Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“My goal is to provide the best care humanly possibly for my patients. I also believe that through research we can improve outcomes and offer greater options to people who would otherwise have relatively few. I am honored by the trust that my patients place in me and will strive to always be deserving of that trust.”

Clinical Expertise

Although Dr. Samadani has broad surgical capabilities as a general neurosurgeon, she has a primary interest in cranial neurosurgery and a research interest in traumatic brain injury and hemorrhage. She has expertise in image-guided minimally invasive surgical techniques.


  • Samadani, U., Li, M., Qian, M., Laska, E., Ritlop, R., Kolecki, R., Reyes, M., Altomare, L., Sone, J., Adem, A., Huang, P., Kondziolka, D., Wall, S., Frangos, S., Marmar, C. Sensitivity and Specificity of an Eye Movement Tracking Biomarker for Concussion, Concussion, Aug 2015
  • Samadani, U., Ritlop, R., Reyes, M., Nehrbass, E., Li, M., Lamm, E., Schneider, J., Shimunov, D., Sava, M., Kolecki, R., Burris, P., Altomare, L., Mehmood, T., Smith, T., Huang, J.H., McStay, R.C., Todd, S.R., Qian, M., Kondziolka, D., Wall, S., Huang, P., Eye Tracking Detects Disconjugate Eye Movements Associated with Structural Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion. Journal of Neurotrauma Jan 2015
  • Balser, D.S., Farooq, S., Mehmood, T., Samadani, U., Actual and Projected Incidences of Chronic Subdural Hemorrhage in United States Veterans Administration and Civilian Populations. Journal of Neurosurgery April 2015
  • Samadani, U., Farooq, S., Ritlop,R., Warren, F., Reyes, M., Lamm, E., Alex, A., Nehrbass, E., Kolecki., R., Jureller, M., Schneider, J., Chen, A., Shi, C., Mendhiratta, N., Huang, J.H., Qian, M., Kwak, R., Mikheev, A., Rusinek, H., George, A., Fergus, R., Kondziolka, D., Huang, P., Smith, T., Detection of Third and Sixth Cranial Nerve Palsies With A Novel Method for Eye Tracking While Watching a Short Film Clip. Journal of Neurosurgery Dec 2014.
  • Shi, C, Flanagan, S.R., Samadani, U., Vagus Nerve Stimulation to Augment Recovery from Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Impeding Consciousness: A Prospective Pilot Clinical Trial. Neurological Research Apr 2013 35(3):263-76

Medical School

  • University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA


  • Neurosurgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA


  • Neurosurgery, Klinikum Goettingen, Georg-August Universitaet, GOETTINGEN, GERMANY

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons and National Neurotrauma Society


  • Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons


  • Top Doctors, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, 2018
  • William P. VanWagenen Fellow
  • TedMed Plenary Speaker


“I enjoy spending time outdoors biking and skiing with my family.”

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