Meet Dr. Gabriel Hunt

huntpicGabriel E. Hunt, Jr., MD is a neurosurgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery and the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center. His clinical interests involve the treatment of spinal cord injuries and spinal trauma, the treatment of complex spinal disorders, as well as tumors and vascular abnormalities of the skull base, spine, and spinal cord. He believes in utilizing a minimally invasive approach to treat all appropriate spinal disorders.

Dr. Hunt’s primary areas of research interest include new advances in the treatment of spinal cord injuries and developing new minimally invasive surgical technologies. He was a recipient of a Howard Hughes Research Fellowship while attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine.

Dr. Hunt has written articles for several peer-reviewed publications, including Neurosurgical Focus, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Neurological Research. He has given numerous presentations in his areas of expertise in the United States and abroad.

He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Hunt received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. He completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in neurological surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Philadelphia. Dr. Hunt received specialized training in the treatment of complex spinal disorders, spinal trauma, and spinal cord injuries through participation in the Orthopedic and Neurosurgical fellowship program at the Delaware Valley Regional Spinal Cord injury Center at Thomas Jefferson University.

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CURRICULUM VITAE

GABRIEL E. HUNT, JR., M.D.

ADDRESS:
444 S. San Vicente Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA  90048
Email: huntg@cshs.org
Phone: (310) 423-9941

EDUCATION

1999-2004
Residency in Neurological Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1998-1999
Internship in General Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1993-1998
Doctor of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California

1995-1996
Howard Hughes Research Fellowship
University of California, Los Angeles
School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California

1995
Association of Academic Minority Physicians Research Fellowship
University of California, Los Angeles
School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California

1991-1993
Bachelor of Science Degree Awarded June, 1993
Psychobiology
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

1991
Summer Research Fellowship
San Bernardino Department of Obstetrics And Gynecology
San Bernardino, California

1989-1991
Undergraduate Studies
Psychobiology
Loma Linda University
Riverside, California

1985-1989
Diploma Awarded – June, 1989
Fort Pierce Central High School
Fort Pierce, Florida

 

APPOINTMENTS

2009-2010
Director of Spinal Cord Injury
Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery
Los Angeles, Ca.

2004-2009
Attending Neurosurgeon
Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, Ca.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

1998
Martin Blazina Merit Scholarship
Gordy Foundation Medical Student Scholarship

1997
Martin A. Pops, M.D. Scholarship
Sylvan Mallison Scholarship
Hetty Cox Scholarship in Medicine

1996
Rob L. Stern, M.D. Memorial Scholarship
Nat E. Lazar Medical School Foundation Scholarship

1993-1997
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Academic Scholarship

1990
Black Student Association Academic Scholarship

 

HONORS/AWARDS

1997
Outstanding Young Americans Nominating Committee

1996-1998
Outstanding Young Men of America

1989-1991
National Dean’s List – Loma Linda University

CERTIFICATION

American Association of Neurological Surgeons, (FAANS) - Board Certification 8/2011
Leksell Gamma Knife C, Stockholm, Sweden (January, 2006)
Fluoroscopy X-Ray Supervisor and Operator, expiration 2/2014
American Board of Neurological  Surgery Primary Examination - PASSED 2003
United States Medical Licensing Examination:
Step 1, PASSED 1995
Step 2, PASSED 1997
Step 3, PASSED 2000
Advanced Trauma Life Support, 1998
Advanced Cardiac Life Support, 1998
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
Personal Trainer Primary Certification, 1995
American Council on Exercise,
Personal Trainer Certification, 1995
PADI-1990
Scuba Diving Certification

 

LICENSES

Medical:

California
Colorado
DEA—

 

MEMBERSHIPS

American Medical Association: Member, 2003-Present
Congress of Neurological Surgeons: Member, 2001 – Present
American Association of Neurological Surgeons: Member, 2001 – Present
Scoliosis Research Society: Member, 2005 – 2007
Student National Medical Association, 1993 – 1998
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., 1991 – Present

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS

Cedars-Sinai Bioethics Committee: Member, 2005-2006

  

WORK EXPERIENCE

2009-Present
Attending Neurosurgeon
Department of Neurosurgery
Spine Center
Cedars Sinai Medical Center

2004-2009
Attending Neurosurgeon
Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

2009-2010
Director of Spinal Cord Injury
Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery

1995 – 2003
Health and Fitness Consulting
Co-Owner, L.A.G. Enterprises

1991-1993
Research Assistant
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing

1990-1991
Teacher’s Assistant
Loma Linda University, Department of Chemistry

1989-1991
Research Assistant
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

1989-1991
Assistant to Curator, Loma Linda University Library

 

RESEARCH

2006-2007
IACUC Research Protocol# 001452: Characterization of Microwave Ablative Lesions in Brain and Soft Tissue in a Porcine Model.

Gabriel E. Hunt, Jr., M.D., Principal Investigator, Attending Neurosurgeon

 

1996-1998

Research in neuroscience and molecular biology evaluating the mechanisms involved in the selective permeability of the blood-tumor barrier after the administration of RMP-7, a bradykinin analog, and the role that negative feedback inhibition of nitric oxide on nitric oxide synthase plays in this cascade.

Keith L. Black, M.D., Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neurology, Habib Fahkrai, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery.
University of California at Los Angeles, School of Medicine

 

1995-1996

Research in neuroscience, evaluating the effects of RMP-7, a bradykinin analog, on the blood-tumor barrier in an experimental rat glioma model.

Keith L. Black, M.D., Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neurology,
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine

 

1991-1993

Research in muscle physiology examining the effects of calcium on muscle tension generation in normal and atrophied skeletal muscle and evaluation of muscle injury incurred from reuse of atrophied muscle following hindlimb suspension in a rat model.

Christine Kasper, R.N., Ph.D., Department of Physiology
School of Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles

 

1990-1991

Research in perinatal biology examining lymphatic pumping in pregnant ewes in an effort to explain the mechanism responsible for fluid retention during pregnancy.

Guillermo Valenzuela, M.D., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Perinatal Biology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine

 

PUBLICATIONS

Bannyhk, S., Fan, X., Hunt, G., Moser, F. Endolymphatic Sac Papillary Tumor Journal of Neuro-Oncology March 26, 2008

Anand N, Perri BR: Posterior cervical osteotomy techniques. In: Vaccaro A (ed) Atlas of Operative Techniques in Spinal Surgery, Elsevier, New York, NY, 2007.  Surgical Instructional DVD for chapter by Leonel Hunt, MD and Gabriel Hunt, MD.

Hunt, G.E.  Acoustic Neuroma: New Approaches, Improved Outcomes. Spring 2005 NSI Newsletter

S Harrop, J., Hunt, G. E., Vaccaro, A.  Conus Medullaris and Cauda Equina Syndrome as a Result of Traumatic Injuries:  Management PrinciplesNeurosurg Focus 16(6): 19-24, July 2004

Sugita, M., Hunt, G.E., Liu, Y., Black, K. L.  Nitric Oxide and Cyclic GMP Attenuate Sensitivity of Blood-tumor Barrier Permeability to Bradykinin.  Neurological Research. 20(6): 559-63, September 1998

Hunt, G., Black, K. L.  Nitric Oxide Inhibits the Activity of Nitric Oxide Synthase in the Rat Brain.  Abstract.  Journal of the Association of Academic Minority Physicians. October 1996

Hunt, G., Black, K. L., RMP-7 Induces Increased Vascular Permeability in Brain Tumor Microvessels. Abstract. Howard Hughes Medical Institute Journal, May 1996

Valenzuela, G., Cheshier, S., Hunt, G., Hunt, R.  Increased Lymphatic Pumping in Pregnant Ewes.  American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 167:1756-59, September 1992

 

PUBLICATIONS IN PREPARATION

Nomoto E, Hunt G, Hunt L.  Thoracic Vertebrae Avascular Necrosis in Sickle Cell Anemia:  A Case Report.

Nomoto E, Hunt G, Hunt L.  Late Presentation of Abdomonal Wall Hernia Folllowing XLIF Procedure for Lumbar Fusion: A Case Report.

  

PRESENTATIONS 

“Minimally Invasive vs. Old School Surgery” Advances in Neurology and Neurosurgery 2009. Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Marina del Rey, CA. February 14, 2009.

“Evidence-Based Outcomes in Spine Surgery” Advances in Neurology and Neurosurgery 2009. Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Marina del Rey, CA. February 14, 2009.

“The Aging Spine: Futuristic Answers for Solving the Age Old Riddles of Spinal Reconstruction” Third Annual Medical Conference of Gabon, Libreville, Gabon. October, 2008.

“Approaching the Aneurysm- Clip or Coil?”. Neurology and PM&R Conference on Stroke. Le Meridian Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, September 9, 2006.

“Traumatic Penetrating Trans-Spinal Cord Neck Injury with Minimal Loss Neurologic Function.”

“Decompression of foramen magnum for Chiari Malformation”. Current Concepts in Spinal Disorders: Clinical Symposia Series. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, April 19, 2006.

“Brain Metastases. Outsmarting Brain Tumors”, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, March 4-5, 2005.

“Treatment Options for Meningioma”. Outsmarting Brain Tumors, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, March 4-5, 2005.

“Treating the Brain Injured Patient”. Surgery Grand Round, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, January 27, 2005.

Aggressive and Conservative Management of Metastatic Brain Tumors. Brainworks – Keynote speaker and moderator, Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, January 24, 2005.

Approach to the Cervical Spine.  Neuroscience Nursing Symposium, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.  December 2004.

Evaluating the Comatose Patient.  Emergency Department Grand Rounds, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.  October, 2004.

Head Trauma. Dodger’s Radio Spot Interview.  September 2004.

“Spinal Metastases”.  Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, January 2004.

“C2 fractures: Current Management Strategies”.  Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2003.

“Pineal Region Masses”.  Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 2003.

“Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors”.  Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 2002.

“Optic Sheath Tumors and Surgical Approaches to the Anterior Cranial Fossa”.  Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2001.

“Phakomatoses”.  Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 2001.

“Spinal Cord Tumors”.  Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2000.

“Neurosarcoidosis”.  Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,  May 2000. 

“Intracranial Ependymomas”.  Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 1999. 

RMP-7 induces increased vascular permeability in brain tumor microvessels.  Howard Hughes Research Fellow Conference, Maryland, May 1996.

Nitric oxide inhibits the activity of nitric oxide synthase in the rat brain. Association of Academic Minority Physicians Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. October 1996.

 

GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATIONS

Hunt L, Vasudevan R, Hunt G:  Stand-Alone XLIF for Degenerative Scoliosis: A Retrospective Review. International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST).  Vienna, Austria.  July, 2009.

Hunt L, Vasudevan R, Hunt G:  Stand-Alone XLIF for Degenerative Scoliosis: A Retrospective Review.  North American Spine Society.  San Francisco, California.  November, 2009

Matsukado, K., Hunt, G., Sugita, M., Black, K.L.  Intracarotid RMP-7 selectively increases tumor permeability via activation of bradykinin receptors in malignant gliomas.  Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Montreal, Canada; October, 1996

Hunt, G., Sugita, M., Dean, S., Black, K.L.  Inhibition of nitric oxide synthase through the negative feedback of nitric oxide.  American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Denver, Colorado; April, 1997

Sugita, M., Hunt, G., Black, K. L.  Bradykinin induced selective opening of the blood-tumor barrier is self-regulated by nitric oxide.  American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April, 1996.

 

COURSES ATTENDED 

Prodisc Cervical disc replacement training, Synthes Spine, Los Angeles, CA,  March,2008

Leksell Gamma Knife C- Introductory Training Program. Stockholm, Sweden, January 23-27, 2006.

  

Media/Press

Television:

Surgical Treatment of Spinal Disorders”; Corner Show, ARTN, Burbank, Ca. March 2008

“Surgical Management of Brain and Spine Disorders”; Corner Show, ARTN, Burbank, Ca. November, 2009

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

2002
Volunteer, St. Joseph’s Hospice
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania        

1993-1998
Project Santa Claus
Charles Drew Medical Center
Los Angeles, California

1991-1993
Annual Thanksgiving food drive
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Upsilon Chapter
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

1991-1993
Youth Mentoring Program, Coordinator
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Upsilon Chapter
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California