The Center for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery

Wesley A. King, MD

The Center for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Medical Director

      Dr. King was born and raised in Los Angeles where he attended Harvard School (now Harvard-Westlake School). Following High school he matriculated at Harvard University, gaining a degree in Biochemistry with Honors. His medical training was achieved at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

      Following medical school, Dr. King completed his residency in neurosurgery at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and received advanced fellowship training in Hannover, Germany at one of the preeminent centers for acoustic neuroma, skull base and cranial nerve surgery. He then received a full-time academic appointment in the Division of Neurosurgery at UCLA where he was a full-time member of the teaching faculty until 1995 before joining the Department of Neurosurgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan New York as Associate Professor. In 2004 he returned home to Los Angeles where he is currently developing The Center for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery. He is a member of the teaching faculty of the Cedars Sinai Medical Center Neurosurgery Residency Program and holds an academic appointment in the Orofacial Pain Program in the School of Dentistry at UCLA.

      Dr. King’s clinical interests include Pituitary and neuroendocrine conditions, cerebrovascular diseases and skull base surgery. He has a large experience treating pituitary tumors, complex brain tumors and diseases of the spine and cranial nerves. During the last 20 years he has been recognized nationally and internationally as one of the pioneers and experts in the area of minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery on the brain. He has written extensively in these areas and continues to teach advanced surgical techniques to residents and other physicians. His list of publications includes more than 80 original articles, books and book chapters. Nationally he is recognized by his peers and is included in The Best Doctors in America®, Super Doctors® and America’s Best Surgeons® annual surveys.

      Dr. King is recognized both nationally and internationally in the fields of minimally invasive, endoscopic, pituitary, and skull base neurosurgery. He has one of the largest experiences using “key hole” approaches to treat a wide range of brain disorders including pituitary adenomas, meningiomas, gliomas, acoustic neuromas, trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, intracranial aneurysms, peripheral nerve disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, and Chiari Malformations. As one of the original pioneers of endoscopic neurosurgery he has championed innovative, less invasive techniques since the early 1990’s, techniques that he currently teaches to other neurosurgeons. Dr. King also is credentialed in Gamma Knife Radiosurgery which he regularly performs.

      Dr. King has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. His textbook on Endoscopy of the Central and Peripheral Nervous System was one of the first books in print on this topic and laid the groundwork for a new, at the time, exciting subspecialty of neurosurgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the International Society of Pituitary Surgeons.

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