Ketan  Bulsara, M.D., M.B.A. University of Connecticut

Ketan Bulsara, M.D., M.B.A.

Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at UConn Health

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Dr. Ketan R. Bulsara is a world-renowned neurosurgeon with an unparalleled range of expertise in treating neurological disorders.

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Dr. Ketan R. Bulsara is a world-renowned neurosurgeon with an unparalleled range of expertise in treating neurological disorders. He trained with the pioneers in neurosurgery and is an author on many national and international guidelines and standards. Now he brings that expertise to UConn Health as chief of the Division of Neurosurgery

Bulsara joins UConn Health from Yale University, where he built successful programs in neurovascular and skull base surgery. He is among an elite few neurosurgeons in the world with dedicated dual fellowship training in skull base/cerebrovascular microsurgery and endovascular surgery. Bulsara is directing both of those disciplines in UConn Health’s Department of Surgery in addition to serving as chief of neurosurgery.

Areas of Expertise

Brain Surgery
Spine Surgery
Brain Aneurysms
Endovascular Surgery
Ischemic Stroke
Hemorrhagic Stroke


Yale School of Management


Business Administration

Duke University School of Medicine



Davidson College




  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • French
  • Latin


  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons/American Association of Neurological Surgeons Cerebrovascular Section Member, 2007-present
  • Society of Neurointerventional Surgery (senior member), 2007-present
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2003-present


Editorial Board of Operative Neurosurgery


Editorial Board of Acta Neurochirgica


National Quality Forum

2016 One of only two neurosurgeons in the nation selected to develop national clinical guidelines pertaining to neurosciences.

Named to America’s Top Surgeons by Consumer Research Group of America




Media Appearances

A CT woman survived two aneurysms. You might be surprised by what she wanted to do next.

Hartford Courant  print


Dr. Ketan Bulsara, chief of neurosurgery at UConn Health, repaired the first broken blood vessel, her vertebrobasilar artery, by strengthening it with stents. Heeber also had four artery spasms, which restrict blood flow and are “a known, life-threatening complication of the type of bleed that she had,” Bulsara said. “With aggressive intensive care unit management, we were able to get her through these episodes.”

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UConn Health's reknowned Brain and Spine Institute



Dr. Ketan Bulsara, Chief of Neurosurgery at UConn Health, talks about the Brain and Spine Institute.

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Brainstem melanomas presenting as a cavernous malformation


Lu AY, Patel AR, Kuzmik GA, Atskina KK, Bronen RA, Jabbour PM, Hasan DM, Vortmeyer AO, Welch BG, Bulsara KR

Melanoma lesions in the brainstem can be difficult to distinguish radiographically and clinically from cavernous malformations. However, the treatment modalities and clinical course of these two diseases differ considerably. We report two cases of melanoma presenting as brainstem hemorrhages.

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Bilateral osteomas and exostoses of the internal auditory canal

American Journal of Otolaryngology

Schutt CA, Guo JN, Bagwell KA, Bulsara KR, Malhotra A, Michaelides E

Osteomas and exostoses are benign tumors of the bone that occur in the head and neck region but are rarely found within the internal auditory canal (IAC). In this report, we review the literature on bony lesions of the IAC and present two cases: one case of bilateral compressive osteomas and one case of bilateral compressive exostoses of the IAC.

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Safety of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and intervertebral recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein—2

Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine

Alan T. Villavicencio, Sigita Burneikiene, E. Lee Nelson, Ketan R. Bulsara, Mark Favors, and Jeffrey Thramann

2005 Recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein—2 (rhBMP-2) is being increasingly used for spinal fusion. There are few data regarding its clinical safety, effectiveness, and clinical outcome when applied on an absorbable collagen sponge (ACS) in conjunction with allograft for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF).

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MRI-guided stereotactic biopsy in the diagnosis of glioma: comparison of biopsy and surgical resection specimen

Surgical Neurology

Matthew JMcGirt, Alan TVillavicencio, Ketan R. Bulsara & Allan H. Friedman

2003 Although there has been a dramatic increase in the accessibility and utilization of high-resolution MRI techniques for the evaluation of brain tumors, there is currently only a single report comparing stereotactic brain biopsy specimen to subsequent resection specimen exclusively in the management of gliomas.

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Spinal axon regeneration evoked by replacing two growth cone proteins in adult neurons

Nature Neuroscience

Howard M. Bomze, Ketan R. Bulsara, Bermans J. Iskandar, Pico Caroni & J. H. Pate Skene

2001 In contrast to peripheral nerves, damaged axons in the mammalian brain and spinal cord rarely regenerate. Peripheral nerve injury stimulates neuronal expression of many genes that are not generally induced by CNS lesions, but it is not known which of these genes are required for regeneration. Here we show that co-expressing two major growth cone proteins, GAP-43 and CAP-23, can elicit long axon extension by adult dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons in vitro. Moreover, this expression triggers a 60-fold increase in regeneration of DRG axons in adult mice after spinal cord injury in vivo. Replacing key growth cone components, therefore, could be an effective way to stimulate regeneration of CNS axons.

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Spinal cord stimulation for failed back surgery syndrome

Neuromodulation Technology at the Neural Interface

Jean-Christophe Leveque, Alan T Villavicencio, Ketan R. Bulsara, Linda Rubin, John P. Gorecki

2001 The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of modern spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for the treatment of failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).

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Laminectomy versus percutaneous electrode placement for spinal cord stimulation


Alan T. Villavicencio, Jean-Christophe Leveque, Linda Rubin, Ketan Bulsara, & John P. Gorecki

2000 The purpose of this study was to compare the long-term effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation using laminectomy-style electrodes versus that using percutaneously implanted electrodes.

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