My philosophy of care is to provide comprehensive individualized medical care for my patients based on the most recent scientific advances. I also believe prevention, communication and education are a vital component of a patient's long term health and well-being.
Dr. Oskouian is a neurosurgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of complex spinal disorders. As a key member of the Spine Center at SNI, his clinical practice will include the Swedish/Cherry Hill campus in Seattle and various locations in Eastside King County. Oskouian received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed residencies in surgery and neurosurgery at the University of Virginia and a neurosurgery fellowship at the New Zealand National Hospital in Auckland. Prior to coming to Swedish, Oskouian was at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Dr. Oskouian's research and clinical focus will be on scoliosis, spinal deformities and anomalies, osteoporosis, spinal cord injury, degenerative disc disease, spinal oncology, stereotactic spinal radiosurgery, and minimally invasive spinal surgery. Oskouian has published in numerous medical journals and textbooks, including Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Clinics of North America, the Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Focus and Spine.
UCLA School of Medicine
University of Virginia
New Zealand National Hospital
American Board of Neurological Surgery
After increasing pain, Ms. Swenson was referred to Dr. Rod J. Oskouian, a spine surgeon at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute.
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Director, Swedish Neuroscience Institue Fellowship Program
Surgical Director, Spinal Tumors and Spinal Trauma
Awards and Honors
UCLA Iris Cantor School of Medicine Research Grant 1999-2001
Edith and Carl Lasky Research Award, UCLA School of Medicine 2001
Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Foundation Memorial Award 2001
Medical Student Thesis Program, UCLA School of Medicine 2001
Deans Scholar Award for research, UCLA School of Medicine 2001
CNS Award for Clinical Paper, San Antonio Annual Meeting 2001
University of Virginia Commonwealth Neurotrauma Fellowship for Spinal Cord Injury 2004-2005
Mesenchymal stem cell and regeneration of the nucleus pulposus and annulus
Degenerative disc disease mouse model
Tissue engineering with nanoscaffolds and stem cells
The role of adenosine agonist therapy in spinal cord injury
Minimally invasive neurosurgery
Minimally invasive surgical techniques in the management of degenerative, traumatic, and degenerative spinal disorders
Stereotactic radiosurgery for the spine
Co-founded a Biotechnology/Stem Cell Company, NanoSpine LLC
Cerebral vasospasm and endovascular therapy. Neil A. Martin M.D., Division of Neurosurgery, UCLA Iris Cantor School of Medicine Research Grant 1999.
Vascular complications and anterior spinal surgery. J. Patrick Johnson M.D., UCLA Spine Center, Edith and Carl Lasky Research Award, UCLA School of Medicine 2001.
Adenosine A2a agonist in the treatment of acute spinal cord injury: University of Virginia School of Medicine. Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative 2003-5.
Adult Stem Cells Processing and Delivery Technology. NIH STTR grant #00069088, submitted for 2006-7.
Kelly DF, Oskouian RJ Jr, Fineman I. Collagen sponge repair of small cerebrospinal fluid leaks obviates tissue grafts and cerebrospinal fluid diversion after pituitary surgery. Neurosurgery. 2001 Oct;49(4):885-9.
Oskouian RJ Jr, Johnson JP. Vascular complications in anterior thoracolumbar spinal reconstruction. J Neurosurg. 2002 Jan;96(1 Suppl):1-5.
Oskouian RJ Jr, Jane JA Sr, Laurent JJ, Dumont AS and Levine PA. Esthesioneuroblastoma: Clinical presentation, Radiology, Pathology, Treatment, and Review of the Literature. Neurosurgical Focus. May 2002: Skull Base Tumors Section.
Oskouian RJ Jr, Martin NA, Lee JH, Glenn TC, Guthrie D, Gonzalez N, Afari A, and Vinũela F. Multimodal quantitation of endovascular therapy for vasospasm: TCD, CBF and Arterial Diameters. Neurosurgery. 2002 Jul;51(1):30-41; discussion 41-3.
Dumont AS, Dumont RJ, Oskouian RJ. Will improved understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms involved in acute spinal cord injury improve the potential for therapeutic intervention? Curr Opin Neurol. 2002 Dec; 15(6):713-20.
Aaron S. Dumont, Rod J. Oskouian, Jr., Michael M. Chow, and Neal F. Kassell. Surgical management of unruptured basilar artery bifurcation aneurysms: Technical note. Neurosurg Focus. 2002 Sep 15;13(3):e3. Incidental Aneurysms Section.
2004 Rod J. Oskouian, Amir Samii, Richard Whitehill,, Mark E. Shaffrey, J. Patrick Johnson and Christopher I. Shaffrey. The Future of Spinal Arthroplasty: A Biomaterial Perspective. Neurosurg Focus. 2004 Sep 15;17(3):E2. Review. Spinal Arthroplasty September 2004.
Edward R. Laws, Jason P. Sheehan, Jonas M. Sheehan, Jay Jaganathan, John A. Jane, Jr. and Rod J. Oskouian. Stereotactic radiosurgery for pituitary adenomas: a review of the literature. Journal of Neuro-Oncology 69: 257–272, 2004.
