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Dr. Samer Ghostine

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor - Neuroscience

Dr. Samer Ghostine

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Education and Training

  • Clinical and Research Spine Fellowship, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
  • Neurological Surgery Chief Residency, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California
  • Intra-Residency Complex Spine Training, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
  • Neurological Surgery Residency, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California
  • Surgical Internship, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California
  • M.D., Georgetown Univeristy School of Medicine, Washington D.C.
  • M.S., Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
  • B.S., Biology, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
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Biography

Dr. Samer S. Ghostine, M.D., joined the UC Riverside School of Medicine after a long career in health care and medical education at both Loma Linda University Medical Center and the UC Irvine School of Medicine.

Ghostine is the chief of neurosurgery and the director of neuroscience at Riverside Community Hospital (RCH). He is involved in building centers of excellences in spine, neuro-oncology and stroke for the Inland Empire and serves as link in the collaborative effort between the UCR School of Medicine.

His previous academic appointments include associate professor of neurological surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center and assistant professor of clinical neurological surgery at the University of California, Irvine. While at UCI he was also the co-director of the Comprehensive Spine Program and director of the Neurosurgery Spine Service.

Ghostine is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Research Interests

Ghostine has participated in several research projects. Most recently he was co-investigator on a human clinical stem transplant program in spinal muscular atrophy type one patients. He has also served as principal investigator of the creation of a lumbar stenosis model in rats.

Awards

  • Vitals "Metropolitan Top-10 Doctors, Los Angeles" award, 2014
  • Vitals "State Top-10 Doctors in California" award, 2014
  • "Castle Connolly Los Angeles Top Doctors" award, 2013, 2014
  • "Castle Connolly San Diego Top Doctors" award, 2013
  • "Castle Connolly U.S. Top Doctor" award, 2012, 2013
  • "Castle Connolly Southern California Top Doctor" award, 2012
  • "Patient’s Choice Award", 2011, 2013, 2014
  • "Certificate of Appreciation from the US Army Freedom team" for outstanding contributions to the United States Army, December 2012
  • "Most Compassionate Doctor Award", 2011
  • "Certificate of Appreciation”, United States American Volunteers Support Command, Garden Grove, Calif. 2010

