Francisco A. Ponce, MD
Director, Barrow Center for Neuromodulation
Dr. Francisco Ponce grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and earned his undergraduate degree in physics at Harvard. After attending graduate school at Oxford, he went on to complete medical school at the University of Chicago. He completed his residency in neurological surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute, and received subspecialty training in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto under Dr. Andres Lozano.
In 2011, Dr. Ponce was named the director of the new Barrow Center for Neuromodulation. Neuromodulation therapy aims to eliminate or improve symptoms of neurological disorders by negating abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is the most common form of this treatment.
DBS delivers minute electrical stimulation to specific areas of the brain via a surgical implant similar to a heart pacemaker. This stimulation can relieve the tremors and rigidity that are hallmarks of movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. Over the past two decades, DBS has revolutionized the management of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.
Dr. Ponce has published extensively on DBS and other neurosurgical procedures in peer-reviewed medical journals. He also has given presentations at national and international conferences. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons. He also enjoys reading, hiking, and endurance sports, and has completed an Ironman triathlon.
Education, Training, and Previous Positions
- Fellowship, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Barrow Neurological Institute
- Fellowship, Complex Spine, Barrow Neurological Institute
- Fellowship, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, University of Toronto
- Residency, Neurosurgery Barrow Neurological Institute
- Internship, General Surgery, Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix
- MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
- Graduate studies, Oxford University
- Undergraduate studies, Harvard University
- Spetzler RF, Ponce FA. A 3-tier classification of cerebral arteriovenous malformations. Clinical article. J Neurosurg. Mar 2011;114(3):842-849.
Ponce FA, Spetzler RF, Han PP, Wait SD, Killory BD, Nakaji P, Zabramski JM. Cardiac standstill for cerebral aneurysms in 103 patients: an update on the experience at the Barrow Neurological Institute. Clinical article. J Neurosurg. Mar 2011;114(3):877-884.
Ponce FA, Spetzler RF. Arteriovenous malformations: classification to cure. Clin Neurosurg. 2011;58:10-12.
Ponce FA, Lozano AM. The most cited works in Parkinson's disease. Mov Disord. Feb 15 2011;26(3):380-390.
Ponce FA, Killory BD, Wait SD, Theodore N, Dickman CA. Endoscopic resection of intrathoracic tumors: experience with and long-term results for 26 patients. J Neurosurg Spine. Mar 2011;14(3):377-381.
- Wait SD, Killory BD, Lekovic GP, Ponce FA, Kenny KJ, Dickman CA. Thoracoscopic sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis: analysis of 642 procedures with special attention to Horner's syndrome and compensatory hyperhidrosis. Neurosurgery. Sep 2010;67(3):652-656; discussion 656-657.
Ponce FA, Lozano AM. Measuring excellence in clinical translation: what are the top works in the field of neurosurgery?
Clin Neurosurg. 2010;57:94-96.
Ponce FA, Lozano AM. Deep brain stimulation state of the art and novel stimulation targets. Prog Brain Res. 2010;184:311-324.
Ponce FA, Lozano AM. Academic impact and rankings of American and Canadian neurosurgical departments as assessed using the h index. J Neurosurg. Sep 2010;113(3):447-457.
Ponce FA, Lozano AM. Highly cited works in neurosurgery. Part II: the citation classics. J Neurosurg. Feb 2010;112(2):233-246.
Ponce FA, Lozano AM. Highly cited works in neurosurgery. Part I: the 100 top-cited papers in neurosurgical journals. J Neurosurg. Feb 2010;112(2):223-232.
- Kakarla UK, Beres EJ, Ponce FA, Chang SW, Deshmukh VR, Bambakidis NC, Zabramski JM, Spetzler RF. Microsurgical treatment of pediatric intracranial aneurysms: long-term angiographic and clinical outcomes. Neurosurgery. Aug 2010;67(2):237-249; discussion 250.