Gabriel Zada

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology and Internal Medicine; Co-Director, USC Pituitary Center; Co-Director, USC Radiosurgery Center; Director, USC Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Program
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Areas of treatment:

Brain tumor surgery
Endoscopic pituitary surgery
Skull base surgery

Specialty:

  • Neurosurgery

Department:

  • Department of Neurological Surgery

Languages:

  • English
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

Gabriel Zada, MD, MS, FAANS, FACS

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology and Internal Medicine; Co-Director, USC Pituitary Center; Co-Director, USC Radiosurgery Center; Director, USC Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Program

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Healthcare Center 2
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

About this doctor:

Dr. Zada is a board-certified neurosurgeon and nationally recognized expert in brain and pituitary tumor surgery, as well as a variety of endoscopic and minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques. He is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC with associate appointments in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Internal Medicine. As the Co-Director of the USC Pituitary Center, Co-Director of the USC Radiosurgery Center and Director of the USC Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Program, Dr. Zada directs a comprehensive neuro-endoscopic program including endoscopic skull base/pituitary surgery, exoscopic subcortical channel (BrainPath) surgery and intraventricular neuro-endoscopy. He also co-directs the USC Radiosurgery Center and performs both Gamma Knife® and CyberKnife® Radiosurgery.

Dr. Zada has a keen clinical and academic interest in brain and skull base tumor surgery and has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles on various neurosurgical topics, mostly relating to brain and pituitary tumors as well as endoscopic skull base surgery. He authored and edited the textbook entitled The Atlas of Sellar and Parasellar Lesions.

Philosophy of care:
Requiring a visit to a neurosurgeon or undergoing a neurosurgical operation can be one of the most frightening and life-changing experiences a person will ever have. Placing myself in the patient’s shoes is the most important thing I can do to provide the best advice and care for any patient and family member with whom I interact. I believe in providing the safest and most effective care for my patients, founded on the principles of evidence-based medicine, research and the latest techniques available.

Education:

BA with honors, University of California, Berkeley, Neurobiology
MD, University of California, San Francisco
MS, University of Southern California, California

Internships:

LAC+USC Medical Center, General Surgery

Residencies:

LAC+USC Medical Center, Neurosurgery

Fellowships:

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Endoscopic skull base and pituitary surgery
Visiting fellowship, Universita degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy, Advanced endoscopic pituitary and skull base neurosurgery

Professional society memberships:

Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO)
North American Association of Skull Base Surgeons (NASBS)
International Society of Pituitary Surgeons (ISPS)
Pituitary Network Association
American College of Surgeons (ACS), Resident/Fellow Membership
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (UCSF and USC Chapters)
American Medical Association (AMA)

Awards:

Howard Hughes Basic Science Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 1998
Award for Outstanding Research, UC Berkeley Molecular and Cell Biology
Honors Symposium, 1999
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, UC Berkeley, 1999
UCSF Dean's Summer Research Fellowship, 2001
UCSF Dean's Quarterly Research Fellowship, 2003
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, UCSF School of Medicine, 2004
Excellence in Small Group Teaching Award, UCSF School of Medicine, 2004
AANS Ronald L. Bittner Award for Tumor Research, 2004
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Teaching award, Keck-USC Gamma Chapter, 2006
Outstanding Teaching as House Officer Award, USC School of Medicine, 2006
USC Department of Neurosurgery Award, Best Resident Research Study, 2008
Congress of Neurological Surgeons Dandy Fellowship Award, 2009
Integra Foundation Award for Brain Tumor Research, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), 2009
Mahaley Brain Tumor Research Award American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), 2010
Apuzzo Award for Research Creativity and Innovation, USC Department of Neurosurgery, 2011
Clinical Science Award, Western Neurosurgical Society (WNS), 2011
Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Neurosurgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC, 2012
Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Neurosurgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC, 2014
Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Neurosurgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC, 2015