Dr. Achal Achrol, MD

Dr. Achal Achrol, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 38
Dr. Achal Achrol, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Santa Monica, CA. He graduated from Stanford Univ Sch Of Med and specializes in neurosurgery.Read his story

2125 Arizona Ave

Santa Monica, CA 90404

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(424) 789-6883

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  • Aetna
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
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  • Delta Health System
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Dr. Achrol's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Achrol "Dr. Achrol is Chief of the Glioma Surgery Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute and the Director of Neurovascular Surgery and Neurocritical Care at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica (Los Angeles), CA. Dr. Achrol specializes in computer-assisted minimally invasive keyhole and microvascular neurosurgery, using advanced neuroimaging and stereotactic navigation techniques to safely reach even the most difficult lesions. As an academic neurosurgeon and physician scientist, Dr. Achrol is committed to leading translational research programs that advance treatment options for patients suffering from brain tumors, stroke, intracranial aneurysms and vascular malformations. As the Director of Neurovascular Surgery and Neurocritical Care, Dr. Achrol works closely with specialists in stroke neurology, interventional neuroradiology and neurocritical care to offer a team-based approach to the personalized, comprehensive care of patients with stroke, brain aneurysms and vascular malformations. The neurovascular program offers minimally invasive endovascular treatments, keyhole/microvascular neurosurgery and non-invasive adjuvant therapies. As Chief of the Glioma Surgery Program, Dr. Achrol leads a translational research team committed to improving the quality of life and overall outcomes for patients through state-of-the-art treatments and advanced clinical trials. Dr. Achrol evaluates patients using a team-based approach that includes specialists in neurology, oncology, genetics, radiation oncology, head and neck surgery (ENT) and neuro-radiology. This broad expertise allows the Glioma Surgery Program to offer patient's the most advanced personalized medicine treatments and precision therapy clinical trials, including immunotherapy (check point inhibitors, cancer vaccines, oncolytic virus therapy), stem cell therapies and genome-guided targeted molecular therapies. Career Highlights Dr. Achrol has published extensively in the medical literature, routinely lectures nationally and internationally, and has received numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious Mahaley Award for Best Neuro-oncology Research from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS), the Academy Award of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery for best neuroscience research, and the Best Research Awards from both the California Association of Neurological Surgeons (CANS) and the Western Neurosurgical Society (WNS). Dr. Achrol has evaluated thousands of patients with brain tumors, strokes and vascular malformations, and directly participated in neurosurgical operations for the treatment of these patients. In 2003, Dr. Achrol was recruited by Dr. William L. Young, MD, to the Center for Cerebrovascular Research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he served as lead investigator in the neurovascular genetics program, including the first genetics outcome studies for risk of complication from neurosurgery and risk of rupture in patient's harboring neurovascular malformations. Dr. Achrol completed his training at Stanford University where he attended medical school and neurosurgery residency with an enfolded post-doctoral fellowship in neurosurgical oncology with Dr. Griffith R. Harsh, IV, MD, under an R25 award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). In addition, Dr. Achrol's other honors include the Stanford University Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honors Society Award, Stanford Society of Physicians Scholar Honors Society Award, Soros Foundation Academic Honors Fellowship Award, Stanford Department of Radiology Angel Award, Stanford Medical Scholars Award, Open Mind Neurosurgical International (OMNI) Innovator Award, Stanford Medical School's Outstanding Mentor Award, Leslie Munzer Neurological Institute Award, Hearst Foundation Award, Cyberknife Society Award, and the John Hanbery Award of the Stanford Neurosurgery Department (Neurosurgery Chairman's Award)."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Achrol "Dr. Achrol is committed to improving quality of life and outcomes for patients with state of-the-art treatments and next-generation clinical trials.  Dr. Achrol's care philosophy can be summarized as:

1)      Precision Therapy: Safer, More Effective, Less Invasive.

Dr. Achrol and his team provide personalized, comprehensive care with expertise in advanced, minimally-invasive neurosurgery for patients with brain tumors, brain aneurysms and vascular malformations.

2)      Award-Winning Experience Matters.

Dr. Achrol and his team are leaders in the field, with extensive track records publishing medical literature, including numerous international awards for clinical and research excellence.

3)      Dedication to Innovation and Research.

Dr. Achrol works with neuroscientists at Pacific Neuroscience Institute and cancer researchers at John Wayne Cancer Institute at the forefront of research in stem cell therapies, cancer vaccines and targeted molecular therapies. 

4)      High Tech, Warm Touch.

Dr. Achrol practices at the ONLY hospital in California to receive Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals award 9 years in a row for an emphasis on both cutting-edge and compassionate care. "

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1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Achrol does not have any board certifications listed.

20  Conditions Treated

  • Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma
  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Astrocytoma
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cavernous Malformation Brain
  • Ependymoma
  • Glioblastoma
  • Glioma
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Metastatic Tumors (Brain)
  • Moyamoya Disease
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Malformations of the Brain

7  Procedures

  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Craniotomy for Brain Tumor
  • Microsurgery of Brain Tumors
  • Microsurgical Procedure
  • Minimally Invasive Aneurysm Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
  • Minimally-Invasive Neurosurgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • George Washington University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Stanford Univ Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated
  • Stanford University Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Stanford University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Stanford University Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Amazing doctor with equally amazing bedside manner.
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Dr. Achrol is dedicated to truly hearing my concerns, and he is relentless with his follow-through. I feel as though he does not stop researching and listening until my concerns are alleviated or my ailments are resolved. I am very grateful for the care he has shown to me and to my family members.
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Dr. Achrol is an excellent doctor. He has so much knowledge about his field of expertise. I have never felt more comfortable in a doctor's office. His soothing manner put me at ease. I feel safe in his care.
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Best neurosurgeon in LA. Dr. Achrol is extremely knowledgeable and incredibly compassionate. He has amazing bedside manor and really takes the time to answer all your questions. Dr. Achrol educates you on your options so you feel empowered to make the right choice for you or your family member as...Read More
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