Ben Waldau, M.D., F.A.A.N.S.

Ben Waldau, M.D., F.A.A.N.S.


Neurological Surgery

Surgery - Vascular and Endovascular

Skull Base Surgery

Brain Tumors

Spine Surgery


  • Associate Professor


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UC Davis Midtown Ambulatory Care Center

3160 Folsom Blvd, Suite 2100
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Sacramento, CA 95816
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Clinical Interests

Dr. Waldau is a specialist in open cerebrovascular and endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations. His dual training in open surgery and endovascular embolization allows him to choose the best treatment modality for his patients, and sometimes he uses a combination of both approaches to achieve the best results. He also has an interest in stroke and extracranial carotid disease which he can treat with carotid endarterectomy or carotid angioplasty and stenting. With the establishment of the stroke unit at UC Davis, we are striving to provide highly specialized care to our vascular patients to achieve the best outcomes.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Waldau's research focuses on transplantation of reprogrammed progenitor cells after stroke to enhance functional recovery. Human subventricular progenitor cells are harvested and reprogrammed to become motor neurons in collaboration with the UC Davis Stem Cell Program. The overall goal is to gather sufficient data to start clinical trials in stroke patients in the future.


Neurological Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

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


M.D., Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany 2002

Internship: General Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC 2004-2005


Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC 2005-2010


Endovascular Neurosurgery, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 2010-2011

Neural Stem Cell Research, William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship at Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, Dresden, Germany 2011-12

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery - Diplomate,

Professional Memberships

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Society for Neuroscience

Honors and Awards

UC Davis Stroke Center Award of Excellence, 2015

CNS Basic Science/Translational Research Resident Fellowship Award, 2007

Select Recent Publications

Xu H, Stamova B, Ander BP, Waldau B, Jickling GC, Sharp FR, Ko NU. mRNA Expression Profiles from Whole Blood Associated with Vasospasm in Patients with Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. Neurocritical Care. 2020 Jul 31;33(1):82-89. doi:10.1007/s12028-019-00861-x. PMID:31595394.

Petkova SP, Pride M, Klocke C, Fenton TA, White J, Lein PJ, Ellegood J, Lerch JP, Silverman JL, Waldau B. Cyclin D2-knock-out mice with attenuated dentate gyrus neurogenesis have robust deficits in long-term memory formation. Scientific Reports. 2020;10(1):8204.

Waldau B. Using miniature brain implants in rodents for novel drug discovery. Expert Opinion On Drug Discovery. 2019;14(4): 379-386.

Thind H, Waldau B. De Novo Blister Aneurysm Formation in 16 Days Associated with Mucorales Fungi. Cureus. 2019;11(8):e5301.

Kamal K, Waldau B. Bioengineering an Artificial Human Blood-Brain Barrier in Rodents. Bioengineering (Basel, Switzerland). 2019;6(2):38.

Pham MT, Pollock KM, Rose MD, Cary WA, Stewart HR, Zhou P, Nolta JA, Waldau B. Generation of human vascularized brain organoids. NeuroReport. 2018;29(7):588-593.

Binyamin TR, Dahlin BC, Waldau B. Comparison of 3D TOF MR angiographic accuracy in predicting Raymond grade of flowdiverted versus coiled intracranial aneurysms. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2017;42:182-185.

Toussi A, Goodarzi A, Kulubya E, Lee DJ, Waldau B. Mycobacterium Genavense Granuloma Mimicking a Brain Tumor: A Case Report. Cureus. 2017;9(8):e1547.

Lee DJ, Ahmadpour A, Binyamin T, Dahlin BC, Shahlaie K, Waldau B. Management and outcome of spontaneous cerebral venous sinus thrombosis in a 5-year consecutive single-institution cohort. Journal of neurointerventional surgery. 2017;9(1):34-38.

Cary WA, Hori CN, Pham MT, Nacey CA, McGee JL, Hamou M, Berman RF, Bauer G, Nolta JA, Waldau B. Efficient Generation of Induced Pluripotent Stem and Neural Progenitor Cells From Acutely Harvested Dura Mater Obtained During Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Surgery. World Neurosurg. 2015 Nov;84(5):1256-66.e1.