Sandeep Kunwar, MD Medical Director - Board certified in neurosurgery and renowned for his work in minimally invasive neurosurgery, Dr. Kunwar is co-medical director of the Gamma Knife® Program, the centerpiece of Washington Hospital’s Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience Institute.
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
In addition to his leadership of the Gamma Knife program, he serves as medical
director of the Institute’s Transphenoidal Center and co-medical director
of its Movement Disorders Program.
Dr. Kunwar is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical society and 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 in 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 Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery in 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,
Charles Wilson, M.D., 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.