Laligam N. Sekhar, MD, FACS, FAANS

Portrait of Laligam N. Sekhar M.D.
Job Title
Vice-Chairman and Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Cerebrovascular Surgery
Director, Skull Base Surgery
Professor, Department of Radiology
Director, Cerebrovascular Laboratory
William Joseph Leedom and Bennett Bigelow & Leedom Endowed Professorship

Dr. Sekhar is known around the world for his expertise in treating complex neurosurgical problems, particularly skull base tumors, such as acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, chordomas and complex brain tumors. He is also an expert in the treatment of brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformation, and the performance of brain bypasses. 

Based at Harborview Medical Center, he is a UW professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery. In addition, he is a past president of the World Federation of Skull Base Societies and a past president of the Washington State Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Laligam Sekhar has created a series presentations with videos highlighting surgical treatment of several conditions:

Clinical Interest

Treatment of complex neurosurgical disorders, particularly cerebrovascular disorders (aneurysms, arterovenous malformations), cerebral revascularization (for intractable ischemia), skull base tumors (acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, chordomas), complex brain tumors (deep-seated or difficult), and microvascular compression disorders (trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, disabling vertigo).

Research Interests

Robotics and their application to medicine, stem cell therapies to improve outcomes for neurosurgical patients, continuous quality improvement in vascular and skull base neurosurgery, and the use of Artificial Intelligence for neurosurgical applications.

Personal Interests

My personal interests are my wife and children, and their happiness. I also enjoy tennis, cricket and research into spirituality.


Medical Education

Madras Medical College


John H. Stronger, Jr., Cook County Hospital


University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


Hospital Foch

Institute of Neurology, National Hospital

Nordstadt Hospital Hanover

University Hospital Zurich

Board Certification
American Board of Neurological Surgery - 1986
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