Jacob Cherian, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Jacob Cherian, MD


  • Skull Base Surgery

  • Endovascular Neurosurgery

  • Neurosurgery

About Jacob Cherian, MD

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I chose neurosurgery as my career because it represents the most courageous and noble traditions of the medical profession: It is challenging, there is always a need for continued innovation, and it helps people in life-threatening situations.

My philosophy is we treat patients, not pictures or scans. Patients come first, and changing their lives for the better is my priority.

My approach is to understand your symptoms or diagnoses and guide you to a treatment plan that balances your preferences as a patient with the options that I can offer you.

I want you to understand what you are facing so that you can make an informed decision. My hope is that with this approach we can lessen the anxiety that often comes with having a neurosurgical problem.

At the University of Maryland, we have a comprehensive team of a wide range of specialists who work with patients facing brain and spine disease. We treat complex nervous system problems using modern equipment and the specialized expertise needed for microsurgery, radiosurgery and endovascular techniques.

I am formally trained in both microsurgical neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology techniques. This allows me to offer the full range of treatment options for complex brain and spine blood vessel problems such as aneurysms, AVMs, fistulas and carotid disease from both outside and inside the artery.

As a neurosurgeon trained in both specialties, I work with my interventional neuroradiology and neurosurgery colleagues to form a comprehensive neurovascular intervention team.

In addition, microsurgery allows us to safely treat many other issues inside the skull, like skull base tumors, moyamoya disease and neurovascular pain syndromes such as trigeminal neuralgia.

Conditions I treat include:

  • Brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, arteriovenous fistulas
  • Subarachnoid and intracranial hemorrhage
  • Cavernous malformations
  • Spine vascular malformations
  • Moyamoya disease
  • Open microsurgery for skull base tumors
  • Meningiomas, acoustic neuromas
  • Carotid stenosis
  • Trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • Vertebrobasilar ectasia


I am actively exploring new clinical devices and techniques to use in vascular and intracranial neurosurgery.

Notable prior works include: 

  • Cherian J, Srinivasan V, Froehler MT, et al. Flow Diversion for Treatment of Intracranial Aneurysms in Pediatric Patients: Multicenter Case Series. Neurosurgery. Sept 2019
  • Cherian J, Dabagh M, Srinivasan V, et al. Balloon-Mounted Stents for Treatment of Refractory Flow Diverting Device Wall Malapposition. Oper Neurosurg. Oct 2019
  • Cherian J, Madaelil TP, Tong F, et al. Combined reconstructive and deconstructive endovascular approach for bilateral vertebral artery dissection with subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurosurg Focus. Jan 2019
  • Cherian J, Srinivasan V, Kan P, et al. Double-Barrel STA-MCA Bypass: Can it be considered "High-Flow"? Oper Neurosurg. Aug 2017.
  • Cherian J, Atmar R, Gopinath S. Shunting in Cryptococcal Meningitis. J Neurosurg. Oct 2015.
  • Cherian J, Fridley J, Duckworth E. A Modern Paradigm for Peritoneal Catheter Insertion: Single Port Optical Access Laparoscopic Shunt Insertion. Neurosurgery. Jun 2015.


  • Kinjiro Iwata Award for Excellence and Leadership in Neurosurgery (2018)


  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (since 2011)
  • American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (since 2011)

Gender: Male

Language(s): English


  • University of Maryland Medical Center


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