Rahul Jandial

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Rahul Jandial
Born (1972-12-25) December 25, 1972 (age 47)
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley (B.A.) University of Southern California (M.D) University of California, San Diego (Ph.D)
OccupationBrain Surgeon, Scientist, Professor
Height6 ft (180 cm)
Danielle Jandial
(m. 2001)

Rahul Jandial, M.D., Ph.D. is an American, dual-trained brain surgeon and neuroscientist at City of Hope in Los Angeles, a hospital for cancer treatment designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Jandial is an associate professor with expertise in the surgical treatment of cancers of the nervous system. His research focuses on brain tumors that arise from the spread of breast cancer cells into the brain (metastases).[1]

After completing his neurosurgical training and doctorate at the University of California, San Diego, he was accepted into fellowship at Stanford University and recruited as faculty at Harvard University[citation needed]. He chose City of Hope to launch his career and has been there since 2009. He also guest starred on Superhuman, the TV show.


Neurosurgeon (M.D.)[edit]

Jandial earned his B.A. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley — his M.D. from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles — and his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). Previously, Jandial worked as chief resident neurosurgeon at UCSD Medical Center. He was also a clinical instructor for the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Currently he is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery serving as a member of the faculty at City of Hope Department of Neurosurgery and Beckman Research Institute.

Neuroscientist (Ph.D.)[edit]

Jandial obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of California at San Diego (UCSD) in 2008. Jandial's published research[2] has appeared in journals such as Neurosurgery, Nature Medicine and Proceeding from the National Academy of Sciences. He has authored 10 books on topics ranging from neurosurgery to cancer biology and neuroscience.

Humanitarian / Educator[edit]

Jandial is involved in community service through teaching, mentoring, and humanitarian efforts. Currently he teaches at USC Department of Biological Sciences to teach undergraduate students about careers in medicine and science.[3] At the City of Hope Graduate School of Biological Sciences, he mentors students toward earning their Ph.D. in cancer biology.[4] He is the founder and director of International Neurosurgical Children's Association,[5] which improves the standard of brain surgery provided to disadvantaged children in developing nations. INCA works with international missions and has renovated neurosurgical care in hospitals across Central and South America, Africa, and Eastern Europe.



Jandial is a contributor at KTLA-TV[6] and ESPN in Los Angeles. He hosted Brain Surgery Live on Nat Geo with Bryant Gumbell and is on FOX Superhuman as a panelist. Brian Lowry, Chief TV critic for Variety, called him the "world's most dashing neurosurgeon" in a highly positive review.[7]

ABC news has called him the "real Dr. McDreamy"[8] and VICE features his stories regularly and refers to him as the 100percent emoji-human version.[9]


  • Neurofitness: A Brain Surgeon’s Secrets to Boost Performance and Unleash Creativity, by Rahul Jandial, 2019 ISBN 978-1328969248
  • Core Techniques in Operative Neurosurgery, by Rahul Jandial, Paul McCormick, Peter M. Black, 2011, ISBN 978-1437737721
  • Frontiers in Brain Repair, by Rahul Jandial, 2012 ISBN 978-1461425762
  • Code Blue: Bedside Procedures and Critical Information, by Rahul Jandial, 2014 ISBN 978-1576262535
  • Case Files Neuroscience, by Eugene Toy, Josh Neman, Evan Snyder, Rahul Jandial, 2014 ISBN 978-0071790253
  • Metastatic Cancer: Clinical and Biological Perspectives, by Rahul Jandial, 2013, ISBN 978-1587066597
  • Best Evidence for Spinal Surgery by Rahul Jandial, Christopher Ames, Steven R. Garfin, Vedat Deviren, 2012, ISBN 978-1437716252
  • Regenerative Biology of the Spine and Spinal Cord by Rahul Jandial, 2012, ISBN 978-1461440895
  • 100 Questions and Answers About Spine Disorders by Rahul Jandial, Henry E. Aryan, 2008, ISBN 978-0763749880
  • 100 Questions and Answers About Head and Brain Injuries, by Rahul Jandial, Samuel A. Hughes, Charles B. Newman, 2008, ISBN 978-0763755720
  • Neurosurgical Essentials, by Rahul Jandial, Henry E. Aryan, Peter Nakaji, 2004, ISBN 978-1576261828


  • The Sunday Times Bestselling Author 2019[10]
  • Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program Breakthrough Award 2015[11]
  • Distinguished Teaching Award UC San Diego 2008[12]
  • Penfield Research Award from the Congress of Neurosurgeons 2007[13]
  • Cancer Research Award: STOPCancer Foundation: 2009[14]
  • Public Service Award, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2004[15]


  1. ^ City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center: http://www.cityofhope.org/faculty/rahul-jandial
  2. ^ Search Results for author Jandial R on PubMed.
  3. ^ Trojan Health Connection: Research vs. Clinical Medical Schools: http://trojanhealthconnection.com/?p=584
  4. ^ City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center: http://www.cityofhope.org/faculty/rahul-jandial
  5. ^ The International Neurosurgical Children's Association: http://incachildren.org/
  6. ^ KTLA Health Experts: http://ktla.com/author/dr-jandial/
  7. ^ TV Review: 'Superhuman': https://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/superhuman-review-fox-kal-penn-mike-tyson-1201668993/
  8. ^ ABC News : https://abcnews.go.com/International/real-life-dr-mcdreamy-performs-life-saving-brain/story?id=44324522
  9. ^ VICE: https://abcnews.go.com/International/real-life-dr-mcdreamy-performs-life-saving-brain/story?id=44324522
  10. ^ Rahul Jandial, the LA doctor who can boost your brain: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rahul-jandial-the-la-doctor-who-can-boost-your-brain-b988w3kqf
  11. ^ Neurosurgeon Receives Breakthrough Award for Study of Brain Metastases: http://www.cityofhope.org/cs/Satellite?c=COH2_Article_C&childpagename=COH2%2FCOH2_Layout&cid=1433466599831&d=Touch&pagename=COH2_Wrapper
  12. ^ Distinguished Teaching Award UC San Diego 2008: https://senate.ucsd.edu/grants-awards/senate-awards/distinguished-teaching/recipient-history
  13. ^ Penfield Research Award 2007: https://www.cns.org/grants-awards/cns-sponsored-fellowship-awards/2007-2008
  14. ^ Cancer Research Award: STOPCancer Foundation 2009: http://www.stopcancer.org/Main/Default/OurResearcherDetail.aspx?id=52
  15. ^ Public Service Award, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2004: http://www.aans.org/pdf/YoungNeurosurgeons/psc_guidelines.pdf