Dr. Saigal is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at UW. In addition to general neurosurgery, he specializes in complex spine surgery, including spinal deformity, spinal tumors, minimally invasive techniques, spinal cord injury, and neurotrauma.
Dr. Saigal completed neurosurgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). There he trained with international leaders in spinal deformity and spinal tumors. He then completed an orthopedic spine deformity fellowship at Scripps and the San Diego Spine Foundation, gaining expertise in less invasive techniques for spinal deformity. He completed a second spine fellowship at the University of Miami, gaining further expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery, including endoscopic fusion.
Prior to UCSF, Dr. Saigal completed a PhD in medical engineering at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and an MD at the Tufts University School of Medicine. He also has a B.Sc. with highest honors in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and a M.Sc. in biomedical engineering from Aalborg University in Denmark. He is the recipient of numerous awards for research, teaching, and leadership, including the Boldrey Young Investigator Award, UCSF Neurosurgery Research and Rosegay awards, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and Whitaker Graduate Research Fellowship.
Spinal deformity; scoliosis; spinal tumors; spinal cord injury; spine trauma; traumatic brain injury; degenerative spine disease; lumbar stenosis; cervical stenosis; cervical myelopathy
Dr. Saigal is a clinician-scientist in the Department of Neurological Surgery. In addition to clinical research in spine surgery and neurotrauma, he conducts pre-clinical translational research. His laboratory focuses on use of biomaterials and drug delivery systems for treatment of spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.
Martial arts, football, snowboarding, and travel
Tufts University School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
University of California, San Francisco
San Diego Spine Foundation, Scripps
University of Miami
- Readdy WJ, Saigal R, Whetstone WD, Mefford A, Ferguson AR, Talbott JF, et al. Failure of Mean Arterial Pressure Goals to Improve Outcomes Following Penetrating Spinal Cord Injury. Neurosurgery 2016 May;
- Saigal R, Mundis GM, Eastlack R, Uribe JS, Phillips FM, Akbarnia BA Anterior Column Realignment (ACR) in Adult Sagittal Deformity Correction: Technique and Review of the Literature. Spine 2016 Apr; 41 Suppl 8; S66-73
- Hawryluk G, Whetstone W, Saigal R, Ferguson A, Talbott J, Bresnahan J, et al. Mean Arterial Blood Pressure Correlates with Neurological Recovery after Human Spinal Cord Injury: Analysis of High Frequency Physiologic Data. Journal of neurotrauma 2015 Dec; 32; 24; 1958-67
- Talbott JF, Whetstone WD, Readdy WJ, Ferguson AR, Bresnahan JC, Saigal R, et al. The Brain and Spinal Injury Center score: a novel, simple, and reproducible method for assessing the severity of acute cervical spinal cord injury with axial T2-weighted MRI findings. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2015 Oct; 23; 4; 495-504
- Saigal R, Clark AJ, Scheer JK, Smith JS, Bess S, Mummaneni PV, et al. Adult Spinal Deformity Patients Recall Fewer Than 50% of the Risks Discussed in the Informed Consent Process Preoperatively and the Recall Rate Worsens Significantly in the Postoperative Period. Spine 2015 Jul; 40; 14; 1079-85
- Readdy WJ, Whetstone WD, Ferguson AR, Talbott JF, Inoue T, Saigal R, et al. Complications and outcomes of vasopressor usage in acute traumatic central cord syndrome. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2015 Jul; 1-7
- Saigal R, Berger MS The long-term effects of repetitive mild head injuries in sports.Neurosurgery 2014 Oct; 75 Suppl 4; S149-55
- Saigal R, Lau D, Wadhwa R, Le H, Khashan M, Berven S, et al. Unilateral versus bilateral iliac screws for spinopelvic fixation: are two screws better than one?Neurosurgical focus 2014 May; 36; 5; E10
- Saigal R, Lu DC, Deng DY, Chou D Conversion of high sacral to midsacral amputation via S-2 nerve preservation during partial S-2 sacrectomy for chordoma. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Apr; 20; 4; 421-9
- Saigal R, Wadhwa R, Mummaneni PV, Chou D Minimally invasive extracavitary transpedicular corpectomy for the management of spinal tumors. Neurosurgery clinics of North America 2014 Apr; 25; 2; 305-15
- Saigal R, Batjer HH, Ellenbogen RG, Berger MS Return to play for neurosurgical patients. World neurosurgery 2014 Sep-Oct 82; 3-4; 485-91