Christopher P. Ames, MD

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Christopher P. Ames, MD

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

Phone: (415) 353-7500 (neurosurgery); (866) 817-7463 (spine center)
Box 0112, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0112

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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. Ames C, Gammal I, Matsumoto M, Hosogane N, Smith JS, Protopsaltis T, Yamato Y, Matsuyama Y, Taneichi H, Lafage R, Ferrero E, Schwab FJ, Lafage V. Geographic and Ethnic Variations in Radiographic Disability Thresholds: Analysis of North American and Japanese Operative Adult Spinal Deformity Populations. Neurosurgery. 2016 Jun; 78(6):793-801.
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  2. Smith JS, Lafage V, Shaffrey CI, Schwab F, Lafage R, Hostin R, O'Brien M, Boachie-Adjei O, Akbarnia BA, Mundis GM, Errico T, Kim HJ, Protopsaltis TS, Hamilton DK, Scheer JK, Sciubba D, Ailon T, Fu KM, Kelly MP, Zebala L, Line B, Klineberg E, Gupta M, Deviren V, Hart R, Burton D, Bess S, Ames CP. Outcomes of Operative and Nonoperative Treatment for Adult Spinal Deformity: A Prospective, Multicenter, Propensity-Matched Cohort Assessment With Minimum 2-Year Follow-up. Neurosurgery. 2016 Jun; 78(6):851-61.
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  3. Ramchandran S, Smith JS, Ailon T, Klineberg E, Shaffrey C, Lafage V, Schwab F, Bess S, Daniels A, Scheer JK, Protopsaltis TS, Arnold P, Haid RW, Chapman J, Fehlings MG, Ames CP. Assessment of Impact of Long-Cassette Standing X-Rays on Surgical Planning for Cervical Pathology: An International Survey of Spine Surgeons. Neurosurgery. 2016 May; 78(5):717-24.
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  4. Passias PG, Soroceanu A, Yang S, Schwab F, Ames C, Boniello A, Smith J, Shaffrey C, Boachie-Adjei O, Mundis G, Burton D, Klineberg E, Hart R, Hamilton DK, Sciubba DM, Bess S, Lafage V. Predictors of Revision Surgical Procedure Excluding Wound Complications in Adult Spinal Deformity and Impact on Patient-Reported Outcomes and Satisfaction: A Two-Year Follow-up. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Apr 6; 98(7):536-43.
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  5. Hostin R, Robinson C, O'Brien M, Ames C, Schwab F, Smith JS, Lafage V, Gupta M, Hart R, Burton D, Bess S, Schaffrey C, McCarthy I. A Multicenter Comparison of Inpatient Resource Use for Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Apr; 41(7):603-9.
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  6. Demirkiran G, Theologis AA, Pekmezci M, Ames C, Deviren V. Adult Spinal Deformity Correction with Multi-level Anterior Column Releases: Description of a New Surgical Technique and Literature Review. Clin Spine Surg. 2016 Apr 1.
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  7. Iyer S, Nemani VM, Nguyen J, Elysee J, Burapachaisri A, Ames CP, Kim HJ. Impact of Cervical Sagittal Alignment Parameters on Neck Disability. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Mar; 41(5):371-7.
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  8. Lau D, Funao H, Clark AJ, Nicholls F, Smith J, Bess S, Shaffrey C, Schwab FJ, Lafage V, Deviren V, Hart R, Kebaish KM, Ames CP. The Clinical Correlation of the Hart-ISSG Proximal Junctional Kyphosis Severity Scale With Health-Related Quality-of-life Outcomes and Need for Revision Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Feb; 41(3):213-23.
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  9. Lenke LG, Fehlings MG, Shaffrey CI, Cheung KM, Carreon L, Dekutoski MB, Schwab FJ, Boachie-Adjei O, Kebaish KM, Ames CP, Qiu Y, Matsuyama Y, Dahl BT, Mehdian H, Pellisé-Urquiza F, Lewis SJ, Berven SH. Neurologic Outcomes of Complex Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: Results of the Prospective, Multicenter Scoli-RISK-1 Study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Feb; 41(3):204-12.
