Dr. Praveen V. Mummaneni

Dr. Praveen V. Mummaneni

Neurosurgeon at UCSF Spine Center

Meet Dr. Praveen V. Mummaneni

Dr. Praveen Mummaneni is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at UCSF. In addition, he is the Director of the Cervical Spine Program, Director of the Minimally Invasive Spine Program, Director of the Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Fellowship Program, and Co-Director of the UCSF Spine Center. Dr. Mummaneni specializes in complex cervical spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, degenerative spine disease, adult spinal deformity (kyphosis and scoliosis), spinal tumors, and spinal trauma.

Dr. Mummaneni was board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 2005. From 2005 to 2011 he has been selected as one of the Best Doctors in America. In 2006, he was the honored guest of the Japanese Congress of Neurological Surgeons. In 2007, he was the first neurosurgeon to win the Scoliosis Research Society's Travelling Fellowship Award. In 2008, he was the honored guest of the Taiwan Neurospinal Society and was an editor of the textbook Spinal Deformity: A Guide to Surgical Planning and Management. In 2011, he was the honored guest of the Brazil Spine Society and the Korean Cervical Spine Research Society. Dr. Mummaneni was also the lead author on the largest cervical spine artificial disc trial published to date (J Neurosurg Spine 2007;6(3):198-209) and he is involved in numerous clinical studies. Click Here to Access Dr. Mummaneni's videos on Minimally invasive tethered cord release in adults: a comparison of open and mini-open approaches and the Mini-Open transpedicular thoracic discectomy: surgical technique and assessment.

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San Francisco, CA

How Dr. Praveen V. Mummaneni Can Help You


  • Neurosurgeon

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arm Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Foot Drop
  • Forward Head Posture
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Leg Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporotic Compression Fractures
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic spine disorders
  • Tumors
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vertebral subluxation


  • ALIF (anterior lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Anterior / Posterior Lumbar Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy / Decompression
  • Anterior Cervical Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement - Cervical
  • BMP
  • Back Surgery
  • Bone Graft Substitutes
  • Cervical Spine Fusion Instrumentation
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Cyberknife
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Discectomy
  • Dynamic lumbar stabilization
  • Endoscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Laminectomy / Decompression Surgery
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Lower Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Corpectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion Instrumentation
  • Microdiscectomy / Microdecompression
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • PLIF (posterior lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Posterior Cervical Decompression
  • Posterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy
  • Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion
  • Reconstructive / Revision Spine Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Fusion
  • TLIF (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Upper Back Surgery
  • Upper Cervical Specific Techniques

Accolades for Dr. Praveen V. Mummaneni

Professional Distinctions

  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Director of Minimally Invasive and Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Director, Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Fellowship Program
  • Co-director, Spinal Surgery and UCSF Spine Center
  • AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of Spine and Peripheral Nerves, 2011 Annual Meeting Chairman
  • Fellowship trained Spine Surgeon

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Scoliosis Research Society: Candidate Member
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine

Board Certifications

  • Board certified, Neurological Surgery

Office Information for Dr. Praveen V. Mummaneni

400 Parnassus Ave
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
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Profile last updated: August 31, 2016. This information was supplied by or on behalf of the provider.