Moise Danielpour, MD

Vera and Paul Guerin Family Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Program

Moise Danielpour, MD, is the Vera and Paul Guerin Family Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery and the Director of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Program at Cedars-Sinai's Department of Neurosurgery. He specializes in treating pediatric brain tumors and other nervous system disorders, including congenital malformations, spinal dysplasia, brain tumors, epilepsy, craniofacial disorders and hydrocephalus.

Dr. Danielpour is one of the few pediatric neurosurgeons in the world with experience with in utero surgical treatment for birth defects, such as myelomeningocele.  He is also a member of the international prenatal neurology and neurosurgery conference team as well as a member of Cedars-Sinai's International Skeletal Dysplasia Program.

Dr. Danielpour is an expert in the use of minimally invasive surgical technology in the care of children with central nervous system disease. His clinical research interests include surgical care of neurological complications in skeletal dyplasia, foramen magnum stenosis and spinal stenosis and the use of minimally invasive techniques in the treatment of pediatric hydrocephalus (endoscopic third ventriculostomy and endoscopic fenestration of intracranial cysts), and developing novel therapeutic strategies for pediatric brain tumors.

His commitment to advancement of medical knowledge and science has led to collaborations with several National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported basic scientists. His current laboratory research interest includes mechanisms of development and progression of central nervous system tumors in children, novel therapeutic strategies for pediatric brain tumors, and gene therapy for the treatment of malignant pediatric brain tumors.  Dr. Danielpour is co-investigator on a clinical trial on dendritic cell immune vaccination for malignant brain tumors in children being conducted at the Cedars-Sinai's Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute.

Dr. Danielpour’s past scientific achievements include co-writing the recently concluded NIH-funded multi-center RO1 grant for a clinical trial of in utero surgical closure of myelomeningocele defect as well as the development of new evaluation paradigms for children with foramen magnum stenosis and achondroplasia. Dr. Danielpour has performed research at the Molecular Biology Institute and the Marion Davies Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition, he served as an American Heart Association student research fellow in the Department of Neurosurgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where he studied the impact of antioncogenes on the growth and differentiation of neuronal cell lines. His research has been published in numerous professional journals.

Dr. Danielpour is Co-Director of the Craniofacial Clinic and a member of several multidisciplinary clinical treatment teams that work together to deliver the best care possible to pediatric patients. Dr. Danielpour looks for ways to improve care for children around the world, working with children's charities on an international level. He recently traveled to Guatemala with the "Healing the Children" foundation where he operated on children with complex neurosurgical problems.

Dr. Danielpour earned a bachelor's degree in biology and psychology, becoming a member of the Golden Key National Honors Society and earning the department's highest honors with distinction in research. He earned his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he worked in a laboratory with Dr. Matthew Scharff, a prominent immunologist and member of the National Academy of Sciences. He completed his residency in neurological surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he served as Chief Resident and Instructor. Dr. Danielpour completed his training with Dr. Warwick Peacock in San Francisco, serving as a clinical instructor of pediatric neurosurgery at the joint Stanford-University of California, San Francisco Medical Centers.  

Dr. Danielpour is board certified in neurological surgery and pediatric neurosurgery.  He is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and The Western Neurosurgical Society.

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