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Uzma Samadani, MD,PhD

  • About
    • Specialties: Neurosurgery
    • Gender: Female
    • Languages: English

    Dr. Samadani's interests include:

    • Complex trauma with expertise in brain and spinal cord injury
    • Brain tumor surgery
    • Brain injury research
    • Image-guided minimally invasive surgical techniques


    • “Top Doctors” Minnesota Monthly
    • “Top Doctors” Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine
    • Wayland Academy Alumni Achievement Award
    • Women’s Health Leadership TRUST Forum Courageous Woman in Healthcare

    Professional Memberships

    • Executive Committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care
    • Scientific Program Chair for their meeting in conjunction with the National Neurotrauma Society from 2014-17
    • Board member and president-elect of ThinkFirst Foundation, the largest injury prevention foundation in the world
    • Chair of the Minnesota State Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research Program
    • Past-President of Women in Neurosurgery


    • Dr. Samadani has over 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications for her work in neurosurgery.

    Additional information

    • Dr. Samadani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota with graduate faculty appointments in Neuroscience and Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. She is also an attending neurosurgeon at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center and founder of the neurodiagnostic start-up Oculogica Inc, which recently obtained FDA marketing authorization for “aid in the diagnosis of concussion.”
    • Dr. Samadani has received more than three million dollars in research grants from national and international competitive funding agencies to study diagnostics, risks, outcomes and treatments for brain injury. She has been funded by the United States Veterans Administration, National Space and Biomedical Research Institute, Abbott Diagnostic Laboratories, American College of Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Thrasher Research Fund, Integra, the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation and several other organizations.
    • Her research on brain injury has been discussed in the New York Times, LeMonde, LeFigaro, Wired, Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, and Minneapolis Star Tribune as well as numerous other media sources. She has been a speaker at TedMed, the North American Brain Injury Society, National Neurotrauma Society, American Association of Neurological Surgeons meeting and multiple other conferences. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers and an additional 30 reviews and chapters including in the Journal of Neurotrauma, JAMA Neurology, Journal of Neurosurgery and the New England Journal of Medicine.
    • Dr. Samadani also served as an unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant to the National Football League from 2015 to 2018.