2005 J. Patrick Johnson, John J. Stokes, Rod J. Oskouian and Will Choi. Image-guided thoracoscopic spinal surgery: A merging of two technologies. Spine. 2005 Oct 1;30(19):E572-8.
Adam S. Kanter, Alfa O. Diallo, John A. Jane Jr., Jason P. Sheehan, Ashok R. Asthagiri, Rod J. Oskouian, David O. Okonkwo, Charles A. Sansur, Mary Lee Vance, Alan D. Rogol, and Edward R. Laws Jr., MD, FACS. Pediatric Cushing’s Disease: A Single Center’s Experience. J Neurosurg. 2005 Nov;103(5 Suppl):413-20.
Endoscopic Thoracic Discectomy: Surgical outcomes. Rod J. Oskouian and J. Patrick Johnson. Neurosurg Focus 18 (3):E11, March 2005
Thoracolumbar Vertebral Reconstruction of Metastatic Spinal Tumors: Long-Term Outcomes. Alan T. Villavicencio, Rod J. Oskouian, Cliff Roberson, John Stokes, Jongsoo Park , Christopher I. Shaffrey and J. Patrick Johnson. Neurosurg Focus. 2005 Sep 15;19(3):E8.
Kanter AS, Dumont AS, Asthagiri AR, Oskouian RJ, Sansur C, Jane JA Jr, Laws ER Jr. The Transsphenoidal Approach: A Historical Perspective. Neurosurg Focus. 2005 Apr 15;18(4):e6.
Endoscopic Thoracic Discectomy: Rod J. Oskouian and J. Patrick Johnson. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. J Neurosurg Spine. 2005 Dec;3(6):459-64.
Jagannathan J, Dumont AS, Prevedello DM, Lopes B, Oskouian RJ, Jane JA Jr, Laws ER Jr. Genetics of pituitary adenomas: current theories and future implications. Neurosurg Focus. 2005 Nov 15;19(5):E4.
2006 Evaluation of a Compression-Derived Mouse Spinal Cord Ischemia/Reperfusion (SCIR) Injury Model. Yuesheng Li, Rod J. Oskouian, Yuan-Ji Day, John A. Kern and Joel M. Linden. J Neurosurg Spine. 2006 Feb;4(2):165-73
Novel A2A Adenosine Receptor (A2AAR) Agonist ATL313 Improves Spinal Cord Recovery from Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury in Mice. Yuesheng Li, Rod J. Oskouian, Yuan-Ji Day, Jayson M. Rieger, Melissa Marshall, C. Renea Frazier, John A. Kern, and Joel Linden. Thomas Land Publishers Spinal Cord Injury. 2006
Peroneal Neuropathy following successful Bariatric Surgery. Case report and review of the literature: W.Jeffrey Elias MD, Nader Pouratian, Rod J. Oskouian, Bruce Schirmer, Ted Burns. J Neurosurg. 2006 Oct;105(4):631-5.
Endovascular management of unruptured intracranial aneurysms. N Pouratian, R J Oskouian Jr, M E Jensen, N F Kassell, A S Dumont. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2006;000:1–7.
A Novel and Reproducible Murine Spinal Cord Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury Model
Yuesheng Li, Rod J. Oskouian, Christopher I. Shaffrey, Yuan-Ji Day, David B. Bumpass, René Jack Roy, Stuart S. Berr, John A. Kern, and Joel Linden. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 2006 Jun 28; 2006.
Li Y, Oskouian RJ, Day YJ, Rieger JM, Liu L, Kern JA, Linden J. Mouse spinal cord compression injury is reduced by either activation of the adenosine a(2a) receptor on bone marrow-derived cells or deletion of the a(2a) receptor on non-bone marrow-derived cells. Neuroscience. 2006 Jun 12; 2006.
The Craniopharyngiomas. Pituitary Surgery. Rod J. Oskouian, Amir Samii and Edward R. Laws. Front Horm Res. 2006;34:256-278.
Vascular Injury and Transsphenoidal Surgery. Pituitary Surgery. Rod J. Oskouian, Daniel F. Kelly and Edward R. Laws. Front Horm Res. 2006;34:105-126.
Oskouian RJ Jr, Shaffrey CI. Degenerative lumbar scoliosis. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2006 Jul;17(3):299-315, vii. Review.
Oskouian RJ Jr, Shaffrey CI, Whitehill R, Sansur CA, Pouratian N, Kanter AS, Asthagiri AR, Dumont AS, Sheehan JP, Elias WJ, Shaffrey ME. Anterior stabilization of three-column thoracolumbar spinal trauma. J Neurosurg Spine. 2006 Jul;5(1):18-25.
Li Y, Oskouian RJ, Day YJ, Rieger JM, Liu L, Kern JA, Linden J. Mouse spinal cord compression injury is reduced by either activation of the adenosine A2A receptor on bone marrow-derived cells or deletion of the A2A receptor on non-bone marrow-derived cells. Neuroscience. 2006 Sep 15;141(4):2029-39. Epub 2006 Jun 13.
