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Frank Attenello, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery
Neurological Surgery
HCT 1520 San Pablo St Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles


Liu SJ, Horlbeck MA, Cho SW, Birk HS, Malatesta M, He D, Attenello FJ, Villalta JE, Cho MY, Chen Y, Mandegar MA, Olvera MP, Gilbert LA, Conklin BR, Chang HY, Weissman JS, Lim DA. CRISPRi-based genome-scale identification of functional long noncoding RNA loci in human cells. Science. 2017 Jan 06; 355(6320). View in: PubMed

Strickland BA, Attenello F, Russin JJ. Extracranial to intracranial bypass for the treatment of cerebral aneurysms in the pediatric population. J Clin Neurosci. 2016 Dec; 34:6-10. View in: PubMed

Bakhsheshian J, Jin DL, Chang KE, Strickland BA, Donoho DA, Cen S, Mack WJ, Attenello F, Christian EA, Zada G. Risk factors associated with the surgical management of craniopharyngiomas in pediatric patients: analysis of 1961 patients from a national registry database. Neurosurg Focus. 2016 Dec; 41(6):E8. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, Mack WJ. Pitfalls of administrative database analysis are evident when assessing the 'weekend effect' in stroke. Evid Based Med. 2016 Nov 4. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, Tuchman A, Christian EA, Wen T, Chang KE, Nallapa S, Cen SY, Mack WJ, Krieger MD, McComb JG. Infection rate correlated with time to repair of open neural tube defects (myelomeningoceles): an institutional and national study. Childs Nerv Syst. 2016 Sep; 32(9):1675-81. View in: PubMed

Fujii T, Moriel G, Kramer DR, Attenello F, Zada G. Prognostic factors of early outcome and discharge status in patients undergoing surgical intervention following traumatic intracranial hemorrhage. J Clin Neurosci. 2016 Sep; 31:152-6. View in: PubMed

Ramos AD, Attenello FJ, Lim DA. Uncovering the roles of long noncoding RNAs in neural development and glioma progression. Neurosci Lett. 2016 Jun 20; 625:70-9. View in: PubMed

Jin DL, Christian EA, Attenello F, Melamed E, Cen S, Krieger MD, McComb JG, Mack WJ. Cross-Sectional Analysis on Racial and Economic Disparities Affecting Mortality in Preterm Infants with Posthemorrhagic Hydrocephalus. World Neurosurg. 2016 Apr; 88:399-410. View in: PubMed

Christian EA, Jin DL, Attenello F, Wen T, Cen S, Mack WJ, Krieger MD, McComb JG. Trends in hospitalization of preterm infants with intraventricular hemorrhage and hydrocephalus in the United States, 2000-2010. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2016 Mar; 17(3):260-9. View in: PubMed

Liu SJ, Nowakowski TJ, Pollen AA, Lui JH, Horlbeck MA, Attenello FJ, He D, Weissman JS, Kriegstein AR, Diaz AA, Lim DA. Single-cell analysis of long non-coding RNAs in the developing human neocortex. Genome Biol. 2016; 17(1):67. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, Christian E, Wen T, Cen S, Zada G, Kiehna EN, Krieger MD, McComb JG, Mack WJ. Reevaluating the weekend effect on patients with hydrocephalus undergoing operative shunt intervention. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 Nov 06; 1-7. View in: PubMed

Attenello F, Amar AP, Liu C, Apuzzo ML. Theoretical Basis of Vagus Nerve Stimulation. Prog Neurol Surg. 2015 Sep; 29:20-8. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, Wen T, Huang C, Cen S, Mack WJ, Acosta FL. Evaluation of weekend admission on the prevalence of hospital acquired conditions in patients receiving thoracolumbar fusions. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Aug; 22(8):1349-54. View in: PubMed

Wen T, Pease M, Attenello FJ, Tuchman A, Donoho D, Cen S, Mack WJ, Acosta FL. Evaluation of Effect of Weekend Admission on the Prevalence of Hospital-Acquired Conditions in Patients Receiving Cervical Fusions. World Neurosurg. 2015 Jul; 84(1):58-68. View in: PubMed

