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. Saigal R, Clark AJ, Scheer JK, Smith JS, Bess S, Mummaneni PV, McCarthy IM, Hart RA, Kebaish KM, Klineberg EO, Deviren V, Schwab F, Shaffrey CI, Ames CP. Adult Spinal Deformity Patients Recall Fewer Than 50% of the Risks Discussed in the Informed Consent Process Preoperatively and the Recall Rate Worsens Significantly in the Postoperative Period. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Jul 15; 40(14):1079-85.
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  2. Scheer JK, Fakurnejad S, Lau D, Daubs MD, Coe JD, Paonessa KJ, LaGrone MO, Amaral RA, Trobisch PD, Lee JH, Fabris-Monterumici D, Anand N, Cree AK, Hart RA, Hey LA, Ames CP. Results of the 2014 SRS Survey on PJK/PJF: A Report on Variation of Select SRS Member Practice Patterns, Treatment Indications, and Opinions on Classification Development. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Jun 1; 40(11):829-40.
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  3. Oh T, Scheer JK, Eastlack R, Smith JS, Lafage V, Protopsaltis TS, Klineberg E, Passias PG, Deviren V, Hostin R, Gupta M, Bess S, Schwab F, Shaffrey CI, Ames CP. Cervical compensatory alignment changes following correction of adult thoracic deformity: a multicenter experience in 57 patients with a 2-year follow-up. J Neurosurg Spine. 2015 Jun; 22(6):658-65.
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  4. Tang JA, Scheer JK, Smith JS, Deviren V, Bess S, Hart RA, Lafage V, Shaffrey CI, Schwab F, Ames CP. The impact of standing regional cervical sagittal alignment on outcomes in posterior cervical fusion surgery. Neurosurgery. 2015 Mar; 76 Suppl 1:S14-21.
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  5. Schwab F, Blondel B, Chay E, Demakakos J, Lenke L, Tropiano P, Ames C, Smith JS, Shaffrey CI, Glassman S, Farcy JP, Lafage V. The comprehensive anatomical spinal osteotomy classification. Neurosurgery. 2015 Mar; 76 Suppl 1:S33-41.
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  6. Passias PG, Soroceanu A, Smith J, Boniello A, Yang S, Scheer JK, Schwab F, Shaffrey C, Kim HJ, Protopsaltis T, Mundis G, Gupta M, Klineberg E, Lafage V, Ames C. Postoperative Cervical Deformity in 215 Thoracolumbar Patients With Adult Spinal Deformity: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Impact on Patient-Reported Outcome and Satisfaction at 2-Year Follow-up. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Mar 1; 40(5):283-91.
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  7. Scheer JK, Smith JS, Clark AJ, Lafage V, Kim HJ, Rolston JD, Eastlack R, Hart RA, Protopsaltis TS, Kelly MP, Kebaish K, Gupta M, Klineberg E, Hostin R, Shaffrey CI, Schwab F, Ames CP. Comprehensive study of back and leg pain improvements after adult spinal deformity surgery: analysis of 421 patients with 2-year follow-up and of the impact of the surgery on treatment satisfaction. J Neurosurg Spine. 2015 May; 22(5):540-53.
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  8. Jahangiri A, Chin AT, Wagner JR, Kunwar S, Ames C, Chou D, Barani I, Parsa AT, McDermott MW, Benet A, El-Sayed IH, Aghi MK. Factors predicting recurrence after resection of clival chordoma using variable surgical approaches and radiation modalities. Neurosurgery. 2015 Feb; 76(2):179-86.
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  9. Daniels AH, Ames CP, Smith JS, Hart RA. Variability in spine surgery procedures performed during orthopaedic and neurological surgery residency training: an analysis of ACGME case log data. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Dec 3; 96(23):e196.
