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Rod J. Oskouian, M.D.


Professional Statement

Dr. Oskouian is a neurosurgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of complex spinal disorders. As the Chief of the Complex Spine Department, his clinical practice located on the Swedish/Cherry Hill campus in Seattle focuses on scoliosis, spinal deformities, spine trauma, spine fractures, spinal surgery revisions, osteoporosis, spinal cord injury, degenerative disc disease, spine tumors, stereotactic spinal radiosurgery, spine infections, and minimally invasive spinal surgery. Dr. Oskouian received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Virginia under the late Dr. John Jane, Sr. Dr. Oskouian completed his neurosurgery fellowship at the New Zealand National Hospital in Auckland. Dr. 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. His philosophy of care is to provide comprehensive, individualized medical care for his patients based on the most recent scientific advances. Dr. Oskouian also believes prevention, communication and education are a vital component of a patient’s long-term health and well-being.

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University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
medical school
University of Virginia
New Zealand National Hospital

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery
Neurological Surgery
American Board of Neurological Surgery
Surgery, Neurological

Clinical Interests

  • Abnormal Neuroimaging
  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Accessory Nerve Disease
  • Accessory Nerve Injury
  • Acoustic Neurofibromatosis
  • Acromegaly
  • Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Arnold Chiari Malformation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Back Fracture
  • Back Injury
  • Back Pain
  • Back Surgery
  • Benign Neoplasm Of Brain
  • Biopsy Of Brain
  • Biopsy Of Skull
  • Bone Growth Stimulator
  • Bone Tumor
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Brain Laceration
  • Bulging Disc
  • Burr Hole
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis
  • Cerebellar Anomaly
  • Cerebellar Ataxia
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebral Cyst
  • Cerebral Decompression
  • Cerebral Edema
  • Cerebral Hernia
  • Cervical Arthritis
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Disc Herniation
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spinal Fusion
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Chiari Decompression
  • Chordoma
  • Clipping Of Brain Aneurysm
  • Cns Lymphoma
  • Colloid Cyst
  • Complex Spinal Deformities
  • Compression Fracture
  • Congenital Cerebral Hernia
  • Cordotomy
  • Cortical Mapping
  • Cranial Nerve Diseases
  • Cranial Nerve Disorders
  • Cranial Nerve Injuries
  • Cranial Nerve Palsy
  • Cranial Nerve Repair
  • Cranial Puncture
  • Cranial Vault Malformations
  • Craniectomy
  • Craniocele
  • Craniotomy
  • Cranium Bifidum
  • Csf Shunt Removal
  • Cyberknife
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Decompression Median Nerve At Elbow
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Deep Brain Stimulation Asleep
  • Deep Brain Stimulation Awake
  • Deep Brain Stimulation For Dystonia
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Diplomyelia
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Dorsal Column Stimulator
  • Dural Sinus Thrombosis
  • Electrical Sacral Stimulation
  • Encephalocele
  • Encephalocele Repair
  • Encephalomegaly
  • Endoscopic Neurosurgery
  • Endovascular Coiling Of Aneurysm
  • Epidermoid Cysts
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Extradural Abscess
  • Facet Injection
  • Facet Pain
  • Facial Pain
  • Flow Diversion For Cerebral Aneurysms
  • Gamma Knife
  • Gamma Knife Perfexion
  • Ganglioglioma
  • Ganglioneuroblastoma
  • Generalized Hyperhidrosis
  • Gliomatosis Cerebri
  • Gliosarcoma
  • Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
  • Head Reconstruction
  • Hemangiopericytoma
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniation Syndrome
  • Hydrorhachis
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Injury Of Optic Chiasm
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Intracranial Arterial Bypass
  • Intracranial Arterial Occlusion
  • Intracranial Hemangioma
  • Intracranial Hemorrhages
  • Intracranial Mass
  • Intraspinal Abscess
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Leg Numbness
  • Leg Weakness
  • Lesion Of Median Nerve
  • Lesion Of Popliteal Nerve
  • Lesion Of Posterior Tibial Nerve
  • Lesion Of Sciatic Nerve
  • Lipomyelomeningocele
  • Lobectomy Of Brain
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lower Back Injuries
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Drain
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Lumboperitoneal Shunt Placement
  • Lumbosacral Plexus Lesion
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Malignant Neoplasm Spinal Cord
  • Median Nerve Entrapment At Elbow
  • Meningocele
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Migraine Surgery
  • Migraine Treatment
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Myelopathy
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma
  • Neck Fracture
  • Neck Injury
  • Neck Pain
  • Needle Biopsy Of Brain
  • Needle Biopsy Of Cerebral Meninges
  • Neuroablation
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Neurofibrosarcoma
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Nonruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Open Biopsy Of Brain
  • Optic Nerve Decompression
  • Optic Nerve Surgery
  • Orbital Nerve Decompression
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Parkinsons Surgery
  • Percutaneous Trigeminal Rhizotomy
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Tumors
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Schwannoma
  • Periventricular Mass
  • Petrous Apex Tumor
  • Pituitary Adenoma
  • Post-Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Prolactinoma
  • Radiculopathy
  • Rathke's Cleft Cysts
  • Removal Acoustic Neuroma
  • Repair Of Brain
  • Resection Of Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Ruptured Brain Aneurysm
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sarcoma
  • Scheurmanns Disease
  • Schwannomatosis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Shevel Procedure
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Skull Fracture
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Cord Anomaly
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Diseases
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator
  • Spinal Cord Stimulators
  • Spinal Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Spinal Dural Graft
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instrumentation
  • Spinal Meningioma
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Spinal Schwannoma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spine Arthritis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Injuries
  • Spine Stapling
  • Spinocerebellar Degeneration
  • Spondylectomy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Spongioblastoma
  • Standard Transphenoidal Approach
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiotherapy
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subcaudate Tractotomy
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Surgery For Spasticity
  • Surgical Treatment Of Myelopathy
  • Syringobulbia
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov Cysts
  • Tethered Spinal Cord
  • Thoracic Disc Herniation
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Transpetrosal Approaches
  • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Ulnar Nerve Compression
  • Ulnar Nerve Decompression
  • Ulnar Nerve Surgery
  • Ultrasound Steroid Injection Of The Spine
  • Us Lower Lumbar Drainage
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulator
  • Vascular Malformations Of The Brain
  • Vascular Malformations Of The Spine
  • Ventricular Shunt
  • Ventriculo Peritoneal Shunt
  • Ventriculocisternostomy
  • Ventriculostomy
  • Vertebral Epiphysitis
  • Vertebral Fracture
  • Vertebral Transposition
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Visual Cortex Injury
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1.      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;49(4):885-889.

