Walavan Sivakumar MD

Walavan Sivakumar, MD

Director, Neurovascular Surgery, PNI; Director, Neurosurgery, PNI-South Bay

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Awards and Accomplishments

About Dr. Sivakumar

Walavan Sivakumar, MD, is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon with a focus on skull base and minimally invasive and endoscopic neursosurgery. A multiple Super Doctor award recipient, Dr. Sivakumar has a particular interest and expertise in brain tumors, skull base tumors, pituitary/parasellar tumors, and intraventricular brain tumors, and he applies the keyhole concept, utilizing advanced neuroimaging and microsurgical techniques to minimize collateral damage to the brain. In addition, he treats patients at the Spine Institute at Little Company of Mary to help relieve and cure back conditions due to spine involvement.

Dr. Sivakumar is available for consultation for brain, skull base, and pituitary tumors, aneurysms, cavernous malformations, arteriovenous malformations, carotid stenosis and spine issues. He sees patients at both Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance and Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica.

Dr. Sivakumar has over 40 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to giving several podium talks at meetings on the local and national level, he has received numerous awards for research in cranial surgery and tumor biology.

Award highlights include the William H. Sweet Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Stryker Neuro-Oncology Award from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), and best research awards from the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society (RMNS) and Western Neurosurgical Society (WNS). His current research focuses on brain tumor biology and skull base surgery outcomes. He currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Neurosurgery and is on the editorial board of Frontiers in Neurology and Oncology. Dr. Sivakumar was selected from thousands of doctors for Medscape’s 25 Rising Stars.

Career Highlights

A Los Angeles native, Dr. Sivakumar completed his undergraduate studies in Neuroscience at UCLA. He attained his MD with distinction from USC, being elected to the Skull and Dagger All University Honor Society and Order of Arete, the highest honor given to a USC graduate student. During medical school, he served as student body president and was awarded the National Leadership Award by the American Medical Association (AMA).

He completed his residency training in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah, and his fellowship in Endoscopic Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery and Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery with Dr. Daniel Kelly at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute in 2016.

Dr. Sivakumar is an active member of the AANS and CNS, currently serving on the national Young Neurosurgeons Committee and executive committee of the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors. He has a deep interest in neurosurgical trainee education, having served on the national Liaison Committee on Medical Education and is involved in the Clinical/Research Neurosurgical Fellowship at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute.

For a consultation or second opinion, Dr. Sivakumar’s office staff may be reached at 424-212-5361.

Useful links

  • Medical Degree

    MD with distinction, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
  • Residency

    Neurosurgery, University of Utah
  • Fellowship

    Minimally invasive neurosurgery and endoscopic skull base and pituitary surgery, Saint John’s Cancer Institute