Jefferson Chen, MD

Jefferson W. Chen, MD, PhD


Neurological Surgery

Clinical Interests

Brain tumors, Normal pressure hydrocephalus, Stroke and stroke recovery, Traumatic brain injury

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  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery
  • English
Medical School
Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine
UC San Diego Medical CenterGeneral Surgery
Children's Hospital of Los AngelesPediatric Neurosurgery
UC San Diego Medical CenterNeurological Surgery
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical CenterNeurovascular/Skull Base Neurosurgery
Grade School
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine — MD/PhD program
Professional Positions
  • Associate Clinical Professor — Department of Neurological Surgery
  • Fellow — American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Fellow — American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow — American College of Critical Care Medicine
  • Member — National Hydrocephalus Foundation Medical Advisory Board
  • Member — American Heart Association, Stroke Council
  • Member — Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Member — International NeuroTrauma Society
  • Member — NeuroCritical Care Society
  • Member — Research Society of Neurological Surgeons
  • Member — Western Neurosurgical Society
  • Member — American Medical Association
Awards and Recognition
  • Best Doctors in America® — Neurological Surgery, 2007, 2010-2013, 2015, 2016
  • Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) — National Institutes of Health
More Information

Dr. Jefferson W. Chen is a neurosurgeon who is board certified in neurosurgery, neurocritical care and neuro-oncology. His clinical interests include traumatic brain injury, normal pressure hydrocephalus, stroke and brain tumor. He is a leader in techniques such as multimodal brain monitoring for traumatic brain injury and the use of BrainPath® technology to access deep-seated lesions.

Chen earned his PhD and medical degrees from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed residencies in general and neurological surgery at UC San Diego, as well as a residency in pediatric neurosurgery. He also completed a fellowship in neurovascular and skull base surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

Chen's research interests include studying the molecular mechanisms of brain injury and brain cell death.

Neurological Associates of Irvine
24411 Health Center Drive, Suite 330
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone: 714-456-6966
Fax: 714-456-8284
UC Irvine Medical Center — Neurosurgery
101 The City Drive South, Pavilion 1,
Bldg. 30
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-6966
Fax: 714-456-8284