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Nicholas Bambakidis, MD

Nicholas Bambakidis, MD

  • Vice President and Director, Neurological Institute, University Hospitals
  • Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Professor of Neurological Surgery, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Radiology, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Harvey Huntington Brown, Jr. Chair in Neurosurgery, University Hospitals
  • Specialty: Neurological Surgery, Radiology-Neuroradiology
  • Location:
    UH Ahuja Risman Pavilion
    1000 Auburn Dr
    Beachwood, OH 44122

Biography: Nicholas Bambakidis, MD


  • Aneurysm
  • Brain Trauma Surgery
  • Cerebrovascular Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spine Surgery

Certifications & Memberships

  • Neurological Surgery - American Board of Neurological Surgery


Fellowship | Neuroradiology/Neurointerventional
Neuroradiology/Neurointerventional - UH Case Medical Center (2009 - 2011)

Fellowship | Cerebrovascular/Skull Base Surgery
Cerebrovascular/Skull Base Surgery - Barrow Neurological Institute (2005 - 2006)

Fellowship | Neurological Surgery - Spinal
Neurological Surgery - Spinal - Barrow Neurological Institute (2004 - 2005)

Residency | Neurological Surgery
Neurological Surgery - University Hospitals Of Cleveland (1998 - 2004)

Internship | General Surgery
General Surgery - University Hospitals Of Cleveland (1997 - 1998)

Medical Education
Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine (1997)

Wright State University (1993)


Nicholas C. Bambakidis, MD, is board-certified in neurological surgery and is the director of University Hospitals Neurological Institute and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery. His special interests include cerebrovascular surgery, cervical spine surgery, endovascular surgery and skull base surgery.

Dr. Bambakidis served as president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in 2022 and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Society of Neurointerventional Surgery, and Society of Neurological Surgeons. He has authored or coauthored more than 100 articles, invited reviews, and editorials in peer-reviewed journals, and has contributed dozens of chapters to neurosurgical textbooks. He is the editor of four esteemed neurosurgical textbooks and a reviewer on six leading journals in neurosurgery.

He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in physics from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Bambakidis served his neurosurgery residency at UH Cleveland Medical Center, followed by fellowships in spinal neurosurgery and skull base and cerebrovascular surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix.

After completing his fellowships, Dr. Bambakidis served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery at the University of Arizona School of Medicine and an attending neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute for three years. He came to UH Cleveland Medical Center in 2008 as a fellow in endovascular neurointerventional surgery and was named to the UH staff in 2011.

An internationally recognized cerebrovascular and skull base neurosurgeon, Dr. Bambakidis has authored nearly 100 publications and book chapters on a broad array of topics in his field of expertise and edited three major textbooks—two on skull base surgery and one on aneurysm microsurgery. His research has centered on the ability of the central nervous system to recover after injury and has resulted in several basic science papers on this subject. He has also led multicenter clinical trials related to advanced neurosurgical techniques and technology. Dr. Bambakidis has lectured, served as course director, and delivered presentations at numerous national and international neurosurgery conferences, speaking on topics such as challenging neurosurgical cases, management of brain tumors, and new skull base surgery techniques.

Research & Publications

Research Interests

Cerebrovascular Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Spine Surgery

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Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Nicholas Bambakidis did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.