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Dr. Tarun Arora is a neurosurgeon who cares for patients with complex tumors of the brain and spine, including tumors at the base of the skull, such as acoustic neuromas, pituitary adenomas, meningiomas and schwannomas. He also manages and treats brain tumors using gammaknife radiosurgery (precise beams of radiation). He has extensive experience in treating disorders of the craniocervical junction (the area between the base of the skull and top of the spine), such as basilar invagination, Chiari malformation, craniocervical instability and fractures of the upper cervical spine. He is part of the UCSF Brain Tumor Center and also serves as chief of neurosurgery at MarinHealth Medical Center, where he sees patients with a wide variety of conditions that may benefit from neurosurgical care, such as brain and spinal injuries or tumors, degenerative spinal disorders, radiculopathy (pinched nerves), and back or neck pain. He has extensive training and expertise in minimally invasive techniques for the spine.

In research, Arora investigates methods of closing cerebrospinal fluid leaks at the skull base and the use of fluorescent nerve markers for safer surgeries. He also studies odontoid fractures, a common type of cervical spine injury in older adults.

Arora earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a residency in neurosurgery and a fellowship in neurocritical care at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship in skull base and brain surgery at UCSF. Prior to medical school, he worked as a licensed physical therapist.

  • Education

    Baylor School of Medicine, MD, 2002

  • Residencies

    UCLA Medical Center, Neurological Surgery, 2008

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Skull Base and Brain Surgery, 2021