Wen T, Attenello FJ, Wu B, Ng A, Cen SY, Mack WJ. The july effect: An analysis of never events in the nationwide inpatient sample. J Hosp Med. 2015 Jul; 10(7):432-8. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, Ng A, Wen T, Cen SY, Sanossian N, Amar AP, Zada G, Krieger MD, McComb JG, Mack WJ. Racial and socioeconomic disparities in outcomes following pediatric cerebrospinal fluid shunt procedures. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 Jun; 15(6):560-6. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, Mack WJ. Going Big to Explore the Detail. World Neurosurg. 2015 Jun; 83(6):1041-3. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, Reid P, Wen T, Cen S, Kim-Tenser M, Sanossian N, Russin J, Amar A, Giannotta S, Mack WJ, Tenser M. Evaluation of time to aneurysm treatment following subarachnoid hemorrhage: comparison of patients treated with clipping versus coiling. J Neurointerv Surg. 2015 Mar 12. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, Wen T, Cen SY, Ng A, Kim-Tenser M, Sanossian N, Amar AP, Mack WJ. Incidence of "never events" among weekend admissions versus weekday admissions to US hospitals: national analysis. BMJ. 2015; 350:h1460. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, Wang K, Wen T, Cen SY, Kim-Tenser M, Amar AP, Sanossian N, Giannotta SL, Mack WJ. Health disparities in time to aneurysm clipping/coiling among aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage patients: a national study. World Neurosurg. 2014 Dec; 82(6):1071-6. View in: PubMed

North RB, Recinos VR, Attenello FJ, Shipley J, Long DM. Prevention of percutaneous spinal cord stimulation electrode migration: a 15-year experience. Neuromodulation. 2014 Oct; 17(7):670-6; discussion 676-7. View in: PubMed

Wen T, He S, Attenello F, Cen SY, Kim-Tenser M, Adamczyk P, Amar AP, Sanossian N, Mack WJ. The impact of patient age and comorbidities on the occurrence of "never events" in cerebrovascular surgery: an analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. J Neurosurg. 2014 Sep; 121(3):580-6. View in: PubMed

Wen T, Attenello FJ, He S, Cen Y, Kim-Tenser MA, Sanossian N, Amar AP, Mack WJ. Racial and socioeconomic disparities in incidence of hospital-acquired complications following cerebrovascular procedures. Neurosurgery. 2014 Jul; 75(1):43-50. View in: PubMed

Lee B, Attenello FJ, Liu CY, McLoughlin MP, Apuzzo ML. Recapitulating flesh with silicon and steel: advancements in upper extremity robotic prosthetics. World Neurosurg. 2014 May-Jun; 81(5-6):730-41. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, Lee B, Yu C, Liu CY, Apuzzo ML. Supplementing the neurosurgical virtuoso: evolution of automation from mythology to operating room adjunct. World Neurosurg. 2014 May-Jun; 81(5-6):719-29. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, Adamczyk P, Wen G, He S, Zhang K, Russin JJ, Sanossian N, Amar AP, Mack WJ. Racial and socioeconomic disparities in access to mechanical revascularization procedures for acute ischemic stroke. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2014 Feb; 23(2):327-34. View in: PubMed

Adamczyk P, Attenello F, Wen G, He S, Russin J, Sanossian N, Amar AP, Mack WJ. Mechanical thrombectomy in acute stroke: utilization variances and impact of procedural volume on inpatient mortality. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2013 Nov; 22(8):1263-9. View in: PubMed

Taghva A, Attenello FJ, Zada G, Khalessi AA, Hsieh PC. Minimally invasive posterior atlantoaxial fusion: a cadaveric and clinical feasibility study. World Neurosurg. 2013 Sep-Oct; 80(3-4):414-21. View in: PubMed

Russin JJ, Attenello FJ, Amar AP, Liu CY, Apuzzo ML, Hsieh PC. Computed tomography for clearance of cervical spine injury in the unevaluable patient. World Neurosurg. 2013 Sep-Oct; 80(3-4):405-13. View in: PubMed

Tuchman A, Khalessi AA, Attenello FJ, Amar AP, Zada G. Delayed cavernous carotid artery pseudoaneurysm caused by absorbable plate following transsphenoidal surgery: case report and review of the literature. J Neurol Surg Rep. 2013 Jun; 74(1):10-6. View in: PubMed

Guerrero-Cazares H, Attenello FJ, Noiman L, Quiñones-Hinojosa A. Stem cells in gliomas. Handb Clin Neurol. 2012; 104:63-73. View in: PubMed

Attenello F, Raza SM, Dimeco F, Olivi A. Chemotherapy for brain tumors with polymer drug delivery. Handb Clin Neurol. 2012; 104:339-53. View in: PubMed

Pham MH, Attenello FJ, Lucas J, He S, Stapleton CJ, Hsieh PC. Conservative management of ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament. A review. Neurosurg Focus. 2011 Mar; 30(3):E2. View in: PubMed

