• Adjunct Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Neurological Surgery
  • Professor, Radiology
  • Chair, Neurological Surgery
  • Director, American Board of Neurological Surgery

Harborview Medical Center
Department of Neurological Surgery
325 Ninth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

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Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD is a UW professor and chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery. In addition, he is an attending neurological surgeon at Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital. His clinical practice at those hospitals includes pediatric and adult brain and spinal cord tumors, neuro-trauma surgery, craniofacial surgery, Chiari malformations, and minimally invasive endoscopic brain surgery. He pursues extramural funded research on molecular imaging of brain tumors and traumatic brain injury.

Dr.Ellenbogen is the Director of the UW Medicine Neurosciences Institute, Program Director of the UW Neurological Surgery Residency, and Co-Director of the UW Medicine Concussion Program.

  • MD (Brown University)
Country Affiliations 
Health Topics 
  • Brain Injury
  • Cancer
  • Injury, Violence, Trauma and Domestic Violence
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Ellenbogen RG, Concussion Advocacy and Legislation: A Neurological Surgeon's View From the Epicenter. Neurosurgery. 2014 Oct;75 Suppl 4:S122-S130.PMID: 25232877

Stephen ZR, Kievit FM, Veiseh O, Chiarelli PA, Fang C, Wang K, Hatzinger SJ, Ellenbogen RG, Silber JR, Zhang M. Redox-responsive magnetic nanoparticle for targeted convection-enhanced delivery of o(6)-benzylguanine to brain tumors.ACS Nano. 2014 Oct 28; 8(10):10383-95. Epub 2014 Sep 29.PMID: 25247850

Vavilala MS, Kernic MA, Wang J, Kannan N, Mink RB, Wainwright MS, Groner JI, Bell MJ, Giza CC, Zatzick DF, Ellenbogen RG, Boyle LN, Mitchell PH, Rivara FP; Pediatric Guideline Adherence and Outcomes Study.Acute care clinical indicators associated with discharge outcomes in children with severe traumatic brain injury*.Crit Care Med. 2014 Oct;42(10):2258-66.PMID: 25083982 [PubMed - in process]

Chiarelli PA, Kievit FM, Zhang M, Ellenbogen RG. Bionanotechnology and the future of glioma. Surg Neurol Int. 2015 Feb 13;6(Suppl 1):S45-58. doi: 1Amlie-Lefond C,

Ellenbogen RG.Factors Associated with the Presentation of Moyamoya in Childhood. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2015 Apr 9. pii: S1052-3057(15)00024-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2015.01.018. PMID: 25866319 [Epub ahead of print]