Dr. Deanna M. Sasaki-Adams is a board certified neurosurgeon appointed as an Assistant Professor and Section Chief of Cerebrovascular and Skull Base neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed a fellowship in open vascular and skull base surgery at Saint Louis University under the direction of Dr. Saleem Abdulrauf. Her academic interests include treatment of intracerebral aneurysms, intracranial bypass procedures for treatment of giant aneurysms and moya moya disease, stroke, as well as treatment of skull base tumors including pituitary tumors, meningiomas, vestibular schwannomas, and clival chordomas.
She has completed her residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received extensive training in the endonasal, endoscopic approach for resection of pituitary lesions and has developed partnerships with the Otolaryngology Department to advance clinical paradigms and academic endeavors centered on the treatment of skull base tumors. She has been appointed Associate Program Director of the residency program and has a sincere interest in resident education. She serves as an active member of the International Division of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons to work to support the advancement of neurosurgical education globally. Work on the proposed pituitary surgical simulator has potential to not only improve patient outcomes through enhanced resident learning experiences in certified programs in the United States but may someday be used to advance neurosurgical training programs in resource-poor countries around the world.
Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director; Section Chief of Cerebrovascular & Skull Base Neurosurgery
Skull Base and Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
Fellowship - Cerebrovascular and Skull Base; Saint Louis University, 2010-2011
Residency - Neurosurgery; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004-2010
Internship - General Surgery; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003-2004
M.D. - Medicine; University of Wisconsin Medical School, 2003
B.S. - Biochemistry and French; University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1998
Neurological Surgery - Board Certified