Neurosurgeon Yashar Kalani, MD, just moved to Charlottesville and began seeing patients at UVA. He specializes in skull base conditions, strokes and aneurysms, and endovascular (minimally invasive) surgery.
1. Why did you become a doctor?
To help patients with difficult diseases and to help develop new therapies that improve patient quality of life and health.
2. Why did you choose your specialty?
Because it is challenging. The nervous system is a frontier, and by gaining better understanding of how it functions, we can improve patient quality of life and outcomes.
3. What is your favorite thing about Charlottesville?
The restaurant scene.
4. Where did you grow up?
Southern California and Canada.
5. What’s the most exciting thing/research happening in your field right now?
Use of genomics in understanding drivers of rare diseases, such as vascular malformations.
6. Who is your inspiration or hero?
My mentor, Robert Spetzler.
7. What’s your favorite thing about working at UVA?
The sense of community that the medical center has.
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