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Curriculum Vitae - Sanchez

Education:
1997                     
B.A. Harvard College (Biochemical Sciences)

2002                     
M.D. Harvard Medical School

2002                     
M.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Health, Science, & Technology Program

Postdoctoral Training:
June 2002- June 2003
Intern in General Surgery
University of California, San Francisco, CA

July 2003- June 2004
Junior Resident in Neurological Surgery
University of California, San Francisco, CA

July 2005 – June 2006
Chief Resident in Neurological Surgery
San Francisco General Hospital

January 2006 – June 2006
Chief Resident in Neurological Surgery, San Francisco Veteran's Administration Medical Center

July 2006- June 2007
Resident Research Fellow
Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease

July 2007- June 2008
Chief Resident in Neurological Surgery
University of California, San Francisco

July 2008- June 2009
Fellow in Endovascular Neurosurgery & Neurointerventional Radiology Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School

Academic Appointments:
2008-2009             
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Professional Appointments:
2009-Present         
Head Section of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular     
Neurosurgery, Scripps Clinic & Green Hospital,

Licensure:
2003 – present      
California

2007-2009             
Massachusetts

Certification:
2014                     
American Board of Neurological Surgery

Professional Societies:
2003-present                  
Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)

2003-present                 
American Medical Association (AMA)

2003-present                  
American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

2003-present                  
CNS/AANS Cerebrovascular Section

2007-present                  
Society for Neuroscience (SfN)

2008-present                  
Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS)

Professional Societies Continued:
2009-present                  
California Medical Association (CMA)

2009-present                  
San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS)

2010-present                  
California Association of Neurological Surgeons (CANS)

2010-present                  
San Diego Academy of Neurological Surgeons (SDANS)

2010-present                  
San Diego Stroke Consortium

Other Awards & Recognition:
2015                     
San Diego Top Doctors – Neurosurgery (voted by peers)

2015-present         
President, San Diego Academy of Neurological Surgeons

2014-present         
Fellow, American Association of Neurological Surgeons

2010                     
Humanitarian Award, Paradise Valley Hospital

Academic Honors:
1997                      Graduated Harvard College with Honors in Biochemical Sciences
2002                      Graduated Harvard Medical School with Honors.

Academic Awards:
2007-2010             NIH Clinical Research Award
2006                     AANS Meeting, 2nd Place for Abstract Competition
2006                     Kaiser Award for Clinical Research
2005                     Ronald Tasker Young Investigator Award
2005                     CNS Pain Section Award winner
2002                     Harvard Medical School Honors Thesis
2001                     Boston Globe Foundation Scholarship
2000                     Dana Scholarship at Harvard Medical School
2000                     Harvard Medical School Summer Research Award
1999                     Chrysalis Scholar
1998                     American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Fellowship
1995-1997             Harvard College Scholarship for Academic Distinction
1993                     National Hispanic Merit Scholar
1993                     Bausch & Lomb Science Achievement Award
1993                     Masonic Scientific Achievement Award
1991                     National Chemical Society Award

Research Funding:
2007-2010             NIH Clinical Research Award
2006-2007             NIH – F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) [1F32AG028233-1]
2000-2001             Harvard Summer School Summer Research Award
1999                     Chrysalis Research Award
1998                     American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Fellowship

Clinical Interests:

Subspecialty :
Cerebrovascular Disease, Stroke, Skull Base Surgery

Treatment Modalities :
Microsurgery, Endovascular Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Endoscopy, Radiosurgery

Clinical Trials:
2009-Present         Principal Site Investigator Enterprise Intracranial Stent HDE Research Protocol

2009-Present         Principal Site Investigator Neuroform Intracranial Stent HDE Research

Protocol
2009-Present         Principal Site Investigator Gateway Balloon & Wingspan Stent HDE Research Protocol
2008-2009             Co-Investigator Carotid Revascularization with EV3 Arterial Technology Evolution Post Approval Study (CREATE PAS)
2008-2009             Co-Investigator Matrix against Platinum Study (MAPS)