2.      Oskouian RJ Jr, Johnson JP, Regan JJ.  Thoracoscopic microdiscectomy.  Operatíve Nuances Section: Neurosurgery.  2002;50(1):103-109.

3.      Oskouian RJ Jr, Johnson JP.  Vascular complications in anterior thoracolumbar spinal reconstruction. J Neurosurg. 2002;96(1):1-5.

4.      Oskouian RJ Jr, Jane JA Sr, Laurent JJ, Dumont AS, Levine PA.  Esthesioneuroblastoma: Clinical presentation, radiology, pathology, treatment, and review of the literature.  Neurosurg Focus.  2002;12(5)1-9.

5.      Oskouian RJ Jr, Martin NA, Lee JH, Glenn TC, Guthrie D, Gonzalez N, Afari A, Vinũela F.  Multimodal quantitation of endovascular therapy for vasospasm: TCD, CBF and arterial diameters. Neurosurgery.  2002;51(1):30-41.

6.      Dumont AS, Oskouian RJ Jr, Chow MM, Kassell NF.  Surgical management of unruptured basilar artery bifurcation aneurysms: Technical note.  Neurosurg Focus.  2002;13(3):e3.

7.      Dumont AS, Dumont RJ, Oskouian RJ Jr.  Will improved understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms involved in acute spinal cord injury improve the potential for therapeutic intervention?  Curr Opin Neurol.  2002;(6):713-20.

8.      Oskouian RJ Jr, Samii A,  Whitehill R,  Shaffrey Me, Johnson R, Shaffrey CI.  The future of spinal arthroplasty: A biomaterial perspective.  Neurosurg Focus.  2004;17(3):E2.

9.      Laws ER, Sheehan JP, Sheehan JM, Jaganathan J, Jane JA Jr, Oskouian JR Jr.  Stereotactic radiosurgery for pituitary adenomas: a review of the literature.  Journal of Neuro-Oncology.  2004;69: 257–272.

10.    Oskouian RJ, Johnson PJ.  Endoscopic thoracic discectomy.  Neurosurg Focus.  2005;3(6):459-464.

11.    Kanter AS, Dumont AS, Asthagiri AR, Oskouian RJ Jr, Sansur C, Jane JA Jr, Laws ER Jr. The transsphenoidal approach: A historical perspective.  Neurosurg Focus. 2005;18(4):e6.

12.    Villavicencio AT, Oskouian RJ Jr, Roberson C, Stokes J, Park J, Shaffrey CI, Johnson JP. Thoracolumbar vertebral reconstruction of metastatic spinal tumors: Long-term outcomes.  Neurosurg Focus.  2005;19(3):E8.

13.    Johnson JP, Stokes JJ, Oskouian RJ Jr, Choi W.  Image-guided thoracoscopic spinal surgery: A merging of two technologies.  Spine 2005;30(19):E572-8.

