Mario Ammirati, M.D.

Mario Ammirati, M.D. | La Jolla, Sorrento Valley

(619) 800-8779

11199 Sorrento Valley Rd., #203 San Diego, CA 92121

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(619) 354-7098


Mario Ammirati, M.D.
Board Certified Neurosurgeon/ Spine Surgeon
Dr. Mario Ammirati is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon who brings more than 25 years of experience in performing 4,000+ brain and spine surgeries. He is a world leader in skull base surgery who moved back to San Diego in 2021 to open his private practice after 20+ years of operating his own skull base/ brain tumor practice/skull base research lab in Academic Centers including UCLA, UCI and Ohio State University where he was a Tenured Professor of Neurosurgery.

Throughout his career Dr. Ammirati trained 120+ neurosurgery residents and fellows. 

Dr. Ammirati is an executive leader who has served as Chairman, Surgical Director of Neurosciences, Director, Vice Chair, Tenured Professor and Chief of Neurosurgery at many institutions including UCLA, UC Irvine, Temple University and the Sbarro Health Research Organization. He operates at Sharp Grossmont Hospital and other surgery centers in San Diego, with clinics in Sorrento Valley and La Mesa. He is well-versed as a medical expert and in lien cases. 

After training in neurosurgery at Northwestern University Medical School, Dr. Ammirati completed a 2-year fellowship with Professor Samii, the leading world expert in skull base neurosurgery. He contributed to writing the guidelines for the treatment of brain metastases and Brain Tumors on behalf of American Neurosurgical/Cancer Associations. And, he was one of the first neurosurgeons in the USA to use computers and intraoperative Computerized Tomography (CT) to place instrumentations (screws) in the spine, thereby decreasing the number of badly-positioned screws and hence the need for reoperation while optimizing patient outcomes. 

Dr. Ammirati has contributed chapters on Skull Base Surgery in the last 3 editions of the #1 neurosurgery textbook in the world (Youman’s Neurological Surgery), and his contributions to the advances of medicine in general include authoring 13+ textbooks on skull base tumors and meningiomas, speaking at hundreds of conferences over 40 years, and publishing more than 165 peer-reviewed research papers that uncover and perpetually evolve techniques to improve outcomes and lives through neurosurgery.

Dr. Ammirati’s treatment philosophy is based on adherence to the most up to date reliable scientific evidence that is tailored to the need of each individual/unique patient. Indeed, no guideline completely fits each unique patient.

Specialty: Neurosurgeon, Spine Surgeon

Language(s): English, Spanish

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