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Dr. Nader Pouratian

Neurosurgery
Los Angeles, CA
19 years experience

Locations

Office

Los Angeles, CA

Address

10945 le Conte Ave Suite 2120, Los Angeles, CA
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About

Bio

Assistant Professor and Director of the UCLA Neurosurgical Movement Disorders Program and Peripheral Nerve Program. Dr. Nader Pouratian specializes in surgeries to restore and preserve brain function, including deep brain stimulation for movement disorders (and other emerging indications) and surgeries that require brain mapping. In addition, he treats peripheral nerve and brachial plexus injuries and tumors. His research focuses on developing novel interventions and technologies for neurological restoration.

Specialties
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Neurosurgery

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

18 Answers
3 Agrees
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Grade is key.: Brain tumors are rated by the world health organization grade, with higher grades generally being more aggressive. Stage is a terminology used in canc... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Yes: Deep brain stimulation can help patients with all three cardinal motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, including tremor, rigidity (or stiffness), and... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
No: No. There is no link between the two. Prolactin has no relationship with breast cancer.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Movement Disorder: Essential tremor is a movement disorder that is characterized by a tremor when you try to do something. This is in contrast to Parkinson's disease, in... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Yes: Depending on where the tumor is, one of the complications of a brain tumor or brain surgery can be amnesia. In general, patients with tumors in the te... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
No: Hoarseness may be due to intubation and anesthesia but is not primarily realted to surgery on the temporal lobe.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
No: Melanoma masses in the brain can be treated with either open surgery or radiosurgery. These are managed differently than primary brain cancers.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Deep Brain Stimulati: Deep brain stimulation is the primary surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease. This requires a commitment of time and medical fitness. Others may b... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Not FDA approved: There is increasing evidence that deep brain stimulation targeting the globus pallidus is effective for tardive disorders but this is not officially a... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
~50% response rate: This is a non-fda approved indication for dbs. However, patients who fail medical therapies, including botox, can be considered. Approximately 50% of ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Not necessarily: Medication, including Botox therapy, are first line choice.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Many possibilities: Tremors can be neurological, hormonal, or anxiety driven. A full assessment with a primary care physician is needed. The doctor needs to evaluate the ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Yes: It is a non-fda approved indication. It is effective in approximately 50% of patients.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
No: Syringomyelia is due to a problem either at the base of the skull or in the spine itself. Deep brain stimulation cannot address these issues.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
No: Dbs only treats the movement components of Parkinson's disease. In some cases, it can exacerbate the cognitive components of Parkinson's disease.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
No: The risk of anesthesia is not related to a history of previous surgery, but the underlying condition which a patient has.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Most are not.: The most common pituitary tumor is an adenoma, which is a benign tumor and not a cancer. Some rarer types of tumors can be more aggressive.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Yes: Once recovered from surgery, one should be able to fly without restriction. However, individual surgeons may vary as to when exactly you can fly.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Pouratian is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pouratian is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! This perfectly described the tremor I have and it relieved a lot of anxiety. Thank you.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks so much for your time helps me to understand more.
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thanks so much for your insight on the matter at hand.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UCLA School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 2003MD
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