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Philip A. Starr, M.D., Ph.D.
Paul S. Larson, M.D.
Edward F. Chang, M.D.



Philip A. Starr, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Dr. Philip Starr Dr. Philip Starr specializes in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, surgical treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease and dystonia, and the physiology of the basal ganglia. He finds that improving the quality of patients' lives is the most rewarding aspect of his specialty.

Dr. Starr earned a medical degree at the Harvard School of Medicine in 1989 and completed a residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in neurosurgery in 1996. He completed a fellowship at Emory University Hospital in surgery for movement disorders in 1998. He is a Professor of Neurological Surgery at the UCSF School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco, holds the Dolores Cakebread endowed chair in neurological surgery, and is a past president of the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.

Education
Harvard School of Medicine 1989
Residency
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Neurosurgery 1995
Fellowship
Emory University Hospital, Surgery for Movement Disorders 1998

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Paul S. Larson, M.D.
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
PL Dr. Paul S. Larson is a neurosurgeon who specializes in the surgical treatment of movement disorders including Parkinson's disease and essential tremor, and psychiatric disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder and Tourette's syndrome.

Dr. Larson earned a medical degree at the University of Arizona School of Medicine in 1995 and completed an internship and residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. His areas of research include the use of interventional MRI in deep brain stimulation surgery, the use of gene therapy to treat Parkinson's disease and the role of the basal ganglia in hearing. He is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at UCSF, and chief of Neurosurgery and Director of the Center for Advanced Neurosurgical Operative Procedures at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Larson has received two teaching awards at UCSF, authored numerous publications and edited two textbooks on functional neurosurgery.

Education
University of Arizona Medical School 1995
Residency
University of Louisville, School of Medicine, Neurological Surgery 2001
Fellowship
University of Louisville, Surgery 1996

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Edward F. Chang, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Physiology
EC Dr. Edward Chang, M.D. is Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Physiology at UCSF. Dr. Chang conducted both his medical school and neurosurgery residency training at the top-ranked UCSF School of Medicine. He has been a recipient of numerous national awards and NIH grant funding for his contributions to neurosurgery and neuroscience.

Dr. Chang’s clinical expertise is surgical therapies for intractable epilepsy, movement disorders, and adult brain tumors. He specializes in advanced brain mapping methods, including awake speech and motor mapping, to safely perform neurosurgical procedures in eloquent areas of the brain. He also has received extensive training in deep brain stimulation for movement disorders and other implantable devices for neuromodulation. Dr. Chang’s research interests include the development of innovative neurophysiological technologies to preserve and restore speech, movement, and cognition. He also co-directs the new Center for Neural Engineering at UC San Francisco and Berkeley, which combines world-class multidisciplinary strengths in engineering, neuroscience, and clinical neurology/neurosurgery to develop neural prosthetic devices to restore function for patients with neurological disabilities such as paralysis or aphasia.


Education
University of California, San Francisco Medical School 2004
Residency
Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco 2010
Fellowship
Cognitive Neurophysiology Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley 2009

For more information, please visit Dr. Chang's UCSF Profile

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