Sandeep Kunwar, MD

Sandeep Kunwar, MD


Specialties: Adult brain tumors, including pituitary tumors and craniopharyngioma

Dr. Kunwar is the surgical director of the California Center for Pituitary Disorders at UCSF and has over 20 years of experience performing endonasal transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary tumors and other types of lesions in the pituitary region. He has one of the largest pituitary surgical series in the world, and also focuses on adult brain tumors as well as Gamma Knife radiosurgery for metastatic and primary brain tumors.

Dr. Kunwar's research includes the development and institution of novel surgical-based therapies for the treatment of malignant gliomas. These strategies utilize tumor-targeted drugs delivered through direct intracerebral microinfusion (convection-enhanced delivery), which bypasses the blood-brain barrier. Initial results are promising, and indicate this to be a safe and effective method for drug delivery.



Education and Training

1993: MD, UCSF School of Medicine
1998: Residency in Neurological Surgery, UCSF
1998: Fellowship, Brain Tumor Center at UCSF

Academic Positions

2005-Present: Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF

Selected Awards

2016-18: Top Doctors, Castle Connolly
2006-17: Best Doctors in America
2006: Rosegay Resident Teaching Award, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF
1999: Edwin Boldrey Basic Science Research Award, San Francisco Neurological Society
1999: Preuss Resident Research Award, American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons
1993: Alpha Omega Alpha, University of California, San Francisco
1988: Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Berkeley