Report of Teaching and Mentoring:

Teaching/Mentorship
1993-1997             Earthen Vessels Tutoring Program and Harvard College
1998-2002             Harvard College Premedical Student Tutor, Eliot House

2000-2001             Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts Institute of Technology Teaching Fellow for Molecular Biology & Genetics
2002-2006             Bridges Program, University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco, Founder and Mentor
2007                     Instructor for the Brain, Mind, & Behavior Course, University of California, San Francisco Medical School
2008-2009             Harvard Medical School, Instructor
2009-present         Scripps Clinic Medical Residency – Stroke Education

Advisees
2002-2005             Sravana Chennupati ,Pre-doctoral fellow
2003-2004             Mary Limbo, Pre-doctoral fellow
2003-2004             Jason Cheng, UCSF Medical School student
2002-2004             Michael Galvez, Pre-doctoral fellow
2002-2004             Joaquin Cammara, John Hopkins University student
2002-2007             Diep Pham, UC Berkeley student
2002-2008             Ernesto Bogarin, UC Berkeley student
2004-2008             Jeffrey Tan, Boston University Medical student

Publications:
Original Articles

  1. Rosenthal G, Sanchez-Mejia RO, Phan N, Hemphill JC, Manley GT. Incorporating a parenchymal thermal diffusion cerebral blood flow probe in bedside assessment of cerebral autoregulation and vasoreactivity in patients with severe traumatic brain injury (2011). 

Journal of Neurosurgery 114: 62-70.

Sanchez-Mejia RO, Mucke L. Phospholipase A2 and arachidonic acid in Alzheimer’s Disease (2010). Biochim Biophys Acta. 180: 784-90.

Sanchez-Mejia RO, McDermott MW, Tan J, Poon KYT, Kim H, Young WL, Lawton MT. Radiosurgery Prior to Microsurgery Facilitates Brain Arteriovenous Malformation Resection without Affecting Final Patient Outcome (2009). Neurosurgery 64: 231-8.

Sanchez-Mejia RO, Newman JW, Toh S, Yu G-Q, Zhou Y, Scearce-Levie K, Gan L, Palop JJ, Bonventre JV, Mucke L. Phospholipase A 2 Reduction Improves Deficits in Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease (2008). Nature Neuroscience 11: 1311-8 (advance online publication November 11, 2008)

Lawton MT, Sanchez-Mejia RO, Pham D, Tan J, Halbach V. Tentorial Dural Arteriovenous Fistulae: Operative Strategies and Microsurgical Results for Six Types (2008). Neurosurgery 62: ONS110-125.

Sanchez-Mejia RO, Lawton MT. Distal Perforator Artery Aneurysms in the Posterior Circulation: Report of Three Cases (2007). Journal of Neurosurgery 107: 654-9.

Aryan H, Sanchez-Mejia RO, Ben-Aim S, Ames CP. Successful Treatment of Cervical Myelopathy with Minimal Morbidity by Circumferential Decompression and Fusion (2007) . European Spine Journal16: 1401-9.

Sanchez-Mejia RO, Limbo M, Cheng JS, Camara J, Ward MM, Barbaro NM. Ronald Tasker Award: Retreatment of Medically-Refractory Trigeminal Neuralgia (2006). Clinical Neurosurgery 53:313-5

Sanchez-Mejia RO, Limbo M, Tihan T, Galvez MG, Woodward MV, Gupta N. Intracranial Dermoid Cyst Mimicking Hemorrhage: Case Report and Review of the Literature (2006). Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 105:113-117.

Sanchez-Mejia RO, Chenaputti S, Gupta N, Fullerton H, Young W, Lawton MT. Superior Outcomes in Pediatric Patients Compared with Adults after Microsurgical AVM Resection (2006). Journal of Neurosurgery 105:82-87.

