Dr. Christopher P. Ames

Dr. Christopher P. Ames

Neurosurgeon at UCSF Spine Center

Meet Dr. Christopher P. Ames

Dr. Christopher Ames is director of spinal tumor and spinal deformity surgery at UCSF Medical Center. He also is co-director of the Neurospinal Disorders Program and the UCSF Spine Center. Dr. Ames is a specialist in spinal reconstructive surgery for trauma, tumors and degenerative disease, particularly en bloc tumor resection for chordoma, chondrosarcoma, soft tissue sarcoma, sacral tumors and other primary and metastatic tumors. He developed and published the transpedicular approach to previously unresectable cervical and cervical thoracic tumors.

Ames directs the Neurosurgical Spinal Deformity service that treats more than 200 patients a year for correction of scoliosis, kyphosis, flat back, chin on chest deformity in ankylosing spondylitis, basilar invagination in rheumatoid arthritis, spondylolisthesis and postoperative deformity. He also performs state-of-the-art percutaneous fusion procedures and has published extensively in spinal biomechanics and the use of resorbable polymers for spinal reconsruction. He is the 2005 winner of the prestigious International Society for Study of the Lumbar Spine research award for his work on spinal fusion in tumor reconstructions requiring radiation therapy and is a principal investigator in five randomized prospective clinical trials evaluating novel mechanisms of spinal reconstruction in tumor surgery and spinal deformity. Ames is an assistant professor in residence in neurological surgery.

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San Francisco, CA

How Dr. Christopher P. Ames Can Help You


  • Neurosurgeon


  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Thoracic spine disorders
  • Trauma
  • Tumors


  • Lower Back Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Upper Back Surgery

Accolades for Dr. Christopher P. Ames

Professional Distinctions

  • Assistant Professor in Residence of Neurological Surgery
  • Director of Spine Tumor Surgery
  • Director of Spinal Deformity Surgery
  • Director of Spine Tumor and Deformity Fellowship Program
  • Co-director, Spinal Surgery and UCSF Spine Center
  • Director, Spinal Biomechanics Laboratory
  • Fellowship in Neurosurgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, 2002

Professional Affiliations

  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • International Society for Study of the Lumbar Spine

Board Certifications

  • Board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery

Office Information for Dr. Christopher P. Ames

400 Parnassus Ave
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
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Primary Location:

400 Parnassus Ave
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

UCSF Spine Center

Profile last updated: August 31, 2016. This information was supplied by or on behalf of the provider.