Hydrocephalus-Garni Barkhoudarian and Daniel Franc

Neurosurgeon, Garni Barkhoudarian, MD and neurologist, Daniel Franc MD, PhD



Enlarged brain ventricles | Copyright PNI

The Pacific Neuroscience Institute is pleased to announce the launch of a new Center of Excellence. The Pacific Adult Hydrocephalus Center is led by neurosurgeon, Garni Barkhoudarian, MD, and neurologist, Daniel Franc, MD, PhD. As specialists in their field, they provide high level care for adult patients who exhibit symptoms of conditions related to hydrocephalus and neurological disorders such as dementia, carcinomatous meningitis and cysts and tumors affecting the brain’s ventricular region.

The center is located at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica and our physicians work as a multidisciplinary team to diagnose, treat and manage these conditions.

We offer leading-edge diagnostic techniques such as advanced MRI and work with our patients providing comprehensive management of their disease with programs including neuropsychological evaluation as necessary. Our surgeons operate in our state-of-the-art facility using minimally invasive and/or endoscopic surgical techniques that allow patients to recover more rapidly.

To find out more about our services, please visit our website at


Garni Barkhoudarian

Garni Barkhoudarian, MD, is a neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of brain and neurological disorders using minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. In addition to caring for patients with hydrocephalus and related conditions, his experience includes treatment of pituitary and parasellar tumors, brain tumors, skull-base tumors, intra-ventricular brain tumors, colloid cysts, trigeminal neuralgia and other vascular compression syndromes. For virtually all intracranial procedures, Dr. Barkhoudarian applies the keyhole concept of minimizing collateral damage to the brain and its supporting structures using advanced neuroimaging and neuro-navigation techniques along with endoscopy to improve targeting and lesion visualization.