Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Uzma Samadani

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-6666

Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

MD, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Neurosurgery Residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Neurosurgery Fellowship, Klinikum Goettingen, Georg-August Universitaet, Goettingen, Germany


Dr. Samadani’s goal is to provide the best care humanly possible for her patients. She also believes that research can improve patient outcomes and offer greater options to people who would otherwise have relatively few. “I am honored by the trust that my patients place in me and will strive to always be deserving of that trust," she said. Although Dr. Samadani has broad surgical capabilities as a general neurosurgeon, she has a primary interest in cranial neurosurgery and a research interest in traumatic brain injury and hemorrhage. She has expertise in image-guided minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Awards & Recognition

  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's Top Doctors, 2016, 2017
  • William P. VanWagenen Fellow
  • TedMed Plenary Speaker

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • National Neurotrauma Society


Research Summary/Interests

  • Concussion
  • Traumatic brain injury and hemorrhage


  • Samadani, U., Li, M., Qian, M., Laska, E., Ritlop, R., Kolecki, R., Reyes, M., Altomare, L., Sone, J., Adem, A., Huang, P., Kondziolka, D., Wall, S., Frangos, S., Marmar, C. Sensitivity and Specificity of an Eye Movement Tracking Biomarker for Concussion, Concussion, Aug 2015
  • Samadani, U., Ritlop, R., Reyes, M., Nehrbass, E., Li, M., Lamm, E., Schneider, J., Shimunov, D., Sava, M., Kolecki, R., Burris, P., Altomare, L., Mehmood, T., Smith, T., Huang, J.H., McStay, R.C., Todd, S.R., Qian, M., Kondziolka, D., Wall, S., Huang, P., Eye Tracking Detects Disconjugate Eye Movements Associated with Structural Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion. Journal of Neurotrauma Jan 2015
  • Balser, D.S., Farooq, S., Mehmood, T., Samadani, U., Actual and Projected Incidences of Chronic Subdural Hemorrhage in United States Veterans Administration and Civilian Populations. Journal of Neurosurgery April 2015
  • Samadani, U., Farooq, S., Ritlop,R., Warren, F., Reyes, M., Lamm, E., Alex, A., Nehrbass, E., Kolecki., R., Jureller, M., Schneider, J., Chen, A., Shi, C., Mendhiratta, N., Huang, J.H., Qian, M., Kwak, R., Mikheev, A., Rusinek, H., George, A., Fergus, R., Kondziolka, D., Huang, P., Smith, T., Detection of Third and Sixth Cranial Nerve Palsies With A Novel Method for Eye Tracking While Watching a Short Film Clip. Journal of Neurosurgery Dec 2014
  • Shi, C, Flanagan, S.R., Samadani, U., Vagus Nerve Stimulation to Augment Recovery from Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Impeding Consciousness: A Prospective Pilot Clinical Trial. Neurological Research Apr 2013 35(3):263-76


Board Certifications

  • FAANS – Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • FACS – Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons


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