Stapleton CJ, Pham MH, Attenello FJ, Hsieh PC. Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament: genetics and pathophysiology. Neurosurg Focus. 2011 Mar; 30(3):E6. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, Garces-Ambrossi GL, Zaidi HA, Sciubba DM, Jallo GI. Hospital costs associated with shunt infections in patients receiving antibiotic-impregnated shunt catheters versus standard shunt catheters. Neurosurgery. 2010 Feb; 66(2):284-9; discussion 289. View in: PubMed

Raza SM, Conway JE, Li KW, Attenello F, Boahene K, Subramanian P, Quinones-Hinojosa A. A modified frontal-nasal-orbital approach to midline lesions of the anterior cranial fossa and skull base: technical note with case illustrations. Neurosurg Rev. 2010 Jan; 33(1):63-70. View in: PubMed

Guzzo TJ, Magheli A, Bivalacqua TJ, Nielsen ME, Attenello FJ, Schoenberg MP, Gonzalgo ML. Pathological upstaging during radical cystectomy is associated with worse recurrence-free survival in patients with bacillus Calmette-Guerin-refractory bladder cancer. Urology. 2009 Dec; 74(6):1276-80. View in: PubMed

Samuels R, McGirt MJ, Attenello FJ, Garcés Ambrossi GL, Singh N, Solakoglu C, Weingart JD, Carson BS, Jallo GI. Incidence of symptomatic retethering after surgical management of pediatric tethered cord syndrome with or without duraplasty. Childs Nerv Syst. 2009 Sep; 25(9):1085-9. View in: PubMed

Gathinji M, McGirt MJ, Attenello FJ, Chaichana KL, Than K, Olivi A, Weingart JD, Brem H, Quinones-Hinojosa A. Association of preoperative depression and survival after resection of malignant brain astrocytoma. Surg Neurol. 2009 Mar; 71(3):299-303, discussion 303. View in: PubMed

McGirt MJ, Than KD, Weingart JD, Chaichana KL, Attenello FJ, Olivi A, Laterra J, Kleinberg LR, Grossman SA, Brem H, Quiñones-Hinojosa A. Gliadel (BCNU) wafer plus concomitant temozolomide therapy after primary resection of glioblastoma multiforme. J Neurosurg. 2009 Mar; 110(3):583-8. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, McGirt MJ, Garcés-Ambrossi GL, Chaichana KL, Carson B, Jallo GI. Suboccipital decompression for Chiari I malformation: outcome comparison of duraplasty with expanded polytetrafluoroethylene dural substitute versus pericranial autograft. Childs Nerv Syst. 2009 Feb; 25(2):183-90. View in: PubMed

Parker SL, Attenello FJ, Sciubba DM, Garces-Ambrossi GL, Ahn E, Weingart J, Carson B, Jallo GI. Comparison of shunt infection incidence in high-risk subgroups receiving antibiotic-impregnated versus standard shunts. Childs Nerv Syst. 2009 Jan; 25(1):77-83; discussion 85. View in: PubMed

McGirt MJ, Chaichana KL, Gathinji M, Attenello FJ, Than K, Olivi A, Weingart JD, Brem H, Quiñones-Hinojosa AR. Independent association of extent of resection with survival in patients with malignant brain astrocytoma. J Neurosurg. 2009 Jan; 110(1):156-62. View in: PubMed

Alphs HH, Miles-Thomas J, Attenello F, Taube JM, Fonseca G, Guzzo TJ, Schoenberg MP, Bivalacqua TJ. Presentation and management of a patient with subcutaneous metastatic transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. Nat Clin Pract Urol. 2008 Dec; 5(12):691-4. View in: PubMed

McGirt MJ, Attenello FJ, Atiba A, Garces-Ambrossi G, Datoo G, Weingart JD, Carson B, Jallo GI. Symptom recurrence after suboccipital decompression for pediatric Chiari I malformation: analysis of 256 consecutive cases. Childs Nerv Syst. 2008 Nov; 24(11):1333-9. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, Mukherjee D, Datoo G, McGirt MJ, Bohan E, Weingart JD, Olivi A, Quinones-Hinojosa A, Brem H. Use of Gliadel (BCNU) wafer in the surgical treatment of malignant glioma: a 10-year institutional experience. Ann Surg Oncol. 2008 Oct; 15(10):2887-93. View in: PubMed

