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Manish Aghi


Runner of the San Francisco half marathon since 2012

Dr. Manish Aghi is a neurosurgeon specializing in brain tumors at UCSF Medical Center. He cares for adult patients with a wide range of conditions, including astrocytomas and anaplastic astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas, glioblastomas, meningiomas and pituitary adenomas. As principal investigator at the UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center, his interests include glioblastoma angiogenesis, mechanisms of glioblastoma resistance to anti-angiogenic therapy and experimental glioblastoma therapies such as cancer-killing viruses.

Aghi earned his medical degree and a doctoral degree in neurosciences from Harvard Medical School. He completed a residency in neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a member of the Society for Neuro-Oncology, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and Pituitary Network Association. Among his honors are the Preuss and Mahaley awards from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the Ronald L. Bittner Award, Synthes Skull Base Award and Integra Foundation Award from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

  • Education

    Harvard Medical School, 2000

  • Residencies

    Massachusetts General Hospital, Neurosurgery, 2007

  • Board Certifications

    Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

  • Academic Title


I have discovered much about cancer in my lab and operating room, but my patients have taught me what it means to be a good doctor.

Where I see patients (3)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    148 Ratings
    About our process
    Jun 07, 2023
    It was a pretty cut and dry conversation which is fine considering my condition. Basically no change and not much to say about it!!
    May 30, 2023
    Very clear and concise in discussing the condition. Listened to our questions and addresses them. Felt much better about understanding the issue and paths to move forward.
    Apr 13, 2023
    Dr. Aghi was just phenomenal. He was early to the appointment and was waiting for me to login (has never happened in any office). He had done his homework about my condition and had reviewed all my results and images prior to the appointment (even the ones from 15years ago). He was caring patient and answered all my questions. He had a game plan and because of his thorough analysis I felt at ease with the decision we made for my care. Excellent physician !!! Thank you Dr. Aghi.
    Mar 29, 2023
    Provider answered questions in a way that was understandable. Follow up was also provided.
    Mar 11, 2023
    We've been involved with this doctor and this procedure at UCSF for over 10 years now and have always been very impressed informed and cared about/for.
    Mar 08, 2023
    Nice experience
    Mar 01, 2023
    Excellent as described above. Grateful for the thoughtful care.
    Jan 25, 2023
    I felt mislead about information and was told side effects AFTER consuming medication on several occasions
    Jan 18, 2023
    Totally impressed
    Jan 07, 2023
    The only thing I could not understand is why I lost hearing in my left ear after surgery
    Dec 14, 2022
    Dr Aghi is professional comp?tant compassionate and AMAZING!
    Nov 19, 2022
    Dr Aghi is awesome.
    Nov 10, 2022
    I feel all of our experiences have been excellent.Thank you
    Nov 08, 2022
    Thank you for the care.
    Oct 12, 2022
    Dr. Aghi is a caring and compassionate physician
    Sep 08, 2022
    Very pleased with our web visit
    Aug 29, 2022
    Everyone I had contact with from radiology schedulers to nurses support staff techs were well above average in dealing with me I am very pleased with the care I received on all levels. Very professional and kind .
    Aug 11, 2022
    The inability of the team's to communicate with each other is alarming. This is high-ten by the fact I live 6 hours away from SanFransico. This is also the second time I have had a tumor on my or near my pituitary glan. The first being 4 years ago. I was told because of this they were going to do radiation first.
    Jul 24, 2022
    Great communication. Shared plan and answered questions thoroughly.
    Jul 19, 2022
    He is talented
    Jun 04, 2022
    No follow up everything was good.
    Mar 27, 2022
    Results from follow up MRI were good so the discussion was quick and easy
    Jan 24, 2022
    My consultation with Dr. Aghi was excellent.
    Jan 11, 2022
    Dr. Aghi is absolutely the best! Very professional in addition to being kind and caring.
    Dec 28, 2021
    Everything was excellent but abridged. It was clear we only had 30 minutes. For an initial meeting with a surgeon who decided surgery was the only treatment and no pre-surgery follow up appointment has yet been scheduled the 30 minutes was just not enough to get everything done that needed to be done. But Dr. Aghi was courteous clearly listened to what I shared with him assessed quickness information shared with me the overview of what he recommend moving forward enough for me to agree with the plan and for him to move forward with executing that plan.
    Nov 13, 2021
    Exceptional - period end of paragraph!
    Oct 25, 2021
    Dr. Manish Aghi is one of the very best surgeons that I have had the opportunity to receive care from! His communication skills and concern for the welfare of his patients are outstanding! He is a highly skilled surgeon and I'm very thankful for his help!