Praveen Mummaneni, MD


Dr. Praveen Mummaneni is a board-certified neurosurgeon at UCSF Medical Center. He is the director of the Cervical Spine Program, the Minimally Invasive Spine Program and the Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Fellowship Program. He also serves as co-director of UCSF's Spine Center, as well as professor and vice-chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery.

He specializes in complex cervical spine surgery and in minimally invasive spine surgery for a variety of conditions, including degenerative spinal disease, spinal deformity (scoliosis) and spinal tumors.

Mummaneni has been a guest lecturer at international meetings on six continents and has published more than 150 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. He is the editor of several textbooks including: Spinal Deformity: A Guide to Surgical Planning and Management, Handbook of Minimally Invasive and Percutaneous Spine Surgery, Handbook of Spine Surgery, Cervical Spine Surgery: Current Trends and Challenges, and Minimally Invasive Spinal Deformity Surgery: An Evolution of Modern Techniques.

He was among the first neurosurgeons to obtain active membership in the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and to win the Edgar Dawson Memorial Scholarship and the SRS Traveling Fellowship Award. He serves as chair elect of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons-Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. He is on the editorial board of several journals, including Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.

Mummaneni earned his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and completed his residency in neurological surgery at UC San Francisco. His additional training includes a complex spine fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta.


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 (866) 817-7463
Neuro-spine Fax: (415) 353-2176