Sanchez-Mejia RO, Ojemann SG, Simko J, Chaudhary UB, Levy J, Lawton MT. Sacral Epithelioid Angiosarcoma Associated with a Bleeding Diathesis and Spinal Epidural Hematoma: Report of One Case and Review of the Literature (2006). Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 4:246-250.

Sanchez-Mejia RO, Pham DN, Prados M, Tihan T, Cha S, El-Sayed I, McDermott MW. Management of a Sporadic Malignant Subfrontal Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor (2006). Journal of Neurooncology 76:165-9.

Sanchez-Mejia RO, Limbo M, Cheng JS, Camara J, Ward MM, Barbaro NM. Recurrent or Refractory Trigeminal Neuralgia after Microvascular Decompression, Radiofrequency Ablation, or Radiosurgery (2005). Neurosurgical Focus18(5):E12.

Cheng JS, Sanchez-Mejia RO, Limbo M, Ward MM, Barbaro NM. Management of Medically Refractory Trigeminal Neuralgia in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (2005). Neurosurgical Focus 18(5):E13.

Zhang Y, Li M, Drozda M, Chen M, Ren S, Mejia-Sanchez RO, Leavitt BR, Cattaneo E, Ferrante RJ, Hayden MR, Friedlander RM. Depletion of wild-type huntingtin in mouse models of neurologic diseases (2003). J Neurochem87(1):101-6.

Sanchez-Mejia RO and Friedlander RM. Caspases and Huntington's disease (2001). The Neuroscientist 7(6):480-489.

Sanchez-Mejia RO, Ona VO, Li M, Friedlander RM. Minocycline reduces neurologic dysfunction, tissue damage, and caspase-1 activation after traumatic brain injury (2001). Neurosurgery 48(6):1393-1401.

Sanchez-Mejia RO, Lam BK, Arm JP. Matrix-associated TGF-b1 primes mouse bone marrow-derived mast cells for increased FceRI-dependent eicosanoid biosynthesis (2000). Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol 22(5):557-565.

Fujishima H, Sanchez-Mejia RO, Bingham CO, III, Lam BK, Sapirstein A, Bonventre JV, Austen KF, Arm JP. Cytosolic phospholipase A2 is essential for both the immediate and delayed phases of eicosanoid generation in mouse bone-marrow derived mast cells (1999). Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 96:4803-4807.

Book Chapters

Sanchez-Mejia RO, Quinones-Hinojosa A, Jun P, Lawton MT. Microsurgical Management of Anterior Communicating Artery Aneurysms. Schmidek and Sweet's Operative Neurosurgical Techniques: Indications, Methods, and Results . 5th Edition. Saunders; Ed. Schmidek, HH, Roberts, DW; p. 1131-1142.

Sanchez-Mejia RO and Gupta NG. High-grade Supratentorial Gliomas (Chapter 25. Neuro-Oncology of CNS Tumors, 1st Ed. Springer; Ed. Tonn, TC, Westphal, M, Rutka, JT, Grossman, SA; p. 385-292.

Invited Editorial Comments

Sanchez-Mejia RO and Parsa AT. A New Role for Nonneuronal Cells in ALS (2004). Neurosurgery, 54(1): 24-25.

Published Abstracts

Sanchez-Mejia RO, Austen KF, Arm JP. Matrix-associated TGF-b1 upregulates IgE-dependent eicosanoid generation in mouse mast cells (1999). J Allergy Clin Immunol 103: abstract 167.

Dissertations

Sanchez-Mejia RO. Eicosanoids in Acute and Chronic Neurodegenerative Disease (2002). Harvard Medical School. Honors Thesis.

Sanchez-Mejia RO. TGFb Augments Arachidonic Acid Metabolism (1997). Harvard College. Honors Thesis in Biochemical Sciences.

