Sandi K. Lam, MD, MBA

Sandi K. Lam, MD, MBA

Division Head, Neurosurgery Professor of Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Language: English

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About Me

Dr. Lam is a pediatric neurosurgeon and a leading specialist in the areas of pediatric cerebrovascular surgery, epilepsy surgery and craniofacial surgery with a focus on minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques. In addition to her clinical experience in complex surgeries, her research focuses on quality, outcomes, and healthcare utilization for children and neurological surgery. Dr. Lam regularly lectures nationally and internationally and is recognized for her work globally.

Widely published, she has over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals focusing not only on clinical outcomes but also socioeconomic factors and policies that influence and impact access and delivery of neurosurgical care. She is also involved in global neurosurgery, with over 10 years of experience in skill- and knowledge transfer for pediatric neurosurgery in the developing world. She has been funded by multiple organizations, examining patterns of care in pediatric epilepsy as well as comparative effectiveness of surgical treatments in pediatric neurosurgery. She works with multiple scientific publications, and is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, the leading scientific journal in the field.

Clinical Interests: Minimally invasive neurosurgery, neurovascular surgery, epilepsy, endoscopic surgery approaches for epilepsy and craniosynostosis

Education & Training

Education: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2002

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2009-2010; Fellowship in neurosurgery, University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, 2004-2009; Residency in orthopedic surgery, University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, 2002-2004

Board Certifications: Pediatric neurosurgery, neurological surgery


Research Interests: Health services research using hospital and national data to look at patterns of care, healthcare utilization, and health outcomes to understand disparities, access to care, comparative effectiveness of medical and surgical treatments of pediatric neurologic conditions; the goal is to develop ways to improve healthcare delivery to elevate health and quality of life for children, their families, and their communities.


Sociodemographic factors in pediatric epilepsy surgery. Pediatric Neurology. September 10 2019. Epub ahead of print.

Quality of life in pediatric neurosurgery: comparing parent and patient perceptions. World Neurosurgery. Oct 2019. Epub ahead of print.

Anti-angiogenic agent as a novel treatment for pediatric intracranial arteriovenous malformations. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. Aug 2019. Epub ahead of print.

Postoperative 30-day outcomes after craniotomy for supratentorial AVM resection in children. J Clinical Neurosci. 70:108-11. Dec 2019.

Network Targeted Approach and Postoperative Resting State Functional MRI are Associated with Seizure Outcome. Annals of Neurology. 86(3):344-356. Sept 2019.

Minimally Invasive Tubular Tethered Cord Release in the Pediatric Population. World Neurosurgery. 128:e912-e917. Aug 2019.

Endovascular stenting for rescue of a failed donor graft during superficial temporal artery to middle cerebral artery bypass surgery: case report. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 24(5):572-576. Nov 2019.

Association between postoperative DTI metrics and neurological deficits after posterior fossa tumor resection in children. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. July 19 2019. 24(3):364-370. Oct 2019.

Advocacy in Pediatric Neurosurgery: results from a 2017 survey of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 24(3):217-351. Sept 2019.  

Visual Complications of Pediatric Posterior Fossa Tumors: Analysis of Outcomes. Pediatric Neurology. 92:48-54. Mar 2019.

Systematic Review of Clinician Awareness of Mycotoxin Impact in Neural Tube Defects and Best Practices in Pediatric Neurosurgery: Implications for Public Health and Policy. Child’s Nervous System. 35(4):637-644. Apr 2019.

Harris DA, Sorte DE, Lam S, Carlson AP. Blunt cerebrovascular injury in pediatric trauma: a national database study. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 24(4):451-460. Oct 2019.

Insurance Transitions and Healthcare Utilization for Children with Refractory Epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behavior. 89:48-54. Dec 2018.

Outcomes and Resource Utilization in Surgery for Chiari I Malformation in a National Network of Children's Hospitals. Child’s Nervous System. 35(4):657-664. Apr 2019.

Endoscope-assisted hemispherotomy translation of technique from cadaveric anatomical feasibility study to clinical implementation. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 2,23(2):178-186. Feb 2019. [Cover art of Feb 2019 issue]

Indirect Revascularization with Dural Inversion Technique for Pediatric Moyamoya Disease: 20-Year Experience. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 17:1-9. Aug 2018. [Cover art of Aug 2018 issue]

Indirect revascularization for moyamoya disease: a pediatric anesthesiology perspective. Surg Neurol Int. 2;9:224. Nov 2018.

Sub-centimeter epilepsy surgery targets by resting state functional MRI can improve outcomes in hypothalamic hamartoma. Epilepsia. 59(12):2284-2295. Dec 2018.

Measures of health-related quality of life outcomes in pediatric neurosurgery: literature review. World Neurosurg. 122:252-265. Feb 2019.

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