Jason Scott Hauptman, MD, PhD

Jason Scott Hauptman, MD, PhD

Neurosciences, Neurosurgery, Hematology-Oncology, Epilepsy

On staff since September 2017

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

"Being able to help parents and children in a time of need is our greatest reward and our greatest responsibility. I try my best to treat each family as if they were my own family, and take care of every child as if they were my own."

  • As a pediatric neurosurgeon, my job is to take care of children with a wide variety of neurological conditions. My mission is to deliver the absolute best care to each and every child, and to do it with compassion and diligence. I also am working hard to increase our understanding and approach to neurological illness through a variety of research efforts and by collaborating with incredible colleagues in the laboratory and at all stages of healthcare delivery. I look forward to meeting you!

    I was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in central New Jersey. After high school I attended Muhlenberg College, a liberal arts school in Pennsylvania where I received a BA in Psychology and a BS in Biology. From there I returned to New Jersey for medical school. Then, I moved across the county to Los Angeles were I trained in neurosurgery at UCLA under Dr. Neil Martin. During my residency, I earned a PhD in Neuroscience studying the ways nerve cells communicate and potentially contribute to epilepsy in diseases like cortical dysplasia and tuberous sclerosis. After residency, I went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. I went on to become regional pediatric and epilepsy neurosurgeon for Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles for two years before being recruited to join the fantastic team here at Seattle Children's Hospital. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with stellar colleagues at this world-class institution.

    • Silvia Norwalk,CA 01.15.18

      Our 15yr old son suffered a brain bleed in 2016 due to a ruptured AVM, Dr. Hauptman who was at the time with Kaiser Permanete Hollywood, cared for our son Jhaylen, with compassion and friendliness, always making him and us feel comfortable and at ease even through difficult decisions, and was always honest with diagnosis. we highly recommend Dr. Hauptman, it was very sad as worrisome to see him leave, we are so thankful for physicians like him, he truly was a sent angel

    • Rashall Palmdale, Ca 10.19.17

      Dr Hauptman is an AMAZING person, in addition to being an awesome surgeon. He cared for our son who suffered from a Bilateral Grade IV brain bleed. Our son lost over 80% of his brain during a traumatic early birth (23 weeks) and was in the hospital most of the first 14 months of his life. Dr Hauptman was always careful and only performed surgeries that he felt necessary to help him. While realistic and honest with us about his medical opinions, his humanity didn’t crush our faith and hope that things would miraculously happen for our son. Jaxon has done better than anyone could’ve hoped for. During his extended stay Dr Hauptman was a frequent visitor to his room, even just to pinch his cheeks and say hello, during his rounds, even if he wasn’t on his schedule. He truly took care of our whole family and not just our son. We love Dr. Hauptman’s approach and passion for what he does. His father’s heart, helps to him keep his oath of doing no harm and only what is necessary for the good of the patient. Thank you Dr Hauptman for all you did for our family. Los Angeles definitely lost an amazing human being. Washington take care of him or we will ask for him back!

    • Miller-Wakeham WA 11.17.17

      Dr H- This time last year you were in surgery with Eli. It's crazy that it's been a year. Today he went to school, had pizza for lunch, went to PT, teased his sisters a bit, watched TV, ran around, and just got to be a kid. He's living, breathing, and healthy and we're just so grateful. Thank you. For all you've done for our family. If anyone asks Eli about his scar he says "I worked hard for my scar, it saved me. Dr. Hauptman helped me." You're still a household name here and we miss you. We know you're still doing amazing things! Hope you and your family are well. We're forever thankful for you.

