A pioneering figure in the realm of neurosurgery and the surgical treatment of movement disorders, Christopher Duma, MD, FACS, has remained at the pinnacle of research in immunotherapy to combat against the devastating effects of benign and malignant brain tumors, specifically glioblastoma multiforme, anaplastic astrocytoma and astrocytomas. Considered among the most knowledgeable and seasoned specialists in his field, he is a board-certified neurosurgeon in surgical brain tumor management, and Gamma Knife and CyberKnife™ radiosurgery. Utilizing ultramodern neuronavigational computers, he is an expert in minimally invasive neurosurgery, resulting in shortened anesthesia times and rapid patent recovery. Additionally, he is renowned for his treatment of meningiomas, arteriovenous malformations, trigeminal neuralgia and the tremor of Parkinson’s disease, applying Gamma Knife radiosurgery to treat the afflicted regions without opening the skull.
Drawing upon more than 30 years of excellence in his field, Dr. Duma is affiliated with Brain and Spine Surgeons of Orange County, located in Newport Beach, CA. He also practices at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Mission Hospital and UC Irvine Medical Center. Prior to these appointments, he served MedStar Georgetown University Hospital as resident and chief resident of neurosurgery, and intern in general surgery. He was also a fellow of stereotactic neurosurgery and Gamma Knife at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, registrar in neurosurgery at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, England, and pain service research assistant in the department of neurology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He commenced his career in 1981 as a research assistant in the department of neuropharmacology at Weill Cornell Medicine.
Among his notable achievements, Dr. Duma is most distinguished for developing an innovative way of treating glioblastomas, the most malignant brain tumor, for which he received a U.S. patent. His achievement was published in the prestigious Journal of Neurosurgery and boasts the highest success rate in treating the tumor. Describing his work style as “leave no stone unturned,” he always puts his patients at the forefront and refers them to other physicians when they require medical assistant that he himself cannot provide.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Duma was highlighted in the 71st edition of Who’s Who in America in 2018. Featured in numerous media interviews, articles and radio shows, including “Good Morning America,” he holds an honorary Bachelor of Arts in neuroscience from Colgate University and a Doctor of Medicine from Stony Brook University. He is licensed to practice medicine in California, Nevada and Washington, D.C.
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