Richard G Ellenbogen, MD

Richard G Ellenbogen, MD


  • Children's Title: Founding Co-Executive Director, Concussion Program
  • Academic Title: Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine; Residency and Fellowship Director, UW Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery; Chief, Neurological Surgery, Harborview Medical Center
  • Foundation Title: Theodore S. Roberts Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Research Center: Norcliffe Foundation Center for Integrative Brain Research
  • On Staff Since: October 1999
"Love the patient more than you hate the disease."
  • Biography

    Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD, is chief of the Division of Neurosurgery and fellowship director of neurological surgery at Seattle Childrens Hospital; he holds the Theodore S. Roberts Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery. He is professor and chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine and adjunct professor in the Department of Radiology. He is chief of neurological surgery at Harborview Medical Center. He is active on many local, regional and national boards and committees and served as the 20052006 president of the Congress of Neurological Surgery.

    Ellenbogen has been involved with the American Society of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Ellenbogens clinical practice focuses on pediatric and adult brain tumors, craniofacial anomalies, Chiari malformations, trauma, minimally invasive brain surgery and spine surgery. He serves as director and instructor for the Cerebral Vascular Anastomosis Laboratory of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. His research includes work with Dr. Michael Bobola on genetic mutations in brain tumors that cause resistance to chemotherapy, and work with the university Nanotechnology Brain Tumor Research Group on imaging brain tumors using nanoparticles. He served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and received the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Reserve Medal. Ellenbogen has editorial duties on several journals, and he has published three books, including Clinical Neurosurgery and Principles of Neurosurgery, a basic textbook of neurological surgery. He has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and presentations.

    Board Certification(s)

    Neurological Surgery
    Neurological Surgery, Pediatric


    Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Providence, RI


    Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

    Clinical Interests

    Pediatric and adult brain tumors; endoscopy/minimally-invasive brain surgery; congenital disorders of the brain and spine (pediatric and adult); cerebrovascular disease in children

    Research Description

    Molecular imaging/nanotechnology; hind brain abnormalities/CSF physiology; and genetic mutations in brain tumors.

    Research Focus Area

    Neuroscience / Neurodevelopment

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