McGirt MJ, Chaichana KL, Attenello FJ, Weingart JD, Than K, Burger PC, Olivi A, Brem H, Quinoñes-Hinojosa A. Extent of surgical resection is independently associated with survival in patients with hemispheric infiltrating low-grade gliomas. Neurosurgery. 2008 Oct; 63(4):700-7; author reply 707-8. View in: PubMed

Chaichana KL, McGirt MJ, Frazier J, Attenello F, Guerrero-Cazares H, Quinones-Hinojosa A. Relationship of glioblastoma multiforme to the lateral ventricles predicts survival following tumor resection. J Neurooncol. 2008 Sep; 89(2):219-24. View in: PubMed

McGirt MJ, Chaichana KL, Gathinji M, Attenello F, Than K, Ruiz AJ, Olivi A, Quiñones-Hinojosa A. Persistent outpatient hyperglycemia is independently associated with decreased survival after primary resection of malignant brain astrocytomas. Neurosurgery. 2008 Aug; 63(2):286-91; discussion 291. View in: PubMed

McGirt MJ, Atiba A, Attenello FJ, Wasserman BA, Datoo G, Gathinji M, Carson B, Weingart JD, Jallo GI. Correlation of hindbrain CSF flow and outcome after surgical decompression for Chiari I malformation. Childs Nerv Syst. 2008 Jul; 24(7):833-40. View in: PubMed

McGirt MJ, Attenello FJ, Datoo G, Gathinji M, Atiba A, Weingart JD, Carson B, Jallo GI. Intraoperative ultrasonography as a guide to patient selection for duraplasty after suboccipital decompression in children with Chiari malformation Type I. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2008 Jul; 2(1):52-7. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, McGirt MJ, Atiba A, Gathinji M, Datoo G, Weingart J, Carson B, Jallo GI. Suboccipital decompression for Chiari malformation-associated scoliosis: risk factors and time course of deformity progression. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2008 Jun; 1(6):456-60. View in: PubMed

Attenello FJ, McGirt MJ, Gathinji M, Datoo G, Atiba A, Weingart J, Carson B, Jallo GI. Outcome of Chiari-associated syringomyelia after hindbrain decompression in children: analysis of 49 consecutive cases. Neurosurgery. 2008 Jun; 62(6):1307-13; discussion 1313. View in: PubMed

McGirt MJ, Chaichana KL, Attenello F, Witham T, Bydon A, Yao KC, Jallo GI. Spinal deformity after resection of cervical intramedullary spinal cord tumors in children. Childs Nerv Syst. 2008 Jun; 24(6):735-9. View in: PubMed

McGirt MJ, Attenello FJ, Sciubba DM, Gokaslan ZL, Wolinsky JP. Endoscopic transcervical odontoidectomy for pediatric basilar invagination and cranial settling. Report of 4 cases. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2008 Apr; 1(4):337-42. View in: PubMed

McGirt MJ, Chaichana KL, Atiba A, Attenello F, Woodworth GF, Jallo GI. Neurological outcome after resection of intramedullary spinal cord tumors in children. Childs Nerv Syst. 2008 Jan; 24(1):93-7. View in: PubMed

McGirt MJ, Chaichana KL, Atiba A, Attenello F, Yao KC, Jallo GI. Resection of intramedullary spinal cord tumors in children: assessment of long-term motor and sensory deficits. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2008 Jan; 1(1):63-7. View in: PubMed

Eakin CM, Attenello FJ, Morgan CJ, Miranker AD. Oligomeric assembly of native-like precursors precedes amyloid formation by beta-2 microglobulin. Biochemistry. 2004 Jun 22; 43(24):7808-15. View in: PubMed

Stern EA, Bacskai BJ, Hickey GA, Attenello FJ, Lombardo JA, Hyman BT. Cortical synaptic integration in vivo is disrupted by amyloid-beta plaques. J Neurosci. 2004 May 12; 24(19):4535-40. View in: PubMed

Lyons C, Beharry K, Akmal Y, Attenello F, Nageotte MP. In vitro response of prostaglandin E2 receptor (EP3) in the term pregnant rat uterus and cervix to misoprostol. Prostaglandins Other Lipid Mediat. 2003 Jan; 70(3-4):317-29. View in: PubMed

Omeis IA, Dhir M, Sciubba DM, Gottfried ON, McGirt MJ, Attenello FJ, Wolinsky JP, Gokaslan ZL. Postoperative surgical site infections in patients undergoing spinal tumor surgery: incidence and risk factors. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Aug 1; 36(17):1410-9. View in: PubMed

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