Carolina Sandoval-Garcia, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Carolina Sandoval-Garcia

Contact Info

csandova@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-624-6666

Mailing Address:
MMC 96
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Nicole Falk

Administrative Phone
612-624-6666

Administrative Email
falkx188@umn.edu

Administrative Fax Number
612-624-0644

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery


Pediatric Neurosurgeon


MD, University Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia

Neurological Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison

Pediatric Neurosurgery, University of Miami – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL

AB, Academic Baccalaureate, Trinidad del Monte School, Bogotá, Colombia

Summary

Dr. Sandoval is a pediatric neurosurgeon whose clinical interests include pediatric epilepsy, cerebrovascular abnormalities, and hydrocephalus.

A native of Colombia, Dr. Sandoval received her Academic Baccalaureate from Trinidad del Monte School and her MD from University Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, both in Bogotá. Following medical school, she completed her neurological surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, and a year-long fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at University of Miami – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL.

Pediatric neurosurgery was especially attractive to Dr. Sandoval because caring for children when she was in training was “particularly gratifying. They are the most resilient patient population,” she said. “Their unique strength and determination to get better gave me extra motivation to push myself further as I cared for them.”

While she was a resident, Dr. Sandoval spent a month at the AIC Kijabe Medical Center in Kenya under the mentorship of former instructor Leland Albright, MD. The experience taught her to be resourceful and “to think outside the box” to find solutions for her patients. It also gave her teaching experience as she helped train local neurosurgical residents.

When Dr. Sandoval has time away from work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and cats. She also enjoys reading, running, playing basketball and tennis, watching movies and listening to music.

Expertise

Pediatric neurosurgery

Awards & Recognition

  • University of Wisconsin Resident Academic Achievement Award, 2016
  • AANS/CNS Resident Research Award in Cerebrovascular disease, 2015
  • Goethe Institut Scholarship for a summer-long German Language and Culture Course in Dresden, Germany, 2007
  • Colegial de Numero, University Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, full scholarship and commitment to actively participate in student government, 2004.

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics – Section of Neurological Surgery, 2018 – present
  • Florida Medical Association, 2017 - present
  • AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section, 2014 – present
  • AANS/CNS Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery, 2012 – present
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2010 – present
  • American Society of Neuroradiology, 2016 – present
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 2010 – present
  • International Headache Society, 2006 – present
  • North American Spine Society, 2013 – present
  • Wisconsin Medical Society, 2011 – present

Languages

  • German
  • Spanish

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Sandoval is excited about being able to combine a busy clinical practice with research initiatives. Her research will emphasize her clinical interests in conditions such as epilepsy, vascular pathology, and hydrocephalus. “My previous work focused on image-based initiatives,” she said. To extend and add to that work, particularly in field of epilepsy surgery, she aims to establish multidisciplinary collaborations with other departments, primarily neurology, radiology, and the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research.

Research Funding Grants

AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Research award, “4D-DSA: A novel ‘time-resolved’ 3D digital subtraction angiography technique for diagnosis and treatment planning of cerebrovascular pathologies,” 2015-2016

