Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, MD, FAANS, FACS, FAHA

Professor, Residency Program Director & Co-director, Neurovascular Surgery
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Biographical Info


Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery
Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ

Chief Residency:
Neurosurgical Service,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston


Neurosurgical Service,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston


Department of Surgery,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston


Medical School:
Harvard Medical School, Boston


Board Certified:
American Board of Neurological Surgery

Medical Licensure:




  • Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Director, Residency Program
    Department of Neurosurgery, University of Illinois at Chicago



  • Co-Director of Neurovascular Surgery
    Department of Neurosurgery, University of Illinois at Chicago



  • University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System


Professional Organizations:

  • Membership Chair, Society of Neurological Surgeons, 2014-2015
  • Chair, AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section, 2012-2013
  • Co-Vice Chair AANS/CNS Joint Guidelines Committee
  • Member at Large, CNS Executive Committee


  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2014
  • America’s Top Surgeons 2008-2013
  • The Best Doctors in America, 2007-2013
  • Department Faculty of the Year Award for Clinical Service, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013
  • Maurice F. Rabb, MD/Jose F. Pulido, MD Medical Student Teaching Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (faculty), The University of Illinois, 2005
  • Council of State Neurosurgical Societies Young Neurosurgeon Award, 2003
  • Galbraith Award, AANS/CNS Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery, 1999

Clinical Interests

  • Cerebrovascular Surgery for intracranial aneurysms, Moya-Moya disease, carotid artery disease, arteriovenous malformations (AVM’s) and cavernous malformations.
  • Evaluation and management of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke, including intra-cranial disease and vertebro-basilar insufficiency (VBI).
  • Skull Base and Tumor Surgery: including acoustic neuromas, meningiomas and pituitary tumors.
  • Microsurgery

Research Interests

  • Hemodynamic assessment of vertebrobasilar disease
  • Outcomes of extracranial – intracranial bypass surgery
  • Carotid disease and cognitive outcomes
  • Flow assisted techniques for aneurysm surgery
  • Use of quantitative MR technology in cerebrovascular disease

Selected Publications

  • Amin-Hanjani S, Ogilvy CS, Ojemann RG, Crowell RM: Risks of surgical management for cavernous malformations of the central nervous system. Neurosurgery 42:1220-1227, 1998.
  • Charbel FT, Zhao M, Amin-Hanjani S, Hoffman W, Du X, Clark ME: A patient specific computer model to predict balloon occlusion test outcomes. J Neurosurg 101:977-988, 2004.
  • Amin-Hanjani S, Du X, Mlinarevich N, Meglio G, Zhao M, Charbel FT: The cut flow index: an intraoperative predictor of the success of EC-IC bypass for occlusive cerebrovascular disease. Neurosurgery 56 (Suppl1):75-85, 2005.
  • Amin-Hanjani S, Du X, Zhao M, Walsk K, Malisch TW, Charbel FT: Use of quantitative magnetic resonance angiography to stratify stroke risk in symptomatic vertebrobasilar disease. Stroke 36:1140-1145, 2005.
  • Amin-Hanjani S, Shin JH, Zhao M, Du X, Charbel FT: Evaluation of extracranial-intracranial bypass using quantitative magnetic resonance angiography. J Neurosurg 106:291-298, 2007.
  • Amin-Hanjani S, Rose-Finnell L, Richardson D, Ruland S, Pandey D, Thulborn KR, Liebeskind DS, Zipfel GJ, Elkind MSV, Kramer J, Silver FL, Kasner SE, Caplan LR, Derdeyn CP, Gorelick PB, Charbel FT for the VERiTAS Study Group: Vertebrobasilar flow evaluation and risk of transient ischemic attack and stroke (VERiTAS) study: rationale and design. Int J Stroke, 5:499-505, 2010.

Selected Chapters:

  • Amin-Hanjani S, Ogilvy CS: Indications and techniques for emergent carotid exploration, in Loftus CM, Kresowik TF (eds):Carotid Artery Surgery. Thieme,2000, pp303-313.
  • Amin-Hanjani S, Ojemann RG, Ogilvy CS: Surgical management of cavernous malformations of the nervous system, in Schmidek H (ed): Schmidek and Sweet: Operative neurosurgical technique, 5th edition, Elsevier, 2006, pp1307-1324.
  • Charbel FT, Alaraj A, Amin-Hanjani S: Extracranial vertebral artery disease, in Winn HR (ed) Youmans Textbook of Neurological Surgery, 6th edition, Elsevier, submitted 2008.
  • Amin-Hanjani S, Alaraj A, Charbel FT: EC-IC bypass for posterior circulation ischemia, in Abdulrauf SI (ed): Cerebral Revascularization: Techniques in Extracranial-to-Intracranial Bypass Surgery, Elsevier, 2011, pp175-184.
  • Charbel FT, Amin-Hanjani S: Decision making in cerebral revascularization surgery using intraoperative CBF measurements, in Abdulrauf SI (ed): Cerebral Revascularization: Techniques in Extracranial-to-Intracranial Bypass Surgery, Elsevier, 2011, pp45-55.
Categories: Department of Neurosurgery