Kiarash Shahlaie, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.N.S. for UC Davis Health

Kiarash Shahlaie, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.N.S.

Director, Traumatic Brain Injury Program

Residency Program Director

Co-Director, Center for Skull Base Surgery

Co-Director, Deep Brain Stimulator Program


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Skull Base Surgery

Brain Tumors

Deep Brain Stimulation


Traumatic Brain Injury

Locations and Contact

Midtown Neurology Clinic

3160 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I believe that my patients and their family members should be well informed about their treatment options, and receive the most leading-edge care available.  

Clinical Interests

Dr. Shahlaie is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon that specializes in complex cranial surgery. He is an expert in management of skull base and pituitary tumors, trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm, epilepsy, and movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia.  

Dr. Shahlaie has advanced training in Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery, which includes endoscopic and keyhole techniques. He is also an award winning instructor at the UC Davis School of Medicine, and directs an innovative research laboratory at the Center for Neuroscience.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Shahlaie is an accomplished researcher with extensive experience in pre-clinical and clinical research. Dr. Shahlaie directs the Bronte Research Laboratory at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience, where his team is developing new deep brain stimulation techniques to improve learning and memory function.  

Dr. Shahlaie also directs multiple clinical studies at the UC Davis Medical Center, including drug trials for management of traumatic brain injury and brain and nerve stimulation trials to improve cognition in patients with epilepsy and Parkinson's disease. Dr. Shahlaie and his research team have published over 65 peer-reviewed articles and 12 book chapters, and his work has been presented at numerous national and international scientific and clinical conferences.


Neurological Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Neuroscience
Center for Skull Base Surgery
UC Davis Medical Group

Undergraduate School

B.S., UC Davis, Davis CA 1997

Medical School

M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 2001

Other School

Ph.D., Neuroscience, UC Davis, Davis CA 2006


General Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2001-2002


Neurosurgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2002-2009


Skull Base / Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica CA 2010


Functional Neurosurgery, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 2009

Dean�s Team Award for Excellence in Education, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2016

Award of Excellence, UC Davis Medical Center Stroke Program, 2015

Dean�s Team Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2014

Excellence in Teaching Award, UC Davis Department of Neurological Surgery, 2014

Making a Difference Award, UC Davis Medical Center, 2014

For a complete list of Dr. Shahlaie's publications, please click here

Lee DJ, Izadi A, Melnik M, Seidl S, Echeverri A, Shahlaie K, Gurkoff GG. Stimulation of the medial septum improves memory following pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus. Epilepsy Research. 2017;130:53-63.

Scangos K, Shahlaie K. Acute frequency-dependent hypomania induced by ventral subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's disease: A case report. Biological Psychiatry. 2016 [Epub ahead of print].

Pevzner A, Izadi A, Lee DJ, Shahlaie K, Gurkoff G. Making waves in the brain: What are oscillations, and why modulating them makes sense for brain injury. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. 2016;7(10).

Lee DJ, Gurkoff GG, Izadi A, Seidl SE, Echeverri A, Melnik M, Berman RF, Ekstrom AD, Muizelaar JP, Lyeth BG, Shahlaie K. Septohippocampal Neuromodulation Improves Cognition after Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2015;32(22): 1822-32.

Kerr EE, Fragoso R, Schrot RJ, Shahlaie K. Intraoperative extracorporeal irradiation for the treatment of the meningioma-infiltrated calvarium. Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports. 2015;76(1):e173-9.

Lee DJ, Zwienenberg-Lee M, Seyal M, Shahlaie K. Intraoperative CT for intracranial electrode implantation surgery in medically refractory epilepsy. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2015;122(3):526-31.

Lee DJ, Latchaw RE, Dahlin BC, Dong PR, Verro P, Muizelaar JP, Shahlaie K. Antegrade rheolytic thrombectomy and thrombolysis for superior sagittal sinus thrombosis using burr hole access. Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery. 2014;7(3).

Shahlaie K, Keachie K, Hutchins IM, Rudisill N, MaddenLK, Smith K, Ko KA, Latchaw RE, Muizelaar JP. Risk factors for posttraumatic vasosopasm. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2011;115(3):602-11.

Shahlaie K, Larson PS, Starr PA. Intraoperative CT for DBS Surgery: Technique and Accuracy Assessment. Neurosurgery (ONS Suppl 1). 2011;114-24.

Shahlaie K, McLaughlin N, Kassam AB, Kelly DF. The role of outcomes data for assessing the expertise of a pituitary surgeon. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2010;17(4):369-76.