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Nicholas Bambakidis, MD

Specialty: Neurological Surgery

Nicholas Bambakidis, MD
  • Associate Professor, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Professor, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Vice President and Medical Director, Neurological Institute, University Hospitals



UH Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106


Nicholas C. Bambakidis, MD, is a neurosurgeon at University Hospitals and Director of University Hospitals Neurological Institute. He is Vice Chairman, Clinical Affairs for Neurological Surgery and Professor in the departments of Neurological Surgery and Radiology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as well as Director, Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery, UH Neurological Institute. He sees patients at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center.

Dr. Bambakidis is board certified in neurological surgery. His special interests include cerebrovascular surgery, cervical spine surgery, endovascular surgery and skull base surgery.

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.

A dedicated researcher as well as a clinician, Dr. Bambakidis currently is an investigator on several multicenter clinical trials related to advanced neurosurgical techniques and technology and is a co-investigator on the Ohio Brain Tumor Study. He has presented 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.

Dr. Bambakidis has authored or coauthored more than 50 papers and half-a-dozen invited reviews and editorials in peer-reviewed journals, and has contributed chapters to more than a dozen neurosurgical textbooks. He is a reviewer on six leading journals in neurosurgery.

His numerous professional memberships include the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery, Society of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Honors and Achievements

Basic Science Research Award, Ohio State Neurosurgical Association, 2004
Teacher of the Year, Barrow Neurological Institute, Division of Neurosurgery, 2007-2008
Teacher of the Year, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Ariz., 2007-2008
Anspach Research Award in Cerebral Protection/Cerebral Ischemia, 2009 – 2010
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Research Interests

Cerebrovascular stroke disorders
Brain tumor biology
Skull base surgery


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


Board Certifications

  • 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)

Languages Spoken

English, Greek

Industry Relationships

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