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  10. Bess S, Line B, Fu KM, McCarthy I, Lafage V, Schwab F, Shaffrey C, Ames C, Akbarnia B, Jo H, Kelly M, Burton D, Hart R, Klineberg E, Kebaish K, Hostin R, Mundis G, Mummaneni P, Smith JS. The Health Impact of Symptomatic Adult Spinal Deformity: Comparison of Deformity Types to United States Population Norms and Chronic Diseases. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Feb; 41(3):224-33.
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  11. Bess S, Protopsaltis TS, Lafage V, Lafage R, Ames CP, Errico T, Smith JS. Clinical and Radiographic Evaluation of Adult Spinal Deformity. Clin Spine Surg. 2016 Feb; 29(1):6-16.
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  12. Spiegel MA, Lafage R, Lafage V, Ryan D, Marascalchi B, Trimba Y, Ames C, Harris B, Tanzi E, Oren J, Vira S, Errico T, Schwab F, Protopsaltis TS. Developing the Total Disability Index Based on an Analysis of the Interrelationships and Limitations of Oswestry and Neck Disability Index. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Jan; 41(1):74-81.
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  13. Ames C, Traynelis VC, Vaccaro AR. Introduction. Dynamic stabilization of the spine. Neurosurg Focus. 2016 Jan; 40(1):E1.
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  14. Lafage R, Schwab F, Challier V, Henry JK, Gum J, Smith J, Hostin R, Shaffrey C, Kim HJ, Ames C, Scheer J, Klineberg E, Bess S, Burton D, Lafage V. Defining Spino-Pelvic Alignment Thresholds: Should Operative Goals in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery Account for Age? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Jan; 41(1):62-8.
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  15. Moon BJ, Smith JS, Ames CP, Shaffrey CI, Lafage V, Schwab F, Matsumoto M, Baik JS, Ha Y. Prevalence and type of cervical deformities among adults with Parkinson's disease: a cross-sectional study. J Neurosurg Spine. 2016 Apr; 24(4):527-34.
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  16. Buckland AJ, Vigdorchik J, Schwab FJ, Errico TJ, Lafage R, Ames C, Bess S, Smith J, Mundis GM, Lafage V. Acetabular Anteversion Changes Due to Spinal Deformity Correction: Bridging the Gap Between Hip and Spine Surgeons. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Dec 2; 97(23):1913-20.
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  17. Liu S, Tetreault L, Fehlings MG, Challier V, Smith JS, Shaffrey CI, Arnold PM, Scheer JK, Chapman JR, Kopjar B, Protopsaltis TS, Lafage V, Schwab F, Massicotte EM, Yoon ST, Ames CP. Novel Method Using Baseline Normalization and Area Under the Curve to Evaluate Differences in Outcome Between Treatment Groups and Application to Patients With Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Undergoing Anterior Versus Posterior Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Dec; 40(24):E1299-304.
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  18. Verma K, Kohan E, Ames CP, Cruz DL, Deviren V, Berven S, Errico TJ. A Comparison of Two Different Dosing Protocols for Tranexamic Acid in Posterior Spinal Fusion for Spinal Deformity: A Prospective, Randomized Trial. Int J Spine Surg. 2015; 9:65.
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  19. Gupta MC, Ferrero E, Mundis G, Smith JS, Shaffrey CI, Schwab F, Kim HJ, Boachie-Adjei O, Lafage V, Bess S, Hostin R, Burton DC, Ames CP, Kebaish K, Klineberg E. Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy in the Revision Versus Primary Adult Spinal Deformity Patient: Is There a Difference in Correction and Complications? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Nov; 40(22):E1169-75.
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  20. Liu S, Diebo BG, Henry JK, Smith JS, Hostin R, Cunningham ME, Mundis G, Ames CP, Burton D, Bess S, Akbarnia B, Hart R, Passias PG, Schwab FJ, Lafage V. The benefit of nonoperative treatment for adult spinal deformity: identifying predictors for reaching a minimal clinically important difference. Spine J. 2016 Feb; 16(2):210-8.
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