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Director, Neurosurgical Oncology
Director, Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center, Barrow Neurological Institute
Adjunct Professor of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
Dr. Nader Sanai is a Barrow neurosurgical oncologist internationally-recognized for his clinical expertise and research efforts dedicated to the treatment of brain tumors.
Dr. Sanai attended the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature and a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience. He obtained his Doctorate in Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), where he also completed his residency in Neurological Surgery. In 2009, Dr. Sanai joined the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) to complete a clinical fellowship in skull-base surgery with Dr. Robert F. Spetzler. He then was recruited by Dr. Spetzler to join the BNI as Director of Neurosurgical Oncology.
To date, Dr. Sanai has published over 75 peer-reviewed research articles and has received a host of career accolades, including the Academy Award from the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. Other prestigious honors include two NIH R01 grants, as well as grants from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission, the Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation, the American Brain Tumor Association, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.