University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Christopher P. Ames, MD

Christopher P. Ames, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF; Director, UCSF Spine Tumor and Spinal Deformity Surgery

Education

Dartmouth College, BA, 1989
University of California, Los Angeles, MD, 1994
University of California, San Diego, 1994-1995, Surgical Internship
University of California, San Diego, 1995-2000, Resident, Neurological Surgery
Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, 2001-2002, Spine Fellow


Professional Experience

  • 2002-present
    Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1989
    Cum Laude, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • 1994
    Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2001
    Chairman's Prize, University of California, San Diego
  • 2005
    ISSLS Award
  • 2010
    50 of the Best Spine Specialists in America
  • 2010
    America's Top Surgeons, Castle Connolly

Selected Publications

  1. Passias PG, Oh C, Horn SR, Kim HJ, Hamilton DK, Sciubba DM, Neuman BJ, Buckland AJ, Poorman GW, Segreto FA, Bortz CA, Brown AE, Protopsaltis TS, Klineberg EO, Ames C, Smith JS, Lafage V. Predicting the occurrence of complications following corrective cervical deformity surgery: Analysis of a prospective multicenter database using predictive analytics. J Clin Neurosci. 2018 Nov 17.
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  2. Choi SW, Ames C, Berven S, Chou D, Tay B, Deviren V. Contribution of Lateral Interbody Fusion in Staged Correction of Adult Degenerative Scoliosis. J Korean Neurosurg Soc. 2018 Nov; 61(6):716-722.
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  3. Passias PG, Poorman GW, Lafage V, Smith J, Ames C, Schwab F, Shaffrey C, Segreto FA, Horn SR, Bortz CA, Varlotta CG, Hockley A, Wang C, Daniels A, Neuman B, Hart R, Burton D, Javidan Y, Line B, LaFage R, Bess S, Sciubba D. Cervical Versus Thoracolumbar Spinal Deformities: A Comparison of Baseline Quality-of-Life Burden. Clin Spine Surg. 2018 Oct 26.
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  4. Kwan KYH, Bow C, Samartzis D, Lenke LG, Shaffrey CI, Carreon LY, Dahl BT, Fehlings MG, Ames CP, Boachie-Adjei O, Dekutoski MB, Kebaish KM, Lewis SJ, Matsuyama Y, Mehdian H, Pellisé F, Qiu Y, Schwab FJ, Cheung KMC. Non-neurologic adverse events after complex adult spinal deformity surgery: results from the prospective, multicenter Scoli-RISK-1 study. Eur Spine J. 2018 Oct 16.
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  5. Segreto FA, Lafage V, Lafage R, Smith JS, Line BG, Eastlack RK, Scheer JK, Chou D, Frangella NJ, Horn SR, Bortz CA, Diebo BG, Neuman BJ, Protopsaltis TS, Kim HJ, Klineberg EO, Burton DC, Hart RA, Schwab FJ, Bess S, Shaffrey CI, Ames CP, Passias PG. Recovery Kinetics: Comparison of Patients undergoing Primary or Revision Procedures for Adult Cervical Deformity Using a Novel Area Under the Curve Methodology. Neurosurgery. 2018 Sep 28.
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  6. Buell TJ, Chen CJ, Quinn JC, Buchholz AL, Mazur MD, Mullin JP, Nguyen JH, Taylor DG, Bess S, Line BG, Ames CP, Schwab FJ, Lafage V, Shaffrey CI, Smith JS. Alignment Risk Factors for Proximal Junctional Kyphosis and the Effect of Lower Thoracic Junctional Tethers for Adult Spinal Deformity. World Neurosurg. 2018 Sep 11.
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  7. Scheer JK, Osorio JA, Smith JS, Schwab F, Hart RA, Hostin R, Lafage V, Jain A, Burton DC, Bess S, Ailon T, Protopsaltis TS, Klineberg EO, Shaffrey CI, Ames CP. Development of a Preoperative Predictive Model for Reaching the Oswestry Disability Index Minimal Clinically Important Difference for Adult Spinal Deformity Patients. Spine Deform. 2018 Sep - Oct; 6(5):593-599.
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  8. Kang J, Hosogane N, Ames C, Schwab F, Hart R, Burton D, Shaffrey C, Smith JS, Bess S, Lafage V, Cho KJ, Ha Y. Diversity in Surgical Decision Strategies for Adult Spine Deformity Treatment: The Effects of Neurosurgery or Orthopedic Training Background and Surgical Experience. Neurospine. 2018 Aug 29.
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  9. Protopsaltis T, Terran J, Soroceanu A, Moses MJ, Bronsard N, Smith J, Klineberg E, Mundis G, Kim HJ, Hostin R, Hart R, Shaffrey C, Bess S, Ames C, Schwab F, Lafage V. T1 Slope Minus Cervical Lordosis (TS-CL), the Cervical Answer to PI-LL, Defines Cervical Sagittal Deformity in Patients Undergoing Thoracolumbar Osteotomy. Int J Spine Surg. 2018 Jun; 12(3):362-370.