Abstracts:

Oral Presentations

  1. Friedlander RM, Sanchez-Mejia RO. Minocycline ameliorates traumatic brain injury mediated caspase-1 activation, tissue injury, and neurologic dysfunction. (Congress of Neurological Surgeons, San Antonio, 2000)
  2. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Friedlander RM. Minocycline ameliorates traumatic brain injury mediated caspase-1 activation, tissue injury, and neurologic dysfunction. Brigham & Women's Hospital Research Rounds, Boston, 2001)
  3. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Gupta N, Lawton MT. Microsurgical Treatment of Pediatric Arteriovenous Malformations at UCSF: Recent Experience. (CNS/AANS Pediatric Neurosurgery, San Francisco, 2004)
  4. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Barbaro NM. Recurrent or Refractory Trigeminal Neuralgia after Microvascular Decompression, Radiofrequency Ablation, or Radiosurgery. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Boston, 2005
  5. Sanchez-Mejia RO. Surgical Management of Arteriovenous Malformations. Association of Peri-operative Registered Nurses Conference, San Francisco, 2006.
  6. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Gupta N, Fullerton H, Young W, Lawton, MT. Superior Outcomes in Pediatric Patients Compared with Adults after Microsurgical AVM Resection. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Plenary Session, San Francisco, 2006).
  7. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Aryan HE, Galvez MG, Ames C. Successful Treatment of Cervical Myelopathy with Minimal Morbidity by Circumferential Decompression and Fusion. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, San Francisco, 2006.
  8. Sanchez-Mejia RO. Surgical Management of Cerebrovascular Atherosclerosis. 2nd International Conference on Intracranial Atherosclerosis, San Francisco, 2006.
  9. Sanchez-Mejia RO. Lipids and Alzheimer’s Disease: Removal of Phospholipase A2 Improves Deficits in Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s disease. The J. David Gladstone Institutes 10th Annual Scientific Retreat, Asilomar, 2007.
  10. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Newman JW, Toh S, Yu G-Q, Zhou Y, Scearce-Levie K, Gan L, Palop JJ, Bonventre JV, Mucke L. Phospholipase A 2 Reduction Improves Deficits in Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease. (Slide Presentation – Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: Therapies III Session) Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, 2007
  11. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Newman JW, Toh S, Yu G-Q, Zhou Y, Scearce-Levie K, Gan L, Palop JJ, Bonventre JV, Mucke L. Phospholipase A 2 Reduction Improves Deficits in Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease. (Slide Presentation – Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: Therapies III Session) International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease, Chicago, 2008

 

Abstracts Continued:

Poster Presentations

  1. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Austen KF, Arm JP. Matrix-associated TGF-b1 upregulates IgE-dependent eicosanoid generation in mouse mast cells. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Orlando, 1999
  2. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Ona VO, Li M, Friedlaner RM. Minocycline ameliorates traumatic brain injury mediated caspase-1 activation, tissue injury, and neurologic dysfunction. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, San Antonio, 2000
  3. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Li M, Friedlander RM. Temporal and cell-specific caspase-1 and -3 activation after cerebral ischemia. AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section, Honolulu, 2001
  4. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Chennupati S, Gupta N, Perry VL, McDermott MW, Lawton MT. Microsurgical Treatment of Pediatric Arteriovenous Malformations at UCSF: Recent Experience. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, San Francisco, 2004
  1. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Pham DN, Quinones-Hinojosa A, Lawton MT. Microsurgical Treatment of Dural Arteriovenous Fistulas: Recent UCSF Experience. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, San Francisco, 2004
  1. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Chennupati S, Gupta N, Perry VL, McDermott MW, Lawton MT. Microsurgical Treatment of Pediatric Arteriovenous Malformations at UCSF: Recent Experience. CNS/AANS Pediatric Section Meeting, San Francisco, 2004
  1. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Barbaro NM. Recurrent or Refractory Trigeminal Neuralgia after Microvascular Decompression, Radiofrequency Ablation, or Radiosurgery. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Boston, 2005
  1. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Gupta N, Fullerton H, Young W, Lawton, MT. Superior Outcomes in Pediatric Patients Compared with Adults after Microsurgical AVM Resection. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Plenary Session, San Francisco, 2006).
  1. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Aryan HE, Galvez MG, Ames C. Successful Treatment of Cervical Myelopathy with Minimal Morbidity by Circumferential Decompression and Fusion. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, San Francisco, 2006.

