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Praveen Mummaneni, M.D.


Dr. Praveen Mummaneni is co-director of the UCSF Spine Center and UCSF Spine Fellowship Program and director of the UCSF Minimally Invasive Spine Program, where he leads a minimally invasive spine initiative focusing on outpatient and short stay spinal surgery. He specializes in complex cervical spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, degenerative spine disease, spinal trauma and adult spinal deformity, including kyphosis and scoliosis.

Mummaneni earned a medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in neurological surgery at UCSF and complex spine fellowship at Emory University. He was the honored guest of the Japanese Congress of Neurological Surgeons in 2006 and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is an associate professor of neurosurgery at UCSF.


Neurosurgery Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-7500
Fax: (415) 353-2889

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Spine Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0332
Phone: (866) 81-SPINE or Neuro-spine Fax: (415) 353-2176
Ortho-spine Fax: (415) 353-4047

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Boston University School of Medicine 1995


UC Irvine Medical Center 1997
UCSF Medical Center, Neurosurgery 2001


Emory University Hospital 2002

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Maruo K, Ha Y, Inoue S, Samuel S, Okada E, Hu SS, Deviren V, Burch S, William S, Ames CP, Mummaneni PV, Chou D, Berven SH. Predictive factors for proximal junctional kyphosis in long fusions to the sacrum in adult spinal deformity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Nov 1; 38(23):E1469-76.
  2. Abdul-Jabbar A, Berven SH, Hu SS, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Takemoto S, Ames C, Deviren V, Tay B, Weinstein P, Burch S, Liu C. Surgical site infections in spine surgery: identification of microbiologic and surgical characteristics in 239 cases. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Oct 15; 38(22):E1425-31.
  3. Ghogawala Z, Shaffrey CI, Asher AL, Heary RF, Logvinenko T, Malhotra NR, Dante SJ, Hurlbert RJ, Douglas AF, Magge SN, Mummaneni PV, Cheng JS, Smith JS, Kaiser MG, Abbed KM, Sciubba DM, Resnick DK. The efficacy of lumbar discectomy and single-level fusion for spondylolisthesis: results from the NeuroPoint-SD registry. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Nov; 19(5):555-63.
  4. Tarapore PE, Modera P, Naujokas A, Oh MC, Amin B, Tihan T, Parsa AT, Ames CP, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Weinstein PR. Pathology of spinal ependymomas: an institutional experience over 25 years in 134 patients. Neurosurgery. 2013 Aug; 73(2):247-55; discussion 255.
  5. Cheng JS, Park P, Le H, Reisner L, Chou D, Mummaneni PV. Short-term and long-term outcomes of minimally invasive and open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusions: is there a difference? Neurosurg Focus. 2013 Aug; 35(2):E6.
  6. Ha Y, Maruo K, Racine L, Schairer WW, Hu SS, Deviren V, Burch S, Tay B, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Ames CP, Berven SH. Proximal junctional kyphosis and clinical outcomes in adult spinal deformity surgery with fusion from the thoracic spine to the sacrum: a comparison of proximal and distal upper instrumented vertebrae. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Sep; 19(3):360-9.
  7. Ames CP, Smith JS, Scheer JK, Shaffrey CI, Lafage V, Deviren V, Moal B, Protopsaltis T, Mummaneni PV, Mundis GM, Hostin R, Klineberg E, Burton DC, Hart R, Bess S, Schwab FJ. A standardized nomenclature for cervical spine soft-tissue release and osteotomy for deformity correction: clinical article. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Sep; 19(3):269-78.
  8. Clark AJ, Ziewacz JE, Safaee M, Lau D, Lyon R, Chou D, Weinstein PR, Ames CP, Clark JP, Mummaneni PV. Intraoperative neuromonitoring with MEPs and prediction of postoperative neurological deficits in patients undergoing surgery for cervical and cervicothoracic myelopathy. Neurosurg Focus. 2013 Jul; 35(1):E7.
  9. Fujimori T, Le H, Ziewacz JE, Chou D, Mummaneni PV. Is there a difference in range of motion, neck pain, and outcomes in patients with ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament versus those with cervical spondylosis, treated with plated laminoplasty? Neurosurg Focus. 2013 Jul; 35(1):E9.
  10. Upadhyaya C, Ziewacs J, Mummaneni P. Mini-open posterior approach for adult deformity correction. Neurosurg Focus. 2013 Jul; 35(2 Suppl):Video 14.
  11. Mummaneni PV. Introduction: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery video supplement. Neurosurg Focus. 2013 Jul; 35(2 Suppl):Intro.
  12. Amin BY, Tu TH, Mummaneni PV. Mini-open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. Neurosurg Focus. 2013 Jul; 35(2 Suppl):Video 2.
  13. Amin BY, Mummaneni PV, Ibrahim T, Zouzias A, Uribe J. Four-level minimally invasive lateral interbody fusion for treatment of degenerative scoliosis. Neurosurg Focus. 2013 Jul; 35(2 Suppl):Video 10.
  14. Blondel B, Schwab F, Bess S, Ames C, Mummaneni PV, Hart R, Smith JS, Shaffrey CI, Burton D, Boachie-Adjei O, Lafage V. Posterior global malalignment after osteotomy for sagittal plane deformity: it happens and here is why. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Apr 1; 38(7):E394-401.
  15. Carreon LY, Anderson PA, Traynelis VC, Mummaneni PV, Glassman SD. Cost-effectiveness of single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion five years after surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Mar 15; 38(6):471-5.
  16. Kasliwal MK, Smith JS, Kanter A, Chen CJ, Mummaneni PV, Hart RA, Shaffrey CI. Management of high-grade spondylolisthesis. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2013 Apr; 24(2):275-91.
  17. Mummaneni PV, Tu TH, Ziewacz JE, Akinbo OC, Deviren V, Mundis GM. The role of minimally invasive techniques in the treatment of adult spinal deformity. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2013 Apr; 24(2):231-48.
  18. Ziewacz JE, Mummaneni P. A novel approach to thoracic disk herniation. World Neurosurg. 2013 Sep-Oct; 80(3-4):317-8.
  19. Amin BY, Tu TH, Schairer WW, Na L, Takemoto S, Berven S, Deviren V, Ames C, Chou D, Mummaneni PV. Pitfalls of calculating hospital readmission rates based on nonvalidated administrative data sets: : presented at the 2012 Joint Spine Section Meeting: clinical article. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Feb; 18(2):134-8.
  20. Lau CY, Greysen SR, Mistry RI, Han SJ, Mummaneni PV, Berger MS. Creating a culture of safety within operative neurosurgery: the design and implementation of a perioperative safety video. Neurosurg Focus. 2012 Nov; 33(5):E3.

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