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  10. Tuchman A, Lenke LG, Cerpa M, Fehlings MG, Lewis SJ, Shaffrey CI, Cheung KMC, Carreon LY, Dekutoski MB, Schwab FJ, Boachie-Adjei O, Kebaish K, Ames CP, Qiu Y, Matsuyama Y, Dahl BT, Mehdian H, Pellisé F, Berven SH. Unilateral vs. Bilateral Lower Extremity Motor Deficit Following Complex Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: Is there a Difference in Recovery Up to 2 Year F/U? Spine J. 2018 Aug 14.
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  11. Protopsaltis TS, Diebo BG, Lafage R, Henry JK, Smith JS, Scheer JK, Sciubba DM, Passias PG, Kim HJ, Hamilton DK, Soroceanu A, Klineberg EO, Ames CP, Shaffrey CI, Bess S, Hart RA, Schwab FJ, Lafage V. Identifying Thoracic Compensation and Predicting Reciprocal Thoracic Kyphosis and PJK in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Aug 09.
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  12. Dalle Ore CL, Ames CP, Deviren V, Lau D. Outcomes Following Single Stage Posterior Vertebral Column Resection for Severe Thoracic Kyphosis. World Neurosurg. 2018 Aug 01.
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  13. Verma R, Lafage R, Scheer J, Smith J, Passias P, Hostin R, Ames C, Mundis G, Burton D, Kim HJ, Bess S, Kleinberg E, Schwab F, Lafage V. Improvement in Back and Leg Pain and Disability Following Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: Study of 324 Patients With 2-year Follow-up and the Impact of Surgery on Patient-reported Outcomes. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Jul 31.
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  14. Passias PG, Bortz CA, Segreto FA, Horn SR, Lafage R, Lafage V, Smith JS, Line B, Kim HJ, Eastlack R, Hamilton DK, Protopsaltis T, Hostin RA, Klineberg EO, Burton DC, Hart RA, Schwab FJ, Bess S, Shaffrey CI, Ames CP. Development of a Modified Cervical Deformity Frailty Index: A Streamlined Clinical Tool for Preoperative Risk Stratification. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Jul 12.
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  15. Passias PG, Horn SR, Poorman GW, Daniels AH, Hamilton DK, Kim HJ, Diebo BG, Steinmetz L, Bortz CA, Segreto FA, Sciubba DM, Smith JS, Neuman BJ, Shaffrey CI, Lafage R, Lafage V, Ames C, Hart R, Mundis G, Eastlack RK, Schwab FJ. Clinical and radiographic presentation and treatment of patients with cervical deformity secondary to thoracolumbar proximal junctional kyphosis are distinct despite achieving similar outcomes: Analysis of 123 prospective CD cases. J Clin Neurosci. 2018 Jul 02.
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  16. Kato S, Fehlings MG, Lewis SJ, Lenke LG, Shaffrey CI, Cheung KMC, Carreon LY, Dekutoski MB, Schwab FJ, Boachie-Adjei O, Kebaish KM, Ames CP, Qiu Y, Matsuyama Y, Dahl BT, Mehdian H, Pellisé F, Berven SH. An Analysis of the Incidence and Outcomes of Major Versus Minor Neurological Decline After Complex Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: A Subanalysis of Scoli-RISK-1 Study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Jul 01; 43(13):905-912.
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  17. Yang J, Lafage V, Lafage R, Smith J, Klineberg EO, Shaffrey CI, Mundis G, Hostin R, Burton D, Ames CP, Bess S, Kim HJ, Schwab F. Determinants of Patient Satisfaction Two Year after Spinal Deformity Surgery: A Latent Class Analysis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Jun 21.
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  18. Daniels AH, DePasse JM, Durand W, Hamilton DK, Passias P, Kim HJ, Protopsaltis T, Reid DBC, LaFage V, Smith JS, Shaffrey C, Gupta M, Klineberg E, Schwab F, Burton D, Bess S, Ames C, Hart Issg RA. Rod Fracture Following Apparently Solid Radiographic Fusion in Adult Spinal Deformity Patients. World Neurosurg. 2018 Jun 18.
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  19. Passias PG, Horn SR, Oh C, Ramchandran S, Burton DC, Lafage V, Lafage R, Poorman GW, Steinmetz L, Segreto FA, Bortz CA, Smith JS, Ames C, Shaffrey CI, Kim HJ, Soroceanu A, Klineberg EO. Evaluating cervical deformity corrective surgery outcomes at 1-year using current patient-derived and functional measures: are they adequate? J Spine Surg. 2018 Jun; 4(2):295-303.
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  20. Zygourakis CC, DiGiorgio AM, Crutcher CL, Safaee M, Nicholls FH, Ore CD, Ahmed AK, Deviren V, Ames CP. The Safety and Efficacy of CT-Guided, Fluoroscopy-Free Vertebroplasty in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery. World Neurosurg. 2018 May 29.
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