Adib A. Abla, MD

Chief of Vascular Neurosurgery
Director of Cerebrovascular Surgical Disorders Program
Vascular and endovascular neurosurgeon

Dr. Adib A. Abla is a vascular and endovascular neurosurgeon who specializes in treating conditions involving blood vessels in the brain. These include brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, arteriovenous fistulas, stroke and carotid artery disease. He performs both traditional open surgery and minimally invasive endovascular procedures, offering patients a comprehensive set of treatment options. He cares for both adult and pediatric patients.

Abla is chief of vascular neurosurgery and director of UCSF's surgical program for cerebrovascular disorders.

Abla's research interests include computer modeling of brain aneurysms and their treatments, as well as laboratory testing of specific approaches and new techniques to improve outcomes for cerebrovascular surgery patients. He is particularly involved in research addressing fusiform aneurysms of the basilar artery (a condition involving an abnormal bulge in a blood vessel that supplies oxygen to the brain). He also studies minimally invasive treatments for hypertensive hemorrhage (when high blood pressure results in bleeding into the brain).

Abla earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He then completed a neurosurgery residency as well as a cerebrovascular and skull base fellowship at the Barrow Neurological Institute. He also completed a vascular neurosurgery fellowship at UCSF.

Before joining UCSF, Abla was director of cerebrovascular surgery at the University of Arkansas, where he practiced vascular and endovascular neurosurgery for three years. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and has delivered more than 50 presentations to audiences all over the world.

Abla is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons.


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San Francisco, CA 94158
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Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center
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San Francisco, CA 94158
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More about Adib A. Abla


University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 2006


Barrow Neurological Institute/St Joseph's Medical Center, Neurosurgery 2013


UCSF Medical Center, Vascular Neurosurgery 2014

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Rubio RR, Vigo V, Bonaventura RD, Abla AA. Right Retrosigmoid Approach for In Situ Occlusion of Brainstem Arteriovenous Malformation Surrounding the Trigeminal Nerve: 3-Dimensional Operative Video. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2018 Jul 13.
  2. Winkler EA, Rutledge WC, Abla AA. Commentary: Outcome After Clipping and Coiling for Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage in Clinical Practice in Europe, USA, and Australia. Neurosurgery. 2018 Jun 07.
  3. Zaidi HA, Mooney MA, Levitt MR, Dru AB, Abla AA, Spetzler RF. Impact of Timing of Intervention Among 397 Consecutively Treated Brainstem Cavernous Malformations. Neurosurgery. 2017 Oct 01; 81(4):620-626.
  4. Lieber BA, Henry JK, Agarwal N, Day JD, Morris TW, Stephens ML, Abla AA. Impact of Surgical Specialty on Outcomes Following Carotid Endarterectomy. Neurosurgery. 2017 02 01; 80(2):217-225.
  5. Ozpinar A, Mendez G, Abla AA. Epidemiology, genetics, pathophysiology, and prognostic classifications of cerebral arteriovenous malformations. Handb Clin Neurol. 2017; 143:5-13.
  6. Awad, A.J., Zaidi, H.A., Albuquerque, F.C. and Abla, A.A.. Gravity-Dependent Supine Position for the Lateral Supracerebellar Infratentorial Approach: An Alternative to the Prone and Sitting Positions: Operative Nuance. Operative Neurosurgery. 2016; 12(4):317-325.
  7. Awad AJ, Zaidi HA, Albuquerque FC, Abla AA. Gravity-Dependent Supine Position for the Lateral Supracerebellar Infratentorial Approach: An Alternative to the Prone and Sitting Positions: Operative Nuance. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2016 Dec 01; 12(4):317-325.
  8. Williamson RW, Abla AA, Zabramski JM, Nakaji P, Spetzler RF, Wanebo JE. Revascularization of Moyamoya Angiopathy in Older Adults. World Neurosurg. 2017 Mar; 99:37-40.
  9. Vali A, Abla AA, Lawton MT, Saloner D, Rayz VL. Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling of contrast transport in basilar aneurysms following flow-altering surgeries. J Biomech. 2017 01 04; 50:195-201.
  10. Lawton MT, Abla AA, Rutledge WC, Benet A, Zador Z, Rayz VL, Saloner D, Halbach VV. Bypass Surgery for the Treatment of Dolichoectatic Basilar Trunk Aneurysms: A Work in Progress. Neurosurgery. 2016 07; 79(1):83-99.
  11. Abla AA, McDougall CM, Breshears JD, Lawton MT. Intracranial-to-intracranial bypass for posterior inferior cerebellar artery aneurysms: options, technical challenges, and results in 35 patients. J Neurosurg. 2016 May; 124(5):1275-86.
  12. Lawton MT, Abla AA. In Reply: Silent Arteriovenous Malformation Hemorrhage and the Recognition of "Unruptured" Arteriovenous Malformation Patients Who Benefit From Surgical Intervention. Neurosurgery. 2015 Nov; 77(5):E843-4.
  13. Benet A, Plata-Bello J, Abla AA, Acevedo-Bolton G, Saloner D, Lawton MT. Implantation of 3D-Printed Patient-Specific Aneurysm Models into Cadaveric Specimens: A New Training Paradigm to Allow for Improvements in Cerebrovascular Surgery and Research. Biomed Res Int. 2015; 2015:939387.
  14. Limaye K, Abla AA. We Will Use Antiplatelets As Our First Choice for Prevention of Stroke Recurrence in Cervical Arterial Dissection After Reading CADISS--Will You? World Neurosurg. 2015 Nov; 84(5):1182-4.
  15. Abla AA. Contralateral Transcallosal Transchoroidal Fissure Clipping-Excision of a Ruptured Third-Ventricle Aneurysm and Thalamic Arteriovenous Malformation Resection: 3-Dimensional Operative Video. Neurosurgery. 2015 Sep; 11 Suppl 3:466; discussion 466.
  16. Han SJ, Rutledge WC, Englot DJ, Winkler EA, Browne JL, Pflugrath L, Cronsier D, Abla AA, Kliot M, Lawton MT. The Presto 1000: A novel automated transcranial Doppler ultrasound system. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Nov; 22(11):1771-5.
  17. Abla AA, Lawton MT. Predictors of Complications with Unruptured Middle Cerebral Artery Aneurysm Clipping in a Surgically Treated Series of 416 Patients: A Clip First Approach Is Still Best. World Neurosurg. 2015 Oct; 84(4):884-5.
  18. Abla AA, Nelson J, Kim H, Hess CP, Tihan T, Lawton MT. Silent arteriovenous malformation hemorrhage and the recognition of "unruptured" arteriovenous malformation patients who benefit from surgical intervention. Neurosurgery. 2015 May; 76(5):592-600; discussion 600.
  19. Williamson RW, Wilson DA, Abla AA, McDougall CG, Nakaji P, Albuquerque FC, Spetzler RF. Clinical characteristics and long-term outcomes in patients with ruptured posterior inferior cerebellar artery aneurysms: a comparative analysis. J Neurosurg. 2015 Aug; 123(2):441-5.
  20. Abla AA, Lawton MT. Variability in Endovascular Treatment of Delayed Cerebral Ischemia and Vasospasm in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. World Neurosurg. 2015 Sep; 84(3):625-6.

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