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Praveen V. Mummaneni


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Dr. Praveen Mummaneni is co-director of the UCSF Spine Center, vice chair of the neurosurgery department, lead surgeon of the UCSF Parnassus Perioperative Services and director of the minimally invasive surgery spine fellowship. He has been selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best doctors in the nation every year since 2005. He has also received top doctor accolades from the San Francisco Chronicle, Marin Magazine and Castle Connolly.

Mummaneni earned his medical degree through the six-year BA-MD program at Boston University and completed a residency in neurological surgery at UCSF followed by a fellowship in complex spine surgery at Emory University. He also earned a master of business administration at Louisiana State University and completed a program in innovative healthcare leadership at Stanford University.

Mummaneni is the UCSF Joan O'Reilly Distinguished Professor in Spinal Surgery. He leads a neuroinformatics lab at UCSF and has mentored a diverse group of medical students, residents and fellows over the past two decades. He is internationally recognized for his work on minimally invasive approaches to treating spinal deformities, spinal tumors and degenerative disease. He is the UCSF lead for the Quality Outcomes Database Spine Care Project sponsored by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Minimally Invasive Surgery International Spine Study Group for spinal deformities, and the AO Spine Metastatic and Primary Tumor Research and Outcomes Network spine tumor study groups. He is also the UCSF lead for a Department of Defense grant to evaluate timing of surgery for spinal cord injury, a co-investigator of a UCSF HEAL Initiative grant from the National Institutes of Health to study back pain, and a member of the small business review panel at the National Institutes of Health. He has guest lectured at international meetings on six continents and has published more than 530 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. He is an editor of nine textbooks on spinal surgery and serves on multiple editorial boards, including as associate editor of Neurosurgery and a previous term editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.

Mummaneni is active in several professional organizations. He was among the first neurosurgeons to obtain active membership in the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and to win its Edgar Dawson Fellowship and International Traveling Fellowship. He has served as a director of SRS and is now secretary-elect. He was also president of the San Francisco Neurological Society, president of the California Association of Neurological Surgeon, chair of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Spine Section, and vice president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is currently a director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

  • Education

    Boston University School of Medicine, 1995

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Neurosurgery, 2001

  • Fellowships

    Emory University, Complex Spine Surgery, 2002

  • Board Certifications

    Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

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My mission is to improve the lives of patients with spinal disorders.

Where I see patients (3)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    289 Ratings
    About our process
    Dec 02, 2023
    I have been waiting for a MRI & no appointment yet. I was not told that I had to send the fax number to UCSF.
    Nov 27, 2023
    Not finished yet
    Oct 30, 2023
    I just love the friendliness and professionalism of all the UCSF staff. Dr. Mummaneni was very reassuring about my case
    Oct 06, 2023
    I'm extremely grateful for Dr. Mummaneni his expertise the way he manages the whole team and his surgical skills!
    Sep 21, 2023
    I liked Dr. Mummaneni a lot.
    Aug 25, 2023
    Dr. Mummaneni given the incredibly well known and well respected surgeon he is never rushed me and he listened and responded to every question I had.
    Aug 18, 2023
    Eye contact talking slowly did not seem in a hurry efficient asked me questions then asked me if i had any questions.
    Aug 02, 2023
    Dr Mummaneni and staff were very receptive to my questions regarding my care. Answers were honest and direct.
    May 17, 2023
    Dr Mummaneni is awesome!
    May 03, 2023
    Expertise much better than my local medical professionals
    Mar 29, 2023
    Dr. M. Is the best. He and his staff take wonderful care of the patients. Very good bedside manner in and out of the hospital.
    Mar 24, 2023
    I wish he didn't have a mask on so that I could see his facial expressions.
    Mar 22, 2023
    Dr Mummaneni was great.
    Feb 08, 2023
    I recommend Dr Mummaneni on a regular basis!!
    Feb 04, 2023
    Dr.Mummaneni and his assistant in my teleconference were attentive and thorough the extended time of the call. My situation is complicated and Dr. Mummaneni and colleague weee most kind and patient in sorting through additional info from other doctors in assessing my need. I am most appreciative of the care I have gotten from Dr.Mummaneni and his team.
    Jan 30, 2023
    Mummaneni is an extraordinary doctor. First rate in every way.
    Jan 25, 2023
    Dr mummaneni and his team are the best
    Jan 13, 2023
    Dr Mummaneni has performed multiple complex spine fusions on my sacral lumbar and thoracic spine. He demonstrates that he has a vested interest in the outcome of each surgery. He continues to meet each problem with creative solutions and has for many years.
    Jan 12, 2023
    Dr Mummaneni is always prepared for the visit having reviewed my images & notes I may have submitted previously.
    Jan 01, 2023
    Respectful attentive thorough knowledgeable
    Dec 21, 2022
    They are very professional friendly and helpful
    Dec 16, 2022
    Dr. Mummaneni was very thoughtful and kind. He listened and explained things very well. He was decisive and presented a plan to hopefully relieve my pain. He is very knowledgeable in his field. I was quite impressed with Dr. Mummaneni and I am grateful to have the opportunity for him to participate in my care.
    Dec 15, 2022
    Dr. Mummaneni has a very pleasant and direct way of speaking with a patient.
    Oct 06, 2022
    3 hrs for me to drive to SF. My daughter drives me. I wouldn't trust my spine care to anyone else.
    Sep 28, 2022
    I was very happy to be able to be a patient of Dr Mummaneni again.
    Sep 28, 2022
    Overall excellent experience.
    Sep 24, 2022
    Excellent interactions during my first encounter with this provider! He was efficient clear decisive in his recommendations and an excellent listener!
    Sep 21, 2022
    Listened carefully and engaged me in discussion. Pleasant to my husband but unlike many others knew and respected that the appointment was with me. I've utilized UCSF a lot since March. My husband and I are both emeritus . Deferring to my husband has been a big problem for me and it seems to be yet another Womens issue .
    Sep 21, 2022
    Dr Mummaneni always has a smile on his face. He has great beside presence and is also very kind.
    Sep 03, 2022
    Dr. Mummaneni was very easy to talk to and he listens to what you are saying. Very knowledgeable and kind and caring.
    Aug 17, 2022
    Dr. Mummaneni did an excellent job of explaining the situation in a way that was easy to understand
    Aug 15, 2022
    There was a good explanation of my issues and what surgery would be required
    Aug 01, 2022
    More consultation is needed for my surgery
    May 18, 2022
    Excellent care fromProvider sndvstaff
    May 15, 2022
    My spine issue is not Dr. M's specialty and he can't fix me sadly. Back to the 8th floor I go.....
    Apr 15, 2022
    A difficult consult. I thought the provider handled the situation well.
    Apr 02, 2022
    This provider was very caring and easy to talk to.
    Apr 01, 2022
    I trust and respect Dr. Mummaneni's care. With my experience he has done what he said he would do.
    Mar 30, 2022
    Was given no options nor other type of treatment to explore
    Feb 23, 2022
    I have enormous respect for Dr M's skills and ability and I trust him implicitly but as with most highly skilled professionals he focuses on treating body parts and overlooks the fact that it is really a human being with fears and pain who has waited weeks or months to see him. If he cannot take the time to interact on a personal level then perhaps a lower level staff member should provide the emotional human interaction needed to calm and reassure the patient. But with that said I am grateful for all he has done for me and has my admiration and gratitude
    Feb 21, 2022
    Im very thankfull for dr mummaneni
    Feb 14, 2022
    Good experience
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