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Assistant Professor | Section Co-Chief of Spinal Neurosurgery


New Patients/Referrals: (919) 445-2410
Returns/Follow-up Appointments: (984) 974-4210

Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar joined UNC Healthcare in July 2005. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, Dr. Jaikumar completed a Master’s in biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Jaikumar completed his surgical internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and his neurosurgery training at Stanford Medical Center. During his training, he also completed a one-year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. He obtained board certification through The American Board of Neurological Surgery in 2005.

Since arriving at UNC, Dr. Jaikumar has been an active member of the neurosurgical service. In addition to his general neurosurgery practice, his interests include trigeminal neuralgia, brain tumors (primary and metastatic), tumors of spine, sacral chordomas, stereotactic radiosurgery for brain tumors, minimally invasive spine surgery and complex spinal reconstruction. He works closely with Simon Khagi, MD in neuro-oncology, tailoring surgery and multimodal treatment for gliomas of brain.

Dr. Jaikumar is involved in collaborative work with area physicians to provide excellent neurosurgical care to the Triangle community. He has an expressed interest in teaching residents and has received the Neurosurgery Teacher of the Year award multiple times.

Associate Professor


  • General neurosurgery
  • Cranial: brain tumors (primary and metastatic), aneurysms, trigeminal neuralgia, chiari, vascular malformation, CyberKnife®, stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Spinal: tumors, vascular lesions, degenerative spine, Cyberknife, metastatic lesions, sacral chordomas
  • Peripheral nerve: decompression ulnar, carpal tunnel, tumors of brachial/lumbar plexus, peripheral nerve
  • Vascular disorders: carotid artery disease


  • Residency – Neurosurgery; Stanford University Medical Center, 2000-2002
  • Fellowship – Surgical Neurology, Neurosurgery; National Institute of Health, 1999-2000
  • Residency – Neurosurgery; University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, 1997-1999
  • Internship – General Surgery; University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, 1996-1997
  • M.D. – Medicine; University of Texas Health Sciences Center, 1996
  • M.S. – Biomedical Engineering; University of Texas, 1992
  • B.S. – Electronics & Communication Engineering; Indian Institute of Technology, 1990

Neurological Surgery – Board Certified, 2005


Sivakumar Jaikumar, MD
  • Phone Number

    919-445-2410 (Office Phone)

  • Address

    Physicians Office Building

    170 Manning Drive, Campus Box 7060

    Chapel Hill, NC 27599