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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Protopsaltis TS, Lafage R, Smith JS, Passias PG, Shaffrey CI, Kim HJ, Mundis GM, Ames CP, Burton DC, Bess S, Klineberg E, Hart RA, Schwab FJ, Lafage V. The Lumbar Pelvic Angle, the Lumbar Component of the T1 Pelvic Angle, Correlates With HRQOL, PI-LL Mismatch, and it Predicts Global Alignment. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 May 15; 43(10):681-687.
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  15. Miller EK, Lenke LG, Neuman BJ, Sciubba DM, Kebaish KM, Smith JS, Qiu Y, Dahl BT, Pellisé F, Matsuyama Y, Carreon LY, Fehlings MG, Cheung KM, Lewis S, Dekutoski MB, Schwab FJ, Boachie-Adjei O, Mehdian H, Bess S, Shaffrey CI, Ames CP. External Validation of the Adult Spinal Deformity (ASD) Frailty Index (ASD-FI) in the Scoli-RISK-1 Patient Database. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 May 14.
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  16. Ailon T, Smith JS, Shaffrey CI, Soroceanu A, Lafage V, Schwab F, Burton D, Hart R, Kim HJ, Gum J, Hostin R, Kelly MP, Glassman S, Scheer JK, Bess S, Ames CP. Patients with Adult Spinal Deformity with Previous Fusions Have an Equal Chance of Reaching Substantial Clinical Benefit Thresholds in Health-Related Quality of Life Measures but Do Not Reach the Same Absolute Level of Improvement. World Neurosurg. 2018 May 09.
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  17. Mizutani J, Verma K, Endo K, Ishii K, Abumi K, Yagi M, Hosogane N, Yang J, Tay B, Deviren V, Ames C. Global Spinal Alignment in Cervical Kyphotic Deformity: The Importance of Head Position and Thoracolumbar Alignment in the Compensatory Mechanism. Neurosurgery. 2018 May 01; 82(5):686-694.
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  18. Safaee MM, Dalle Ore CL, Zygourakis CC, Deviren V, Ames CP. The unreimbursed costs of preventing revision surgery in adult spinal deformity: analysis of cost-effectiveness of proximal junctional failure prevention with ligament augmentation. Neurosurg Focus. 2018 May; 44(5):E13.
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  19. Mizutani J, Strom R, Abumi K, Endo K, Ishii K, Yagi M, Tay B, Deviren V, Ames C. How Cervical Reconstruction Surgery Affects Global Spinal Alignment. Neurosurgery. 2018 Apr 28.
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  20. Passias PG, Vasquez-Montes D, Poorman GW, Protopsaltis T, Horn SR, Bortz CA, Segreto F, Diebo B, Ames C, Smith J, LaFage V, LaFage R, Klineberg E, Shaffrey C, Bess S, Schwab F. Predictive model for distal junctional kyphosis after cervical deformity surgery. Spine J. 2018 Apr 27.
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