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  10. Lau D, Clark AJ, Scheer JK, Daubs MD, Coe JD, Paonessa KJ, LaGrone MO, Kasten MD, Amaral RA, Trobisch PD, Lee JH, Fabris-Monterumici D, Anand N, Cree AK, Hart RA, Hey LA, Ames CP. Proximal junctional kyphosis and failure after spinal deformity surgery: a systematic review of the literature as a background to classification development. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Dec 1; 39(25):2093-102.
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  11. Theologis AA, Tabaraee E, Funao H, Smith JS, Burch S, Tay B, Kebaish K, Deviren V, Ames C. Three-column osteotomies of the lower cervical and upper thoracic spine: comparison of early outcomes, radiographic parameters, and peri-operative complications in 48 patients. Eur Spine J. 2015 Jan; 24 Suppl 1:23-30.
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  12. Daniels AH, Ames CP, Garfin SR, Shaffrey CI, Riew KD, Smith JS, Anderson PA, Hart RA. Spine surgery training: is it time to consider categorical spine surgery residency? Spine J. 2015 Jul 1; 15(7):1513-8.
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  13. Smith JS, Shaffrey E, Klineberg E, Shaffrey CI, Lafage V, Schwab FJ, Protopsaltis T, Scheer JK, Mundis GM, Fu KM, Gupta MC, Hostin R, Deviren V, Kebaish K, Hart R, Burton DC, Line B, Bess S, Ames CP. Prospective multicenter assessment of risk factors for rod fracture following surgery for adult spinal deformity. J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Dec; 21(6):994-1003.
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  14. Theologis AA, Demirkiran G, Callahan M, Pekmezci M, Ames C, Deviren V. Local intrawound vancomycin powder decreases the risk of surgical site infections in complex adult deformity reconstruction: a cost analysis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Oct 15; 39(22):1875-80.
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  15. Schairer WW, Carrer A, Sing DC, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Hu SS, Berven SH, Burch S, Tay B, Deviren V, Ames C. Hospital readmission rates after surgical treatment of primary and metastatic tumors of the spine. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Oct 1; 39(21):1801-8.
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  16. Protopsaltis T, Schwab F, Bronsard N, Smith JS, Klineberg E, Mundis G, Ryan DJ, Hostin R, Hart R, Burton D, Ames C, Shaffrey C, Bess S, Errico T, Lafage V. TheT1 pelvic angle, a novel radiographic measure of global sagittal deformity, accounts for both spinal inclination and pelvic tilt and correlates with health-related quality of life. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Oct 1; 96(19):1631-40.
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  17. Zygourakis CC, Davis JL, Kaur G, Ames CP, Gupta N, Auguste KI, Parsa AT. Management of central nervous system teratoma. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Jan; 22(1):98-104.
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  18. Smith JS, Lafage V, Schwab FJ, Shaffrey CI, Protopsaltis T, Klineberg E, Gupta M, Scheer JK, Fu KM, Mundis G, Hostin R, Deviren V, Hart R, Burton DC, Bess S, Ames CP. Prevalence and type of cervical deformity among 470 adults with thoracolumbar deformity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Aug 1; 39(17):E1001-9.
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  19. Fu KM, Bess S, Shaffrey CI, Smith JS, Lafage V, Schwab F, Burton DC, Akbarnia BA, Ames CP, Boachie-Adjei O, Deverin V, Hart RA, Hostin R, Klineberg E, Gupta M, Kebaish K, Mundis G, Mummaneni PV. Patients with adult spinal deformity treated operatively report greater baseline pain and disability than patients treated nonoperatively; however, deformities differ between age groups. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Aug 1; 39(17):1401-7.
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  20. Clark AJ, Garcia RM, Keefe MK, Koski TR, Rosner MK, Smith JS, Cheng JS, Shaffrey CI, McCormick PC, Ames CP. Results of the AANS membership survey of adult spinal deformity knowledge: impact of training, practice experience, and assessment of potential areas for improved education: Clinical article. J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Oct; 21(4):640-7.
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