Selected Publications

  • Ghostine S, Vaynman S, Schoeb JS, Cambron HO, King WA, Samudrala S, Johnson JP. Image-guided thoracoscopic resection of thoracic dumbbell nerve sheath tumors. Neurosurgery, 2012 Feb; 70 (2), 461-467.
  • Vaynman S, Ghostine S, Freudenberger C, Samudrala S, Johnson JP. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis with Ossification of the Posterior Longituidinal Ligament in the presence of an underlying metabolic syndrome: Case Report and Review of the Literature. (Submitted to The Spine Journal - in revision).
  • Ghostine S, Vaynman S, Swartz KR, Brien EW, Samudrala S, Johnson JP. En bloc Resection of a Sacral Chordoma facilitated by an intraoperative Image-Guidance System: Case Report and Literature Review. (Submitted to Neurosurgery - in revision).
  • Perri B, Ghostine S, Shoshanna V,  Samudraia S, Johnson JP, Siddique K. Hyperhidrosis: Pathophysiology and Available Therapies. (Submitted).
  • Ghostine S, Vaynman S,  Zarrini P,  Kim T, Scibelli S, Schoeb S, Samudrala S, Lauryssen K, Johnson JP. Description of a New Alternative Safe Surgical Technique to Establish Reliable Atlanto-Axial Fusions. (In Progress).
  • Hamilton J, Vaynman S,  Ghostine S, Samudrala S, Johnson JP. Percutaneous minimally invasive approach with resection of far lateral lumbar nerve sheath tumor: A case report. (In progress).
  • Freudenberger C, Ghostine S, Vaynman S,  Samudrala S, Johnson JP. Ossification of anterior and posterior longitudinal ligaments: Case report and literature review. (In progress).
  • Ghostine S, Vaynman S, Samudrala S, Johnson JP. Symptomatic Upper Thoracic Kyphosis: Case Series illustrating surgical approach and stabilization using Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy. (Submitted to Journal of Neurosurgery Spine).
  • Perri B, Ghostine S, Siddique K, Johnson JP. Treatment of Hyperhidrosis: Minimally Invasive Percutaneous Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy (In Press).
  • Ghostine S, Vaynman S,  Swartz KR, Brien EW, Samudrala S, Johnson JP: En-bloc sacral chordoma resection facilitated by the image-guidance system. (Submitted).
  • Ghostine S, Vaynman S, Sedrak J, Raghavan R, Golkar L, Samudrala S, Johnson JP, Zouros A. Unusual case of several episodes of intra-cranial dermoid cysts ruptures manifested as skin eruptions and infections. (Accepted for publication in “Neurosurgery” pending revisions).
  • Schoeb JS, Vaynman S,  Raissi SS, Ghostine S, Samudrala S, Johnson JP. Manubriosternal Dislocation: Manubriosternal Fusion for Symptomatic Instability (Submitted).
  • Schoeb JS, Vaynman S,  Ghostine S, Samudrala S, Johnson JP. Presacral Nerve Sheath tumors: Diagnosis and management. (submitted).
  • Murad A, Ghostine S, Colohan AR. Role of controlled lumbar CSF drainage for ICP control in aneurysmal SAH. Acta Neurochir Suppl. 2011;110(Pt 2):183-7.
  • Murad A, Ghostine S, Colohan AR. A case for further investigating the use of controlled lumbar cerebrospinal fluid drainage for the control of intracranial pressure. World Neurosurg. 2012 Jan;77(1);160-5.
  • Ghostine S, Vaynman S,  Schoeb JS, Cambron H, FNP-BC, King W, MD, Samudrala S, Johnson JP. Image-guided thoracoscopic resection of thoracic dumbbell nerve sheath tumors. Neurosurgery, 2011. Neurosurg 2011;70(2):461-7.
  • Samudrala S, Vaynman S,  Thiayananthan T, Ghostine S, Bergey D, Pashman R, Johnson JP. Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy for Kyphosis of The cervicothoracic Junction: A New Approach. J Neurosurg Spine. 2010 Dec:13(6):695-706.
  • Murad A, Ghostine S, Colohan AR. Role of Controlled Lumbar CSF Drainage for ICP Control in Aneurysmal SAH. Acta Neurochir Suppl 2011;110(2):183-7.
  • Samudralla S, Vaynman S, Thaiyananthan G, Ghostine S, Bergey DL, Anand N, Pashman RS, Johnson JP. Cerbicothoracic junction kyphosis: surgical reconstruction with pedicle substraction osteotomy and Smith-Petersen osteotomy. J Neurosurg Spine 13:695-705, December 2010.
  • Samer Ghostine, Delmore J. Morsette., Karen Tong, Barbara Holshouser, Austin RT Colohan, Ravi Raghavan. Granular cell astrocytic tumor: report of a rare glial neoplasm, Malaysian J September 20, 2013 pathology, 29, supplement A, pp 113, 2007.
  • Ghostine S, Perry E, Vaynman S,  Raghavan R, Tong K A, Samudralla S, Johnson J P, Colohan A. The Rare Case of an Intramedullary Cervical Spinal Cord Teratoma in an Elderly Adult. Case Report and Literature Review. Spine, Volume 34(26):E973 - 978, 2009.
  • Ghostine S, Baron E, Perri B, Jacobson P, Morsette D, Hsu F. Thoracic cord herniation through a dural defect- Description of a case and review of the literature. Surgical Neurology, 2009;71(3):362-367.
  • Ghostine S, Raghavan R, Khanlou N, Vinters H, Tong K, Johnson W, Oyoyo U, Kido D. Cerebral Amyloid angiopathy: Micro-hemorrhages demonstrated by MR susceptibility weighed imaging, Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology, 35(1), 116-119, Feb 09.
  • Ali Murad, Samer Ghostine, Austin RT Colohan. Controlled lumbar drainage in medically refractory increased intracranial pressure. A safe and effective treatment. Acta Neurochir Suppl. (2008) 102; 89-91.
  • Ghostine S, Ghostine M, Johnson W. Radiation therapy in treating pituitary tumors. Neurosurgical Focus, 24(5):E8, 2008.
  • Ghostine S, Tong K, Holshouser B, Colohan A, Raghavan R, “Granular cell astrocytic tumor: report of a rare glial neoplasm”, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 2007, pp 111-115.
  • Ghostine S, Raghavan R, David Michelson D, Tong K. Gliomatosis Cerebri Mimicking Rasmussen Encephalitis. Journal of Neurosurgery, August 2007, 107(2):143 – 146, 2007.
Book Chapters:
  • Ghostine S, Samudrala S, Johnson JP.”Treatment of thoracic disk herniation”, In Winn RH(ed): Youmans Neurological Surgery, 6th edition. June 2011, 2911-2918.
  • Michael Turner, Vaynman S, Ghostine S, Johnson JP. Thoracic fracture book chapter Atlas of Emergency Neurosurgery. 2011.
  • Perri B, Ghostine S, Vaynman S, Samudrala S, Johnson JP, Siddique K. Chapter 121 Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy for Hyperhidrosis in Schmidek and Sweet Operative Neurosurgical Techniques, 6 Edition. 2010.
  • Ghostine S, Woods K, Vaynman S, Shirzadi A, Scibelli SS, Samudrala S, Johnson JP. Treatment of thoracic vertebral fractures in The Comprehensive Treatment of the Aging Spine: Minimally Invasive and Advanced Techniques. Atlas of Emergency Neurosurgery in joint collaboration with the AANS Publications Committee and the Trauma Section, 2010.
  • Ghostine S, Woods K, Vaynman S, Shirzadi A, Scibelli S, Samudrala S, Johnson JP. Treatment of thoracic vertebral fractures: The Comprehensive Treatment of the Aging Spine: Minimally Invasive and Advanced Techniques. Editors: Yue JJ, Guyer R, Johnson JP, Khoo L, Hochschuler S. Saunders; 1 Har/Psc edition, December 2010.
  • S. Ghostine , A. Colohan. “Street drugs” and subarachnoid haemorrhage, Acta Neurochir Suppl (2008) 104, 441-444.
  • Ali Murad, Samer Ghostine, Austin RT Colohan. Controlled lumbar drainage in medically refractory increased intracranial pressure. A safe and effective treatment. Acta Neurochir Suppl. (2008) 102; 89-91.
  • Colohan ART, Ghostine S, Esposito D. “Exploring the limits of survivability: Rational indications for Decompressive Craniectomy and Resection of Cerebral Contusions in Adults”. Ed. G. M. McKhann. Clinical Neurosurgery, Vol. 52. Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, 2005.

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