• Adjunct Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Neurological Surgery
  • Professor, Radiology
  • Chair, Neurological Surgery
  • Director, American Board of Neurological Surgery

Harborview Medical Center
Department of Neurological Surgery
325 Ninth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

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Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD is a UW professor and chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery. In addition, he is an attending neurological surgeon at Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital. His clinical practice at those hospitals includes pediatric and adult brain and spinal cord tumors, neuro-trauma surgery, craniofacial surgery, Chiari malformations, and minimally invasive endoscopic brain surgery. He pursues extramural funded research on molecular imaging of brain tumors and traumatic brain injury.

Dr.Ellenbogen is the Director of the UW Medicine Neurosciences Institute, Program Director of the UW Neurological Surgery Residency, and Co-Director of the UW Medicine Concussion Program.

  • MD (Brown University)
Country Affiliations 
Health Topics 
  • Burden of Disease
  • Causes of Death
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Injury, Violence, Trauma and Domestic Violence
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

1) Global, regional, and national burden of neurological disorders, 1990-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016.
GBD 2016 Neurology Collaborators. Lancet Neurol. 2019 May;18(5):459-480. doi: 10.1016/S1474-4422(18)30499-X. Epub 2019 Mar 14. PMID: 30879893

2) Developing microsurgical milestones for psychomotor skills in neurological surgery residents as an adjunct to operative training: the home microsurgery laboratory.
Abecassis IJ, Sen RD, Ellenbogen RG, Sekhar LN. J Neurosurg. 2020 Sep 4:1-11. doi: 10.3171/2020.5.JNS201590. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32886917 Review.

3) Maintenance of Certification and the Platinum Rule: An Existential Crisis.
Ellenbogen RG, Connolly ES Jr, Meyer FB. Mayo Clin Proc. 2020 Feb;95(2):228-230. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2019.07.021. PMID: 32029083 No abstract available.

4) A mixed-methods needs assessment of traumatic brain injury care in a low- and middle-income country setting: building neurocritical care capacity at two major hospitals in Cambodia.
Barkley AS, Spece LJ, Barros LM, Bonow RH, Ravanpay A, Ellenbogen R, Huoy P, Thy T, Sothea S, Pak S, LoGerfo J, Lele AV. J Neurosurg. 2019 Dec 20:1-7. doi: 10.3171/2019.10.JNS192118. Online ahead of print. PMID: 31860819

5) Economic Impact of COVID-19 on a High-Volume Academic Neurosurgical Practice.
Sivakanthan S, Pan J, Kim L, Ellenbogen R, Saigal R. World Neurosurg. 2020 Nov;143:e561-e566. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2020.08.028. Epub 2020 Aug 10. PMID: 32791222 Free PMC article