Sandeep Kunwar, M.D.
Sandeep Kunwar, M.D.
Co-Medical Director, Gamma Knife Program
Board certified in neurosurgery and renowned for his work in minimally invasive neurosurgery, Dr. Kunwar played an instrumental role in the evolution of the Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience Institute where he now serves as medical director for three of the Institute's programs: co-medical director of the Gamma Knife® Program, medical director of the Endoscopic Skull Base and Pituitary Center and co-medical director of the Movement Disorders Program.
In addition to his focus on Gamma Knife radiosurgery, Dr. Kunwar specializes in minimally invasive brain and spine surgery. His innovative work in these fields and pioneering research in drug delivery to the brain have brought him national and international recognition. He has performed more than 1,500 minimally invasive operations, and has developed a minimally-invasive approach to skull-based tumors, applying this approach to maximize recovery for transcranial and spine patients as well.
Dr. Kunwar is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical society and is a recipient of the Preuss Resident Research Award and the Ronald Bittner Tumor Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has served as the lead principal investigator for a number of international multi-institutional clinical trials, including the largest surgical based drug trial for brain tumors (PRECISE trial).
In 2006, Dr. Kunwar began his private practice in Fremont, California, and joined the medical community at Washington Hospital Healthcare System. He also continues to serve as an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery on the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, which he joined in 1999. While there, he developed one of the busiest surgical programs in San Francisco and was selected by world-renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Charles Wilson, to take over his pituitary surgery practice after his retirement. Dr. Kunwar received his medical degree and neurosurgical training at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.