    • Ivan Y, Hauptman J, Marin JR
      Abdominal Cerebrospinal Fluid Pseudocyst Diagnosed by Point-of-Care Ultrasound.
      27253360 Pediatric emergency care , 2016 June : 32(6)408-9
    • Kim W, Chivukula S, Hauptman J, Pouratian N
      Diffusion Tensor Imaging-Based Thalamic Segmentation in Deep Brain Stimulation for Chronic Pain Conditions.
      27537848 Stereotactic and functional neurosurgery , 2016 : 94(4)225-234 PMCID: PMC5083182
    • Gandhoke GS, Hauptman JS, Salvetti DJ, Weiner GM, Panigrahy A, Yilmaz S, Pollack IF
      Transosseous cerebrospinal fluid fistula 14 years after Chiari decompression: presentation and management.
      25978535 Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2015 Aug. : 16(2)146-9
    • Hauptman JS, Dadour A, Oh T, Baca CB, Vickrey BG, Vassar S, Sankar R, Salamon N, Vinters HV, Mathern GW
      Time to pediatric epilepsy surgery is longer and developmental outcomes lower for government compared with private insurance.
      23615092 Neurosurgery , 2013 July : 73(1)152-7
    • Baca CB, Vickrey BG, Vassar S, Hauptman JS, Dadour A, Oh T, Salamon N, Vinters HV, Sankar R, Mathern GW
      Time to pediatric epilepsy surgery is related to disease severity and nonclinical factors.
      23468549 Neurology , 2013 Mar. 26 : 80(13)1231-9 PMCID: PMC3691779
    • Hauptman JS, Dadour A, Oh T, Baca CB, Vickrey BG, Vassar SD, Sankar R, Salamon N, Vinters HV, Mathern GW
      Sociodemographic changes over 25 years of pediatric epilepsy surgery at UCLA.
      23331214 Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2013 Mar. : 11(3)250-5 PMCID: PMC3832187
    • Lall RR, Lall RR, Hauptman JS, Munoz C, Cybulski GR, Koski T, Ganju A, Fessler RG, Smith ZA
      Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring in spine surgery: indications, efficacy, and role of the preoperative checklist.
      23116090 Neurosurgical focus , 2012 Nov. : 33(5)E10
    • Hauptman JS, Pedram K, Sison CA, Sankar R, Salamon N, Vinters HV, Mathern GW
      Pediatric epilepsy surgery: long-term 5-year seizure remission and medication use.
      22895408 Neurosurgery , 2012 Nov. : 71(5)985-93
    • Hauptman JS, Mathern GW
      Surgical treatment of epilepsy associated with cortical dysplasia: 2012 update.
      22946727 Epilepsia , 2012 Sept. : 53 Suppl 498-104
    • Hauptman JS, Salamon N, Mathern GW
      Neuroimaging in the definition and organization of the epilepsies: we're not there yet.
      22765501 Epilepsia , 2012 July : 53 Suppl 222-7 PMCID: PMC3397398
    • Hauptman JS, Barkhoudarian G, Safaee M, Gorgulho A, Tenn S, Agazaryan N, Selch M, De Salles AA
      Challenges in linear accelerator radiotherapy for chordomas and chondrosarcomas of the skull base: focus on complications.
      22137019 International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics , 2012 June 1 : 83(2)542-51
    • Hauptman JS, Mathern GW
      Vagal nerve stimulation for pharmacoresistant epilepsy in children.
      23230532 Surgical neurology international , 2012 : 3(Suppl 4)S269-74 PMCID: PMC3514916
    • Everson R, Hauptman JS
      From the bench to the bedside: Brain-machine interfaces in spinal cord injury, the blood-brain barrier, and neurodegeneration, using the hippocampus to improve cognition, metabolism, and epilepsy, and understanding axonal death.
      23087824 Surgical neurology international , 2012 : 3108 PMCID: PMC3475876
    • Hauptman JS, Mathern GW
      Epilepsy neurosurgery in children.
      22939072 Handbook of clinical neurology , 2012 : 108881-95
    • Chow DS, Hauptman JS, Wong TT, Gonzalez NR, Martin NA, Lignelli AA, Itagaki MW
      Changes in stroke research productivity: A global perspective.
      22439118 Surgical neurology international , 2012 : 327 PMCID: PMC3307235
    • Cepeda C, André VM, Hauptman JS, Yamazaki I, Huynh MN, Chang JW, Chen JY, Fisher RS, Vinters HV, Levine MS, Mathern GW
      Enhanced GABAergic network and receptor function in pediatric cortical dysplasia Type IIB compared with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.
      21889982 Neurobiology of disease , 2012 Jan. : 45(1)310-21 PMCID: PMC3225687
    • Hauptman JS, Chow DS, Martin NA, Itagaki MW
      Research productivity in neurosurgery: trends in globalization, scientific focus, and funding.
      21962030 Journal of neurosurgery , 2011 Dec. : 115(6)1262-72
    • Hauptman JS, Moftakhar P, Dadour A, Malkasian D, Martin NA
      Advances in the biology of cerebral cavernous malformations.
      20975979 Surgical neurology international , 2010 Oct. 11 : 163 PMCID: PMC2958334
    • Cepeda C, André VM, Yamazaki I, Hauptman JS, Chen JY, Vinters HV, Mathern GW, Levine MS
      Comparative study of cellular and synaptic abnormalities in brain tissue samples from pediatric tuberous sclerosis complex and cortical dysplasia type II.
      20618424 Epilepsia , 2010 July : 51 Suppl 3160-5 PMCID: PMC2909023
    • He W, Hauptman J, Pasupuleti L, Setton A, Farrow MG, Kasper L, Karimi R, Gandhi CD, Catrambone JE, Prestigiacomo CJ
      True posterior communicating artery aneurysms: are they more prone to rupture? A biomorphometric analysis.
      19747044 Journal of neurosurgery , 2010 Mar. : 112(3)611-5
    • Lerner JT, Salamon N, Hauptman JS, Velasco TR, Hemb M, Wu JY, Sankar R, Donald Shields W, Engel J Jr, Fried I, Cepeda C, Andre VM, Levine MS, Miyata H, Yong WH, Vinters HV, Mathern GW
      Assessment and surgical outcomes for mild type I and severe type II cortical dysplasia: a critical review and the UCLA experience.
      19175385 Epilepsia , 2009 June : 50(6)1310-35
    • Moftakhar P, Hauptman JS, Malkasian D, Martin NA
      Cerebral arteriovenous malformations. Part 2: physiology.
      19408989 Neurosurgical focus , 2009 May : 26(5)E11
    • Moftakhar P, Hauptman JS, Malkasian D, Martin NA
      Cerebral arteriovenous malformations. Part 1: cellular and molecular biology.
      19408988 Neurosurgical focus , 2009 May : 26(5)E10
    • Hauptman JS, DeSalles AA, Espinoza R, Sedrak M, Ishida W
      Potential surgical targets for deep brain stimulation in treatment-resistant depression.
      18590380 Neurosurgical focus , 2008 : 25(1)E3


Medical/Professional School

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark
UCLA, Los Angeles


Neurological Surgery, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles


Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh