Dr. Laligam N. Sekhar received his pre-university certificates from Loyola College and Vivekananda College of Madras University, Madras, India and his M.D. from Madras Medical College. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh under Dr. Peter Jannette and did fellowships with Professor Madjid Samii in Hannover, Germany and with Professor Ghazi Yasargil in Zurich, Switzerland. He also received further training at the Hospital Foch in Paris, France and at the National Hospital in London, England.
Dr. Sekhar joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh in 1983 and served there till 1993, eventually being appointed Professor. He established the first Center for Cranial Base Surgery in the United States and a noninvasive cerebrovascular laboratory at the Presbyterian-University Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was appointed as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at George Washington University Medical Center in 1993, and subsequently as the Co-Director of the GWU Neurological Insitutute. He resigned fromUniversity practice in 1999 and co-founded the Mid-Atlantic Brain and Spine Institutes, an organization devoted to high quality neurosurgical care, education and research in the private sector.
Dr. Sekhar is internationally recognized as one of the pioneers and leaders in the field of Cranial Base Surgery. He has also made major contributions to the field of cerebrovascular surgery and endoscope assisted surgery. He holds a U.S. patent and has published 175 referenced articles in journals, 84 book chapters and edited four books. He has been a visiting professor in several North American Institutions and more than 25 countries worldwide. He has educated many neurosurgical residents and fellows, and taught regularly in national meetings.
Based at Harborview Medical Center, he is a UW professor and vice-chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery. In addition, he is president of the World Federation of Skull Base Societies and president of the Washington State Association of Neurological Surgeons.
His current research intersts include clinical outcomes in cranial base and cerebrovascular surgery, development of endoscopic neurosurgery and clinical research in neural regeneration. He is active in several community programs including neuroscience education in schools, Shiva-Sakthi village development project in India and the development of primary health care in Latin America.