Aslan H, Zilberman Y, Kandel L, Liebergall M, Oskouian RJ, Gazit D, Gazit Z. Osteogenic differentiation of noncultured immunoisolated bone marrow-derived CD105+ cells. Stem Cells. 2006 Jul;24(7):1728-37. Epub 2006 Apr 6.
Cervicothoracic Trauma. Cervical Spine Surgery. Rod J. Oskouian, Sumon Bhattacharjee and Christopher I. Shaffrey. Cervical Spine Trauma Thieme Medical Publishers.
Fixed versus Flexible Deformity. Sumon Bhattacharjee, Rod J. Oskouian Jr., and Christopher I. Shaffrey. Spinal Deformity: The Essentials. Thieme Medical Publishers 2007.
2008 Lumbar Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy: Sumon Bhattacharjee, Rod J. Oskouian and Christopher I. Shaffrey. Spinal Deformity: A Guide to Surgical Planning and Management. Quality Medical Publishing, Inc. 2008
Posterior Correction of Thoracolumbar Deformity. Rod J. Oskouian, Charles A. Sansur Christopher I. Shaffrey. Spinal Deformity: A Guide to Surgical Planning and Management. Quality Medical Publishing, Inc. 2008.
Management of Cervical Spine Trauma. David Okonkwo, Rod J. Oskouian and Christopher I. Shaffrey. Neurotrauma and Critical Care. Thieme Medical Publishers.
Congenital Spinal Anomalies of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine. Rod J. Oskouian Jr., Charles A. Sansur and Christopher I. Shaffrey. Congenital abnormalities of the thoracic and lumbar spine. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2007 Jul;18(3):479-98.
Untreated Late-onset Idiopathic scoliosis and revision surgery in adults: Rod J. Oskouian Jr, Charles A. Sansur, Michael O’Brien, and Christopher I. Shaffrey. Harms Study Group Book Project Depuy Spine.
Trans Sodium Crocetinate Sensitizes Glioblastoma Multiforme Tumors To Radiation. Jason Sheehan, Adina Ionescu, Nader Pouratian, Kojo Hamilton, David Schlesinger, Rod J. Oskouian Jr., and Charles Sansur. J Neurosurg. 2008 May;108(5):972-8.
Symptomatic Hemorrhage in Stereotaxy. Charles A. Sansur, Robert C. Frysinger, Nader
Pouratian, Kai-Ming Fu, Markus Bittl, Rod J. Oskouian, Edward R. Laws, and W. Jeffrey Elias. J Neurosurg. 2007 Nov;107(5):998-1003.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Pituitary Adenomas: A 15-year experience with long-term follow-up. Jay Jagannathan, Rod J. Oskouian, Nader Pouratian, Edward R. Laws, Jason P. Sheehan. Gamma Knife Surgery Thieme Medical Publishers in Press.
Radiographic and clinical outcomes following single level Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Allograft Fusion without plating or cervical collar Jay Jagannathan, Rod J. Oskouian, Aaron S. Dumont, Christopher I . Shaffrey and John A. Jane Sr. J Neurosurg Spine. 2008 May;8(5):420-8
Molecular Biology of Aggressive Meningiomas: Implications for New Treatments. Jay
Jagannathan, Rod J. Oskouian, Hian Kwang Yeoh, and Aaron S. Dumont. Skull Base. January 2008.
Cell Cycle Times of Short term Cultures of Brain Cancers and Predictors of Furneaux CE, Marshall ES, Yeoh K, Monteith SJ, Mews PJ, Sansur CA, Oskouian RJ, Sharples KJ, Baguley BC. Br J Cancer. 2008 Nov 18;99(10):1678-83. Epub 2008 Oct 14.
2009 Radiographic restoration of lumbar alignment after transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.
Jagannathan J, Sansur CA, Oskouian RJ Jr, Fu KM, Shaffrey CI. Neurosurgery. 2009 May;64(5):955-63; discussion 963-4.
Gamma Knife radiosurgery to the surgical cavity following resection of brain metastases. Jagannathan J, Yen CP, Ray DK, Schlesinger D, Oskouian RJ, Pouratian N, Shaffrey ME, Larner J, Sheehan JP. J Neurosurg. 2009 Sep;111(3):431-8.
Cyberknife is a type of radiosurgery used to deliver radiation to a specific part of the body. This high-energy x-ray system utilizes a robotic arm to deliver focused beam radiation. While the focused radiation can destroy tumor cells and halt tumor growth, the surrounding tissues have minimal exposure to the radiation, thus sparing them from damage.
When is it used?
CyberKnife is useful for both cancerous and noncancerous tumors. While it has been used to treat tumors of the head, neck, breast, lung, pancreas, kidney, liver, and prostate, it can be extremely effective for the treatment of spinal tumors.
How does CyberKnife work?
Patients who undergo CyberKnife have a specialized treatment plan created for them by their neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist, and a medical physicist. These personalized plans take into account the specific location of the tumor in the body, including the tumor type, shape, size, surrounding tissues and organs (to minimize radiation exposure) and the exact quantity of radiation the tumor cells are receiving,