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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Ailon T, Hamilton DK, Klineberg E, Daniels AH, Lafage V, Bess S, Burton DC, Gupta M, Schwab F, Ames CP, Smith JS, Shaffrey CI, Hart RA. Radiographic Fusion Grade Does Not Impact Health Related Quality of Life in the Absence of Instrumentation Failure for Patients Undergoing Posterior Instrumented Fusion for Adult Spinal Deformity. World Neurosurg. 2018 Apr 27.
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  10. Buell TJ, Buchholz AL, Quinn JC, Bess S, Line BG, Ames CP, Schwab FJ, Lafage V, Shaffrey CI, Smith JS. A Pilot Study on Posterior Polyethylene Tethers to Prevent Proximal Junctional Kyphosis After Multilevel Spinal Instrumentation for Adult Spinal Deformity. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2018 Apr 24.
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  11. Dalle Ore CL, Ames CP, Magill ST, Deviren V, Aghi MK, Lau D. Initial experience with intraoperative phosphorous-32 brachytherapy during resection of malignant spinal tumors. World Neurosurg. 2018 Apr 24.
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  12. Daniels AH, Bess S, Line B, Eltorai AEM, Reid DBC, Lafage V, Akbarnia BA, Ames CP, Boachie-Adjei O, Burton DC, Deviren V, Kim HJ, Hart RA, Kebaish KM, Klineberg EO, Gupta M, Mundis GM, Hostin RA, O'Brien M, Schwab FJ, Shaffrey CI, Smith JS. Peak Timing for Complications Following Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery. World Neurosurg. 2018 Apr 21.
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  13. Lenke LG, Shaffrey CI, Carreon LY, Cheung KMC, 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. Lower Extremity Motor Function Following Complex Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: Two-Year Follow-up in the Scoli-RISK-1 Prospective, Multicenter, International Study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2018 Apr 18; 100(8):656-665.
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  14. Safaee MM, Scheer JK, Ailon T, Smith JS, Hart RA, Burton DC, Bess S, Neuman BJ, Passias PG, Miller E, Shaffrey CI, Schwab F, Lafage V, Klineberg EO, Ames CP. Predictive Modeling of Length of Hospital Stay Following Adult Spinal Deformity Correction: Analysis of 653 Patients with an Accuracy of 75% within 2 Days. World Neurosurg. 2018 Apr 17.
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  15. Hart RA, Rastegar F, Contag A, Kane M, Daniels A, Klineberg E, Eastlack R, Smith JS, Hostin R, Hamilton DK, Gum JL, Burton DC, Sheer JK, Ames C, Schwab F, Lafage V, Bess S, Shaffrey C, Kebaish K. Inter- and Intra-rater Reliability of the Hart-ISSG Proximal Junctional Failure Severity Scale. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Apr 15; 43(8):E461-E467.
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  16. Lau D, Osorio JA, Deviren V, Ames CP. The relationship of older age and perioperative outcomes following thoracolumbar three-column osteotomy for adult spinal deformity: an analysis of 300 consecutive cases. J Neurosurg Spine. 2018 Apr 06; 1-14.
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  17. Gupta S, Eksi MS, Ames CP, Deviren V, Durbin-Johnson B, Smith JS, Gupta MC. A Novel 4-Rod Technique Offers Potential to Reduce Rod Breakage and Pseudarthrosis in Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomies for Adult Spinal Deformity Correction. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2018 Apr 01; 14(4):449-456.
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  18. Miller EK, Vila-Casademunt A, Neuman BJ, Sciubba DM, Kebaish KM, Smith JS, Alanay A, Acaroglu ER, Kleinstück F, Obeid I, Sánchez Pérez-Grueso FJ, Carreon LY, Schwab FJ, Bess S, Scheer JK, Lafage V, Shaffrey CI, Pellisé F, Ames CP. External validation of the adult spinal deformity (ASD) frailty index (ASD-FI). Eur Spine J. 2018 Mar 30.
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  19. Yeramaneni S, Ames CP, Bess S, Burton D, Smith JS, Glassman S, Gum JL, Carreon L, Jain A, Zygourakis C, Avramis I, Hostin R. Center variation in episode-of-care costs for adult spinal deformity surgery: results from a prospective, multicenter database. Spine J. 2018 Mar 22.
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  20. Scheer JK, Lafage R, Schwab FJ, Liabaud B, Smith JS, Mundis GM, Hostin R, Shaffrey CI, Burton DC, Hart RA, Kim HJ, Bess S, Gupta M, Lafage V, Ames CP. Under Correction of Sagittal Deformities Based on Age-adjusted Alignment Thresholds Leads to Worse Health-related Quality of Life Whereas Over Correction Provides No Additional Benefit. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Mar 15; 43(6):388-393.
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