  • Board Certifications

    Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    418 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 29, 2023
    Dr. Arora takes the time to listen and then thinks beyond the box to look into the appropriate course of action. Best doctor I've ever had. And an amazing surgeon.
    Nov 21, 2023
    Dr. Arora was all that and more. kind patient and compassionate. I felt heard and supported.
    Nov 16, 2023
    He said do little and asked next to nothing
    Oct 22, 2023
    Dr. Arora is thorough and nice
    Sep 27, 2023
    This care provider is the most professional I have ever experienced
    Sep 08, 2023
    Answered any questions.Very nice.
    Sep 04, 2023
    Not much explanation. Seemed to be in a rush. Not his usual style. Overall really like this provider and respect his expertise.
    Aug 11, 2023
    Dr. Arora had much better ideas about my issue than two previous physicians whom I'd seen about my problem. Excellent!!!!
    Aug 09, 2023
    I am very fortunate to have found a doctor who seems to be a very good caring person as well as an excellent doctor. He LISTENS and pays attention to what I say more than other doctors do. His final words during our meeting were "I will get you there". That confidence and certainty meant a great deal to me. That there is a plan in place to get me there is very reassuring. I feel cared for
    Aug 04, 2023
    More accurate answers to these questions is that I have no idea how he felt or what he thought. I have no idea
    Jul 29, 2023
    Dr Arora interrupted our appointment to take a call. Never returned to answer my questions.
    Jul 29, 2023
    Accomodated my inability to appear in person.
    Jul 09, 2023
    Dr Arora is outstanding- brilliant friendly Caring kind & articulate
    Jun 30, 2023
    Dr Arora is amazing & kind. He listened to my concerns & had useful guidance. His experience & knowledge are very reassuring.
    Jun 23, 2023
    Dr Arora is excellent! Would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs a knowledgeable and professional expert!
    Jun 16, 2023
    Great experience
    Jun 09, 2023
    Excellent experience
    Jun 04, 2023
    My son who accompanied throughout my interview with Dr Arora completely agrees with me that Dr Arora listened attentively answered both our questions thoroughly and explained what was required from me as a patient.
    May 31, 2023
    My surgery is difficult but the care I got was great. Thank you
    May 26, 2023
    Dr.was to the point clear and provided some very interesting information to consider future treatment
    May 17, 2023
    I was very pleased with the visit and the staff!
    Apr 28, 2023
    All good
    Apr 22, 2023
    All the UCSF staff are exceptional
    Apr 14, 2023
    We can put our minds at ease when discussing any questions about our health issues.
    Apr 08, 2023
    Could not ask for more from this provider. He is exceptional in every way. Comes across as genuinely caring never makes you feel as if you are taking up too much of his time even though you probably are always answers all questions and is a competent and thorough diagnostician
    Apr 07, 2023
    Dr arora is professional friendly & easy to understand
    Apr 02, 2023
    Excellent in all ways. Listened to me more closely than any other Doctor ever!
    Mar 08, 2023
    I am referring to Dr arora.
    Mar 03, 2023
    Excellent doctor informative and friendly
    Feb 25, 2023
    Listens well.
    Feb 20, 2023
    The doctor had decided the surgery was the best option for my situation and proceeded to explain the surgery to me. Other options were not really discussed.
    Feb 15, 2023
    Dr Arora has been great to work with. I felt lucky he was my surgeon.
    Feb 08, 2023
    Doctor was very friendly!
    Jan 30, 2023
    He is fabulous.
    Jan 25, 2023
    I brought up other treatment options (ie look at previous MRIs to compare ). Didn't seem interested but we went that route before making any future treatment plans. My McLean Is old. He doesn't need to go through unnecessary MRIs
    Jan 08, 2023
    I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Arora. He made a huge change in my life.
    Jan 04, 2023
    The care provider was very pre ise and clear about the results of CT Scan and it was a very great result. God bless his heart
    Jan 03, 2023
    Very frustrated that I was prescribed Physical Therapy at the six week mark and there's no availability for physical therapy for weeks. I had asked over email about physical therapy after the injury and was told to wait for the six week mark. Little did I know it would be impossible to make an appointment at that time. I'm making the assumption that the care provider knows it's difficult to make a physical therapy appointment immediately and it would have been helpful if when I asked that was communicated so we could've planned ahead.
    Dec 11, 2022
    Very happy and relieved the doctor/surgeon took his time to help me understand more thoroughly my health issues.
    Dec 11, 2022
    We came away from this first meeting with the feeling that Dr. Arora had my best interest in mind and actually said he was going to enjoy working with us.
    Dec 07, 2022
    Dr. Arora was fantastic. I'd seen a few neurosurgeons for my issue and he was the only one that was able to give me specific answers as far as what my problem was what would happen if left untreated and what needed to be done. Then we did it in a very timely fashion. No vague wishy washy answers or "I don't knows" or "wait and see." I really appreciated his assertive approach and ability to give solid answers and explanations. Very glad he was my neurosurgeon.
    Dec 07, 2022
    Nov 23, 2022
    The people docs nurses support staff were all great. But the system they operate with especially technology seemed to be fragmented and frequently broke down.
    Nov 09, 2022
    Oct 05, 2022
    Dr Arora was a very good listener and attentive sympathetic.
    Oct 05, 2022
    I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Arora. He really took care of me and relieved me from the pain I was suffering from for many months. I am grateful.
    Sep 22, 2022
    Nurses and care specialists were great...Dr. Was quick...didn't get to ask questions.
    Sep 09, 2022
    I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Arora. I felt confident in him from the moment I met him and nothing changed. I am grateful that I was referred to him and believe he took the best care possible of me.
    Sep 03, 2022
    I feel like he wants to try procedures that I've already tried several times already to no avail. I feel like he didn't really listen or believe me when I said the treatments already tried never gave me ANY relief at all. I'm afraid he's going to put me through that same treatment again when it's not going to work and I know it. After 15 years of agonizing pain I can't bear it any longer.
    Aug 31, 2022
    Referral was out two months
    Aug 13, 2022
    Excellent patient care - Dr. Arora is willing to spend time with you answering questions/reviewing your case vs.rushing the appointment.
    Aug 11, 2022
    Dr. Arora is amazing in all aspects anything I've ever needed he has gone above and beyond to make sure I'm taken care of!
    Aug 10, 2022
    Met in person first time. Felt cared for understood respected. Dr was also very personable and approachable
    Aug 10, 2022
    Dr Arora is a excellent Dr. I could not of asked for a better Dr. I trust him completely!
    Aug 09, 2022
    No decision on treatment given waiting for test results.
    Aug 02, 2022
    Dr Arora call me back around 10pm to recommend an ED visit. I really appreciated the follow-up even late in the evening.
    Aug 01, 2022
    Care provider was thorough and considerate. There was no rush to move on to the next patient.
    Jul 23, 2022
    Laughs at my jokes. This is always good news to me.
    Jul 22, 2022
    I was very satisfied with my visit and have great confidence and Dr. Arora
    Jul 22, 2022
    Its not dr.aroras fault that I cannot be helped because of my illness.
    Jul 16, 2022
    Very knowledgeable and confident .
    Jul 15, 2022
    I always prepare for an appointment and get my questions listed. However I need to take even more time so I don't forget any questions.
    Jul 13, 2022
    Dr. Arora explains things well.
    Jul 06, 2022
    The care provider was/is great. I have no issues with them or staff. My issues concern management (or the lack thereof) of the clinic. I have had a terrible experience over the last 6 to 7 months with the lack of structure responsiveness and communication with the staff. I truly think they (staff) are competent but terribly overworked and lacking good supervision and checks and balances. It's a real shame. The doctors seem to be terrific but management of the practice is failing them. That is why I would be very hesitant to recommend UCSF. I would not want anyone to go through what I have experienced.
    Jul 06, 2022
    Jun 06, 2022
    Arora explained everything about my brain surgery prior to surgery and what I should expect afterwards too. He also explained How long I'd be home and what the medications will do for me and how to take them. He is extremely through.I was totally ready for surgery (my first surgery in my lifetime) and what he was going to do to remove my tumor. He is a fantastic Surgeon; I love this man.
    Jun 06, 2022
    May 20, 2022
    Provider ordered some X-rays for a follow up visit.
    Apr 28, 2022
    See the very first page with my detailed comments on Dr. Arora. It was a terrible terrible appointment.
    Apr 06, 2022
    Dr. Arora is knowledgeable has superb bedside manner and is thorough with explaining all information!
    Apr 01, 2022
    Listens and gives patient all time needed.
    Feb 11, 2022
    Dr. Arora is an excellent doctor in his field. I have a tumor on my brain which we have been watching for 4 years this year it started growing. Dr. Arora asked me if he could present my case to the doctors at a neurosurgeons conference as to whether he should remove the tumor or go with radiation I thought that was amazing to see he wanted a second opinion. It was unanimous from the convention and all suggested to remove it. We discussed this together and we're going to remove it. If you rate Arora 1 is horrible and 10 is Great I give Arora a 20 he's the best in all of California if not the USA. He's personable.