Dr. Michel Lévesque
Michel F. Lévesque, MD, FRCS (C), FACS is the Director and Founder of the Los Angeles Neurosurgical Institute, an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, and member of the Brain Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, and attending neurosurgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Lévesque has been active in neurosurgery and neuroscience research since 1986 and is board-certified in neurological surgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and the Canadian Royal College of Surgeons. He specializes in technically advanced, minimally-invasive neurosurgical procedures for a wide array of brain and spine disorders.
Dr. Lévesque is a recipient of multiple grants and awards, including the P.R.O. Quality of Life award, the Kantrowitz family award, and the prestigious "America's Top Surgeon" award. He serves on the steering committee of the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership and is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair, the California Medical Association, and the Los Angeles County Medical Association.
Dr. Lévesque's pioneering research investigates the use of adult neural stem cells for neural repair. He travels extensively as an invited speaker to discuss his work and lectures on the clinical use of neural stem cells and neural stem cell regeneration. In 2004, Dr. Lévesque had the privilege of presenting to the United States Senate Subcommittee on Technology and provided key testimony on the use of stem cells for the treatment of neurological disorders. He has also been a keynote speaker at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons' annual meeting.
The author of more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed professional journals, Dr. Lévesque has contributed chapters to many leading neurosurgery treatises and textbooks and has presented over 250 scientific abstracts.
Dr. Lévesque earned his medical degree at the University of Montreal and completed his neurosurgical training at the Montreal Neurological Institute and McGill University. He completed post-graduate studies in neuroscience, studying central nervous system regeneration and transplantation, and a fellowship in functional neurosurgery at McGill University. Dr. Lévesque is Chairman of the Foundation for Neural Repair, a not-for-profit foundation sponsoring translational research to accelerate human trials using neural stem cells.
"I am fundamentally committed to practicing medicine and neurosurgery with the sole focus on what's best for the patient. Economics and bureaucracy should not prevent patients from receiving the best care available; therefore we have created this institute where world-class specialists can apply their expertise with freedom using evidence-based practices. When the restoration of optimal state of health is our only concern, we know optimal outcomes are achieved and we have done our job."
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