P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Achal Achrol, 2006

Director, Neurosurgery Clinical Trials Program, John Wayne Cancer Institute and Pacific Neuroscience Institute

Achal Achrol is an immigrant from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Stanford University

DR. ACHAL ACHROL is Director of Neurovascular Surgery and Neurocritical Care at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute and Chief of the Glioma Surgery Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica (Los Angeles), CA. Previously, he was a neurosurgeon at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Achal specializes in computer-assisted minimally invasive keyhole and microvascular neurosurgery, using advanced neuroimaging and stereotactic navigation techniques to safely reach even the most difficult lesions. As an academic neurosurgeon and physician scientist, Achal is committed to leading translational research programs that advance treatment options for patients suffering from brain tumors, stroke, intracranial aneurysms and vascular malformations.

Born in Jaipur, India, Achal moved to the US in 1981 with his family, who live in Vienna, VA.

Achal graduated from George Washington University in 2003, magna cum laude, with a degree in computer science. He completed his MD in 2009 at Stanford University School of Medicine.

As a researcher at University of California at San Francisco he developed a handheld electrocardiogram monitoring system, an NIH-funded bioinformatics database, a portable cerebral perfusion measurement device, and techniques to utilize magnetic resonance imaging to study volume and hemodynamic changes in aneurysms. For more information please visit the Pacific Neuroscience Institute website.

  • MD Medicine | Stanford University 2009
  • BS Computer Science | George Washington University 2003
  • Academy Award of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery for best neuroscience research
  • Stanford Society of Physicians Scholar Honors Society Award
  • Stanford University Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honors Society Award
  • Mahaley Award for Best Neuro-oncology Research from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS)
Work History
  • Neurosurgery Clinical Trials Program, John Wayne Cancer Institute and Pacific Neuroscience Institute, Director | July 2017 - PRESENT
  • Chief of Glioma Surgery Program, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Director of Neurovascular Surgery and Neurocritical Care, Pacific Neuroscience Institute | July 2016 - PRESENT
  • Stanford University, Neurosurgery Oncology Fellow (R25) and Chief Neurosurgery Resident | July 2012 - June 2016
  • Stanford Children's Hospital, Palo Alto Veteran's Hospital and Santa Clara Valley Hospital, Neurosurgery Chief Resident | July 2011 - June 2012
  • Stanford University, Neurosurgery Resident | June 2009 - June 2011
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