Publications

Publications

  1. Ibrahim GM, Weil AG, Sedighim S, Schoen NB, Sharma P, Guillen MR, Morgan BR, Wong S, Cajigas I, Jermakowicz W, Sandoval-Garcia C, Lewis EC, Fallah A, Altman N, Medina S, Pacheco-Jacome E, Jayakar P, Hyslop A, Miller I, Ragheb J, Bhatia S, Bernal B. Presurgical Hyperconnectivity of the Ablation Volume is Associated with Seizure-Freedom after Magnetic Resonance-guided Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy. Seizure. 2018 Aug 9;61:89-93
  2. Schubert T, Clark Z, Sandoval-Garcia C, Zea R, Wieben O, Wu H, Turski PA, Johnson KM. Non contrast, Pseudo-Continuous Arterial Spin Labeling and Accelerated 3-Dimensional Radial Acquisition Intracranial 3-Dimensional Magnetic Resonance Angiography for the Detection and Classification of Intracranial Arteriovenous Shunts. Invest Radiol. 2018 Feb;53(2):80-86.
  3. Kraemer MR, Sandoval-Garcia C, Bragg T, Iskandar BJ. Shunt-dependent hydrocephalus: management style among members of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2017 Sep;20(3):216-224.
  4. Kraemer MR, Sandoval-Garcia C, Bragg T, Iskandar BJ. Shunt-dependent hydrocephalus: management style among members of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2017 Sep;20(3):216-224.
  5. Schubert T, Clark Z, Sandoval-Garcia C, Zea R, Wieben O, Wu H, Turski PA, Johnson KM. Non-contrast, Pseudo-Continuous Arterial Spin Labeling and Accelerated 3-Dimensional Radial Acquisition Intracranial 3-Dimensional Magnetic Resonance Angiography for the Detection and Classification of Intracranial Arteriovenous Shunts. Invest Radiol. 2017 Sep 20. Epub ahead of print.
  6. Sandoval-Garcia C, Yang P, Schubert T, Schafer S, Hetzel S, Ahmed A, Strother C. Comparison of the Diagnostic Utility of 4D-DSA with Conventional 2D- and 3D-DSA in the Diagnosis of Cerebrovascular Abnormalities. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 Apr;38(4):729-734.
  7. Mitchell CC, Stein JH, Cook TD, Salamat S, Wang X, Varghese T, Jackson D, Sandoval-Garcia C, Wilbrand SM, Dempsey RJ. Histopathological Validation of Novel Gray Scale Carotid Plaque Characteristics Related to Plaque Vulnerability. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2017 Jan;43(1):129-137.
  8. Sandoval-Garcia C, Royalty K, Yang P, Niemann D, Ahmed A, Aagaard-Kienitz B, Baskaya MK, Schafer S, Strother C. 4D DSA a new technique for arteriovenous malformation evaluation: a feasibility study. J Neurointerv Surg. 2016 Mar;8(3):300-4.
  9. Jackson DC, Sandoval-Garcia C, Rocque BG, Wilbrand SM, Mitchell CC, Hermann BP, Dempsey RJ. Cognitive Deficits in Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Carotid Endarterectomy Surgical Candidates. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2016 Feb;31(1):1-7.
  10. 1Sandoval-Garcia C, Royalty K, Aagaard-Kienitz B, Schafer S, Yang P, Strother C. A Comparison of 4D DSA with 2D and 3D DSA in the Analysis of Normal Vascular Structures in a Canine Model. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2015 Oct;36(10):1959-63.
  11. Montemayor Garcia C, Sandoval-Garcia C, Bragg T, Patel NJ, Salamat S. An 11-Year-Old Boy with A Sacral Spinal Mass. Brain Pathol. 2015 Sep;25(5):653-4.
  12. Witek A, Isaacson L, Rocque B, Sandoval-Garcia C, Medow J. Evaluating the Cause and Impact of Caloric Deficits in Neurocritical Care. Support Line 2013 Aug;35(4):23-27
  13. 13.Zhu B, Trikudanathan S, Zozulya AL, Sandoval-Garcia C, Kennedy JK, Atochina O, Norberg T, Castagner B, Seeberger P, Fabry Z, Harn D, Khoury SJ, Guleria I. Immune modulation by Lacto-N-fucopentaose III in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Clin Immunol. 2012 Mar;142(3):351-61.
  14. Zhu B, Kennedy JK, Wang Y, Sandoval-Garcia C, Cao L, Xiao S, Wu C, Elyaman W, Khoury SJ. Plasticity of Ly-6C(hi) myeloid cells in T cell regulation. J Immunol. 2011 Sep 1;187(5):2418-32.
  15. Vélez van Meerbeke A, Sandoval-Garcia C, Ibáñez M, Talero-Gutiérrez C, Fiallo D, Halliday K. Validation study of human figure drawing test in a Colombian school children population. Span J Psychol. 2011 May;14(1):464-77.
  16. Sandoval C, Peña G. [Brief history of Brown-Sèquard and his syndrome: Report of an atypical case.] Medicina, Journal of the National Medical Academy. March 2008; 30(1):27 – 32
  17. Soto A, Borja M, Sandoval C, Jimenez-Hakim E. [The Wine]. Actualizaciones en Enfermería. FSFB. September 2006; 9(3): 35 - 40.
  18. Arguello A, Sandoval C. [Colombian Medical Education System: a Hundred Years Behind]. Rev. Cienc. Salud. Oct 2006; 4 (Spec):73 – 81.
  19. Velez A, Ortiz PA, Sandoval C. [Long term health and neurodevelopment issues in children exposed to antiepileptic drugs before birth.] Acta Neurologica Colombiana. March 2005; 21: 73 – 81.

Book Chapters

  1. Sandoval-Garcia C, Resnick DK. Part II Chapter 7: Neuroanatomy Overviwe: Spine. In: Handbook of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Intensive Care for Nurses and Advanced Practice Health Professionals. Wang, Mummaneni, Strayer, Harris, and Rosenberg Eds. CRC Press, Taylor &Francis, Routledge. New York, NY. 2018
  2. Hanna A, Sandoval-Garcia C, Deshmukh P. Transoral odontoid resection and anterior odontoid osteotomy. In: Vaccaro AR, Albert TJ, eds. Spine Surgery: Tricks of the Trade, 3rd ed. Thieme Medical publishers New York, NY. March 2016: 46-49
  3. Sandoval-Garcia C, Iskandar BJ. Research on the pathophysiology of Chiari I-related symptoms and syringomyelia, with emphasis on dynamic MRI techniques. In: Tubbs RS, Oakes WJ, eds. The Chiari Malformations. 1st ed. Springer New York 2013: 171-180.Sandoval-Garcia C, Iskandar BJ. Chiari Malformations in children. In: The ISPN Guide to Pediatric Neurosurgery (http://ispn.guide/book/ispn-guide-pediatric-neurosurgery). Published by the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery. 2012

