Srinath Samudrala, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery
Institute for Spinal Disorders
Los Angeles, CA

About Srinath Samudrala, MD

Doctor Srinath Samudrala is an Assistant Professor in the Department's of Neurological Surgery. He has been a long time resident of Los Angeles.

Dr. Samudrala graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. He obtained his medical degree from UCLA. He completed a Neurosurgery Residency in New York at the NYU Medical Center. Following his residency he underwent combined neurosurgical and orthopedic fellowship training in spinal surgery at the University of Florida. In his fellowship he was actively involved in the use of minimally invasive techniques in spine surgery.

His research interest involves the biomechanics of spinal pathology and the techniques of spinal stabilization. He is also involved in clinical research, which studies surgical technique and the effect on patient outcome. He is co-director of the spine trauma service and Director of Spine Surgery for the Department of Neurosurgery at the LAC+USC Medical Center.

Dr. Samudrala is available for consultation on the following conditions: degenerative and/or traumatic issues of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine; tumors of the spine; patients who need spinal stabilization, spinal cord decompression, fusion, and/or reconstruction; and minimally invasive spinal procedures.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles
1. Gokaslan ZL, Samudrala S, Deletis V, Wildrick DM, Cooper PR. Intraoperative
monitoring of spinal cord function using motor evoked potentials via transcutaneous
epidural electrode during anterior cervical spinal surgery. J Spinal Disorders
10:299-303, 1997.
2. Le Roux PD, Samudrala S. Postoperative pain after lumbar disc surgery: a
comparison between parenteral ketorolac and narcotics. Acta Nerurochirurgica
141:261-2687, 1999.
3. Samudrala S, Khoo L, Rhim S, Fessler, R. Complications during anterior surgery
of the lumbar spine: an anatomically based study and review. Neurosurgical
Focus 7(6) (On-Line-www.neursurgery.org/journals/online-i/dec99/3-6-5.html),
December 1999.
4. Khoo L, Kim K-A, Samudrala S. Anterior discectomy and plating for traumatic
unilateral cervical jumped facet: an analysis of failures in a single-institution
series of 56 cases. The Spine Journal 2(5):56-57, September - October
2002.
5. Wang MY, Samudrala S. Cadaveric morphometric analysis for atlantal lateral
mass screw placement. Neurosurgery 54(6):1436-1439, June 2004.
Book Reviews
1. Samudrala S: Lumbosacral and Spinopelvic Fixation. Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia.
Neurosurgery 41:1209-1210, 1996.
2. Khoo L, Samudrala S: Operative Spine Surgery. William C. Welch, George B.
Jacobs, Roger P. Jackson (Editors). Stamford, Appleton & Lange, Page 275, 1999.

Article Review
1. Samudrala S, Giannotta SL: Bow hunter's stroke cause by nondominant vertebral
artery occlusion: case report. Neurosurgery 41:1393-1395, 1997.
Chapters
1. Samudrala S, Cooper PR: Traumatic Intracranial Hematomas. In: Wilkins RH,
Rengacharay S: Neurosurgery, Second Edition, 1994.
2. Samudrala S: Management of anemia. In: Benzel EC, Stillerman CB: The Thoracic
Spine. Quality Medical Publishing, 1999.
3. Samudrala S: Lumbar Stenosis and Neurogenic Claudication. In: Continuum:
Neurosurgery for the Neurologist 4(6), 1998.
4. Sinha SK, Samudrala S: Transoral-Transpharyngeal Approach to the Cervical
Spine. Surgical Approaches to the Spine/Robert G. Watkins, 2nd Edition, 2003.

5. Katkhouda N, Ghosh S, Samudrala S: Laparoscopic Approach to the L3-L4 and
L5 Invertebral Discs. Surgical Approaches to the Spine/Robert G. Watkins, 2nd
Edition, 2003.
6. Choi S, Samudrala S: Supraclavicular approach to the cervicothoracic junction.
In: Sekhar L, Fessler R (eds.) Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques. New York,
Thieme Medical Publishers Inc., 2006.
7. Ghosh S, Samudrala S: Transsternal exposure to cervicothoracic junction.
In: Sekhar L, Fessler R: Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques. New York, Thieme
Medical Publishers Inc., 2006.
8. Khoo L, Samudrala S: Transmanubrial exposure to cervicothoracic junction.
In: Sekhar L, Fessler R: Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques. New York, Thieme
Medical Publishers Inc., 2006.
9. Liker M, Samudrala S, Khoo L: Vertebrectomy following anterior approaches.
In: Sekhar L, Fessler R: Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques. New York, Thieme
Medical Publisher Inc., 2006.
10. Samudrala S, Khoo L: Anterior reconstruction following decompression via
anterior approaches. In: Sekhar L, Fessler R: Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques.
New York, Thieme Medical Publishers Inc., 2006.
Abstracts
1. Samudrala S, Epstein F, et al. Analysis of p53 protein expression and gene
mutation in intramedullary spinal cord astrocytomas. 1993.
2. Samudrala S, Fessler R: Surgical anatomy of the anterior lumbar spine. (Poster)
the Spine and Science Meeting, 1995.
3. Khoo LT, Samudrala S, Fessler R: "Complications during anterior approaches
to the lumbar spine: An anatomic review." (Poster) Congress of Neurological
Surgeons Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX. September 2000.
4. Khoo L, Chu F, Hedman T, Samudrala S: "A biomechanical comparison of fixation
techniques at the cervicothoracic junction." (Lecture) Congress of Neurological
Surgeons Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX. September 2000.
5. Khoo L, Bennett E, Singha U, Samudrala S: "The "H" modification of the transoral
approach to the craniocervical junction." (Lecture) Congress of Neurological
Surgeons Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX. September 2000.
6. Khoo L, Hedman T, Samudrala S: "The biomechanical effects of lumbar fusion
on the adjacent vertebral motion segment." (Lecture) North American Spine Society
on the adjacent vertebral motion segment, 15th annual Meeting, New Orleans,
LA. October 2000.
7. Khoo L, Hedman T, Samudrala S: "A biomechanical comparison of fixation techniques
at the cervicothoracic junction." (Poster) North American Spine Society, 15th
Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. October 2000.
8. Khoo L, Kim KA, Samudrala S: "Anterior discectomy and plating for traumatic
unilateral cervical jumped facet: an analysis of failures in a single-institution
series of 56 cases." (Presentation) Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual
Meeting. October 2001.

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