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  • Zaman Mirzadeh, MD, PhD

    Neurosurgeon (602) 406-3181

    Zaman Mirzadeh, MD, PhD, is a neurosurgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery at Barrow Neurological Institute.

    Dr. Mirzadeh’s expertise includes functional neurosurgery, surgical management of facial pain and chronic neuropathic pain, neuromodulation for chronic pain, and neuroablative techniques for cancer pain management. He is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, International Society for Stem Cell Research, and Society for Neuroscience.

    Dr. Mirzadeh earned his doctorate and medical degrees from the University of California at San Francisco. He completed his residency at Barrow Neurological Institute. He completed a fellowship in functional neurosurgery at Toronto Western Hospital and another in advanced pain at the Baylor College of Medicine MD Anderson Cancer Center.

    Dr. Mirzadeh’s research interests include Type 2 diabetes, central nervous system control of glucose homeostasis and energy balance, and pain modulation in the spinal cord dorsal horn.

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

    Education & Training
    • Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Advanced Pain, 2017
    • Residency, Barrow Neurological Institute, Neurosurgery, 2017
    • Fellowship, University of Toronto, Toronto Western Hospital, Functional Neurosurgery, 2015
    • MD, University of California at San Francisco, Medical Scientist Training Program, 2010
    • PhD, University of California at San Francisco, Stem Cell Biology, 2008
    • BA, Johns Hopkins University, Neuroscience, 2001
    Professional Memberships
    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
    • American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
    • World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
    • Society for Neuroscience
    • International Society for Stem Cell Research
    • Arizona Neurosurgical Society
    Honors and Awards
    • John Oakley Pain Fellowship, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain, 2017
    • John R. Green Award for Best Paper, Arizona Neurosurgical Society, 2015
    • Julius R. Krevans’ Distinguished Dissertation Award, University of California at San Francisco, Epithelial Organization of the Adult Neural Stem Cell Niche, 2007
    • Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award, Johns Hopkins University, Individual Vocal Recognition and Immediate Early Gene ZENK Expression in the European Starling, 2000
    • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2000
    • Charles Carroll Fulton Scholar, Johns Hopkins University, 2000
    • Becker Family Fund Scholar, Johns Hopkins University, 1999
    • Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honor Society, Johns Hopkins University, 1999-2001
    • Top Abstract, Honor Society for Neuroscience Annual Poster Session, Johns Hopkins University, 2000
    • Honor Society for Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University, 1998-2001
    • Dean’s List, Johns Hopkins University, 1998-2001
    Selected Publications


    1. Mirzadeh Z, Kusne Y, Duran-Moreno M, Cabrales E, Gil-Perotin S, Ortiz C, Chen B, Garcia-Verdugo JM, Sanai N, Alvarez-Buylla A. Bi- and uniciliated ependymal cells define continuous floor-plate-derived tanycytic territories. Nat Commun. 2017;8:13759.
    2. Chen T, Mirzadeh Z, Lambert M, Gonzalez O, Moran A, Shetter AG, Ponce FA. Cost of deep brain stimulation infection resulting in explantation. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2017;95(2):117-124.
    3. Turner JD, Eastlack RK, Mirzadeh Z, Nguyen S, Pawelek J, Mundis GM, Jr. Fluctuations in spinal cord perfusion during adult spinal deformity correction identify neurologic changes: proof of concept. World Neurosurg. 2016;85:365 e361-366.
    4. Scarlett JM, Rojas JM, Matsen ME, Kaiyala KJ, Stefanovski D, Bergman RN, Nguyen HT, Dorfman MD, Lantier L, Wasserman DH, Mirzadeh Z, Unterman TG, Morton GJ, Schwartz MW. Central injection of fibroblast growth factor 1 induces sustained remission of diabetic hyperglycemia in rodents. Nat Med. 2016;22(7):800-806.
    5. Mirzadeh Z, Chapple K, Lambert M, Evidente VG, Mahant P, Ospina MC, Samanta J, Moguel-Cobos G, Salins N, Lieberman A, Troster AI, Dhall R, Ponce FA. Parkinson’s disease outcomes after intraoperative CT-guided “asleep” deep brain stimulation in the globus pallidus internus. J Neurosurg. 2016;124(4):902-907.
    6. Mirzadeh Z, Bari A, Lozano AM. The rationale for deep brain stimulation in Alzheimer’s disease. J Neural Transm (Vienna). 2016;123(7):775-783.
    7. Chen T, Mirzadeh Z, Chapple K, Lambert M, Ponce FA. Complication rates, lengths of stay, and readmission rates in “awake” and “asleep” deep brain simulation. J Neurosurg. 2016:1-10.
    8. Chen T, Mirzadeh Z, Chapple K, Lambert M, Dhall R, Ponce FA. “Asleep” deep brain stimulation for essential tremor. J Neurosurg. 2016;124(6):1842-1849.
    9. Mirzadeh Z, Ponce FA. Reply: DBS with versus without MER: clinical equipoise or malpractice? Mov Disord. 2015;30(3):439-441.
    10. Mirzadeh Z, Ponce FA. Re: Letter to the editor regarding microelectrode recordings and deep brain stimulation surgery–Reasoned discussion? Mov Disord. 2015;30(9):1294-1295.

    About Barrow Neurological Institute
    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.