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Praveen V. Mummaneni


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Dr. Praveen Mummaneni is a neurosurgeon who directs UCSF's cervical spine and minimally invasive spine surgery programs. He also serves as co-director of the UCSF Spine Center and vice chair of the neurosurgery department.

In patient care, Mummaneni specializes in surgeries for a variety of conditions, including degenerative spinal disease (affecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine), spinal deformities such as scoliosis, and spinal tumors. His surgical techniques range from minimally invasive to complex.

Mummaneni earned his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and completed a residency in neurological surgery at UCSF. His additional training includes a complex spine fellowship at Emory University. He also earned a master of business administration degree at Louisiana State University.

Mummaneni is internationally recognized for his work on cervical kyphosis and minimally invasive approaches to spinal deformity surgery and spinal tumors. He has been a guest lecturer at international meetings on six continents and has published more than 300 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. He is 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. Every year since 2005, he has been selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best doctors in America. He has also been named a Super Doctor by the San Francisco Chronicle, a Top Doctor by Marin Magazine and a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly. He is the Joan O'Reilly Endowed Professor in Spinal Surgery at UCSF.

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 Traveling Fellowship. He has served as a director of SRS, president of the San Francisco Neurological Society, president of the California Association of Neurological Surgeons, and chair of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons' joint section on the spine. He serves on the editorial board of multiple journals, and he completed a term as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. He is vice president for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

  • 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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