14.    Kanter AS, Diallo AO, Jane JA Jr., Sheehan JP, Asthagiri AR, Oskouian RJ Jr, Okonkwo DO, Sansur CA, Vance ML, Rogol AD, Laws ER Jr.  Single-center experience with pediatric Cushing’s disease.  J Neurosurg.  2005;103(5):413-20.

15.    Jagannathan J, Dumont AS, Prevedello DM, Lopes B, Oskouian RJ Jr, Jane JA Jr, Laws ER Jr. Genetics of pituitary adenomas: Current theories and future implications.  Neurosurg Focus. 2005;19(5):E4.

16.    Oskouian RJ Jr, Johnson JP.  Endoscopic thoracic microdiscectomy.  J Neurosurg Spine.  2005;3(6):459-64.        

17.    Li Y, Oskouian RJ Jr, Day Y-J, Kewrn JA, Linden JM.  Evaluation of a compression-derived mouse spinal cord ischemia/reperfusion (SCIR) injury model.  J Neurosurg Spine. 2006;4(2):165-73.

18.    Pouratin N, Oskouian RJ Jr, Jensen ME, Kassell NF, Dumont AS.  Endovascular management of unruptured intracranial aneurysms.  J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry.  2006;77:572-578.

19.    Li Y, Oskouian RJ Jr, 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;141(4):2029-2039.

20.    Oskouian RJ Jr, Samii A, Laws ER.  The craniopharyngiomas. Pituitary surgery.  Front Horm Res. 2006;34:256-278.

21.    Li Y, Oskouian RJ, Day YJ, Ker Ja, Linden J.  Optimization of a mouse locomotor rating system to evaluate compression-induced spinal cord injury:  Correlation of locomotor and morphological injury indices.  J Neurosurg Spine.  2006;4(2):165-173.

22.    Oskouian RJ Jr, Kelly DF, Laws ER.  Vascular Injury and transsphenoidal surgery.  Pituitary surgery.  Front Horm Res.  2006;34:105-126.

23.    Li Y, Oskouian RJ, Shaffrey CI, Day Y-J, Bumpass DB, Roy RJ, Berr SS, Kern JA, Linden J.  Novel and reproducible murine spinal cord ischemia/reperfusion injury mode.  Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil.  2006;12(1):1-10.

24.    Oskouian RJ Jr, Shaffrey CI.  Degenerative lumbar scoliosis.  Neurosurg Clin N Am.  2006;17(3):299-315, vii. 

25.    Aslan H, Zilberman Y, Kandel L, Liebergall M, Oskouian RJ Jr, Gazit D, Gazit Z.  Osteogenic differentiation of noncultured immunoisolated bone marrow-derived CD105+ cells.  Stem Cells.  2006;24(7):1728-1737.

26.    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;5(1):18-25.

27.    Li Y, Oskouian RJ Jr, 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;141(4):2029-2039.

28.    Elias WJ, Pouratian N, Oskouian RJ, Schrimer B, Burns T.  Peroneal neuropathy following successful bariatric surgery.  Case report and review of the literature.  J Neurosurg.  2006;105(4):631-635.

29.    Oskouian RJ Jr, Sansur CA, Shaffrey CI.  Congenital abnormalities of the thoracic and lumbar spine.  Neurosurg Clin N Am.  2007;18(3):479-498.

30.    Sansur CA, Frysinger RC, Pouratian N, Fu K-M, Bittl M, Oskouian RJ, Laws ER, Elias JW. Incidence of symptomatic hemorrhage after stereotactic electrode placement.  J Neurosurg.  2007;107(5):998-1003.

31.    Jagannathan J, Oskouian RJ, Yeoh K, Dumont AS.  Molecular biology of unreresectable meningiomas: Implications for new treatments and review of literature.  Skull Base.  2008;18(3):173-187.

32.    Sheehan J, Ionescu A, Pouratian N, Hamilton K, Schelesinger D, Oskouian RJ Jr, Sansur C. Trans sodium crocetinate sensitizes glioblastoma multiforme tumors to radiation.  J Neurosurg.  2008;108(5):972-978.

33.    Jagannathan J, Oskouian RJ Jr, Dumont AS, Shaffrey CI, Jane JA Sr.  Radiographic and clinical outcomes following single level anterior cervical diskectomy and allograft fusion without plating or cervical collar.  J Neurosurg Spine.  2008;8(5):420-428.

34.    Hamilton DK, Jones-Quaidoo SM, Sansur C, Shaffrey CI, Oskouian R, Jane JA Sr.  Outcomes of bone morphogenetic protein-2 in mature adults: Posterolateral non-instrument-assisted lumbar decompression and fusion.  Surg Neurol.  2008;69(5):457-461.

