Nalin Gupta, MD, PhD

Chief of Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Dr. Nalin Gupta, chief of pediatric neurological surgery at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, is an expert in the evaluation and surgical management of neurological disorders in children, including conditions such as brain tumors, hydrocephalus, cranial and spinal congenital anomalies and epilepsy. His primary research focuses on the role of inflammation in brain tumor progression. He also is involved in national clinical studies of brain tumors and the effectiveness of fetal surgery for spina bifida.

Gupta is a professor of neurological surgery and principal investigator of the Brain Tumor Research Center at UCSF. He completed residency training in neurological surgery at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada and fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He earned a doctorate in biophysics at UCSF and a medical degree at the University of Toronto. He also served as an attending neurosurgeon at the University of Chicago prior to coming to UCSF.

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Fetal Treatment Center
1855 Fourth St., Second Floor, Room A-2432
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (800) 793-3887
Fax: (415) 502-0660

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

Board Certification

Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

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University of Toronto School of Medicine 1987
UCSF, Graduate Group in Biophysics 1996


University of Toronto Hospital, Neurosurgery 1997


Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Pediatric Neurosurgery 1998

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Gupta N. Surgical techniques for open fetal repair of myelomeningocele. Childs Nerv Syst. 2017 Jul; 33(7):1143-1148.
  2. Safaee M, Oh MC, Kim JM, Aranda D, Tarapore PE, Cage TA, Gupta N, Parsa AT. Histologic grade and extent of resection are associated with survival in pediatric spinal cord ependymomas. Childs Nerv Syst. 2013 Nov; 29(11):2057-64.
  3. Cage TA, Samagh SP, Mueller S, Nicolaides T, Haas-Kogan D, Prados M, Banerjee A, Auguste KI, Gupta N. Feasibility, safety, and indications for surgical biopsy of intrinsic brainstem tumors in children. Childs Nerv Syst. 2013 Aug; 29(8):1313-9.

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