Peter Nakaji, MD
Director, Neurosurgery Residency Program
Director, Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery
Dr. Nakaji is a general practice neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of complicated diseases of the brain and spine. His vascular practice includes the treatment of aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, carotid artery disease, and brain and spinal tumors. He also maintains an active interest in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and Chiari malformation, among other conditions.
Dr. Nakaji completed his residency at the University of California, San Diego, Division of Neurological Surgery. He received additional fellowship training in endoscopic neurosurgery at the Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery in Sydney, Australia, under the Direction of Dr. Charles Teo. He completed a second fellowship in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute under Dr. Robert Spetzler, before joining the staff as an attending neurosurgeon.
Dr. Nakaji advocates an approach to neurosurgery that is both balanced and aggressive. He is a strong proponent of the "minimally invasive" surgical philosophy, meaning that his surgical incisions are often smaller, less traumatic, and allow faster recovery, with the least possible discomfort to the patient. His practice style is collaborative, and he strongly believes that incorporation of patients, their families, and the medical staff as members of his team offers patients the best possible outcome and satisfaction.