35.    Furneaux CE, Marshall ES, Yeoh K, Monteith SJ, Mews PJ, Sansur CA, Oskouian RJ, Sharples KJ, Baguley BC.  Cell cycle times of short-term cultures of brain cancers as predictors of survival.  Br J Cancer J.  2008;99(10):1678-1683.

36.    Sansur CA, Fu KM, Oskouian RJ Jr, Jagannathan J, Kuntz C 4th, Shaffrey CI.  Surgical management of global sagittal deformity in ankylosing spondylitis.  Neurosurg Focus.  2008;24(1):E8.

37.    Jagannathan J, Sansur CA, Oskouian RJ Jr, Fu KM, Shaffrey CI.  Radiographic restoration of lumbar alignment after transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.  Neurosurgery.  2009;64(5):955-963.

38.    Jagannathan J, Yen CP, Ray DK, Schlesinger D, Oskouian RJ Jr, Pouratian N, Shaffrey ME, Larner J, Sheehan JP.  Gamma Knife radiosurgery to the surgical cavity following resection of brain metastases.  J Neurosurg.  2009;111(3):431-438.

39.    Hussain NS, Hanscom D, Oskouian RJ Jr.  Chyloretroperitoneum following anterior spinal surgery. Report of 4 cases.  J Neurosurg Spine.  2012;17(5):415-421.

40.    Ahmadian A, Verma S, Mundis GM Jr, Oskouian RJ Jr, Smith DA, Uribe JS.  Minimally invasive lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas interbody fusion for L4-5 spondylolisthesis: clinical outcomes. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Sep;19(3):314-20.

41.    Oskouian RJ Jr, Uribe JS.  Introduction: Minimally Invasive Spine surgery: The Greatest Advance in Medicine?  Neurosurg Focus. 2013 Aug;35(2):Introduction.

42.    Chapman JR, Oskouian RJ Jr. Nonoperative care or noncore for thoracolumbar spine fractures?  Questioning the unthinkable.  Spine J.  2014;14(11):2557-64.

43.    Moisi MD, Page J, Oskouian RJ Jr.  Commentary on: Lumbar Intervertebral Discal Cyst: A Rare Cause of Low Back Pain and Radiculopathy. Case Report and Review of the Current Evidences on Diagnosis and Management.”  Evid Based Spine Care J. 2014.

44.    Oskouian, RJ Jr, Chapman, JR  Cervicothoracic Spine Fractures. AOSpine 2015 (6): 57-75.

45.    Hussain, NS, Perez-Cruet, MJ, Oskouian RJ Jr. Thoracolumnbar Osteoporosis. Spinal Instrumentation, 2nd Ed., Ch 49.

46.    Moisi M, Page J, Paulson D, Oskouian RJ.  Technical Note - Lateral Approach to the Lumbar Spine for the Removal of Interbody Cages. Cureus. 2015 May 11;7(5):e268. doi: 10.7759/cureus.268. eCollection 2015 May.

47.   Tubbs RS, Demerdash A, Rizk E, Chapman JR, Oskouian RJ. Complications of transoral and Transnasal odontoidectomy: a comprehensive review.  Childs Nerv Syst. 2015 Aug 7.

48.   Akobo S, Rizk E, Loukas M, Chapman JR, Oskouian RJ, Tubbs RS.  The Odontoid Process: A Comprehensive Review of Its Anatomu, Embryology and Variations. Childs Nerv Syst. 2015 Aug 8.

49.   Bernard S, Loukas M, Rizk E, Oskouian RJ, Delashaw J, Shane Tubbs R. The Human Orbital  Bone:   Review and Update of its Embryology and Molecular Development. Childs Nerv Syst. 2015 Aug 18.

50.  Youssef P, Loukas M, Chapman JR, Oskouian RJ, Tubbs RS. Comprehensive Anatomical and Immunohistochemical Review of the Innervation of the Human Spine and Joints with Application to an Improved Understanding of Back Pain.  Childs Nerv Syst. 2015 Aug 18.

51.  Aly I, Chapman JR, Oskouian RJ, Loukas M, Tubbs RS.  Lumbar Ribs: a Comprehensive Review.  Childs Nerv Syst. 2015 Sep 9.

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Professional Associations

Member: Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation, Neurofibromatosis Foundation, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Medical Association, North American Spine Association, Seattle Science Foundation Advisory Board, AOSpine; Board Member: One Spine, Puget Sound Spine Interest Group; Chairman: One Spine Annual Fellows Meeting
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Practice Locations

Rod J. Oskouian practices at one location

Spine Specialists at SNI
550 17th Avenue
Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98122
Affiliated Facilities
  • Swedish Cherry Hill
  • Swedish First Hill
  • Swedish Issaquah
Medical Groups
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