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Adib A. Abla


Chief of Vascular Neurosurgery
Director of Cerebrovascular Surgical Disorders Program
Vascular and endovascular neurosurgeon

Dr. Adib A. Abla is a vascular and endovascular neurosurgeon who specializes in treating conditions involving blood vessels in the brain. These include brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, arteriovenous fistulas, stroke and carotid artery disease. He performs both traditional open surgery and minimally invasive endovascular procedures, offering patients a comprehensive set of treatment options. He cares for both adult and pediatric patients.

Abla is chief of vascular neurosurgery and director of UCSF's surgical program for cerebrovascular disorders.

Abla's research interests include computer modeling of brain aneurysms and their treatments, as well as laboratory testing of specific approaches and new techniques to improve outcomes for cerebrovascular surgery patients. He is particularly involved in research addressing fusiform aneurysms of the basilar artery (a condition involving an abnormal bulge in a blood vessel that supplies oxygen to the brain). He also studies minimally invasive treatments for hypertensive hemorrhage (when high blood pressure results in bleeding into the brain).

Abla earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He then completed a neurosurgery residency as well as a cerebrovascular and skull base fellowship at the Barrow Neurological Institute. He also completed a vascular neurosurgery fellowship at UCSF.

Before joining UCSF, Abla was director of cerebrovascular surgery at the University of Arkansas, where he practiced vascular and endovascular neurosurgery for three years. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and has delivered more than 50 presentations to audiences all over the world.

Abla is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

  • Education

    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, MD, 2006

  • Residencies

    Barrow Neurological Institute/St Joseph's Medical Center, Neurosurgery, 2013

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Vascular Neurosurgery, 2014

  • Board Certifications

    Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

I have a perfectionist mentality when it comes to patient safety and avoiding complications. That is my most important guiding principle.

Where I see patients (4)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    195 Ratings
    About our process
    Feb 02, 2023
    To you guys I am just a number but to me the Ucsf Teams is my hero plz don't ever stop caring for people
    Dec 22, 2022
    As usual Dr Abla was very helpful and explained in clear and simple language his reviews of the Imaging of my aneurysm. His tone is always reassuring.
    Dec 14, 2022
    I saw a fellow doctor first to check in with me then Dr. Abla came. I prefer to talk to Dr Abla during the entire visit.
    Nov 04, 2022
    Doctors were very patient and understanding. Excellent
    Oct 26, 2022
    There were a lot of people on the call which I wasn't expecting and the tone of the call overall was not bad but also not very friendly~ not rude or anything just prob wouldn't recommend to a friend :/
    Oct 26, 2022
    My online consultation was very good. Everything was covered and explained in a friendly professional manner. I felt I was in good hands. Thank you.
    Oct 19, 2022
    Fantastic experience nothing to grumble about
    Sep 07, 2022
    Jul 13, 2022
    Dr. Abla essentially told me that there was no remedy for my condition that UCSF could help me with and seeking an in person consult at UCSF would be useless
    Jun 07, 2022
    Highly recommended physician
    Apr 06, 2022
    I talked with the provider only a few minutes. I talked with another physician or physician assistant longer before. It was very confusing to speak with 2 people. I've never had that experience before at UCSF. The appointment with the specialist was way to short. Also I was told to get a CT in 6 months but the report says a year. Why?
    Mar 02, 2022
    Only concern is my 2010 C5/6 Laminotomy was described as a fusion in the After Visit notes.
    Feb 23, 2022
    Very thorough and complete. I have total confidence in this provider.
    Feb 09, 2022
    God Experience
    Jan 12, 2022
    Excellent communication and expertise
    Dec 15, 2021
    Dec 15, 2021
    I traveled from another state in order to receive care here and am so impressed that such a large institution could give such excellent individual care to me. Every person was attentive and caring and my procedures were successful. I am clearly indebted to Dr. Abla and all the surgeons and staff for my recovery.
    Nov 24, 2021
    He was amazing - compassionate and kind
    Nov 12, 2021
    All ok
    Nov 10, 2021
    Dr Abla is the best!
    Nov 03, 2021
    Dr Abla is excellent. He's reassuring and comforting.
    Nov 01, 2021
    I interacted very little with Dr. Abla but the fellow who spoke with me before Dr. Abla came on the call was great and answered all of my questions.
    Oct 28, 2021
    As a specialty referral it was pretty much a waste of my time. No mention to any review of my records that I provided.
    Oct 27, 2021
    Oct 06, 2021
    I feel very comfortable with this provider's recommendations advice and care.
    Oct 06, 2021
    Overall I didn't feel heard and my.main concerns were addressed. I understand my treatment options are limited but I felt like an afterthought. My symptoms were not important the pain I'm going through wasn't important. My well being didn't feel important. I understand that me refusing to get surgery limits me but its hard to make that decision when I'm told my main symptoms will not be corrected with surgery and basically it has nothing to do with my condition. I'm just confused.
    Sep 18, 2021
    Sep 13, 2021
    Really appreciate how Respectful especially with my Disability
    Aug 11, 2021
    Personable friendly professional..inspires confidence in him..made me feel less fearful.
    Jul 13, 2021
    Dr. Abla was very knowledgeable kind and easy to understand.
    Jun 20, 2021
    Information is difficult to take in in real time I took notes but its still difficult. A summary was provided in My Chart which helped and provider indicated to call with any questions or concerns.
    May 19, 2021
    Excellent consultation
    May 11, 2021
    Very good!!