21. Sanchez-Mejia RO. Lipids and Alzheimer’s Disease: Removal of Phospholipase A2 Improves Deficits in Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s disease. The J. David Gladstone Institutes 10th Annual Scientific Retreat, Asilomar, 2006

22. Sanchez-Mejia RO, McDermott MW, Young WL, Lawton MT. Radiosurgery Facilitates Brain Arteriovenous Malformation Resection and Reduces Surgical Morbidity. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Orlando, 2008.

23. Sanchez-Mejia RO, Lawton MT. Mast Cell Inhibition Improves Neurological Outcomes in Mouse Model of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Orlando, 2008.

Other Lectures & Presentations:

Sanchez-Mejia, RO. Avances en el Tratamiento Neurovascular Congreso Binacional de Medicina General y Congreso Regional Para Medicos Generales y Familiares. 
Tijuana, Mexico July 14, 2017. (Spanish)

Sanchez-Mejia, RO. Update: Comprehensive Stroke Program at Scripps Green Hospital, Scripps Green Hospital Grand Rounds, La Jolla, November 13, 2013.

Sanchez-Mejia, RO. Cerebral Vasculopathy, Scripps Clinic and Green Hospital Rheumatology Conference, La Jolla, October 25, 2013.

Sanchez-Mejia, RO. Treatment of Vertebrovascular Occlussive Disease, Scripps Clinic and Green Hospital Vascular Surgery Conference, La Jolla, July 15, 2013.

Sanchez-Mejia, RO. Comprehensive Stroke Care. San Diego Neurological Society, UCSD Faculty Club, San Diego, September 28, 2012.

Sanchez-Mejia, RO. Hemorrhagic Stroke & Neurosurgery. Advances in Stroke, Scripps Health. La Jolla, CA, April 2, 2012.

Sanchez-Mejia RO. Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery: Delayed Outcomes. La Jolla, CA, April 7, 2011.

Sanchez-Mejia RO. Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery: Delayed Outcomes. La Jolla, CA, March 31, 2011.

 Sanchez-Mejia RO. Treatment of Acute Stroke: IV t-PA, IA t-PA, Neurointervention, & Neurosurgery. Advances in Stroke Care, La Jolla, CA, March 16, 2011.

Sanchez-Mejia RO. Neuroscience Lecture: Spinal Cord Pathology: Trauma & Tumors, Seizures. La Jolla, CA, March 8, 2011.

Sanchez-Mejia RO. Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery: Pain Management. Scripps Green Hospital Pain Committee, La Jolla, CA, February 15, 2011.

Sanchez-Mejia RO. Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery: The Operating Room. Scripps Green Hospital Operating Room, La Jolla, CA, January 7, 2011.

Sanchez-Mejia RO. Endovascular Neurosurgery. San Diego Stroke Consortium, San Diego, October 7, 2010.

Sanchez-Mejia RO. Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery: Endovascular & Microsurgical Modalities. The San Diego Academy of Neurosurgery, San Diego, September 29, 2010.

Academic/Clinical Service:

2006-2007              Search Committee: Director for Kanbar Simulation Center, UCSF

2009                      Present Scripps Health Stroke Task Force

2009-Present          Scripps Health Neurointerventional Surgery Clinical Advisory Council

2009-Present          Scripps Green Hospital Stroke Leadership Group

2010-Present          Scripps Health Neurointerventional Surgery Co-Management Committee

2011-Present          Scripps Cardiovascular Institute Physician Advisory Council

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