Kieu Tran, MD

Tran Portrait
Job Title
Acting Instructor

Kieu Tran earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a medical degree at the University of Utah, where she was awarded the Andrew J. and Carolyn Rice Schilly Endowed Scholarship, which is given to students for academic excellence. She completed her seven year neurosurgery residency at University of California Irvine prior to moving to Seattle for her pediatric neurosurgery fellowship. She has actively participated in a number of community and academic career opportunities while at UCI and throughout her life. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling and Broadway shows.

Clinical Interest

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Research Interests


Personal Interests

Running, Hiking, Traveling, Eating


Medical Education
University of Utah

University of California Irvine

  1. Tran DK, Espinoza M, Moores L, Poole C, Chen JW. The Development of a Direct Download of Pupillometer Information to the Hospital Electronic Medical Record; A 6-Year Experience. Under review.
  2. Tran DK, Golshani K, Suzuki S, Chen JW. Challenges of External Ventriculostomy Drain Placement in the Angiographic Suite. Under review.
  3. Chen JW, Xu J, Malkasian, Perez-Rosendahl M, Tran DK. The Mini-Craniotomy for cSDH Revisited: New Perspectives. Front Neurol. 2021;12(578).
  4. Tran DK, Tran D, Mnatsakanyan L, Lin J, Hsu F, Vadera S. Treatment of Multi-Focal Epilepsy with Resective Surgery Plus Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS): One Institution’s Experience. Front Neurol. 2020 Oct 29;11:545074. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2020.545074.
  5. Tran DK, Shah V, Muhonen M. Intrathecal Access Through Suboccipital Port in Patients With Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Complex Spines: Case Series and Technical Note. Cureus. 2020 Aug; 12(8): e9525. doi:10.7759/cureus.9525
  6. Chan AY, Tran DK, Paff M, Urgun K, Hsu FPK, Vadera S. Robotic Orthogonal Implantation of Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS) Depth Electrodes in the Mesial Temporal Lobe: Case Series. Operative Neurosurgery. 2019 Dec 03. opz360. doi: 10.1093/ons/opz360.
  7. Tran DK, Tretiakov P, Brock J, Chen J, Vadera S. Novel use of dual-lumen catheter for irrigation and drainage after evacuation of chronic subdural hematoma. World Neurosurgery. 2019 Sept; S1878-8750(19)32392-7.
  8. Tran DK, Paff M, Mnatsakanyan L, Sen-Gupta I, Lin J, Hsu FPK, Vadera S. Novel Robotic-Assisted Technique of Implantation of the Responsive Neurostimulation System. Operative Neurosurgery. 2019 Sep 19. pii: opz226. doi: 10.1093/ons/opz226.
  9. Chan AY, Urgan K, Tran DK. Cerebral Peduncle Volume and Motor Function Following Adult Hemispherectomy. World Neurosurg. 2019 Mar; 126:156-159.
  10. Sahyouni R, Goshtasbi K, Mahmoodi A, Tran DK, Chen JW. Chronic Subdural Hematoma: a Historical and Clinical Perspective. World Neurosurg. 2017 Dec;108:948-953.
  11. Sahyouni R, Goshtasbi K, Mahmoodi A, Tran DK, Chen JW. Chronic Subdural Hematoma: a Perspective on Subdural Membranes and Dementia. World Neurosurg. 2017 Dec;108:954-958.
  12. Sahyouni R, Mahmoodi A, Tran DK, Tran P, Chen JW. Linguistic Validation of Interactive Educational Interventions in Neurologic Trauma. World Neurosurg. 2017; 107:87-93.
  13. Huang M, Sahyouni R, Mahmoodi A, Tran DK, Chen JW. Implementation of an interactive tablet-based educational intervention in the neurotrauma clinic: a 1-year retrospective analysis. Trauma Acute Care. 2017;2(1):32.
  14. Sahyouni R, Mahmoodi A, Mahmoodi A, Huang M, Tran DK, Chen JW. Interactive eBooks in educating patients and their families about head injury regardless of age. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. 2017 May 31;156:41-7.
  15. Sahyouni R, Moshtaghi O, Rajaii R, Bustillo D, Kaloostian S, Tran DK, Chen JW. (2016). Assessment of Google Glass as an Adjunct in Neurological Surgery. Surgical Neurology International. April 2017.
  16. Sahyouni R, Mahmoodi A, Mahmoodi A, Rajaii R, Hasjim B, Bustillo D, Huang M, Tran DK, Chen JC. (2016). Interactive iBook-Based Patient Education in a NeuroTrauma Clinic. Neurosurgery. Mar 2017.
  17. Chan A, Tran DK, Gill A, Hsu FPK, Vadera S. Stereotactic Robotic Assisted MRI Guided Laser Thermal Ablation of Radiation Necrosis in the Posterior Cranial Fossa. Neurosurgical Focus. Jan 2016.
  18. Sahyouni R, Moshtaghi O, Rajaii R, Tran DK, Bustillo D, Huang M, Chen JW. Evaluation of an iPhone Otoscope in a Neurotrauma Clinic and as an Adjunct to Neurosurgical Education. Insights Neurosurg. 2016;1(1). pii: 4. Epub 2016 Jan 29.
  19. Tran DK, Young M, Lin LM, Hsu FPK. Limb hypertrophy and urinary retention in Parkes Weber Syndrome. Journal of Neurology and Neurosciences. Vol 6 No 2:15. Nov 2015
  20. Hoang N, Tran DK, Herde R, Couldwell GC, Osborn AG, Couldwell WT. Pituitary Macroadenomas with Oculomotor Cistern Extension and Tracking: Implications for Surgical Management. Journal of Neurosurgery. Nov 2015: 1-8.
  21. Herde R, Hoang N, Tran DK, Couldwell G, Couldwell WT, Osborn AG. Peritumoral cysts associated with pituitary macroadenoma. Journal Of Neurosurgery. July 2015: 1-5.
  22. Tran DK, Jensen RL. Treatment-related brain tumor imaging changes: So-called “Pseudoprogression” vs. tumor progression: Review and future research opportunities. Surg Neurol Int 2013;4, Suppl S3: 129-35.
  23. Tran DK, Finley J, Vila-Sanjurjo A, Lale A, Sun Q, O'Connor M. (2011) Tertiary interactions between helices h13 and h44 in 16S RNA contribute to the fidelity of translation. FEBS Journal.  278(22):4405-12.