7 Quick Questions: Meet Charlottesville Neurosurgeon Yashar Kalani

charlottesville neurosurgeon yashar kalani specializes in endovascular surgery, skull base conditions and strokes
Neurosurgeon Yashar Kalani specializes in both open and endovascular surgeries.

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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Comments (2)

  1. William H. Dunn says:

    I have a very bad case of RLS. I wondered if your work in deep brain stimulation has been used to treat or eliminate this problem. I am now 82 years old, and my problem worsened after I retired at age 70. I have taken ropinerole, gabapentine, and am now using the Neupro patch. Still, I cannot nap, I have to stand to read after a certain time of day, and I am now experiencing one to two nights a week of not being able to sleep at all. I am hoping you might can help. If not, do you know of any doctor in the country that is doing work on this problem?

    Thank you, Bill Dunn

    • uvahealth says:

      Thanks for reaching out. Dr. Kalani does not work in deep brain stimulation. We are not aware of any providers who specialize in this. Sorry we could not help.

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