National and International Abstracts/Posters/Presentations

  1. Sandoval-Garcia C, Karkare K, Miller I, Hyslop A, Jayakar P, Ragheb J, Bhatia S. Long term outcomes of Magnetic Resonance (MR)-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (MRgLITT) in pediatric epilepsy surgery. To be presented at the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery 46th Annual Meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel Oct 5 - 11 2018. (Oral presentation).
  2. Sandoval-Garcia C, Ragheb M, Jernigan S, Ragheb J. A Retrospective Review of 401 Infants Treated for Hydrocephalus in Haiti. 46th Annual AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery meeting in Houston, TX. November 28 – December 1st, 2017 (Oral presentation).
  3. Sandoval-Garcia C, Karkare K, Miller I, Hyslop A, Jayakar P, Ragheb J, Bhatia S. Role of Stereo-EEG in Identifying Epileptogenic Networks for Surgical Planning in Patients with Refractory Epilepsy – An Institutional Experience. 46th Annual AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery meeting in Houston, TX. November 28 – December 1st, 2017 (Poster presentation).
  4. Schubert T, Clark Z, Wieben O, Sandoval-Garcia C, Turski P, Johnson K. Performance of High-Resolution, Non-contrast Pseudo-Continuous Arterial Spin- Labeling (PCASL) with Accelerated 3D-Radial Acquisition MR-Angiography in the detection and classification of intracranial arteriovenous shunts. Submitted to 40th European Society of Neuroradiology (ESNR) Annual Meeting in Malmö, Sweden. Sept 13 – 17, 2017.
  5. Sandoval-Garcia C, George TM, Rocque BG, Kestle JR, Iskandar BJ. Outcomes in children undergoing surgery for Chiari I malformation with syringomyelia: A prospective, multi-center, pilot study. 45th Annual AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery meeting in Orlando, FL. December 5-8, 2016 (Oral presentation).
  6. Sandoval-Garcia C, Yang P, Schubert T, Schafer S, Ahmed A, Strother C. Comparison of the Diagnostic Utility of 4D DSA with Conventional 2D and 3D DSA in the Diagnosis of Cerebrovascular Pathologies. 54th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Neuroradiology. Washington, DC. May 21-26, 2016 (Oral presentation)
  7. Mitchell C, Stein J, Cook T, Salamat S, Wang X, Varghese T, Jackson DC, Sandoval-Garcia C, Wilbrand SM, Dempsey RJ. Histopathological Validation of Novel Gray Scale Carotid Plaque Characteristics Related to Plaque Vulnerability. 27th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Seattle, Washington, June 10-14, 2016 (Poster presentation)
  8. Sandoval-Garcia C, Aagaard-Kienitz B, Uluc K, Iskandar BJ. Outcome and Surgical Technique of a Wide Arterial Sparing Encephalo-Duro-Synangiosis (WASEDS) for Moyamoya Disease. 44th Annual AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery Meeting, Seattle, WA. December 8-11, 2015 (Oral presentation)
  9. Xu J, Schafer S, Shaughnessy G, Royalty K, Yang P, Sandoval-Garcia C, Strother C. Assessment of the Reliability of 4D DSA Temporal data. 101st RSNA Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. November 29 – December 4, 2015. (Oral presentation by Xu)
  10. Dempsey R, Baggott C, Sandoval-Garcia C, Jackson D, Mitchell C, Wilbrand S. Reduction of Brain microemboli one year after carotid endarterectomy. 15th Interim Meeting of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. Rome, Italy. September 8-12 2015.
  11. Sandoval-Garcia C, Niemann D, Ahmed A, Aagaard-Kienitz B, Strother CM, Royalty K, Schafer S, Baskaya M. 4D DSA: A new tool for evaluation and operative planning of complex arteriovenous malformations. 82nd AANS Annual Scientific Meeting. San Francisco, CA. April 5-9 2014 (Poster presentation)
  12. Sandoval-Garcia C, Kraemer M, Iskandar BJ. Surgery for obstructive non-tumoral posterior fossa problems. 42nd Annual Meeting of the AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery. Toronto, Canada. December 3-6, 2013. Winner of Top E-poster.
  13. Jackson DC, Rocque BG, Sandoval-Garcia C, Volkmann E, Hermann BP, Dempsey, RJ. Re-evaluating cerebral ischemia from carotid atherosclerosis”. 75th Annual American Academy of Neurological Surgery meeting, Newport Beach, CA, September 2013, (Oral presentation by Dempsey).
  14. Isaacson L, Witek A, Rocque B, Sandoval-Garcia C, Medow JE. Caloric Deficits in the Neurosciences ICU. Wisconsin Dietetic Association Conference, April 2012.
  15. Rocque B, Sandoval-Garcia C, Isaacson L, Gierach L, Ketzler J, Medow JE. Adequate Nutrition in the Neuroscience ICU: Results of a quality improvement study. American Association of Neurological Surgery Annual Meeting. Denver, Colorado. April 9-13, 2011 (Oral presentation by Rocque).