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  • Portrait of neurosurgeon and DBS specialist Francisco Ponce

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    Francisco Ponce, MD

    Neurosurgeon (602) 406-3181

    Francisco Ponce, MD, is a neurosurgeon and the chief of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at Barrow Neurological Institute. He serves as director of both the Center for Neuromodulation and the Neurosurgery Residency Program. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

    Dr. Ponce’s expertise includes deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery for Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. DBS is the most common form of neuromodulation therapy, which aims to eliminate or improve symptoms of neurological disorders by negating abnormal electrical activity in the brain. He is also active in the operative management of cranial and spinal trauma.

    Dr. Ponce earned his undergraduate degree in physics at Harvard University and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago. Dr. Ponce completed his neurosurgery residency at Barrow and a fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

    Dr. Ponce has published extensively on DBS and other neurosurgical procedures in peer-reviewed journals. He presents regularly at national and international conferences.

    Please call (602) 406-3181 to request an appointment with Dr. Ponce.

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    Education & Training
    • Fellowship, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Barrow Neurological Institute
    • Fellowship, Complex Spinal Neurosurgery, 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
    Selected Publications

    View complete list of publications on PubMed

    1. Mirzadeh Z, Chapple K, Lambert M, Evidente VG, Mahant P, Ospina MC, Samanta J, Moguel-Cobos G, Salins N, Lieberman A, Tröster AI, Dhall R, Ponce FAParkinson’s disease outcomes after intraoperative CT-guided “asleep” deep brain stimulation in the globus pallidus internusJ Neurosurg. 2015 Oct 9:1-6. [Epub ahead of print]
    2. 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.
    3. Ponce FA, Spetzler RF. Arteriovenous malformations: classification to cure. Clin Neurosurg. 2011;58:10-12.
    4. Ponce FA, Lozano AM. The most cited works in Parkinson’s disease. Mov Disord. Feb 15 2011;26(3):380-390.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. Ponce FA, Lozano AM. Deep brain stimulation state of the art and novel stimulation targets. Prog Brain Res. 2010;184:311-324.
    9. 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.
    10. Ponce FA, Lozano AM. Highly cited works in neurosurgery. Part II: the citation classics. J Neurosurg. Feb 2010;112(2):233-246.

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