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

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Neurological Surgery

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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. Asher AL, Kerezoudis P, Mummaneni PV, Bisson EF, Glassman SD, Foley KT, Slotkin J, Potts EA, Shaffrey ME, Shaffrey CI, Coric D, Knightly JJ, Park P, Fu KM, Devin CJ, Archer KR, Chotai S, Chan AK, Virk MS, Bydon M. Defining the minimum clinically important difference for grade I degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis: insights from the Quality Outcomes Database. Neurosurg Focus. 2018 Jan; 44(1):E2.
  2. Chan AK, Bisson EF, Bydon M, Glassman SD, Foley KT, Potts EA, Shaffrey CI, Shaffrey ME, Coric D, Knightly JJ, Park P, Fu KM, Slotkin JR, Asher AL, Virk MS, Kerezoudis P, Chotai S, DiGiorgio AM, Chan AY, Haid RW, Mummaneni PV. Women fare best following surgery for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis: a comparison of the most and least satisfied patients utilizing data from the Quality Outcomes Database. Neurosurg Focus. 2018 Jan; 44(1):E3.
  3. Than KD, Mummaneni PV, Bridges KJ, Tran S, Park P, Chou D, La Marca F, Uribe JS, Vogel TD, Nunley PD, Eastlack RK, Anand N, Okonkwo DO, Kanter AS, Mundis GM. Complication rates associated with open versus percutaneous pedicle screw instrumentation among patients undergoing minimally invasive interbody fusion for adult spinal deformity. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Dec; 43(6):E7.
  4. Bae J, Theologis AA, Strom R, Tay B, Burch S, Berven S, Mummaneni PV, Chou D, Ames CP, Deviren V. Comparative analysis of 3 surgical strategies for adult spinal deformity with mild to moderate sagittal imbalance. J Neurosurg Spine. 2017 Nov 03; 1-10.
  5. DiGiorgio AM, Tsolinas R, Alazzeh M, Haefeli J, Talbott JF, Ferguson AR, Bresnahan JC, Beattie MS, Manley GT, Whetstone WD, Mummaneni PV, Dhall SS. Safety and effectiveness of early chemical deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis after spinal cord injury: pilot prospective data. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Nov; 43(5):E21.
  6. Glassman S, Carreon LY, Andersen M, Asher A, Eiskjśr S, Gehrchen M, Imagama S, Ishii K, Kaito T, Matsuyama Y, Moridaira H, Mummaneni P, Shaffrey C, Matsumoto M. Predictors of Hospital Readmission and Surgical Site Infection in the United States, Denmark, and Japan: Is Risk Stratification a Universal Language? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Sep 01; 42(17):1311-1315.
  7. Lau D, Winkler EA, Than KD, Chou D, Mummaneni PV. Laminoplasty versus laminectomy with posterior spinal fusion for multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy: influence of cervical alignment on outcomes. J Neurosurg Spine. 2017 Sep 01; 1-10.
  8. Ghogawala Z, Resnick DK, Glassman SD, Dziura J, Shaffrey CI, Mummaneni PV. Achieving Optimal Outcome for Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolisthesis: Randomized Controlled Trial Results. Neurosurgery. 2017 Sep 01; 64(CN_suppl_1):40-44.
  9. Zygourakis CC, Liu CY, Wakam G, Moriates C, Boscardin C, Ames CP, Mummaneni PV, Ratliff J, Dudley RA, Gonzales R. Geographic and Hospital Variation in Cost of Lumbar Laminectomy and Lumbar Fusion for Degenerative Conditions. Neurosurgery. 2017 Aug 01; 81(2):331-340.
  10. Mundis GM, Turner JD, Deverin V, Uribe JS, Nunley P, Mummaneni P, Anand N, Park P, Okonkwo DO, Wang MY, Bess S, Kanter AS, Fessler R, Nguyen S, Akbarnia BA. A Critical Analysis of Sagittal Plane Deformity Correction With Minimally Invasive Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: A 2-Year Follow-Up Study. Spine Deform. 2017 Jul; 5(4):265-271.
  11. DiGiorgio AM, Mummaneni PV, Virk MS, Sharan AD. Subsidizing the Sick: How Community Rating Works. Clin Spine Surg. 2017 Jun 15.
  12. Oya J, Burke JF, Vogel T, Tay B, Chou D, Mummaneni P. The accuracy of multimodality intraoperative neuromonitoring to predict postoperative neurological deficits following cervical laminoplasty. World Neurosurg. 2017 Jun 12.
  13. Wadhwa RK, Ohya J, Vogel TD, Carreon LY, Asher AL, Knightly JJ, Shaffrey CI, Glassman SD, Mummaneni PV. Risk factors for 30-day reoperation and 3-month readmission: analysis from the Quality and Outcomes Database lumbar spine registry. J Neurosurg Spine. 2017 Aug; 27(2):131-136.
  14. Tabaraee E, Mummaneni P, Abdul-Jabbar A, Shearer D, Roy E, Amin B, Ames C, Burch S, Deviren V, Berven S, Hu S, Chou D, Tay BK. A Comparison of Implants Used in Open-Door Laminoplasty: Structural Rib Allografts Versus Metallic Miniplates. Clin Spine Surg. 2017 Jun; 30(5):E523-E529.
  15. Dhall SS, Yue JK, Winkler EA, Mummaneni PV, Manley GT, Tarapore PE. Morbidity and Mortality Associated with Surgery of Traumatic C2 Fractures in Octogenarians. Neurosurgery. 2017 Jun 01; 80(6):854-862.
  16. Zygourakis CC, Liu CY, Keefe M, Moriates C, Ratliff J, Dudley RA, Gonzales R, Mummaneni PV, Ames CP. Analysis of National Rates, Cost, and Sources of Cost Variation in Adult Spinal Deformity. Neurosurgery. 2017 May 09.
  17. Berven S, Jain D, O'Neill C, Selinger A, Mummaneni P. Team Approach: Degenerative Spinal Deformity. JBJS Rev. 2017 Apr 04; 5(4).
  18. Thompson SE, Smith ZA, Hsu WK, Nassr A, Mroz TE, Fish DE, Wang JC, Fehlings MG, Tannoury CA, Tannoury T, Tortolani PJ, Traynelis VC, Gokaslan Z, Hilibrand AS, Isaacs RE, Mummaneni PV, Chou D, Qureshi SA, Cho SK, Baird EO, Sasso RC, Arnold PM, Buser Z, Bydon M, Clarke MJ, De Giacomo AF, Derakhshan A, Jobse B, Lord EL, Lubelski D, Massicotte EM, Steinmetz MP, Smith GA, Pace J, Corriveau M, Lee S, Cha PI, Chatterjee D, Gee EL, Mayer EN, McBride OJ, Roe AK, Yanez MY, Stroh DA, Than KD, Riew KD. C5 Palsy After Cervical Spine Surgery: A Multicenter Retrospective Review of 59 Cases. Global Spine J. 2017 Apr; 7(1 Suppl):64S-70S.
  19. O'Neill KR, Fehlings MG, Mroz TE, Smith ZA, Hsu WK, Kanter AS, Steinmetz MP, Arnold PM, Mummaneni PV, Chou D, Nassr A, Qureshi SA, Cho SK, Baird EO, Smith JS, Shaffrey C, Tannoury CA, Tannoury T, Gokaslan ZL, Gum JL, Hart RA, Isaacs RE, Sasso RC, Bumpass DB, Bydon M, Corriveau M, De Giacomo AF, Derakhshan A, Jobse BC, Lubelski D, Lee S, Massicotte EM, Pace JR, Smith GA, Than KD, Riew KD. A Multicenter Study of the Presentation, Treatment, and Outcomes of Cervical Dural Tears. Global Spine J. 2017 Apr; 7(1 Suppl):58S-63S.
  20. Ailon T, Smith JS, Nassr A, Smith ZA, Hsu WK, Fehlings MG, Fish DE, Wang JC, Hilibrand AS, Mummaneni PV, Chou D, Sasso RC, Traynelis VC, Arnold PM, Mroz TE, Buser Z, Lord EL, Massicotte EM, Sebastian AS, Than KD, Steinmetz MP, Smith GA, Pace J, Corriveau M, Lee S, Riew KD, Shaffrey C. Rare Complications of Cervical Spine Surgery: Pseudomeningocoele. Global Spine J. 2017 Apr; 7(1 Suppl):109S-114S.

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