Arun P. Amar

Associate Professor Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery


  • Neurosurgery


  • Department of Neurological Surgery


  • English
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Arun P. Amar, MD

Associate Professor
Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • LAC+USC Medical Center
  • USC Healthcare Center 2

About this doctor:

Arun Amar, MD, is an associate professor and the Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery at the University of Southern California. He is one of the few board-certified neurosurgeons who have completed fellowship training in interventional neuroradiology as well.

Dr. Amar graduated summa cum laude with distinction in philosophy from Yale University, where he was elected to the phi beta kappa society. He then graduated at the top of his class from the University of California San Francisco, where he earned the MD with Thesis degree based on original research he performed at their renowned Brain Tumor Research Center. Dr. Amar completed neurosurgery residency and fellowship training at USC. Concurrently, he enrolled in the PhD program in Physiology and Biophysics department and was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

After his training, Dr. Amar was recruited back to Yale as Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery. He subsequently worked as a faculty member at Stanford University before returning to the USC School of Medicine.

Dr. Amar’s research and clinical interests include brain and spinal cord injury, aneurysms and vascular malformations, stroke and cerebrovascular disorders, blood-brain-barrier, brain tumors, vagus nerve stimulation, interventional neuroradiology, vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, stem cell therapy, and gene therapy. In these and other topics, Dr. Amar has authored numerous publications in the neurosurgical literature. He has also edited books on spinal cord injury and interventional neuroradiology.

Other Professional Distinctions
Selected for inclusion in “America’s Top Surgeons” by the Consumers Research Council of America, Marquis “Who’s Who”, Academic Keys’ “Who’s Who in Medicine Higher Education”, Castle Connolly’s “America’s Top Doctors”, and “Best Doctors in America” database.


Doctor of Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine, 1993


LAC+USC Medical Center, Neurological Surgery, 1993 - 1994


LAC+USC Medical Center, Neurological Surgery, 1994 - 2000


LAC+USC Medical Center, Interventional Neuroradiology, 2000 - 2003


American Board of Neurological Surgery

Professional society memberships:

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Society of University Neurosurgeons
Society of Endovascular Neurosureons (founder and president)
AANS / CNS Cerebrovascular Section
American Heart Association (stroke council)


Castle Connolly "Top Doctor,” 2015
America's Top Surgeons by the Consumers Research Council of America
Marquis Who's Who
Academic Keys' Who's Who in Medicine Higher Education
Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors
Best Doctors in America database2011 list of America's Top Doctors, compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.