Michael J. Alexander, MD, FACS

Professor and Vice-Chairman

Director, Neurovascular Center

Dr. Michael Alexander is the Director of the Neurovascular Center at Cedars-Sinai. His clinical interests include neurovascular disease, such as cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and fistula, carotid artery disease, acute stroke, Moyamoya disease, cavernous malformations, intracranial stenting, and skull base tumors.

Dr. Alexander is a highly experienced board-certified neurosurgeon, with subspecialty fellowship training and clinical experience in endovascular neurosurgery as well as cerebrovascular and skull base neurosurgery.  

After earning his medical degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., he completed a neurosurgery residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center followed by prestigious fellowship training in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute and an interventional neuroradiology fellowship at UCLA Medical Center. Following his training, he built a world-class Neurovascular Center at Duke University as the director of the center, where he became one of the busiest endovascular neurosurgeons in the country. He was recruited to Cedars-Sinai in 2007, where he has grown the neurovascular program to one of the busiest on the West Coast. He also directs the only SNS CAST-accredited training fellowship in Endovascular Neurosurgery on the West Coast.

Dr. Alexander is the President-Elect of the national Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery, where he has held a position on the executive committee for the past four years. In 2011, he was listed as one of “America’s Top Surgeons” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. His seminal published textbook, Pediatric Neurovascular Disease: Surgical, Endovascular, and Medical Management, has received critical acclaim as a landmark resource book and he has over 100 peer-reviewed publications on neurovascular and skull base surgery topics.

He has an esteemed international reputation, giving invited lectures in Europe, Asia, Africa, and across North and South America regarding his clinical expertise in the treatment of complex aneurysms, extracranial-intracranial bypass surgery, treatment of acute stroke and atherosclerotic cerebrovascular disease, skull base surgery and simulator training for endovascular neurosurgery.

Dr. Alexander is committed to educating patients and their families, as well as other physicians through device proctoring and interdisciplinary conferences, and to providing patients with cutting edge treatments with safety and compassion.

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