor-derived lineages..Stem Cell Reports. 2015 Feb 24

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